In the words of 30 Rock‘s Kenneth Parcell, “There’s only two things I love in this world: everybody and television.” Next Sunday, September 22, the world will pay tribute to Kenneth’s two great loves during the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the ultimate night of TV prestige. This year’s show is already proving to be a memorable one, with a star-studded group of presenters (including Tina Fey, Michael Douglas, Zooey Deschanel, and Bryan Cranston) and Neil Patrick Harris taking the wheel as host. And unlike the more movie-based awards shows that will take place in a few months, the Emmys are generally less predictable … and therefore more exciting.
The Emmys always offer a good mix of surprises and old standbys when it comes to nominees, and this year is no exception. Past winners, such as 30 Rock, Homeland, and Mad Men, are back on the ballots, and so are a slew of newcomers, like Louie and Scandal. We will certainly be on the edges of our seats to witness the battle between edgy and old-school. Will Breaking Bad finally take home the grand prize? Will Modern Family finally NOT take home the grand prize?
Perhaps most notable about this year’s Emmy Awards, however, is the inclusion of House of Cards and Arrested Development in the voting pools — the first time in history that programs offered only online (both aired on Netflix) are nominated in major categories. If one of these shows manages to snag a big award, it would signify the industry’s acceptance of the transformation of home entertainment. With these Netflix originals in the mix, the aforementioned edgy vs. old-school battle will truly reach new heights this year.
To get you ready for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, we’ve broken down the major categories for you, including all the nominees and our predictions for who will walk away with trophies … and who should walk away with trophies (they usually aren’t the same thing). Take a look and let us know if you agree with our picks!
2013 Emmy Nominees and Predictions: