The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards are just hours away, which means that we viewers are just hours away from yelling at our TV screens with the rage and passion of a sports fanatic.
Competition is at an all-time high with amazing TV programs gracing our TV screens left and right. Some shows either came in on a strong note and remained or left with a miraculous bang.
…and then there’s “Modern Family.”
Anyways, here are our predictions!
REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
“THE AMAZING RACE”
The globetrotting and no-doubt expensive production of “The Amazing Race” has won almost every year, and each year it hasn’t it’s gotten two consecutive wins. Two years ago it lost out to “The Voice,” which if history repeats itself as it has for the by-now unforgivably formulaic “Modern Family,” “The Amazing Race” will rise again.
“The Voice” should win for giving us a winner that finally deserved to win and really is hard to argue isn’t the best singer of the season.
Can we get more options? There are definitely more competition reality shows.
Where’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”? What about the outlandish cosmetic creations in “Face Off”?
You’d think there were really only six reality competition shows and “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” are the only options.
Can we choose a game within a show like “Bojack Horseman”’s “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let’s Find Out” produced by J.D. Salinger?
SHOULD & WILL WIN:
“Olive Kitteredge” is a nuanced portrayal of an older school teacher dealing with depression and how it affects her relationships with her family.
There are no big shows of direct sadness and depression, but rather glimpses and ticks and discomfort that are more true to life.
“Wolf Hall,””The Honorable Woman,” and “American Crime” all stand a chance to steal, but I think this vehicle with Frances McDormand, and in much shorter parts Bill Murray, will take home the gold for HBO.
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
After years of memorably portraying the boho-hipster culture of Portland, “Portlandia” finally gets an Emmy nomination in this new category that should have been created years ago to give other variety series a shot to win under the looming shadows of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
“Portlandia” lovingly mocks and embraces all of the esoteric whims and kinks of their city setting, they probably singlehandedly made “artisanal” both accepted and a punchline.
In its fifth season premiere, “Portlandia” took us into the history of their beloved feminist bookstore Women and Women First, giving us two different type A personality, 80s versions of their owners Toni and Candace and how they broke free from the expectations of a patriarchal business world.
Fred Armisen and (surprisingly funny) rock legend Carrie Brownstein of Sleater – Kinney bring to life various characters through a mixture of solid writing and enhancing improv.
“INSIDE AMY SCHUMER”
Amy Schumer is riding a popularity high off of her feminist standpoints and “edgy” comedy.
Her show has gone viral multiple times off of sketches that poke fun at misogyny and societal gender inequalities.
In addition to that, she’s made a bunch of famous friends that have contributed to her show, such as the above “Last Fuckable Day” which led to many actresses telling their own stories that really added some credence to her jokes.
If not Amy Schumer, then Key and Peele, and that’s just a world I don’t want to live in.
VARIETY TALK SERIES:
“LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER”
John Oliver did the unthinkable, not just moving out of Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show”’s shadow, but possibly surpassing it in relevance.
When Oliver moved out for his own show, I doubt anyone could have foreseen the impact the show would have.
Though he and his team do not consider themselves “journalists,” they have called attention to various world issues, like foreseeing the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, they got an in person interview with Edward Snowden, and most recently, they exposed tax loopholes many televangelists use to take tax free donations from gullible followers leading the IRS to look into these churches.
“THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART”
It’s the last hurrah for an institution that just will not be the same once Trevor Noah takes a seat behind the desk.
Jon Stewart legitimized the idea of a comedy news show that could be taken seriously. It’s “Weekend Update” with more follow through.
Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” became an institution that spawned even more serious comedy news from his own fellow nominees Stephen Colbert and John Oliver and Mo Rocca, among others.
The last season felt imbued with a higher sense of emotion with Stewart’s departure looming, leading to a very emotional last few weeks for his reign.
After having it’s ten-year win streak broken two years ago by Colbert (who also had his last season), it’s likely it will get the award one last time.
“BETTER CALL SAUL”
Most highly acclaimed and beloved TV series are pretty much over when they’re done, even with spinoff attempts.
“Better Call Saul” is the rare spinoff that brings a new story out of old characters and matches the quality of its predecessor.
Taking the tacky, dirty lawyer Saul Goodman for a spinoff isn’t the most obvious idea, but it has proven to be the best idea, giving the characters of Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut backstories most drama shows envy.
Not much to say here but, after winning this award four times in a row and not once since 2011, “Mad Men” is due for one last win in a season that closed the book on so many stories while leaving others just open enough to let viewers fill in their own blanks.
“Transparent” has flipped the concept of a comedy series on its head, being more drama than comedy and having the central character be a support character to its supporting cast.
The show looks at trans woman Maura as she comes out late in life to her adult children who are in different stages of stasis in their lives.
Whereas other shows have tackled the obstacles of coming out where the character coming out needs to go through some work, Maura is the most stable character as her children have some coming out they need to do with themselves.
“PARKS AND RECREATION”
Last season for a critically beloved show with a fervent fan base, and with supporting actor Chris Pratt at a phenomenal level of popularity (I mean, who doesn’t want to hit that, right?) “Parks and Recreation ” might have a shot at dethroning the lackluster elephant in the room.
“Parks and Recreation” finished out the series by making Leslie Knope governor and possibly more after showing all of the characters’ progression through the show.
Please don’t let “Modern Family” win again.