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MAD MEN, MODERN FAMILY And The Other Usual TV Suspects?? Jimmy Kimmel's EMMY AWARDS!!

I am – Hercules!!

I do not expect a lot of surprises.  Lots of win for “Mad Men,” “Modern Famliy,” Melissa McCarthy, Jim Parsons, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

I suspect Claire Danes could beat Julianna Margulies as top drama actress this year.

I’d love to see Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig pick up statues for SNL.

There are a lot of “Downton Abbey” nominations this year.  I’d love to see any of its cast pick up a trophy this year.

I do wish “Game of Thrones” got more recognition.  Peter Dinklage does a splendid job, but there’s so much more to the series.

It pleases me greatly that superior comedies like “Community,” “Girls,” “Louie” and “Parks And Recreation” (twice nominated in writing this year!) have shoved “Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family” out of the sitcom-writing category.

If “American Horror Story” wins over “Sherlock” in the miniseries category, I believe I will feel a tiny pang of despair.

The show starts 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


Some of the major categories:



"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)

"Breaking Bad" (AMC)

"Downton Abbey" (PBS)

"Game of Thrones" (HBO)

"Homeland" (Showtime)

"Mad Men" (AMC)



“Downton Abbey,” Episode 7, Julian Fellowes

“Homeland,” Pilot, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff

“Mad Men,” The Other Woman Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner

“Mad Men,” Commissions And Fees, Andre & Maria Jacquemetton

“Mad Men,” Far Away Places, Matthew Weiner & Semi Chellas



Glenn Close, "Damages"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"



Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"



Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"



Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"

Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey"

Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Jared Harris, "Mad Men"



"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)

"Girls" (HBO)

"Modern Family" (ABC)

"30 Rock" (NBC)

"Veep" (HBO)



“Community” Remedial Chaos Theory, Chris McKenna

“Girls” Pilot, Lena Dunham

“Louie” Pregnant, Louis C.K.

“Parks And Recreation” The Debate,Amy Poehler

“Parks And Recreation” Win, Lose, Or Draw, Michael Schur



Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"



Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"



Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"



Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

Max Greenfield, "New Girl"

Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"



"American Horror Story" (FX)

"Game Change" (HBO)

"Hatfields & McCoys" (History)

"Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO)

"Luther" (BBC America)

"Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" (PBS)



"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)

"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC)

"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)

"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)



“The Colbert Report”

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”


“Real Time With Bill Maher”

“Saturday Night Live”



"The Amazing Race" (CBS)

"Dancing With the Stars" (ABC)

"Project Runway" (Lifetime)

"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox)

"Top Chef" (Bravo)

"The Voice" (NBC)

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  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    If they are honest..


    They will all bow down to Breaking Bad. Really, the fourth season is unforgettable. The Emmy voters tend to like repeat winners though, so we shall see.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    If it's about quality - Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Downton and Sherlock for me!

    by irishraidersfan

    Would be very happy with that...

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Kneel before Heisenberg.

    by dalcross

    And supporting nod for Aaron Paul of course.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    You look at those Drama Actor nomintations.

    by Grando

    And you wonder just what the fuck Hugh "shag bandit" Bonneville is doing there. Honestly, it's like Rob Schneider wandering into the Oscars. Well, maybe not, but it's pretty fucking bad.

  • got totally snubbed. Fuck The Emmys and then yo mom's after dinna Courtesy of Yours Truly Fuck You

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    who should win, wo will win

