House Of Cards

In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this year, says ADTV’s Ryan Showers. It just seemed to “fit” as the next Drama Series winner after having to stand by Breaking Bad for two Emmy cycles as a bridesmaid. In theory, House of Cards would be the perfect winner: it’s the show that “started it all” for Netflix’s original series success (if ever the time to make a declarative statement about the development of streaming to the television landscape, this is it); it’s rooted in film industry star-power (David Fincher and the two leading actors); and it has the qualities Emmy voters are attracted to (its somber tone, a political setting, upscale production values, and dramatic storylines and twists).

And voters would be wise to reward Netflix soon, as its influence is growing, and they have a great opportunity with the third season of House of Cards, which is the most independent season of the series to date. While Beau Willimon focused more on Frank Underwood’s climb to power in plot-driven arcs in its first two years, he the took the risk of letting the characters drive the narrative of the third season.

Read Ryan’s full Emmy article at ADTV…


“Unbreakable! They alive, damnit! It’s a miracle!” sings ADTV’s Robin Write of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s brilliant first season.
The instantly clever, quirky title sequence of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a viral video mash-up video of a neighbor being interviewed following the discovery of the mole women in an underground bunker, held there for fifteen years by a cult leader “reverend.” A familiar-sounding, disturbing premise, bravely given a comedy makeover. A show essentially about acclimatizing to the reality of the modern world had you been completely sheltered from it. It also pokes fun and makes acute observations about today’s society (race perceptions, cosmetic surgery, the American law system, etc.). And primarily the plight of women – “but females are strong as hell.”

On deciding upon a stay in New York City, a misunderstanding in communication lands Kimmy (wonderful Ellie Kemper) a job with rich, privileged, but completely unable to take care of herself Jacqueline (hilarious Jane Krakowski). In fact her friendship with the clueless, neglected housewife also prospers after a rocky start. Though on their second meeting, Jacqueline forgets Kimmy’s name, “Cornmill, is it?” she asks, one of many absurdly amusing quips. Jacqueline’s step-daughter Xanthippe appears as a pain in the ass teenage girl who thinks she knows it all (“I will chew you up and spit you out like my food.”), as we endearingly later discover though she knows very little and is actually a rather vulnerable, according to Robin.

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Awards Daily TV’s Joey Moser thinks it’s criminal that Orange is the New Black is only nominated for 4 Emmys. Did everyone think that everyone else was going to nominate it for stuff, so they didn’t bother? Is this an example of the Netflix/binge schedule hurting one’s chances for awards (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Transparent racked up tons of nominations)? The second season of Orange is the complete antithesis of a sophomore slump. It opens up the yard of Litchfield to a tapestry of characters that regular network television seriously lacks, according to Joey. 

The first season of Orange was a scrappy newcomer, but the second season gave us permission to meet the characters to a greater extent than another program would. One cannot argue a case in favor of this show without first and foremost describing these women. You love these characters—love, love, love them. You crave their histories prior to getting involved with the law and you gravely anticipate watching them making the mistake that lands them in the clink.

Read more of Joey’s Making the Case at ADTV…


Parks and Recreation had a great run on NBC thanks to a brilliant, tight-knit cast and lead Amy Poehler’s infectious enthusiasm. It was a unique series that spent time finding the humor in decent, ordinary people. It’s the rare sitcom that finely honed its craft as it aired, growing its characters and allowing them evolve over the series run. Now, it’s time for the Emmys to reward it for being the nice kid on the television block, according to Awards Daily TV’s Megan McLachlan.

P&R does something that very few shows do: It finds humor in good people. It’s easy to be funny when you’re poking fun at outlandish or morally reprehensible characters (Jim torturing Dwight Schrute or Michael providing a caustic aside about Lucille Bluth), but most of the characters on P&R are more normal, less cartoonish, which can be challenging when trying to garner laughs.

Read more over at ADTV…


Better Call Saul carries the tradition of Breaking Bad in a new direction – one that warrants serious Emmy consideration for Outstanding Drama Series, according to ADTV’s Robin Write. 
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging performances of its tight-knit cast members. 

Read the entire piece over at ADTV…

(No computers were harmed during the writing of this post.)

