Channel Guide: Our 2011 Emmy Predictions

Guess what everyone, the Emmys are back in town! Aren’t you excited?! No, that’s okay, neither am I. Just another night for some of Hollywood’s biggest talents to pat themselves on the back for making pretend (really good pretend, though). But you know what, we here at FSR will treat this with the utmost respect that we do all awards ceremonies. That said, before we get to the predictions, let’s take a look at some of the top winners from the Creative Arts Awards portion of the Emmys which were awarded last week:

  • Futurama walked away with the top honor for animated program based on the episode ‘The Late Philip J. Fry,’ beating out front runners South Park and The Simpsons who dominated the category between 2000 and 2009. This also marks the second time Futurama has won the award for Best Animated Series.
  • Maurice LaMarche also walked away with the award for Best Voice-Over Performance for his work on the series as Lrr and Orson Welles.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow took the award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Holly Holiday on Glee.
  • Game of Thrones took the award for Best Title Sequence.
  • Boardwalk Empire took the win for Best Visual effects beating out the likes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
  • Deadliest Catch won the award for Best Reality Series (a win that is more than acceptable in this category).

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to my predictions for the major categories.


Any industry type will tell you that when it comes to television, the writer is king. So when it comes to the award for it, it’s probably one of the most coveted of the bunch. As for how I think they’ll fall out:

  • In the comedy category, considering all his surprise nominations, it’s entirely possible that Louie C.K. could walk away with a win. Of course, it’s also just as likely that Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman could walk away with the award for their work on Modern Family.
  • For drama, knowing that usually the Emmys like to go with the safe choice, there’s an easy win for Mad Men here.
  • In the Variety section, of course it will go to The Daily Show. Why? Because it always does.


Let’s get right to the breakdown on this one:

  • For Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, it could go to any one of the cast members that were nominated from Modern Family, which is probably the most consistently funny comedy on television. The same goes for the Actress side of the same award.
  • As for Best Supporting in a Drama Series, that will most likely go to Andre Braugher or Walton Goggin for Men of a Certain Age and Justified respectively. On the Actress side, it’s a lock for Justified‘s Margo Martindale.
  • Moving to Best Lead in a Comedy – considering once again with the surprise nomination, Louie C.K. has the best shot to take this one. As for Actress, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are the front runners here and will be battling each other for the top spot.
  • Now, things are very interesting this year since Bryan Cranston, who has won the past three years in a row, isn’t eligible for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series since Breaking Bad missed the calendar cut off. Of the bunch, it’s an honest horse race between every single nominee on the list. And with whoever wins it (between Steve Buscemi, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie and Timothy Olyphant), there’s no doubt that it will be the most debated win of the night. My personal wish is that Hugh Laurie finally walks away with a long overdue win for House.
  • As for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, it’s a toss up between Elisabeth Moss, Mariska Hargitay and Connia Britton. It would be fantastic to see Hargitay take it this year though; she knocked it out of the park on SVU this past season.


Ah yes, the most coveted awards of the night:

  • For Best Variety Program, it’s most likely a lock for The Daily Show as usual.
  • For Best Mini-Series or TV Movie, Mildred Pierce will definitely be walking home with this one.
  • For Best Comedy, it’s a solid bet that Modern Family will take it for a second year in a row.
  • For Best Drama, odds are Mad Men will take it for a fourth year in a row, but if they don’t then it’s a toss up between Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights and Dexter. Sadly, Game of Thrones doesn’t feel like the typical show the Emmy voters are keen on.

The deck is definitely stacked this year across the board. I just hope that Jane Lynch doesn’t disappoint as host. Check back tomorrow to see who wins in real-time as we cringe through the inevitable along with you.

Want to read more Channel Guide? Of course you do.

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From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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