<p>Is this the year &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;breaks through to beat &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;for the comedy series Emmy?</p>

Is this the year "Louie" breaks through to beat "Modern Family" for the comedy series Emmy?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

Will 'Modern Family' four-peat, or is this year for a 'Big Bang' or 'Louie' upset?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

As we head into the home stretch, we're dealing with the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series, which includes two past winners in "30 Rock" and "Modern Family," two shows that expanded their nomination footprint this year in "Louie" and "Veep," plus the wildly popular "Big Bang Theory" and critically-adored "Girls."

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<p>The original &quot;NYPD&nbsp;Blue&quot;&nbsp;team of David Caruso and Dennis Franz.</p>

The original "NYPD Blue" team of David Caruso and Dennis Franz.

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'NYPD Blue' 20th anniversary: The cop show that helped change television

Steven Bochco wanted network to outdo cable, but instead inspired Tony Soprano and friends

As most of you know, "NYPD Blue" is the show that changed my life, prompting me to unofficially launch my career as a TV reviewer and eventually leading to my first job at The Star-Ledger. It's also one of the shows that changed TV, albeit not in the way its creators intended.

I've told the former story a bunch lately. On the occasion of this weekend's 20th anniversary of the show's debut, it's important to reflect on the much broader impact of "NYPD Blue."

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<p>Will Emmy voters' love of movie actors work in &quot;House of Cards&quot;&nbsp;star Kevin Spacey's favor?</p>

Will Emmy voters' love of movie actors work in "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey's favor?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy/Drama

Will Damian Lewis get another win? Is this Louis C.K.'s year?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama lead actor categories. The former has a pair of two-time winners for their nominated roles, plus Jason Bateman's return to a category for which he was last nominated in 2005. The latter pits last year's winner Damian Lewis against three-timer Bryan Cranston, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and the Emmy-less Jon Hamm, among others.

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<p>On &quot;The Bridge,&quot;&nbsp;Marco (Demi&aacute;n Bichir)&nbsp;faces off against Tate (Eric Lange).</p>

On "The Bridge," Marco (Demián Bichir) faces off against Tate (Eric Lange).

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Take the Ride, Pay the Toll'

Tate's plan reaches its endgame in the same spot where Sonya and Marco first encountered each other

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming right up...

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<p>Amy Poehler still doesn't have an Emmy for &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;&nbsp;This must change.</p>

Amy Poehler still doesn't have an Emmy for "Parks and Recreation." This must change.

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actress for Comedy/Drama

Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes both repeat?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama lead actress categories. The former includes three former winners for their nominated roles, while the latter has seven nominees due to ties, which will likely be rendered moot when Claire Danes repeats.

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<p>Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and <span class="st">Stephanie Beatriz in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;<br />
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Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?

I published my review of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the new FOX sitcom tonight from the "Parks and Recreation" guys, what did you think? Did you buy Andy Samberg as a cop, and like him in a relatively human role, or did you find his character too smug? How did you feel Andre Braugher did in a 100% comedy setting? Outside of those two and Terry Crews, did any of the supporting characters make an immediate impression on you? Did you laugh? And will you watch again? 

I intend to cover this show regularly, whether on its own or in a round-up with "New Girl" and any other Tuesday comedies I stick with. As I said yesterday, it's not great yet, but I see a lot of potential (and laughed at various bits like the "SNL" cameo, "Detective Terrible Detective" and Braugher's response to the robot voice), and in general I trust Mike Schur when it comes to fine-tuning a comedy with good raw material.

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<p>Seth Green and Peter Riegert in &quot;Dads.&quot;</p>

Seth Green and Peter Riegert in "Dads."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Dads'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom from Seth MacFarlane and friends?

Still recovering from my appendectomy (a lot of what's being published on the blog this week was written well in advance), which meant I wasn't able to do a full review of FOX's "Dads" in advance of tonight's premiere. I'll say that while the Seth MacFarlane brand of humor can translate into live action at times ("Ted"), for the most part there are things that Peter Griffin or Quagmire can get away with saying that Peter Riegert or Martin Mull can't without seeming really really nasty. And by putting MacFarlane humor into a multi-cam sitcom format, you get the studio audience hooting and cheering their approval whenever one of the dads says something inappropriate, which undercuts the producers' arguments that they are not necessarily endorsing these things.

The whole thing's such a mess that FOX wound up running one of the stranger "pay no attention to the critics" ads I've ever seen (which Fienberg wrote about at length yesterday) to deal with the harsh advance buzz. Now the thing's aired, so what did you all think? Did it live up/down to all the negative commentary? Did it seem not worth the fuss? Will you watch again?

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<p>Against so many &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;men, does &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;co-star Adam Driver have a shot?</p>

Against so many "Modern Family" men, does "Girls" co-star Adam Driver have a shot?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor for Comedy/Drama

Can Jonathan Banks beat co-star Aaron Paul? And which 'Modern Family' man will be feted this year?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actor categories. The former is dominated as usual by "Modern Family" men, albeit not quite as dominated as the last few years, while the latter features four former Emmy winners (albeit only two of them for their current roles).

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<p>Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in "Sleepy Hollow."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the crazy new FOX drama?

On Friday, I published my review of "Sleepy Hollow." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Too crazy, not crazy enough, just right? Did you enjoy Tom Mison and/or Nicole Beharie? How did you feel about how Clancy Brown and John Cho were used? Does the mythology interest you at all, and/or does it seem like gibberish? Once you've seen the Headless Horseman pouring automatic weapons fire into a police car, how much stranger can you imagine the show getting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Is Maggie Smith from &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;an Emmy lock again?</p>

Is Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey" an Emmy lock again?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Supporting Actress for Comedy/Drama

Will Julie Bowen repeat in a seven-woman field? And can Anna Gunn beat Maggie Smith?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actress categories. The former is one of a few categories featuring seven nominees due to ties, while the latter pits the upper-class wit of "Downton Abbey" versus the dirty meth dealings of "Breaking Bad" (among others contenders).

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