Outstanding Drama Series : The Good Wife (CBS) No network television show made it into this category this year for the first time in this categories history. The Good Wife was nominated for the shows first two seasons, but missed out on a nomination this year. The show proved that it can play with the big dogs, and has accomplished a lot, and should have been a nominee.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Kelsey Grammer-Boss-The biggest shock the day the nominations were announced was that this 12 time nominee did not get a nomination when he proved his dramatic chops on the Starz drama. Grammer made people forget about Frasier Crane proving that this guy should have made this list.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kate Sagal-Sons of Anarchy-Another comedic icon who shed her laughs for this dark role, Sagal has been ignored by this voting body time and time again for some reason. Gemma is one bad ass, and Sagal's performance is one of the strongest female acting on television today.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Mandy Patinkin-Homeland-Saul is the quiet one of the bunch. Unlike Carrie and Brody he does not have the flash in his story, but Patinking proves that he is the quiet rock. Patinkin is one incredible actor, and people seem to forget him in this show for some reason, but his performance is incredible.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lena Headey-Game of Thrones-This Lady Macbeth type character was a little one note in season one, but Headey provided a lot more depth in season two. Her interactions with Dinklage always used to have me saying "Wow he's great." This year she stepped up her game, and proved her talent.
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Breaking Bad-Box Cutter-Vince Gilligan-The season four premiere kicks off where the intensity from season 3 ended, and Vince Gilligan starts strong as he knows how to do. This show was snubbed in the writing category (although the show's direction is stronger), but should be given credit for the almost often well crafted self contained world.
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Game of Thrones-Blackwater-Neil Marshall-The epitome of what could defined as one of the best directed television episodes ever! This larger than life battle was brilliantly crafted, and built up the tension perfectly. My winner of the year would be this episode.
Outstanding Comedy Series: Community-The Emmy Awards always seem to forget the Greendale 7. This is going to be regarded as one of the funniest series of all time to not get a nomination in this category, but like the Greendale 7 this show is rebellious, and not ever getting a nomination will keep its hip factor alive.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Adam Scott-Parks and Recreation-Ben Wyatt's dorky/nerdy side could give Sheldon Cooper and the gang from Big Bang for their money. Scott's loveable dork/love interest for Leslie Knope was the highlight of season four; he ran Leslie's campaign, cried dressed up like Batman, and so much more.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Laura Dern-Enlightened-I have said this before and I will say it again, I loathe this show, and just think there is something about it that makes me cringe. With that said Dern does a fantastic job of making a show I hate bearable enough.; she is a great actress, and this is one terrific role.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nick Offerman-Parks and Recreation-Who leaves Ron Swanson off the ballot? Ron Swanson would actually leave his own name off so maybe the voters got thrown by his persona. Offerman has created one of the funniest, most distinct characters in television history, I do not know what the Emmy voters do not get.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Casey Wilson-Happy Endings-Watch out for this show next year! Last season the show hit full steam and was one of the best shows on television, namely because of its great ensemble including the lovelorn Penny Hartz. Wilson is one funny lady, and this character is no Phoebe she is her own crazy persona.
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Veep-Chung-Sean Gray & Armando Iannucci & Will Smith-The writing on this show was spot on, I am shocked voters did missed it in this category, especially the funniest episode of season, "Chung." This episode follows the Veep herself as she may be replaced by a Senator named Chung with whom she makes a racially driven comment about on television, I cried with laughter.
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series:Community-Remedial Chaos Theory-Jeff Melman-The show got its first major nomination in the writing category this year for this episode, but how can you forget Melman's direction? The direction in this episode was the glue to the framework. This was one of the shows strongest episodes ever, and Melman deserves just as much credit.