Emmy Predictions: ‘The Good Wife’ Muscles Back Into Drama Race

The best drama on television right now is playing out in the incredibly overcrowded drama race. Consider this: Last year’s slate of nominees was “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men” – and did not include “The Good Wife.” Remember the shock waves that caused? Throw into the mix “True Detective’s” entrance into the race, which is guaranteed to knock out at least one more.

Come Thursday, at least two heavyweights are going to be disappointed. And that’s before you consider the wild cards waiting in the wings: critical favorites like Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” which burst out of the gate its first season with compelling performances and razor-sharp writing, or FX’s spy thriller “The Americans,” which found its voice in season two with a marital drama played out against cunning plot twists.

Let’s start with the locks: AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “True Detective” are sure things. “Breaking Bad,” last year’s winner, is guaranteed a nomination for its near-flawless series finale, adored by critics and fans alike – a rare accomplishment. And while some may still carp about whether “True Detective” is in the right category, its star power and inventive narrative — not to mention the stunning filmmaking style – are Emmy bait indeed. The trophy may ultimately prove to be a dead heat between those two shows.

For all the talk that Emmy voters don’t like genre  vehicles (sorry, “The Walking Dead”), HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is simply a majestic achievement unlike anything else on television. “House of Cards” may well stand a better chance in the acting categories, but the power of Netflix will surely land it a slot here. Despite last year’s egregious omission, CBS’ “The Good Wife” (pictured) rebounded with not only a brilliant season creatively, but also a clever Emmy campaign that called attention to its stamina as a 22-episode contender going up against shows with as few as seven and eight episodes.

Which leaves one last slot, which is a toss-up. Emmy voters do love their Brits, which means “Downton Abbey” could still sneak in. “Homeland” took a lot of lumps in its third season, making it vulnerable against strong competition. Ultimately, old habits will die hard, and voters will give the final to “Mad Men.”

As the clock ticks down to Thursday’s pre-dawn nominations announcement, here are our picks for the most likely drama series contenders:

  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • “The Good Wife” (CBS)
  • “House of Cards” (Netflix)
  • “Mad Men” (AMC)
  • “True Detective” (HBO)
  • Wild card: “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

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  1. David K says:

    House of Cards for acting (Robin Wright probably), but the novelty has worn off and let’s face it, it’s not great–just good

  2. Marc Summers says:

    I disagree! Excellent story lines and brilliant performances on The Good Wife. Pay tv doesn’t own this arena.

  3. The Good Wife is such a bought-in show it’s ridiculous. No one watches it, no one talks about it, it’s never made a mark culturally or in any way, shape, or form. It’s clearly an awards show darling because it’s paid to be one. There are easily 2 dozen better dramas on TV, so I wonder how this all came about (as in I’ve never wondered)? And if we’re nominating foreign series like Downton Abbey there’s only … 100 better shows or so. Like fellow commenter mentions – Orphan Black is one.

    • J-K says:

      You are so wrong!, The Good Wife is seen by millions more than the cable series, it has wonderful writing, acting, everything, and incredible is on a network not pay cable (please tell me about thos two dozen better dramas, you won’t find them). That you Randall Starr Stinson doesn’t have good taste is your problem but your comment clearly had no basis…!!!

    • Hendrix City says:

      How come The Good Wife is an award show darling when it has been snubbed in Drama Series for two years? Well, it deserved to be snubbed for the last two years. But season 5 is freaking amazing. It will be ridiculous if it isn’t nominated big time this year.

      And as a fan of Orphan Black, season 2 is so weak it almost ruins the brilliance of Tatiana Maslany.

  4. Gerry Lomberg says:

    Orphan Black?????????

  5. Messi fanatic says:

    True Detective…..or Good Wife

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