MaxThe Variety Road to the Emmys feature coverage begins now with the online launch of our Emmy Preview section, the first of many we’ll have for you during the nominations period this month.

The highlight, as far as I’m concerned, are these letters to his favorite TV ladies from Schmidt, whom many of you will recognize from the Fox reality TV documentary “New Girl.” An excerpt:

Dear Carrie Matheson from “Homeland,”
Yo. You don’t know me. My name is Schmidt. Here are some reasons we should make love. No. 1: You are a CIA agent. No. 2: You cray cray, and I like. If you’re bi-polar, does that mean you’re bi-curious? Because, lucky you, I’m try-curious. You can take me to that crazy cabin in the woods, tack stuff to that wall, turn on some creepy jazz…I don’t care if you sneak into my house and put cameras up in all my business. Lithium? Lithi-yum. No. 3. Uh-oh, I got a bomb strapped to me. Uh-oh, it’s my junk. Boom! No. 4. It’s cool if Mandy Patinkin wants to watch. Honestly. Inigo Montoya? It would be an honor. And between you and me, I really loved his work in “Sunday in the Park With George,” especially the song “Finishing the Hat.” It’s about artists.
Knock, knock. It’s me wearing one of your pantsuits, you manic-depressive lil mama. Call me.

Make sure to read all of Schmidt’s letters here, and then check out our remaining stories.

–Showrunners talk about the oft-conflicting goals of courting viewers and winning awards.

— It’s getting crowded: the increasingly crammed Emmy category of miniseries and movies.

— How the evolution of reality television challenges the TV Academy to keep current from an awards standpoint.

— A look at the Academy’s resistance to expanding its drama and comedy series race to 10 nominations each, and the org’s thoughts about adding a category devoted to new series.

— We check in with 2012 Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel, who has already begun prepping for this year’s ceremony.

— A sneak peek at our Variety Studio Emmy panels comes with a sampling of the top quips.

— Fellow Variety TV writer/editor Stuart Levine joins me in looking back at the year in TV.

A handy chart showing which of last year’s Emmy nominees are eligible to win again this year.