Updated 9/24: Click here to see this year’s Emmy winners, or download the complete winner’s list, which includes all of the unaired and technical categories from: http://www.emmys.tv/awards/64th-primetime-emmy-awards
The 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards air tonight – Sunday, September 23rd, on ABC – so block out a few hours of your evening and enjoy one of the rare moments when we get to see the TV industry award creativity and excellence*.
Also, there are Emmy drinking games.
Now of course not everyone I am rooting for will win, so before the awards ceremony kicks-off, here are some of my favorites that I think deserve to take home an Emmy.
Zoey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation should have been nominated for best comedy series, but it wasn’t, so the only way the Academy can make up for pulling a Jerry is to give props to Amy Poehler’s brilliant work as Leslie Knope.
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
In order to avoid a Modern Family free-for-all I am totally pulling for Max Greenfield. The first season of the New Girl may have been uneven, but Greenfield’s Schmidt was a consistent source of humor and he managed to keep the character likable despite being the biggest contributer to the douchebag jar.
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Betty White is probably the favorite in this category because she can do no wrong, but I whole heartily want Cat Deeley to win. She is an integral part of So You Think You Can Dance and each season she makes personal connections with the contestants, keeps the show on time, bails out incompetent guest judges when they are at a loss for words, and is funny. Also, have you seen her wardrobe?
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
In this category I am pulling for the BBC’s Luther, mostly because I am hoping there will be more episodes and because I think more people should watch it.
So those are my top picks, who are you hoping to see win tonight?
*For the sake of not going into a rant, I’m going to largely ignore the selective and repetitive nomination process that is often frustrating.