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback

The Awards Daily TV gang analyzed the major Emmy acting races in both Drama and Comedy categories with an eye toward finding the frontrunners (Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep) and the dark horse candidates (Robin Wright, House of Cards; Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback – pictured). Take a look at each post over at ADTV and let us know your thoughts on the state of the 2015 Emmy acting races.

Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama

Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama

Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy

Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Comedy

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy



Megan McLachlan makes the Emmy case for AMC’s Mad Men over at Awards Daily TV. Given its iconic status and acclaimed finale, Mad Men is the clear choice to win Outstanding Drama Series, according to Megan. 

Read her analysis over at ADTV…


This week around the Water Cooler, Joey, Megan and Clarence cast their virtual ballots for the major 2015 Emmy categories. Official Emmy voting starts today, so the Cooler gang decided to lend their expert opinions and advice to those undecided Emmy voters who may need a little assistance. Again, this episode is not designed to be a “Who Will Win” revelation – it’s just who we would vote for if we were in the Television Academy. Also, there is a little unexpected tension in the voting process…
Find out more at ADTV…

Show Me A Hero

ADTV’s Joey Moser takes a look at HBO’s newest mini-series, Show Me a Hero, which stars Ex-Machina’s Oscar Isaac as a New York politician mired in housing politics. While the first hour takes a while to fully develop, the second hour proves more dramatic largely thanks to Catherine Keener’s near-unrecognizable star turn.

Read more at ADTV…


Voting for the 2015 Emmy Awards starts Monday. How will rule changes in the final voting window impact the winners? Will populist choices rule the day? Or will voters even be able to watch all series submissions? Awards Daily TV considers the impact on the acting and series categories.

Find out more at Awards Daily TV…


The Television Academy has nominated FX’s Louie before but only awarded it Writing awards. It’s time for the Emmys to recognize exactly how groundbreaking and unique the comedy series is. In ADTV’s Making the Case series, Clarence Moye takes a look at what makes Louie Season Five tick and why the Emmys should reward this excellent series.

Read Making the Case for Louie at ADTV.

Find other Making the Case articles at ADTV, including Homeland, Modern Family, Downton Abbey, and Veep. More to come in the next two weeks!


Outstanding Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men
  • Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama

  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama

  • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy

  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Gaby Hoffman, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On

Outstanding Limited Series

  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • The Honorable Woman
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • Wolf Hall

Outstanding TV Movie

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case 
  • Bessie
  • Grace of Monaco
  • Hello Ladies: The Movie
  • Killing Jesus
  • Nightingale

Outstanding Lead Actor, Mini Series or TV Movie

  • Adrian Brody, Houdini
  • Ricky Gervais: Derek: The Final Chapter
  • Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
  • Timothy Hutton, American Crime
  • David Oyelowo, Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or TV Movie

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Queen Latifah, Bessie
  • Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
  • Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini Series of Movie

  • Richard Cabral, American Crime
  • Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
  • Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
  • Dennis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie
  • Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie

  • Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge
  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Mo’Nique, Bessie
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Outstanding Reality Competition

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Outstanding Reality Host

  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
  • Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, Project Runway
  • Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Late Show with David Letterman
  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • Drunk History
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Portlandia
  • Saturday Night Live

Veep Emmy

Change is in the air for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, but just how much? Joey dives into the category and finds the frontrunners. Read all about it at AwardsDaily TV.

TCA Americans

The Television Critics Association announced their nominees for the 2015 television year. Full list at AwardsDaily TV

silicon fyc

Silicon Valley‘s T.J. Miller’s star seems on the upswing, making him a distinct possibility for an Emmy nomination in the Supporting Actor Comedy category. Who else will join him at the Emmys? Megan McLachlan is on the case at AwardsDaily TV


Clarence weighs in on whether the CCTV awards matter when it comes to Emmy and, if so, for whom.

Check it out at AwardsDaily TV.


AwardsDailyTV contributor Joey Moser makes the case for everyone’s favorite drag queen in the Reality Host Emmy category.

Check it out at ADTV.


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AwardsDaily TV contributor Clarence Moye makes the Emmy case for Mrs. Bates. Check it out.

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