Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Drama Series
Once again, it's 'Mad Men' versus The World
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Nomination Status: Last year's miniseries Goliath swaps categories and may yank a nomination from the hands of "Game of Thrones."
In Its Favor: Actually. Wait. "Downton Abbey" isn't Goliath. It's David. HBO is Goliath. Last year, the pundits all said that nothing stood a chance against HBO's vaunted "Mildred Pierce" miniseries. Instead, "Downton Abbey" took the crown and, in the process, went from cult favorite to mainstream phenomenon. This will be the first time we've seen "Downton Abbey" compete in the correct category, but the show has an awful lot of momentum, generating a quantity of column inches -- not that people have "columns" or "inches" on the Internet -- that only "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" can compete with. "Downton Abbey" may play right down the middle with the TV Academy demo, creating a potential powerhouse.
Working Against It: There was a perception in many corners that "Downton Abbey" had a big qualitative drop in its second season, a decline that was reflected in its shunning at British TV awards galas. "Downton Abbey" and PBS are both unproven commodities on this side of the Emmy ballot and that inexperience may make it hard for the show to de-"Throne" an established contender.