To win an Emmy Award, shows and actors submit episodes to be viewed by a panel. Television shows must submit six episodes while actors submit one. This system has been different throughout the history of the Emmy Awards, but I think the awards have a good balance with this. Based on the nominees (and not taking into consideration their episodes submitted) here is who should the at this years Emmy Awards.
Best Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
The best comedy of the year! This shows third season did not have a bad episode, the humor and storytelling were consistent. The other nominee that could be seen as deserving is Modern Family, but its second season was not as good as its first.
Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The comedian has created a new name for himself and with this show I think he proves to be on track to becoming one of the few comedians who creates a successful show. Carell deserved to win in season two, Baldwin is great but not this year, and Parsons schtick is still funny but this is the year of Louis CK.
Alec Baldwin-30 Rock
Steve Carell-The Office
Johnny Galecki-The Big Bang Theory
Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory
Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation
Edie Falco-Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey-30 Rock
Laura Linney-The Big C
Melissa McCarthy-Mike and Molly
Martha Plimpton-Raising Hope
Like Tina Fey, Poehler is just so damn like able, talented, and funny. With an even better season she deserves to win! Linney is a talented actress and unlike her other Showtime counterparts her show is actually funny, but I am just not into this as much.
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O'Neil-Modern Family
The only Modern Family actor snubbed last year (bad form) should be the winner this year; he is one of the funniest actors ever and had some great stories this season on Modern Family.
Ty Burrell-Modern Family
Jon Cryer-Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet-Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson-Modern Family
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sofia Vergera-Modern Family
Vergara is a scene stealer like no other on her show; she is more than a bomb shell she is one great comedienne. Lynch got stale, White is White, the next closest nominee that could or should win is Julie Bowen for playing the straight woman role so well.
Best Drama Series
The Good Wife
The show that mixes story and procedural so well, did it even better in the second season. In a year when HBO and AMC had so many quality shows this network television program made the classic drama look effortless.
Game of Thrones
Friday Night Lights
Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
John Hamm-Mad Men
Steve Buscemi-Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler-Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall-Dexter
Hamm had one of the best seasons this year, we saw more to Don Draper when he wasn't attached to his evil shrew of a wife Betty. Buscemi was good, but Hamm is just great!
Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss-Mad Men
Kathy Bates-Harry's Law
Connie Britton- Friday Night Lights
Mirelle Enos-The Killing
Mariska Hargitay-Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit
Julianna Marguilles-The Good Wife
Moss's portrayal of Peggy was great this year; she grew as person within that show and her connection with Don was done so well. We saw a more confident Peggy than ever before, and that is some great acting to transform that character. Marguiles is a close second for me but Moss shined.
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Cumming-The Good Wife
Andre Braugher: Men of a Certain Age
Josh Charles-The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage-Game of Thrones
John Slattery-Mad Men
Michelle and Robert King did the best thing by giving Allan Cumming a role as a series regular. Eli Gould is a great character and Alan Cumming is brilliant!
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Martindale's dark and twisted matriarch is better than portrayal in this category this year, enough said!
Christine Baranski-The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Kelly McDonald-Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi-The Good Wife