It’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time the nominations or the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards are going to be announced. At this point, there is no reason to even debate some of the shows that are locks to be nominated — see “Modern Family,” “Mad Men,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Homeland.”
Instead, what we are interested in looking at the day before are five shows that are definitely on the bubble right now. They could easily break through and be the surprise of the entire day — but very easily, they could also be shut out and ignored in favor of other shows.
“Community” (NBC) – We know that the comedy has a loyal fan following and is beloved by many people, but even a win at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards may not be enough for the older, more industry-focused Emmy voters to recognize a show that was plagued by negative press concerning Dan Harmon’s exit. It’s deserving, but it also was deserving last year and was shut out of the major categories.
“Sons of Anarchy” (FX) – Another deserving show, we are curious to see what happens this year with Kurt Sutter if neither Charlie Hunnam or Katey Sagal don’t get nominated. Last year, the guy pretty much eviscerated everyone who votes for these awards.
“Girls” (HBO) – It’s the show that you are supposed to watch if you are “cool,” and we know that Emmy voters love to feel like they are in touch with what is the “show of the moment.” While we feel pretty confident that Lena Dunham will get a nod for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, the show as a whole is a question mark.
“Luck” (HBO) – The Michael Mann-produced horse-racing drama had the nastiest controversy of all this year when horse deaths led to it getting canceled midway through production for season 2. However, Dustin Hoffman is still a serious contender for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and you can never discount an HBO show’s ability to break through in the overall drama series category.
“Revenge” (ABC) – Finally, we have (gasp) a network show trying to break through in a category currently dominated by cable (with a little bit of “The Good Wife”). “Revenge” has a slim chance at getting an Outstanding Drama Series nomination, and Madeleine Stowe could also break through as a supporting actress. We figure “Revenge” will either get a ton of praise from the Emmys, or pretty much no praise at all.
What show do you think could be the biggest wild card of nomination day tomorrow? We want to hear from you below! Want to know what shows we think are deserving? We have an extensive Emmy preview series that we have published over at this link.
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