Friday, September 16, 2005

EMMY WEEK EDITION: Which Shows Will Take the Top Awards?

Well, Emmy week is coming to an end, but the big show is only two days away. Soon, we'll find out just how off we all were in all our predictions, and we'll all be happy with some wins and scratching our heads over others. Yes, it is the glorious time known as Emmy Sunday. There are only two more major categories left, and they're the biggest of them all. Which shows will win best comedy and drama? Here are my predictions, hopes, and snubs as well as all the information you need about the big show Sunday night. After you read them, be sure to leave a comment with your picks.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development
Desperate Housewives
Everybody Loves Raymond
Will & Grace

WHICH SHOW WILL WIN: I'm going to go ahead and count Will & Grace out right away. The show just isn't what it used to be, and it hasn't won since 2000. I'm also going to count out Scrubs because I think the Academy will view its nomination as enough recognition this year, especially with the immense competition in this category. Arrested Development won last year, but I don't see a repeat this year. I think this comes down to Everybody Loves Raymond and Desperate Housewives. Raymond has an edge because it wrapped up last season, so it sets up that "now or never" situation, but the show did take the statue two years ago. I think Raymond will walk away with a lot of awards Sunday night, but not this one. Housewives is just too big of a force to reckon with this year. The show has huge critical praise, tremendous amount of buzz, the distinction of saving ABC, and a likeable cast. I will be shocked, shocked I say, if it doesn't win this category.

WHICH SHOW SHOULD WIN: Probably Scrubs. The show has slowly and quietly become one of the most original comedies, and certainly one of the funniest on television without receiving a lot of recognition or viewers. It's a steady, proven show that always makes us laugh. The wacky characters and their even wackier antics are pure comedy with a little bit of drama and heart thrown in. It's a well-rounded show, and it deserves to take the statue.

WHICH SHOWS GOT SNUBBED: The King of Queens is a funny show in the same tradition as Everybody Loves Raymond. They're both traditional sitcoms with talented leads and equally talented supporting players. It would be nice to see Queens fill the open slot left by Raymond next year, but it probably won't. The show deserves some recognition for its consistently hysterical episodes. Also, the always charming, witty, and smart Gilmore Girls. I'd love to see it in this category, but alas, I know it will most likely never be.

Outstanding Drama Series

Six Feet Under
The West Wing

WHICH SHOW WILL WIN: The West Wing was on a role from 2000-2003, winning this category four times in a row until HBO's The Sopranos snapped that streak last year. Now with The Sopranos out this year (due to air dates), does this mean a return to glory for The West Wing? I wouldn't count on it. Like Will & Grace, this show isn't as good as it used to be (although better this past season than previous), especially with the departure of creator Aaron Sorkin. The rest of the shows in this category have never won, and I don't think that's going to change for 24. The show has a hard time breaking through with Emmy voters. Six Feet Under finished its last season, but many people found it to be a little "off," so I don't think the "now or never" scenario will come into play. That leaves newcomer Lost and gritty western Deadwood. Lost burst onto the scene, but it failed to make the same impact as Desperate Housewives, so I don't see it taking this category on its first nomination. Look for Deadwood to ride off into the sunset at the end of the night with the statue.

WHICH SHOW SHOULD WIN: I'd have to go with newcomer Lost. It is such a character- heavy show with rich storylines and phenomenal writing, acting, directing, cinematography, and everything else. It hits the right notes in every element of the show. I realize that it will have many more opportunities to win this category in the future, but I feel that the show deserves the statue this year.

WHICH SHOWS GOT SNUBBED: Everwood, most notably. A show that is strong in every element, and yet, constantly ignored because of its network. Newcomer Veronica Mars deserved a shot at Emmy gold as well, as did the departed Joan of Arcadia. I know it's hard for procedurals to earn a spot in this category, but Cold Case deserved a chance because it blends the procedural element of the moving, dark cases and the detectives' personal lives very well.

Telecast Information
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

WHEN: This Sunday, September 18th on CBS

WHERE: Live (except on the West Coast) from Los Angeles

TIME: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. EDT (approximate)

HOST: Ellen DeGeneres

SCHEDULED PRESENTERS: Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Kathryn Joosten, Phil Keoghan, Ray Liotta, Jeff Probst, Alan Alda, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Halle Berry, the Blue Man Group, Zach Braff, Jon Cryer, Geena Davis, Patrick Dempsey, Portia De Rossi, the cast of "Desperate Housewives," Charles S. Dutton, the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond," Craig Ferguson, Matthew Fox, Lauren Graham, Adrian Grenier, Alyson Hannigan, Mariska Hargitay, Hugh Laurie, Jason Lee, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jesse L. Martin, Debra Messing, Conan O'Brien, Chris O'Donnell, William Petersen, Ellen Pompeo, Kyra Sedgwick, Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Smits, James Spader, Jon Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland, Quentin Tarantino and Sela Ward.

Pre-Show Coverage

E! will air its annual Live From the Red Carpet Emmy Awards arrival show starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Host Star Jones will interview all the big stars as they arrive for television's biggest night.

The TV Guide Channel will also air its own red carpet show Sunday night at 6 p.m. EDT. Joan and Melissa Rivers will gab with the nominees and presenters and everyone else as they arrive for the big night.


*Premiering Tonight!!! CBS gets a jump on the competition tonight with the premiere of its supernatural/alien drama Threshold. The special two-hour debut starts at 9 p.m. EDT. Over at the WB, it's a mix bag of new and returning shows premiering. The night kicks off with the return of What I Like About You, followed by new-show Twins, and then Reba and Living with Fran. And on Sunday night, you can catch the season premiere of Fox's animated comedy King of the Hill.

*The new WB drama Just Legal will get an extra boost from cable's TNT. After the show premieres in its 9 p.m. Monday WB timeslot, TNT will air an encore at 10 p.m. of the first episode with its powerhouse reruns of Law & Order as the lead-in. The show stars Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel as mismatched lawyers - Johnson is a veteran street lawyer and Baruchel as a teenage wunderkind. The show premieres October 3rd on the WB, followed by the encore on TNT.

*And finally, ABC, ESPN, and the NFL are pulling together for hurricane relief Monday night per zap2it. During a special football doubleheader on ABC's Monday Night Football (in which the New Orleans Saints take on the New York Giants in one game), Disney owned ABC and ESPN will hold a telethon to raise money for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. ESPN's Chris Berman and Good Morning America's Robin Roberts will host the special, and a number of current and former players will join in on the special. The telethon kicks off with Monday Night Football September 19th.

That's all for today. Be sure to tune in Monday when I recap the awards show. All the winners, all the great moments, and I'll grade my predictions. Don't forget to tune in to The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday on CBS. And be sure to come back next week for all the scoop on premiere week (Yay! It's finally here!!), and all the latest television news.

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