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And the Winner is…. 2013 Emmy Predictions

If there is anything in the world that can compete with March Madness for me, its fall TV! Not only is the beginning of a new year of television, but we get to send the old year out with a bang at the Emmy’s. Can it be a popularity contest? Sometimes. But more often than not, it’s pretty damn hard to argue with the list of nominees. As with all awards, there are always snubs (no Nikolaj Coster-Waldau! Seriously?!?). But I would still like them to be a bit more in touch with what people really love. I honestly think that 75% of the guys I know would tell you that The League is the funniest show on TV yet, they have not received one nomination. Despite all of this, I love the Emmy Awards. It’s the Oscars of TV and it comes with as rich a prestigious history. So who will be taking home the gold this year? It’s a tighter race than I can remember in a while. Homeland and Modern Family have dominated their respective categories over the past couple of years. Will that continue? I’m predicting it’s a bit more spread out this year. Although, I could easily see Breaking Bad dominating this year, as its in the final year. But not everyone that should win always does. And that’s what I’m here for! I am going to let you know who I’ve picked to actually win, and who I think really should be winning. The Emmys air this Sunday, September 22 at 8:00p EST. And the nominees are….

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding DramaBB Emmy

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men

– Who will win: 

Breaking Bad. It’s never been my show, but I have always recognized the brilliance of it. I have heard nothing but rave reviews this year, and with this being its final season I think it goes out on top.

– Who should win:

Game of Thrones. Am I biased? Yes. Do I care? No. Quite simply, season 3 of Game of Thrones was the greatest TV season I have ever seen. From acting to writing to costume design, it’s simply the best show on TV.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Comedy30 Rock Emmy

  • 30 Rock
  • Girls
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • The Big Bang Theroy
  • Veep

 – Who will win: 

30 Rock. The show had definitely run its course and it was time for it to end, but it really did end on a high note. I think, like Breaking Bad, the show’s quality mixed with a bit of nostalgia puts it over the top

– Who should win: 

Veep/Louie. This one was to close for me to call. Gun to my head, I would go with Veep. I have only watched the show sporadically but I intend to remedy that shortly. Every single time I watch it I laugh my ass off. Louis C.K. might be the funniest person on the planet currently and his brilliance is on full display in his show.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Lead Actress in a DramaClaire Danes Emmy

  • Connie Britton “Nashville”
  • Claire Danes “Homeland”
  • Michelle Dockery “Downton Abbey”
  • Vera Farmiga “Bates Motel”
  • Elizabeth Moss “Mad Men”
  • Kerry Washington “Scandal”
  • Robin Wright “House of Cards”

– Who will win:

Claire Danes. Most believe that the race is down to Danes and Washington, but I think Danes pulls it out again. The show is much better and she plays the most insane and complex character currently on TV.

– Who should win:

Claire Danes. Nobody plays crazy like Claire Danes! She has turned her character Carrie into one of my favorites of all time. She is truly irreplaceable. Though, Vera Farmiga might soon give her a run for her money if “Bates Motel” continues to improve next year

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramaspacey emmy

  • Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
  • Hugh Bonneville “Downton Abbey”
  • Damian Lewis “Homeland”
  • Kevin Spacey “House of Cards”
  • Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
  • Jeff Daniels “The Newsroom”

– Who will win:

Kevin Spacey. Kudos to the nomination panel for not overlooking this show on Netflix. I have only watched a few episodes but Spacey absolutely blew me away. Wouldn’t be shocked to see Cranston win again in his final year, but I think Spacey edges him out.

– Who should win:

Jeff Daniels. Daniels plays a character that could easily be considered unlikable, but thanks to his perfect delivery we have come to love him. I think he delivers his lines to perfection and actually makes you believe you could be watching Cronkite or Murrow.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedyveep emmy

  • Laura Dern “Enlightened”
  • Lena Dunham “Girls”
  • Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey “30 Rock”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Veep”
  • Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”

– Who will win:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is just comedic gold. It may be considered blasphemy, but I truly believe she is better on this show than she was on Seinfeld.

