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Bob Lutz: Picking the Emmys

08/25/2014 3:10 PM

08/25/2014 3:10 PM

I watch more TV than a normal person, I’m sure. Though can someone explain to me what a “normal person” is?

I’m into TV. I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I’ve always questioned the “experts” who say that watching too much television can dull our senses. Look at me. My senses are raging.

Tonight, the Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, is on - what else? - television.

I love the Emmys, where competition has never been stiffer. That’s because there are so many shows now on so many networks. And quite a few more on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starzz, Netflix, YouTube and who knows how many other venues. I can’t keep up with them all.

So while I watch a lot of TV compared to you, because you’re obviously normal, I don’t watch nearly everything that’s out there to watch. So take my predictions with a grain of salt. I’ll probably lean toward the shows I watch.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (watch some, very little)

Louie (watched before, don’t now)

“Modern Family” (watch it religiously)

“Orange Is the New Black” (kick myself for not having watched)

“Silicon Valley” (funny stuff)

“Veep” (really funny stuff)

Comment: Is “OITNB” really a comedy. I think “Parks and Recreation” is the best comedy on television (because I watch). But “Veep” is right there. I’m going with “Veep.”

Oustanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (miss it every day)

“Downton Abbey” (not my style)

“Game of Thrones” (through Season 2)

“House of Cards” (love Kevin Spacey but haven’t watched)

“Mad Men” (seen every episode)

“True Detective” (great show)

Comment: Tough, tough category. But “Breaking Bad” has to win, right? I can’t remember a series that ended with such fanfare.

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Louie C.K., “Louie”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jim Parsons, “Big Bang Theory”

Comment: Man, I need to watch more comedy. No wonder I’m so dark. I’ll go with Parsons because he always wins, doesn’t he?

Lead Actress in a comedy

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Comment: It’s gotta by Louis-Dreyfuss. She’s hilarious.

Lead Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Comment: This one is hard. Eliminate Daniels. Eliminate Harrelson. Then it gets really tough to eliminate. I’ll go with Cranston, although most are picking McConaughey. Sorry, but Cranston played one of the most iconic roles in television history. He should be the winner.

Lead Actress in a Drama

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Comment: I think “The Good Wife” is one of the two or three best shows on TV. It’s snub in the Best Drama category bewilders me. So I’m going with Marguilies, because she’s great.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

Comment: Braugher is tremendous. But keep an eye on Hale. He is hilarious. And last I checked, isn’t that what comedy is supposed to be?

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange is the New Black”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Comment: Mulgrew is getting everybody’s vote. So who am I to differ? I vow to watch this show soon.

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Comment: I think Voight wins. I think Paul or Dinklage could win. But I think Voight pulls it off.

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Comment: I don’t watch “Downton Abbey.” So take that into account when I pick Gunn to win.

Finally, Billy Bob Thornton needs to win for his performance in “Fargo.” He’s nominated in the “Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie” category. His co-star, Martin Freeman, also deserves consideration.

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