I'm looking forward to Saturday's pre-Emmy bashes, after my daughter and I do some grunt work for California as participants in Heal the Bay's annual Coastal Cleanup Day event. We had so much fun at our favorite beaches this summer, it's the least we can do. (I swear, there's a special place in purgatory for people who decide to bury broken beer bottles in the sand. We came thisclose to stepping on one a few weeks ago.)
I don't do Emmy predictions — just like I don't play the slots in Las Vegas. But I am rooting for certain contenders to prevail at the Nokia Theater on Sunday night.
Perhaps the closest one to my heart this year is "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons for lead comedy actor. I'm still sore that "Big Bang" didn't get a comedy series nod. Recognizing Parsons is an absolute must, or I'll be pretty grouchy in the press room afterward. Parsons is everything that the Emmys should celebrate — a star home grown by TV, not the other way around.
In the drama series heat, I wouldn't be totally shocked if "Breaking Bad" pulled off an upset win. I'm torn between rooting for "Mad Men" and "Lost." I would love it if "Lost" was recognized for the enormity and the incredible quality of the work that cast and crew put in week in and week out. Of course, a "Mad Men" win would also be well, well-deserved.
For comedy series, I would give it to "Weeds." In a perfect world I would give it to "Big Bang," because I think that show embodies all the great elements of a classic, evergreen make-me-laugh sitcom, something the small screen doesn't have enough of these days. But among the nominees, I would give the nod to "Weeds," in recognition of the quirky half-hour that set Showtime off on its hot streak.