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    - Drama Series Who should win - Breaking Bad Who will win - Mad Men Either way an amazing list of nominees, Game of Thrones would be my favourite. Boardwalk Empire is the one series I am still struggling to love - Drama Actress Who should win - Claire Danes Who will win - Claire Danes Kathy Bates lucky to be nominated in my opinion. Katey Sagal or Anna Torv should have been nominated - Drama Actor Who should win - Bryan Cranston Who will win - Jon Hamm Hamm has been very very good, but Cranston is on another level. - Supporting Drama Actress Who should win - Christina Hendricks Who will win - Christina Hendricks Where are the Game of Thrones girls, Lena Headey should be there - Supporting Drama Actor Who should win - Giancarlo Esposito Who will win - Peter Dinklage John Noble robbed again of a nomination, but as brilliant as he was, Esposito was incredible - Comedy Series Who should win - Louie... yes I know not even nominated Who will win - Modern Family Louie clearly should be nominated - Comedy Actress Who should win - Amy Poehler Who will win - Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Comedy Actor Who should win - Louis C.K. Who will win - Alec Baldwin -Supporting Comedy Actress Who should win - Julie Bowen Who will win - Sofia Vergara Pretty poor field, chose Julie Bowen over Sofia's breasts, how about some of the girls from Community or Parks - Supporting Comedy Actor Who should win - Eric Stonestreet Who will win - Eric Stonestreet Again where are the people from Parks and Community

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Sherlock - A Scandal in Belgravia

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Hands down, the best thing on TV this year. Sherlock was amazing, but Scandal took it to new heights. Spectacular tv!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    For people not residing in the US...

    by Colonel_Blimp

    Does anyone here know if it's streamed live somewhere?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    merritt wever

    by Halibut

    So funny, so awesome. I hope the Modern Family babes lock each other out and Zoey sneaks through.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Liberals already talk like Pinkman

    by magic_ninja

    "I'm not racist, yo! I voted for the half black guy!"

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by DrFever

    How can he not win!?!?!

  • C;mon, whats with the Emmy awards and their inability to acknowledge one of the best scripted, acted and produced tv shows ever? So Bryan and Aaron manage to deservedly win some acclaim but that ideally is a direct result from being able to mine such rich and brilliantly scripted source material no? Anyway Emmy awards or not we ALL know Breaking Bad is the most superior tv series to grace our screens in sometime....FACT!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Love Aaron Paul & Dinklage, but Giancarlo Esposito owns that Emmy

    by Joey Stars

  • Holy fuck is that a great 30 minutes of sitcom. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons is my personal favorite episode of community, but if any episode of the show was ever going to be recognized for its excellence, its the writing of remedial chaos theory. a powerhouse of sitcom brilliance packed into an intricately plotted thirty-minute "what if". So glad it was recognized.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by bender

    Vince was nominated for Best Directing for a Drama Series (for the season 4 finale) and the show itself got a Best Drama Series nod, which he gets a nom for.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Aaron Paul is amazing as Jesse, but I hope Giancarlo gets it.

    by bender

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    so I guess with the odd timing of how the nominations go...

    by TheSeeker7

    The Newsroom's entire 2nd season will have presumably aired by the time anything from the 1st season will have been able to qualify for nominations, right... ?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Modern Family


    I don't HATE it, but by the gods it doesn't deserve the accolades it gets.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Ed O'Neill deserves to win for MF

    by OutsideChance

    He elevates everything he does. If he hadn't gotten stuck playing Al Bundy all those years he'd probably be better regarded. But even his Bundy was better than the series deserved

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Raising Hope a better comedy then Modern Family.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I wish Community get more noms for Annie breast alone but alas no. Louie also deserves some nom. Far as I hope who wins, anything Mad Men, GOT, Sherlock, Abbey, and Breaking Bad. Sure they may cancel or win over one another but they are some good tv.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    BTW, the two dogs humping outside Peggy's window...

