'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'True Detective' likely to make the cut
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Outstanding Drama Series
Last Year's Nominees:
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
Attrition: In a literal sense, all six nominees from last year will be eligible for return engagements this year. But despite the powerhouse nature of the category, perception is likely to be that there's more than a little wiggle room. Surely "Homeland" won't be nominated again, right? Given the competition, aren't "House of Cards" and "Downton Abbey" ready to drop out? And haven't award-giving groups been [incorrectly] telling us for a year that "Mad Men" is past its sell-by date? And it's good that the category is so deceptively vulnerable, because otherwise how would voters make room for "True Detective" (a lock), the return of "The Good Wife" (a near lock) or "Under the Dome" (just seeing if you're awake).