Not a terrible night for television, but with the media focus on the Emmys, this is ostensibly an open thread devoted to that. However, should you choose to ignore the TV Awards (and the only reason to watch this year is the host, Neil Patrick Harris, and a rumored live “Dr. Horrible” performance), tonight’s other highlights include “Giants vs. Cowboys” on NBC (fuck them both!), the 7th season premiere of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (!) and the premiere episode of “Bored to Death” on HBO, and “Mad Men” on AMC, which will be competing against itself, since it’s up for for an award in most drama categories.
To kick off tonight’s open thread, here my list of who I want to win, and who I think will win (of course, predicting Emmy wins is almost as pointless as the Emmys themselves but, still, it’s fun to play along) the bigger categories:
Best Comedy. “30 Rock” should win, and I actually kind think it will, although I could see “Family Guy” being a sleeper, not be cause it deserves it, but because of the novelty of a cartoon in this category (and if “Weeds” or “Entourage” win, I officially declare comedy dead).
Best Drama. “Breaking Bad” should win by a fucking mile, but I expect “Mad Men” will take home the gold. “Big Love” is the sleeper.
Lead Actor — Comedy. Alec Baldwin will win. Alec Baldwin should win. Tony Shalhoub and Charlie Sheen should die.
Lead Actor — Drama. Bryan Cranston should win this shit by a fucking landslide, but since he won it last year, I suspect it’s Jon Hamm’s year. But I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see Gabriel Byrne, Hugh Laurie or Michael C. Hall sneak in for the win.
Lead Actress — Comedy. Mary-Louise Parker is the best out of this bunch, but she shouldn’t win because “Weeds” isn’t a fucking comedy anymore! So I’ll say that Tina Fey should probably win, but I kinda think Christina Appelgate will get the actual win, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus a sleeper.
Lead Actress — Drama. Glenn Close should win for “Damages,” as she did last year, but I kinda have a feeling it’s going to be Elisabeth Moss, as I just think the gold is going to love “Mad Men” this year.
Supporting Actor — Drama. Aaron Paul should win (seriously, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I think “Breaking Bad” was the best thing on TV last year by a landslide - get yourself some DVDs). I think John Hurt will take the win though, with Michael Emerson a sneaky sleeper.
Supporting Actor — Comedy. Rainn Wilson should win, but host NPH will win.
Supporting Actress — Drama. Hope Davis should win, for “In Treatment” and, Jesus, I have no prediction on who will actually win. Let’s go with … anyone other than Sandra Oh.
Supporting Actress — Comedy. I suspect many of us want Kristin Chenoweth to win because we miss “Pushing Daisies,” and she’s probably the one who should win. But I kinda think Amy Poehler will win (she’s nominated for “SNL,” not “Parks and Recreation”).
Best Variety/Music/Comedy Show. This should be “The Colbert Report’s” year and it will be.
Best Reality Show — Competition. “Top Chef” should win, but “The Amazing Race” will win, because it wins every fucking year.
Talk amongst yourselves.