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    deserves Best FuckUp Moment On TV!!! Elizabeth Moss reaction was comedy gold! LOL

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    If Mad Men gets toppled, it will be this year

    by Cartagia

    Not that it was bad, but Downton and Breaking Bad where just that much better last year.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by MGTHEDJ

    Comedy Series; Modern Family Drama Series: Downton Abby Actor/actress/support actress Drama: Downton Abby Support Actor: Giancarlo E TV movie-mini: Game Change TV Movie actress: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin TV Movie Actor: Benedict C. as Sherlock

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    breaking bad, bryan cranston, giancarlo esposito, claire danes, christina hendricks (but really she's tied with maggie smith), modern family, jim parsons, ty burrell, zooey deschanel (predicting a big upset with that one), sofia vergara. if downton actually wins best drama im gonna pissed. i love downton but its probably the worst show nominated. and boss should really have gotten a nom instead of downton. also if breaking bad and cranston don't win im also gonna be pissed, even if i know breaking bad doesn't have the greatest chance of winning.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    if Mad Men wins again for best Drama I am boycotting TV forever!

    by Titus05

    Breaking Bad deserves the prize for best Drama...Game of Thrones second season wasn't as great as the first season so I don't see it winning

  • But I'm sure the other networks appreciate the free promos.

  • Aside for the conceits, for BB and Bryan Cranston, ratings seem to be what are rewarded here. Just so many better comedies than MF and TBBT out there.

  • Which would be, raise my eyebrows and giggle like a little girl for a solid 8 seconds before returning to my stoic, normal self.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Live Stream?

    by hdawg

    Anyone know if i can watch online somewhere?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire Win = Mayans were right

    by SuperXY

    As long as Boardwalk doesn't win drama I'm cool with that category. And as long as Buscemi doesn't win I'm cool with that one. Most of the others seem like pretty good nominations. I'd love to seem Homeland pick up the win, but I think it was really close between that, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men last season. With Thrones right behind. Gotta say I'm interested to see if Aaron Paul - who would be a shoe in any other year - can beat out Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito stole the season. I'm just wondering if they'll cancel out each other's votes and give it to the only very slightly less deserving Dinklage. Should actually be an interesting Emmys just because there are a lot of things that were actually Emmy worthy last year instead of just safe network crap.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    i see ads for ustream as the source for Emmy livestream

    by MGTHEDJ

    I don't no how reliable that is, and if it can be seen outside the USA

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I still think that John noble was robbed

    by Paul

    He should have been nominated with his awesome performances the last 4 seasons of Fringe. Its to bad that the Emmy voters have their heads up their butts when it comes to Sci-Fi.

  • I should be able to zip through the 3 hours of the Emmys in about 1/2 hour after recording it. Also cool that there are new episodes of Black Dynamite and Robot Chicken, and a rerun of an old episode of Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, Dialogues with Death

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Paul

    Yeah with all of the different versions of Walter that he's done he should have definatly have gotten one at least, Walter, Walternate, Walter without Peter, cold and calculating Walter in the Future, etc. Anna Torv and Jasika Nicole should also get Emmys for the different versions.

  • BBT is bottom-barrel gutter trash. MF is actually a smart, witty show.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    is it just me of is the sound messed up?

    by jim

    hope they fix it soon

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Holy Kat Dennings Batman

    by Cartagia

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    bad sound is due to the location of the show

    by MGTHEDJ

    Thant place has never had a good sound system

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    yeaaaaaa louie!

    by jsfithaca

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Hip replacement ad?

    by MGTHEDJ

    And the first 3 networks wonder why they lose the 18-54 demos.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    also agree with renetabard

    by jsfithaca

    modern family is one of the funniest shows on tv and bbt is shit

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Matthew Perry is back on pain pills?

    by MGTHEDJ

    he's talking way to slow

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    That was the best Chik-fi-la joke ever

    by Cartagia

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Ducky for the win

    by MGTHEDJ

    Baldwin and Parsons looked pissed

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I was hoping Kat Dennings would pop out of that dress.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Since that didn't happen, I will now be disappointed with the rest of this broadcast.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Bladwin and Parsons looked pissed?

    by Cartagia

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Louis looks like he's upset with himself just ofr being there

    by Cartagia

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis D=the power of NBC employees from 1981-1995

    by MGTHEDJ

    They permeate the voters for the emmys

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis Dreyfus is a billionaire.

