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2008 Emmy Predictions

by Rachel Cericola, TV Fodder Editor

Tonight's the big show in TV Land -- the Emmys. We contemplated blogging live tonight, but there are so many other sites doing that, we decided to get our picks in just in case betting is still open. Enjoy!

Lead Actor, Comedy
Alec-Baldwin The Nominees Are...
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Tony Shalhoub, Monk
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
  • Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies

And the Winner Should Be...

Usually, this is the most confusing category; Shalhoub always surprises us! However, there should be no surprises here -- Baldwin should be making his acceptance speech tonight.

Lead Actress, Comedy
Christina-Applegate The Nominees Are...
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
  • America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
  • Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

And the Winner Should Be...

This one's going to be a three-way catfight. Applegate's in the middle of a TV career comeback as well as a recent health scare. Parker has a great role, that's also been a proven award winner. Then, we have our beloved Liz Lemon (Fey). We're guessing that Applegate might edge ahead to take her second Emmy (the first was for a guest shot on "Friends").

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Jeremy-Piven The Nominees Are...
  • Jeremy Piven, Entourage
  • Kevin Dillon, Entourage
  • Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
  • Rainn Wilson, The Office
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

And the Winner Should Be...

Another grudge match between the "Entourage" boys? Although Piven will probably walk away with his third statue, we'd love to see Johnny Drama (Dillon) add an Emmy to his lengthy resume.

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Kristin-Chenoweth The Nominees Are...
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
  • Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
  • Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
  • Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
  • Jean Smart, Samantha Who?

And the Winner Should Be...

With the exception of Holland Taylor and Vanessa Williams, this is a new crop for this category -- for once. Expect to see some new blood take the prize, in the form of Kristin Chenoweth. "Pushing Daisies" may not have the ratings or press like the rest, but it's weird and quirky, and the Emmys often like to throw an underdog a bone.

Comedy Series
30 Rock The Nominees Are...
  • 30 Rock
  • The Office
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Entourage

And the Winner Should Be...

There are a few on this list that are worthy of awards, but "30 Rock" blows all of them out of the water. If you're going to bet on anything tonight, bet on this one. The show actually gets funnier with every episode, and stars are clamoring to appear -- even the almighty Oprah is expected to grace the show next season.

Lead Actor, Drama
Jon-Hamm The Nominees Are...
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • James Spader, Boston Legal
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter

And the Winner Should Be...

OK -- so "30 Rock" isn't the only lock. Jon Hamm is the toast of TV Town these days. He will take home the award and make AMC a major Emmy contender for the future. After all, they dominated this category (with "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston taking another nom).

Lead Actress, Drama
Glenn-Close The Nominees Are...
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
  • Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

And the Winner Should Be...

With so many strong females hitting cable TV, this selection is busting at the seams. However, Close could kick everyone's ass -- and probably will when it comes to this Emmy category.

Supporting Actor, Drama
John-Slattery The Nominees Are...
  • Ted Danson, Damages
  • Michael Emerson, Lost
  • Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
  • William Shatner, Boston Legal
  • John Slattery, Mad Men

And the Winner Should Be...

We've said it once, we'll say it again: No one could have possibly predicted Shatner's previous wins. This year, though, the critics are mad about "Mad Men" -- we're expecting Slattery's nom to nab the show another award.

Supporting Actress, Drama
 Dianne-Wiest The Nominees Are...
  • Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
  • Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
  • Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
  • Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
  • Dianne Wiest, In Treatment

And the Winner Should Be...

Wilson took the SAG award, but we just love Wiest. So despite Wilson's win and the sad face in the picture, Wiest will be the official TV Fodder pick.

Drama Series
Mad-Men The Nominees Are...
  • Mad Men
  • Boston Legal
  • House
  • Damages
  • Dexter
  • Lost

And the Winner Should Be...

There are certainly a lot of nominees this year. Although we'd love to see "Lost" make an awards comeback, the honor will definitely go to AMC's "Mad Men."

Sorry... we cut reality and a ton of other categories from our picks this year. However, you won't have long to wait for the actual winners. The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on ABC. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on September 21, 2008 11:25 AM
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