FOX, ABC, A & E
FOX, ABC, A & E
Tomorrow is the big day, TV fans! Emmy nominations will be announced by House of Card's Kate Mara and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. Might as well bookmark our Emmys 2013 page because we'll be covering everything from the biggest snubs to which stars had the best reactions.
Before we let the Academy take over tomorrow morning, we thought we'd put our picks for Best Drama and Best Comedy series out there in hopes that our dreams will actually come true:
Best Drama Series
Orphan Black: It seems like you can't spend more than five minutes on the Internet without reading about the BBC America breakout hit and with good reason. The sci-fi drama is smart, fast-paced, well-acted and downright addictive. Plus, Tatiana Maslany, who plays no less than six characters, is the breakout TV star of the year. Here's hoping Emmy voters are members of the Clone Club!
Scandal: You know how we said Orphan Black was buzzed-about? Yeah, double that when it comes to ABC's political soap from evil genius/showrunner extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes. With knockout performances from Kerry Washington, Jeff Perry, Giullermo Diaz and Co. and I-can't-believe-they-just-did-that-on-network-TV twists, turns and monologues, Scandal is TV's best guilty pleasure…minus the guilt.
Game of Thrones: If we need to even explain why the HBO fantasy hit should we be nominated you don't deserve to own a TV. (But here's just one quick one: They were able to pull off the Red Wedding.
Parenthood: Though it's criminally underrated, just like Jason Katims' other beloved drama Friday Night Lights, we can't help but notice the surge in critic love for this family gem that makes us hurt so good. You root for the Bravermans, you get angry with them, you cry with them, you laugh with them; face it, they've become your second family.
Bates Motel: It's not easy taking one of cinema's most iconic villains and making him a sympathetic nerdy high schooler with a penchant for murderous blackouts, but Lost mastermind Carlton Cuse did just that with his Pyscho prequel, delivering one rollercoaster ride of a first season. The A&E thriller gifted us with solid work from Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga, who blew us away with her portrayal of mommy dearest (and craziest) Norma Bates.
Hannibal: Bryan Fuller's Silence of the Lambs prequel did what Bates Motel did, just with one more hurdle in its way: It's on network TV, so the limitations are greater, but you wouldn't know if from the NBC drama's killer opening season. Chilling, hypnotizing and well-acted, voters should eat the Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen thriller right up.
Best Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation: If you really think about it, it's pretty mind-boggling how this show handles a giant cast of characters without acting like they are handling anything. Does that make sense? What we mean is, you can throw any two or three of the great comedic actors on Parks and Rec into a scene and it's always effortless. Adam Scott and Chris Pratt together? Hilarious. Amy Poehler with Aurbey Plaza and Aziz Ansari? Perfection. If the series started firing on all cylinders in season two, it's racing full speed ahead now. Destination? Emmy-ville.
New Girl: The second season of any television show is a tough one, especially after a successful freshman season. Basically, it's hard to live up to the high expectations when you're a beloved sitcom. The Fox series barely faltered or lost a step, and by the time the Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) storyline went from will they-won't they to "Holy Schmidt, it's happening!", New Girl was nowhere near a sophomore slump.
Arrested Development: Netflix did not make a huge mistake bringing this show back into our lives. Though fans and critics alike gave the season mixed reviews, it was still some of the best and most original comedy to hit our small screens since…well, Arrested Development on Fox.
Happy Endings: Unless ABC suddenly brings back the series for five more reasons, the only thing that would help us get over the cancelation is a Best Comedy series nod. It's a long-shot, but we believe in miracles. We believe in our Chicago six.
The Office: Despite it's uneven episodes after Steve Carell left, you can't deny that The Office turned the comedy-drama balance up to 11 in its final season so that we laughed and cried all the way to the end. Plus the Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fisher) storylines made us feel things for the couple that we haven't felt since season three.
Nurse Jackie: Nothing much makes us happier than when Showtime sends us screeners for the new season of Nurse Jackie, even if it means we're up until four in the morning watching every single episode. Seriously, that's a true story. That's how good this show is, because we can't stop watching it once we start it. Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Peter Facinelli…they're all gold.
Honorable Mention: The Mindy Project, because the second half of the season was on par with New Girl's first season. We can't wait to see what happens in season two.