– Who should win:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I would like to go with Poehler here because she is amazing on “Parks and Recreation”, but I just can’t. Louis- Dreyfus plays a larger than life character that you can completely relate to and its hilarious.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedyalec emmy

  • Jason Bateman “Arrested Development”
  • Jim Parsons “The Big Band Theory”
  • Matt LeBlanc “Episodes”
  • Don Cheadle “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K. “Louie”
  • Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”

– Who will win:

Alec Baldwin. He was terrific as he always is, and with the show ending I think it helps him bring home the statue. Just please don’t give this to Bateman. I love him to death but can we please all just admit that the new season of “Arrested Development was terrible?!?

– Who should win:

Louis C.K.. As I said before, he might be the funniest person on the planet. “Louie” may not be the biggest show on the planet compared to some of these shows, but it is easily the funniest and C.K. is the reason.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Dramasmith emmy

  • Anna Gunn “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith “Downton Abbey”
  • Emilia Clarke “Game of Thrones”
  • Christine Baranski “The Good Wife”
  • Morena Baccarin “Homeland”
  • Christina Hendricks “Mad Men”

– Who will win:

Maggie Smith. I have never watched “Downton Abbey” and yet I knew exactly who Smith was. That’s saying something. She won last year and is constantly mentioned as one of the best female TV actors working. I think she repeats this year.

– Who should win:

Anna Gunn. I would love to say Clarke as I love me some Mother of Dragons, but I have to say Gunn here. She was amazing as Skylar in the two seasons of “Breaking Bad” that I have watched and from what I have read about where the show has gone, she is definitely deserving for her impossible role as Walt’s wife.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a ComedyBowen emmy

  • Mayim Bialik “The Big Band Theory”
  • Julie Bowen “Modern Family”
  • Anna Chlumsky “Veep”
  • Jane Krakowski “30 Rock”
  • Jane Lynch “Glee”
  • Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”
  • Merritt Wever  “Nurse Jackie”

– Who will win:

Julie Bowen. While I don’t think “Modern Family” is what it used to be, it’s still a damn funny show. Even with the show slipping just a little, Bowen never has.

– Who should win:

Julie Bowen. Something can be said for consistency and Bowen has been nothing if not that. She is just as funny now as when the show started and still captures the essence of the everyday mom.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a DramaMandy Emmy

  • Jonathan Banks “Breaking Bad”
  • Bobby Cannavale “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Jim Carter “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage “Game of Thrones”
  • Mandy Patinkin “Homeland”
  • Aaron Paul “Breaking Bad”

– Who will win:

Mandy Patinkin. This was the hardest category of all for me to pick. Last year’s winner and probably public favorite Paul as well as previous winner Dinklage could both easily win, but I am giving the nod to Patinkin. In a show full of chaos and lies, his character Saul has been the constant calm old voice of wisdom and it has been terrific to watch.

– Who should win:

Peter Dinklage. I really can’t get mad if Paul of Patinkin win this, as they are all deserving. Yet something has to be said for this, I believe Dinklage is the finest actor working on TV. Every single thing he does is perfect. Everything. If his role had not been slightly reduced this season, I believe he would be the clear favorite.

2013 emmy predictions

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedyhale emmy

  • Adam Driver “Girls”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson “Modern Family”
  • Ed O’Neill “Modern Family”
  • Ty Burrell “Modern Family”
  • Bill Hader “Saturday Night Live”
  • Tony Hale “Veep”

– Who will win:

Tony Hale. I have loved him ever since his short run on “Chuck” and was a rare bright spot on “Arrested Development”, but his role in “Veep” is easily his best work. His character is tragically funny and his timing is fantastic. He straddles the line between awkward and funny perfectly.

– Who should win:

Bill Hader. Hader is one of the few up and coming actors that has a chance to succeed Louis C.K. as the best all around funny man across all platforms. His improv is great and he has been a major contributing writer for “South Park” for a few years now. But his work on SNL has been amazing. The people who say SNL isn’t funny anymore haven’t been watching. It has had an amazing cast and Hader has led the way. I’m sad to see him leave the show, and while I don’t think he will win, I think he more than deserves it.

About Evan Swafford

Evan Swafford

Evan is a semi reluctant insomniac, who has used his extra time to watch way more TV than is healthy for a normal human being. All his other time is devoted to movies, gaming, and being a sports fanatic and stat geek. Evan has a degree from MTSU in Electronic Media Journalism which he now uses to grow some of the best trees and shrubs money can buy. You can hear his useless knowledge every week on the Free For All podcast.