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Nomination Status: If Emmy voters correctly recognized when "Dexter" got bad, might they notice that it got good again?
In Its Favor: "Dexter" picked up four straight Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations between 2008 and 2011. But when "Dexter" fell off a cliff in its sixth season, the nomination total plummeted and "Dexter" was left out of the Drama Series field. Well, I'll speak on behalf of the room to say that Season 7 was a pretty huge comeback. Bringing Deb in on Dexter's secret helped fix the wretched mess that their relationship became the previous year. Ray Stevenson delivered ample menace as an apology for that season when Tom Hank's son's imaginary friend was the Big Bad. And, once again, "Dexter" became funny and disturbing and audacious.
Working Against It: Yes, "Dexter" recovered its footing, but which of the Top 6 dramas slipped enough for "Dexter" to regain its nomination? And if one of those dramas slipped, what did "Dexter" do to keep attention from going to one of several new shows? My guess? Not enough.