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'Mad Men,' AMC
Nomination Status: Momentum seems to be going against the former Emmy favorite which has now become one of the most underrated shows on TV.
In Its Favor: Outside of "Breaking Bad," no show on TV can compete with the season ending one-two punch of "The Strategy" and "Waterloo," which reminded even estranged fans that when "Mad Men" is on its game, it's virtually impossible to compete with its combination of layered writing, top-notch period production value and one of the best ensemble casts on TV. The four-time Drama Series winner is, without any question in my mind, still one of the six best dramas on TV.
Working Against It: Since winning the last of its four straight Drama Series Emmys in 2011, "Mad Men" is an impressive 0-29 at the Emmys and there have been signs of fatigue with other award-giving groups as well. Golden Globe voters snubbed the series and only nominated Jon Hamm. SAG Awards voters snubbed Hamm and the ensemble. The six-time TCA Award winner was shut out by the critics. Airing only seven episodes this season, "Mad Men" will be distressingly easy to overlook. I'm already girding my loins for my own outrage.