    by FluffyUnbound

    No, she actually is. Look it up. Her family has multiple billions. So if you had hit that back in the day and then put a ring on it, you would have a wife that still looks that hot 20 years later, AND a billion dollars.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Was that Kat Dennings

    by jim

    or Jessica Rabbit?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I LOVE Downton Abbey but if anyone was robbed it was Esposito

    by Cartagia

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Downton boys and Giancarlo knocked each other off

    by MGTHEDJ

    Aaron Paul won by default.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I assumed Downton and Breaking Bad would cancel each other out

    by Cartagia

    Giving Dinklage #2, despite not being *quite* as good this season

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Downton and mad men knock each other off

    by MGTHEDJ

    Homeland wins writing

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Downton wins Support Actress

    by MGTHEDJ

    That is one

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    the chicken lady won

    by jim

    way to go, Dowager!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Did Jeremy Davies have his head stuck in something

    by jim

    right before coming on stage?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    big jim- that's his hair on Justified

    by Cartagia

    He is a guest who is almost a supporting.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Wow, Downton Abby is a spoiler

    by MGTHEDJ

    Not winning, but knocking off the favorites Nice for D. Lewis

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    no cranston?

    by jsfithaca

    fuck everything

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Hamm and Cranston cancelled each other out

    by Cartagia

    And this would have been one for each season of BB for Cranston, they wanted to break the pattern. Despite the fact that the last 5 minutes of Crawl Space is the best work he's done on the show.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I was thinking "poor Jon Hamm"

    by jim

    the one year recently BB wasn't eligible, Mad Men skipped that year too. But then Dick Winters won anyway.

  • And that means Homeland is winning everything.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Was Missing really a mini-series?

    by jim

    Or just a show that got cancelled in its first season?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Missing: ABC bribed the academy to put it there

    by MGTHEDJ

    It was a regular series that was cancelled.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    No love for Sherlock yet

    by MGTHEDJ

    looks like they new Game Change and Costner's western would win

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Nerds of Doom for the win

    by MGTHEDJ

    i knew Moffett was not going to win be because of Game Change

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Levinson!

    by Hercules

    Danny Strong! Lot of love for "Game Change"!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, HBO has Made for TV categories on lockdown.

    by Cartagia

    Benedict may still win because of the Hatfield split, though.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Julianne Moore, of course

    by MGTHEDJ

    and she deserved it

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Can't disagree with all the "Game Change" wins

    by jim

    even if I did prefer "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Jay Roach is married to Susanna Hoffs?

    by jim

    learn something new every day

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    So, I just tuned in

    by C

    did I miss anything?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    why is American Horror Story in the mini-series category?

    by Titus05

    cheap way to try and avoid competition in the Drama category

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Homeland for Drama

    by MGTHEDJ

    Downton was indeed a spoiler!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Agree about American Horror Story in the mini-series category.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    WTF!? How is that even allowed? Oh well.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I fucking love Homeland

    by C

    but there is no conceivable justification for Mad Men, in their best season, loosing the nod.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    boo, game change winning! hatfields and mccoys should have won #emmys

    by Orionsangels

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Am. Horror Story was to be a mini

    by MGTHEDJ

    it was so successful FX bankrolled a second season, but it will only be loosely connected to the first season

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen American Horror Story

    by jim

    but someone in the Emmy nominations TB said that the first season is a complete story, and that the second season will be a new story with new characters. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but nowhere near as blatant a cheat as having "Missing" in that category.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Modern Family wins because it's 4 shows in one

    by MGTHEDJ

    Ed and Sophia= I Love Lucy and Brady Bunch Julie Bowen and her husband and kids= Dick Van Dyke Show 2 Gay Guys= The Odd Couple This gets the Carl Reiner and Alan Alda vote. Showing Rob and Laura having sex, the gay couple being the most normal, and having an episode where a child says" fuck" and the censors only bleep it out gets the hip and edgy vote from the Cheers to Seinfeld NBC sitcom era voters, in addition to the 1988-2012 FOX network voters.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I too call BS on homeland over mad men

    by bowtiehoon

    as good as homeland was, mad men was better

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    The reason Mad Men finally lost. TOO. MUCH. MEGAN.

