Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Drama Series
Once again, it's 'Mad Men' versus The World
'The Good Wife'
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
Nomination Status: Should carry the banner for the five networks in this category.
In Its Favor: "The Good Wife" has been nominated for Outstanding Drama each of its first two years and it's the only plausible standard bearer for the four-ish major networks. Nothing else really has a chance to be nominated here. "Good Wife" should continue to be a strong player in many categories after a solid third season and although it dropped out of the Golden Globes Drama field, it held onto its SAG Awards ensemble nomination.
Working Against It: "The Good Wife" certainly wouldn't make my Top 6. It wouldn't make my Top 15, probably. But that's a different issue. What I'm saying is that with cable dramas becoming stronger and stronger every year, it becomes easier and easier to contemplate just rewarding six cable dramas and leaving the networks to be satisfied with their viewership and money. The third season of "Good Wife," while not necessarily a step down in quality, may have taken a step down in buzz in its shift to a frequently delayed Sunday slot. I still expect it to be nominated.