Emmy Nominations: Tim Goodman Handicaps His Own Picks

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Breaking Bad (AMC) Slam dunk.

Mad Men (AMC) Ditto.

True Detective (HBO) Incredible newcomer.

Game of Thrones (HBO) HBO's top-rated drama is a must here.

The Americans (FX) The 1980s spy drama has major upset potential.

Orphan Black (BBC America) A righteous choice.

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Louie (FX) Slam dunk after an incredible fourth season.

Veep (HBO) Lock for nom, perhaps winner this year?

Silicon Valley (HBO) Hilarious and deserving newcomer.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) Ditto -- and possible winner.

The Goldbergs (ABC) Ditto.

Moone Boy (Sky1) A must.

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Stephen Colbert


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) Slam dunk.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) Slam dunk.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) Best late-night show.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Impressive takeover.

Key and Peele (Comedy Central) Funniest here.

Portlandia (IFC) The righteous choice.



The Amazing Race (CBS) The 14-time winner is a slam dunk.

Project Runway (Lifetime) Same for the stalwart nominee.

Top Chef (Bravo) The best of the foodies.

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) Admirable effort here.

Survivor (CBS) Persistence.

The Voice (NBC) There can only be one singing show -- and it has won before.



Louis C.K., Louie (FX) Genius.

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime) The best actor here.

Chris O'Dowd, Moone Boy (Sky1) Heart and soul.

Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) The funniest -- and a Globe winner.

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO) Impressive newcomer.

Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (NBC) Always funny.

Melissa Fumero, Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in Brooklyn Nine?Nine.


Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine?Nine (Fox) Biggest surprise.

Adam Driver, Girls (HBO) Best actor here.

Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley (HBO) Career performance.

Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation (NBC) Funniest here.

Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)So deserving.

T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO) Best turn in a freshman series.



Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO) Shoo-in.

Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO) Fearless.

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC) Overdue for a win.

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) Very deserving.

Wendi McClendon-Covey, The Goldbergs (ABC) Funniest freshman.

Emmy Rossum, Shameless (Showtime) Best actress here.

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Amy Schumer in Inside Amy Schumer.


Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC) Slam dunk.

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) Funniest here.

Kristen Bell, House of Lies (Showtime) Best actress.

Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO) Underappreciated.

Tamsin Greig, Episodes (Showtime) Talented dark horse.

Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine?Nine (Fox) Crazy funny.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective.


Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO) Slam dunk. Likely winner.

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC) Slam dunk.

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC) Slam dunk.

Woody Harrelson, True Detective (HBO) Incredible, as usual.

Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX) Most underrated.

James Spader, The Blacklist (NBC) Carries the series.

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Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC): Slam dunk.

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO): Slam dunk.

Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead (AMC): This must happen.

Dean Norris, Breaking Bad (AMC): Very deserving.

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime): Likely winner.

Walton Goggins, Justified (FX): Consistently great.



Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America) Must win.

Keri Russell, The Americans (FX) So deserving.

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS) Odds-on favorite.

Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime) Slam dunk.

Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime) Underrated.

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E) Magnetic dark horse.



Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC) Her year?

Annet Mahendru, The Americans (FX) Possible winner.

Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead (AMC) So deserving.

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS) Favorite for a reason.

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Most underappreciated.

Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter (Showtime) Overcame material.

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Allison Tolman in Fargo.


Fargo (FX) Slam dunk. Must win.

Dancing on the Edge (Starz) Surprising and deserved.

Luther (BBC America) Slam dunk.

The White Queen (Starz) The network's second big contender here. Lavishly done.

The Hollow Crown (BBC) Best acted miniseries of the year.

Klondike (Discovery Channel) Best acted miniseries of the year. Long shot seeks gold.



The Normal Heart (HBO) Slam dunk and most-likely winner.

Sherlock: His Last Vow (BBC) Most deserving.

Burton and Taylor (BBC America) Throwback elegance; great writing.

The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime) Biggest surprise of bunch.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (HBO) Excellent underdog.

Clear History (HBO) Comedy, anyone?