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The 2013 PajEmmys: Who We Think Should Win

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | September 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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Several things you can learn about us (Dustin Rowles, Joanna Robinson and Sarah Carlson) by looking at our Emmy picks: We watch a lot of the same shows, we have a lot of the same favorite actors/characters, and Sarah finally caught up with Breaking Bad this season. Choosing between that excellent drama and the similarly excellent Mad Men is a her version of Sophie’s Choice, but it beats the alternative — a TV landscape filled with unmemorable shows no one cares to award. Sure, the Emmys aren’t perfect and can often get things wrong, but as the Golden Age of TV thrives, the categories only get more competitive.

Another trend among the Pajiba pickers this season is a hope for a break in tradition. Dustin and Joanna would like Bryan Cranston to continue his Best Actor in a Drama Series reign, but Sarah is rooting for Jon Hamm. Let Hamm have it this round, then give Cranston the statue for the final half of Season Five. Or does Mad Men really need to run for two more seasons just so it can have an Emmy year in which it doesn’t go against Breaking Bad? (Update: It will.) Joanna and Sarah also are rooting for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Claire Danes and her cry face be d. (OK, fine, Danes is great.) And Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Let Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert have a chance, will ya?

Will favorites such as Amy Poehler finally bring home an Emmy? Will Modern Family inexplicably continue to win most of the Comedy categories? Tune in Sunday to find out, and check back here that night for a rundown of the ceremony.


BIGGEST NOMINATION SLIGHT:

Dustin’s pick: Michael Cudlitz, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Southland

Joanna’s pick: Walton Goggins, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Justified

Sarah’s pick: Tie for Rectify and Boardwalk Empire, Drama Series


LOSS THAT WOULD CAUSE US THE MOST PAIN:

Dustin’s pick: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Joanna’s pick: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Sarah’s pick: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

mad-men-jon-hamm-don-draper-season-6-flood-amc.jpgLEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

Dustin’s pick: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Joanna’s pick: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Sarah’s pick: Jon Hamm, Mad Men


LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

Dustin’s pick: Claire Danes, Homeland

Joanna’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Sarah’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men


COMEDY SERIES:

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Girls, HBO
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
Veep, HBO

Dustin’s pick: Veep

Joanna’s pick: Louie

Sarah’s pick: Girls


LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

Dustin’s pick: Louis C.K., Louie

Joanna’s pick: Louis C.K., Louie

Sarah’s pick: Louis C.K., Louie


LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO
Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Dustin’s pick: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Joanna’s pick: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Sarah’s pick: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

Dustin’s pick: Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Joanna’s pick:Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Sarah’s pick: Adam Driver, Girls


potw-krakowski-blog.jpgSUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC
Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

Dustin’s pick: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Joanna’s pick: Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Sarah’s pick: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock


DRAMA SERIES:

Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Homeland, Showtime
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC

Dustin’s pick: Breaking Bad

Joanna’s pick: Breaking Bad

Sarah’s pick: Breaking Bad (OH IT HURTS)


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

Dustin’s pick: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad, but it’s really close with Bobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire

Joanna’s pick: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Sarah’s pick: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

Dustin’s pick: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Joanna’s pick: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Sarah’s pick: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad


Damon2.jpgLEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO
Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

Dustin’s pick: Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra

Joanna’s pick: Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra

Sarah’s pick: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra


LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Dustin’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Joanna’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Sarah’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake


MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Phil Spector, HBO
Political Animals, USA
The Bible, History
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Dustin’s pick: Top of the Lake

Joanna’s pick: Top of the Lake

Sarah’s pick: Top of the Lake


VARIETY SERIES:

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Dustin’s pick: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Joanna’s pick: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Sarah’s pick: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon


WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES:

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Portlandia, IFC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Dustin’s pick: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Joanna’s pick: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Sarah’s pick: The Colbert Report


WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:

Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”), AMC
Breaking Bad (“Say My Name”), AMC
Downton Abbey (“Episode 4”), PBS
Game of Thrones (“The Rains of Castamere”), HBO
Homeland (“Q&A”), Showtime

Dustin’s pick:Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”)

