Hello, Losers: 2013 Primetime Emmy Predictions

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I started this site with the intention of it being three-quarters sports and one-quarter pop culture. The pop culture side has been severely lacking over the past few months so I decided to write a comprehensive Emmy prediction column before the winged trophies are given out tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Emmys are tough to predict this year. Unlike the Oscars who have 25 award shows leading up to them, the Emmys are solitary. We all knew Daniel Day-Lewis would win because he had won the Best Actor award in every single other contest. Picking the Emmys is much harder, and actually makes the event interesting to watch: There is the new faction of Netflix invaders; Game of Thrones is actually taken seriously now; It’s 30 Rock’s last chance to take home some trophies; and we can all hope that the Big Bang Theory goes home without any awards.

Plus, comedy star and professional award show host Neil Patrick Harris is the host, and he will definitely do the Emmys justice. I predict one, if not two, musical numbers. And they will be fantastic.

Picking the Emmys is different than the Oscars, for me: even though I went 20 for 24 on those picks. I love television, and watch too much of it, so picking the awards for television is a lot more fun that trying to decide who played the dying person in the critically-acclaimed, boring-as-hell Oscarbait movie better.

But the Emmys have many more categories and neither of us has the time for me to explain why these people will win in much detail. Instead, I will select the person or show in the biggest categories that I think should win, and the person or show that I believe will (probably) win. So, fill out your own ballot and follow along. Remember that this list is for entertainment purposes only, and no money should be wagered on the validity of these picks.

Here we go:

DRAMA SERIES

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Who should win: Game of Thrones

Who will (probably) win: House of Cards

ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey”)
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Damian Lewis (“Homeland”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Who should win: Bryan Cranston

Who will (probably) win: Bryan Cranston. Sorry, Jon Hamm.

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”)
Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)
Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”)
Connie Britton (“Nashville”)
Kerry Washington (“Scandal”)

Who should win: Claire Danes

Who will (probably win: Claire Danes

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”)
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Many Patinkin (“Homeland”)

Who should win: Bobby Cannavale

Who will (probably) win: Aaron Paul.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
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 should win: Emilia Clarke [KHALEESI]

Who will (probably) win: Maggie Smith

COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Girls” (HBO)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Veep” (HBO)

Who should win: 30 Rock

Who will (probably) win: Modern Family

ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)
Louie C.K (“Louie”)
Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”)

Who should win: Alec Baldwin

Who will (probably) win: Let’s just hope it’s Alec Baldwin

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Laura Dern (“Enlightened”)
Lena Dunham (“Girls”)
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Who should win: Amy Poehler because she deserves one eventually, right?

Who will (probably) win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver (“Girls”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)
Ed O’Neill  (“Modern Family”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Bill Hader (“SNL”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)

Who should win: Bill Hader, as a sort of lifetime achievement award

Who will (probably) win: Ty Burrell

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Jane Lynch (“Glee”)
Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”)
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”)
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

Who should win: Anna Chlumsky

Who will (probably) win: Julie Bowen

Check back tomorrow and see how well I did. I really have no idea who will win.

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