Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Drama Series
Once again, it's 'Mad Men' versus The World
'Game of Thrones'
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Nomination Status: I figure this last slot comes down to either "Downton Abbey" or "Game of Thrones." I'm picking the upset.
In Its Favor: Actually, nearly everything is in the favor of "Game of Thrones." Landing an Outstanding Drama Series nomination last year was a big milestone for a show in a genre not traditionally embraced by Emmy voters. "Game of Thrones" then followed that Emmy recognition with a Best Drama Golden Globe nod and a Drama Ensemble SAG Award nomination. Of course, all of that love was for the first "Game of Thrones" season, but even if Season 2 had a couple more bumpy patches, it still maintained its overall quality pretty closely. Plus, "Game of Thrones" kept setting audience records in its second season and the show continued its push from niche favorite into full-blown phenomenon. A bit like "Downton Abbey," actually!
Working Against It: The only thing truly working against "Game of Thrones" is the influx of high quality contenders into this field. "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" seem to have their nominations set at the expense of "Dexter" and "FNL." The question is this: Does "Downton Abbey" seem like the kind of show Emmy voters would want to recognize? If the answer is, "Yes" -- and it is -- then the follow-up has to be, "Well, then, which remaining contender seems the least like a show Emmy voters would normally like?" And that's "Game of Thrones." So that's my logic.