2012 Emmy debate: Does ABC’s ‘Revenge’ have a real shot?

If you have looked around at some of the people making early Emmy predictions over the past few weeks, there is one common thread linking pretty much all of them — nobody seems to be caring about network series, in particular in the Outstanding Drama Series category. “The Good Wife” is the only show on a broadcast channel to be considered a favorite to take home a trophy, and it’s one that we featured in our own prediction piece earlier this year.

So do any other drama series from networks have a chance? That is what we are going to be looking at over the next few days, and we are going to start with a show that has become a bit of a wild-card pick for some TV critics over the past few weeks — “Revenge.”

The case for “Revenge”

Let’s ignore the fact that there are shows out there that may be more high-brow a la “Mad Men” — this is just a thrilling show to watch. There hasn’t been anything so wonderfully soapy on TV in years, and it brings us back to the early days when people still cared about “Desperate Housewives” (even if that show was more of a comedy). “Revenge” is exciting, stuffed with twists, and has some great performances — in particular Madeleine Stowe, who has the show’s best chance of scoring a nomination in a major category.

At a certain level, you have to think that the Emmy voters would want to have networks represented in some way — and if they felt like us that “The Good Wife” was lacking for most of the season (which it was), this is one of the best alternatives out there.

The case against “Revenge”

Really, it’s all about content here — and voters are not usually so keen on primetime soaps, even the kind that feature the sort of butt-kicking that Emily Thorne busts out on a regular basis. “Revenge” is a love-it-or-hate-it show, and it’s unclear if the people who love it are a big enough contingent of Emmy voters to matter.

It’s also about competition here. As we’ve said all year, five out of the six nominees for Outstanding Drama Series to us are locks — “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” and “Downton Abbey.” Therefore, “Revenge” is going to be competing against not just “The Good Wife,” but shows like “Justified,” “Fringe,” “The Walking Dead,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Sons of Anarchy” — and you could make a case for any of them and not be that far off.

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