    by Paul Hanlin Jr


  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Mad Men is a great show, one for the ages, but face it folks, it bores the fuck out of more people than it doesn't, and Downton Abbey same deal. Homeland was a great show and it also had a great deal of visceral suspense and excitement to it. I'm not surprised by its win at all. Breaking Bad is too good to even be mentioned on these shows. It's not a show, it's a work of art. Mad props to Aaron Paul for his well-deserved win, but since Aaron Paul already appears to have the world's hottest girlfriend, I wish Giancarlo Esposito had been given the nod. Because Gus Fring was utterly legendary.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Like Missing and AMH...

    by Talandir

    Sherlock and Luther are NOt mini-series! They are both ongoing dramas, albeit with very few episodes per season.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Homeland? Frakkin HOMELAND?!

    by ParagonComplex

    This prestige of the Emmy's are dead and buried with this travesty.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by the__natural74

    Big story is Mad Men losing, second biggest story is Breaking Bad losing. But, even though I'm only into disc 2 of the Homeland bluray, I gotta think they do deserve it. Good for them, and the acting wins shows the best in show wasn't b/c of split votes or anything. Strong win. Mad Men winning for a 5th straight year would have been unprecedented from past winners I found, so maybe it was a tough task anyway? I'm not a hater, just couldn't get into it many years ago. But I'm sure it has to be solid...just not my thing. (Never watched West Wing either.) Can't stop watching Homeland each episode! Really great at causing groans when the credits roll because I want it to keep going.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Cranston losing is like that time Malone got NBA MVP over Jordan

    by zillabeast

    They were like, "meh, you've had enough. Lets share with this clearly inferior but still deserving contender."

  • and because so much quality tv is being produced across the ocean and being shown on american tv, thanks to cable, might be a good idea to add categories in both comedy and drama for foreign shows ya, most nominees would be brit, but thats ok btw, did the producers of homeland thank the original ISRAELI creators

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Dang all the show I DON'T watch won the Emmy

    by mistergreen

    Are the shows that won worth watching?

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Homeland did thank the Israelies

    by MGTHEDJ

    They made a point of it.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST

    No canceling out

    by SuperXY

    If that was true Aaron Paul wouldn't have won. Paul was just that good. An Homeland was just that great. Seems like their aren't a lot of Showtime subscribers in the comments. No way anyone could watch that show and not see that it was completely deserving of a win.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Israeli Show

    by SuperXY

    It's a'so very good. But also so different from Homeland. Very much an inspired by rather than a copy of a la The Killing.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    i don't know how anyone could watch breaking bad and not think that the latest season was better than homeland, or that cranston was better than lewis. in a different year maybe they should have won those categories but danes was the only one who deserved the emmy tonight.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Happy for Louis CK

    by Truxton Spangler

    But if it was my choice, it would have been Esposito and BB rather than Paul and Homeland, as much as I like both winners. Modern Family isn't a bad show, but it's a good example of the academy being lazy. I would have taken Greenfield in that category. The biggest upset was probably Homeland taking the writing category, which Mad Men always has locked up for itself. Shenanigans in the miniseries category entries. AHS and Missing?

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Like listening to aliens talking about bowling