Joanna’s pick: Game of Thrones (“The Rains of Castamere”)

Sarah’s pick: Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”)


breaking-bad-gliding-over-all.jpgDIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, “Margate Sands”
Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”
Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey, “Episode 4”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, “Q&A”
David Fincher, House Of Cards, “Chapter 1”

Dustin’s pick: Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”

Joanna’s pick: Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”

Sarah’s pick: Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All” (I wish Tim Van Patten could get it, too)


WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES:

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, “Episode 209”
Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie, “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”
Greg Daniels, The Office, “Finale”
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock, “Hogcock!”
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock, “Last Lunch”

Dustin’s pick: Would It Be So Bad If I said Greg Daniels for The Office? Because I really liked that episode.

Joanna’s pick: Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie, “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”

Sarah’s pick: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock, “Last Lunch”


DIRECTING FOR COMEDY SERIES:

Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”
Paris Barclay, Glee, “Diva”
Louis C.K., Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, “Arrested”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock, “Hogcock! / Last Lunch”

Dustin’s pick: Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”

Joanna’s pick: Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”

Sarah’s pick: Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Dustin’s pick: Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake

Joanna’s pick: Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum

Sarah’s pick: Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO
Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime

Dustin’s pick: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, I guess?

Joanna’s pick: Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

Sarah’s pick: I haven’t seen any of these.


OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL:

The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS
Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO
Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob, HBO
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One), NBC
12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Dustin’s pick: Louis C.K.: Oh My God

Joanna’s pick: Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO

Sarah’s pick: Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO


The Emmys, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air at 8E/5P Sunday on CBS.



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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Not Girls. PLEASE, anything but Girls. I'm sorry. I tried. Can't stand it.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I don't really care who wins, as long as Courtney live blogs this shit.

    No pressure, Courtney.

  • Mel C.

    Still upset Olyphant didn't at least get a nomination. I thought he did his best work this season. ELEVATOR SCENE, PEOPLE!

  • Lovely Bones

    Having not yet started Justified (I know, I know, shame on me) the only contexts I have for elevator scene are Drive and one of Hank's panic attacks on Breaking Bad. But I agree with you, that scene was great!

  • Mel C.

    Haha. Slightly different from the elevator scene in Drive, but just as memorable!

  • Michelle

    Amy Poehler must win.

    Also, I'm probably late to the party on this, but I just watched Political Animals and I really want Sigourney Weaver to get SOMETHING for what she did there. I thought she was fantastic, even if the show tended toward melodrama in some parts.

  • BrokenWindows

    I love Elisabeth Moss for Lead Actress, but damn if Robin Wright wasn't fantastic in House of Cards. She was one of the highlights of that show for me.

    Aside from that, I think Breaking Bad needs to sweep it's categories.

  • Ruby

    As good as Dinklage is, he had very little screen time this season and less of a character arc of say Jaime and less dramatic scenes as Tywin. I think they're picked Dinklage as their guy therefore they not going to bother nominating any else from GOTs.

  • St

    Vera Farmiga must win. End of story. Also - when they will start giving Amy Poehler awards. I only remember how she is nominated every year. But they always give it away to someone else.

  • I'd like to see Jonathan Banks win this time. Aaron Paul is indeed amazing, but he's much more deserving for what he's been doing in the back eight. Mike the Cleaner's impact on the show and on the viewers was so, so powerful.

  • DarthCorleone

    Bah! Go, Game Of Thrones! This will be the best chance for the fantasy genre to finally break through in the ultimately meaningless but still highly visible and influential awards arena. Let the Breaking Bad supreme coronation happen next year.

  • Tinkerville

    I would truly love to believe that Amy Poehler will finally win this year, but she seems to get slighted every time, which breaks my heart. I have a feeling they'll either give it to Tina Fey since 30 Rock ended or Lena Fucking Dunham.

  • TheOtherGreg

    I don't think it is acceptable to call the current age of anything "The Golden Age". That is something that can only happen when one is looking back. However, I agree with the sentiment - TV is better than ever.

