Once again, it's 'Mad Men' versus The World
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"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
Nomination Status: Second straight nomination seems likely, but not inevitable.
In Its Favor: While maybe not quite as well-received as its first season, the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" had a lot of fans and the show continues to have HBO's considerable Emmy might behind it. Although its wins were mostly in technical categories, the first "Boardwalk" season won a whopping eight Emmys and there's no reason why the lavish production won't at least come close to matching that haul. The second season has already won the SAG Awards ensemble category and earned another Golden Globes Drama Series nomination.
Working Against It: As well as the second season closed, the start of the season had some critics and fans speculating about a sophomore slump. If "Boardwalk Empire" couldn't dethrone "Mad Men" last year when it was shiny and new, what hope does it have this year?