Setting the Scene
Snapshots of series likely to compete in Emmy crafts races
The extensive visual effects work that creates a distant universe -- which has already won two Emmys -- seems to get stronger each season, up through the series finale.
Breaking Bad, AMC
In its debut season, the show's editing earned an Emmy and ACE Eddie trophy. Suspenseful and emotional, the layered drama in its second season could again find itself in the running in several craft categories.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
The entire crime drama franchise can't be ignored in various categories including cinematography. Director of photography Nelson Cragg earned an ASC Award for the film-based series in February.
This is the final year Emmy voters can pay tribute to the acclaimed medical drama, which finished its 15th and final season in April. The most Emmy-nominated show in history -- 122 nominations and 22 wins -- could earn multiple mentions in categories including sound editing and sound mixing.
Grey's Anatomy, ABC
The hourlong medical drama has been consistently strong in the makeup categories -- from natural-looking makeup on doctors to prosthetics on patients in the ER.
The deserted island drama -- which follows its plane crash survivors with multiple story lines, cutting back and forth in time -- has earned a nomination in editing each year since the series began.
Mad Men, AMC
The production design transports viewers back to early 1960s New York, while the period costumes -- including pencil skirts and skirtwaist dresses, hairstyles and makeup help define each character from Madison Avenue to suburbia. Season 1 collected six Emmys including cinematography, production design and hairstyling.
The Tudors, Showtime
The rich and romantic look of the period costumes in the Henry VIII saga -- with styles that are meticulously researched and then reinterpreted -- has already earned two Emmys.