    by agnes

    Nobody will come out and say this because the Emmys are a big, glamorous PR event designed to get viewers to watch more TV, but the reality is that who wins and who loses bears almost no relation to a) the shows watched and admired by the 15,000 members of the Academy and b) the shows that might arguably deserve it based on the combination of technical prowess, original storytelling and compelling acting. The "Best Comedy/Best Drama" awards are chosen by, at best 10% of the membership, based on two (TWO!) submitted episodes from each nominated series. Think about that. Think about how Homeland had a dead stretch of about three episodes. Now think about last year's season of Breaking Bad, which was consistently building the story to a climax. Or the way Bryan Cranston's character evolved from episode to episode, gradually becoming both more evil and more pathetic. If you could judge a series on the entire season, that would be one thing, but that's not how it works. And if you're Breaking Bad, how do you submit just two episodes that showcases everything you've tried to do in 12 hours? It's a miracle BB ever wins anything. It's also true that Academy voters sometimes don't pay attention to the screeners, but just vote their conscience, based on their own biases. (Certain actors with lengthy careers can sometimes be a mortal lock for awards because they have so many former colleagues among the voters that it doesn't even matter if the submitted reel was just a bootleg of Miami College Girls Go Wild.) The Academy also likes to feel like their admiration is returned -- David Simon has said so many times over the years that he's a "journalist," not a "tv writer," because tv is a lie and cheap entertainment, that it's no mystery why The Wire was completely shut out. And by the way, the Emmys rotate from network to network each year, so it's not like ABC begged, borrowed and stole to get the Emmys, only to find themselves embarrassed by a lack of nominees -- it's just a coincidence. (Unlike the Oscars, which ABC specifically bought the broadcast rights to.) Looking back, you can usually figure out which network broadcast which year, just based on who hosted (Jimmy Fallon = NBC, Jane Lynch = Fox, etc.)

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Emmy awards suck

    by T

    Everytime I have watched the Emmy awards it just make me hate everyone involved.

  • And how did Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) or Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) not even get a nomination for some of the best work I've seen in a television series this year???

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    AHS was great

    by lagomorph

    They really should subtitle the first season, excuse me... mini series... "Murder House" or something for consistency.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Homeland had one of the worst cop-out endings ever

    by Titus05

    the bomb malfunctioning in the final episode was absolutely terrible writing...along the lines of Bobby Ewing coming out of the's like Homeland never was planned to go beyond 1 season

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I don't like cats, so I use the term "dogegory".

    by tonagan

    Granted, no one knows what I'm talking about.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    WTF? Damian Lewis is fucking great!

    by masteryoda007

    Ever since Band of Brothers this guy has been great!

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Do people actually still watch awards shows?

    by Jon Serianni

    They are all so predictable. The Emmys will award the same shows and people for as long as their shows air with barely a hiccup. The Oscars as just a marketing tool designed only to promote movies no one outside of a film school would choose to go see on their own. Not sure why anyone would actually watch these shows anymore but more power to you if you enjoy them.

  • than anything Fallon did on SNL.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    re: "Sherlock and Luther are NOt mini-series!"

    by jim

    You are right about Sherlock, it's not a mini-series It's a movie Each episode is a 90 minute, self-contained story. The series can be seen as a collection of TV movies. Also, you may have noticed, the series wasn't nominated, just one episode was.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Kimmel has ZEOR personality in any setting...

    by Dan

    how he ever grabbed hold of the network tit is a mystery....

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is wrong with everyone?

    by bender

    Homeland is awesome. Someone finally took Mad Men down. Cranston is amazing but Damian Lewis is too. Happy to see him win. It was pretty obvious Claire Danes would win, and it was a well deserved win.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by bender

    Did you finish the finale? The bomb malfunctioning wasn't what made Brody decide not to blow himself up. He fixed the bomb. It was his daughters call that made him not do it. This whole argument makes no sense to me. The only plausible way Brody could have blown himself up was if Homeland were a miniseries. Not a (hopefully) long-running series. No Brody = no show.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Titus05

    the bomb malfunctioning was the initial reason he didn't blow up the room...whatever happened afterwards was just another silly contrived plot can we know take anything the show does moving forward seriously?...if we know he couldn't do it the first time how on earth is the show going to make audiences believe that he will do it if given another opportunity? Damian Lewis was great in Band of Brothers but he is not on that same level in Homeland...he's a little stiff here in my opinion...Claire Danes is amazing and deserves her Emmy and Mandy Patankin is also very good...Lewis is the weak link and only got the Emmy because: other votes cancelled themselves out, people wanting to see someone else win besides Cranston or Homeland was riding a tidal wave of undeserved support