  • Artemis

    Thinking about it, Jane Krakowski is the inevitable loss that's probably going to hurt me the most. Even in the worst moments of that show, she was the one consistent bright spot. At least with the other categories I can see an argument for someone other than my favorite (Cranston vs. Hamm vs. Lewis, C.K. vs. Bateman, anyone at all from lead actress in a comedy and anyone except Britton for lead actress in a drama). But Krakowski is in one of the weakest categories and she'll still never win an Emmy because for the third time in a row she's going to lose out to Julie Bowen.

    (Also, I like Veep, but there's no way this season was better than 30 Rock's final season. It rebounded in a big way at the end, and I'd kind of like to see it win best comedy.)

  • Lost Hope

    I just hope Julie Bowen doesn't win her third Emmy for falling down a lot in "Modern Family" and making a funny face.

  • And yet, she will. "Modern Family" is safe, goes-down-smooth, middle-of-the-road fare, the "Miss Congeniality" of shows (as in the role, not the movie). Middle(-of-the-road) America thinks it's edgy because it's got a gay family, but the show is about as edgy as America's Funniest Home Videos. I have nothing against these actors, but it'd be nice to see people rewarded for taking a chance and acting their asses off, instead of earning Nielsen ratings and ad revenues.

  • John W

    The only disagreement I have is regarding best "actor" in a comedy series for Louis CK.

    Is Louie a funny show? Yes. Does it have good writing? Yes.

    BUT Louis CK is playing Louis CK he's not doing any acting.

    If he is deserving of an award for acting then we need to go back and shower Jerry Seinfeld with Emmys for best actor in Seinfeld.

  • dizzylucy

    There are some great shows and performances out there, but I just don't see anything coming close to the work being doing on Breaking Bad.

    Aside from that I still can't get over that Goggins doesn't have an Emmy and has only been nominated once, and that Tatiana got ignored this year.

  • BWeaves

    Downton Abbey is a drama? BWA-HAHAHAHHAHA

    I guess they don't have a melodrama category.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Shocked to see that not one of you picked Tatiana Maslany for biggest slight! I thought she was pretty well campaigned for 'round these parts...

  • Guest

    How quickly Pajiba forgets....

  • mrsdalgliesh

    So much this. Did our benevolent overlords miss the series??

  • lowercase_ryan

    This, a MILLION times this. I feel that this in itself is a slight on top of the nomination slight.

    I think any "slight" should be structured like - A is more deserving than B who got nominated. Supporting Actor and Drama Series are two of the most stacked categories in the whole thing. And while I don't necessarily disagree with your picks (Downton shouldn't be on any of these lists), the most glaring slight/snub of the year is Vera Farmiga over Tatiana. That's just criminal and makes me think someone bought that nomination.

  • alwaysanswerb

    At least she won an EWwy.

  • AvaLehra

    LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
    I've got two words for you: sparkly thong.
    Or 1,000 if you want to go this route:

  • yesknopemaybe

    I clearly need to watch this.

  • Maguita NYC

    You really do. The imagery of Damon topping Douglas would fill you with such emotional glee and what-the-fuckness, you would need second viewing to osmose it all.

  • AvaLehra

    Rob Lowe as Dr. Startz is worth the price of admission.

  • e jerry powell

    Except that you know they needed to have a three-way with Startz, Lee, and Scott even though it never happened in real life. BECAUSE.

  • IngridToday

    I don't ever want to not be watching this movie.

  • Maguita NYC

    hmm. I don't ever want to not understand what you mean by this :)

  • e jerry powell

    There's only so many bunks on this ship.

  • meadowdancer

    Hmm I agree with all of these except the Girls direction one.

  • I'd throw out there that since it is last year's shows (cut off May 31st), Red Wedding Game of Thrones has a solid shot at upsetting Breaking Bad.

  • You know Modern Family's going to win that thing. You know it, I know it, my guinea pig knows it. It makes a shit ton of money and Hollywood loves to congratulate itself, and that show has two gay guys! And a latina! IT'S SO PROGRESSIVE.

    Aaron Paul deserves his win. He is by far the best part of that show. Honestly, he's the one part I actually enjoy.

  • I support this kind of group think.

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