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Titus, again

    by bender

    No Brody = no show. This show is about him and Carrie. He can't die in the first season. This is one of the most ridiculous arguments I've ever heard. How would the show go on without him? And why does he have to blow himself up at some point? That doesn't have to happen.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    bender95, again

    by Titus05

    if we know he couldn't do it the first time how on earth is the show going to make audiences believe that he will do it if given another opportunity?...isn't the entire premise of the show built upon this notion that he might actually kill the Vice President or commit some other act of terrorism?...not to mention that there is no way any terrorist organization would trust him again if he couldn't do it the first time (for whataver reason) the show was built on Brody and whether he was or wasn't turned in they built a permanently flawed program if they cannot either have him killed or are we to believe that every season they will build to another terrorist act and have him chicken out every time? have to kill him now or have him turn into a double-double agent (which would be an even worse scenario)...kill Brody like they killed Ned Stark in can kill off your lead character on cable and in this case would be the only logical solution

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Why does Brody have to blow himself up?

    by bender

    That doesn't have to happen. And GoT is a completely different scenario. I take it you haven't read the books GoT is based on? Besides, how the hell would the show work without him? What would season 2 be about? Carrie investigating him AFTER his death? Or would this turn into Dexter and have her investigate someone new every season? Dexter was great for five seasons (the sixth, not so much, but season 7 looks awesome) but the guest-star every season thing got old. OR it would just turn into 24. We don't want that happening.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    You know...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I thought Danes was terrific in Homeland. If she'd taken home an Emmy I would have applauded. I think Lewis was very good, too. But I don't think he was as good as either Hamm or Cranston. And hey, I'd put Homeland in the top ten dramas on television right now. I watch it. I like it. But I'd put Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy and Justified ahead of it. I love the central relationship. I love the way Lewis and Danes have to weave through both internal and external minefields to try to simply survive, much less pursue their very different goals. And I think Danes performance in the first season was the equal of Cranston's on Breaking Bad, pretty much a dead heat for the best of the year. But the things I love about the show don't exist in a vacuum, and the plot through which these two wonderful characters move is consistently contrived and sometimes borderline silly. Anyone here ever gone through a background check, heck, even one from DIS? And any one of a half dozen things Danes did (and for that matter, that Lewis did) during season one would have triggered fresh investigations of a far more aggressive sort than a simple security clearance. The plot wasn't all that different from 24. And I'm not knocking 24, because for quite a few years that show was my favorite bag of tv popcorn, but that's a world Jack Bauer walks, and these two very strong, very real characters seem to have entered it from a very different place. The whole of Homeland is less than the sum of its parts. That doesn't make it bad. Like I said, I enjoy it. But it isn't quite in the elite of what's on television right now, and last night it certainly beat some better shows.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    On the other hand, the first season of The Sorpanos...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...lost the Emmy for best drama to The Practice. So, sweets for the sweet.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    by chance72

    I'm just happy that Louis C.K. won an Emmy for writing. Brilliant.

  • I agree with red ned lynch...the show is not among the elite (Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones) but is better then most shows on the air...that being said it reminds me of early Boardwalk Empire...never reached its potential until possibly Season 3...maybe Homeland needs some time to figure out what kind of show it wants to be and how best to utilize the premise

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Lena Dunham was robbed! Modern Family?!!! Really?!!!

    by SergeantStedenko

    P.S. Lena looked gorgeous in Prada and she no Devil, girlfriend. P.P.S. On second thought, true she ain't the Devil, but there's a good argument to be made that she sold her soul for her career.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    You people watch too much television...

    by Dan

    who has the time?

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Herc watches too much tv.

    by SergeantStedenko

    It's clouded his judgment. Watching all those multiple screens playing multiple programs at the same time. I guess that's the only way to watch Reality tv and actually enjoy it.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Harry, fix the Top 10 Talkback feature! Why is this still the No. 1 Talkback?

    by SergeantStedenko