As an avid TV watcher, I believe I am just as qualified to decide Emmy nominations as the TV Academy. Come July 16, the organization will announce plenty of nominations, many of which I'm sure I'll disagree with, so here's my list of desired Emmy nominations in a few major categories.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Parks and Recreation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Inside Amy Schumer
If Big Bang Theory wins this category again, I'm going to be furious. The show is entertaining enough, but I think the writing and acting in all the above shows far exceeds Big Bang Theory and its mass humor appeal. Also, shout out to all the funny women in this category.
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Orange Is the New Black
Better Call Saul
The Good Wife
The end of Mad Men and the dramatic season finale of Game of Thrones should make this interesting. Empire and Better Call Saul are new and popular additions to the category, acting as intense competition for the old favorites.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis CK (Louie)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation)
Joel McHale (Community)
Will Forte (Last Man on Earth)
As Community comes to an end, I sort of hope to see Joel McHale (who has never been nominated for an Emmy) win, or be nominated at the very least.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Abbi or Ilana (Broad City)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)
I love how hard it was for me to choose my favorite women in comedy. That just means there are tons of awesome options! Here, I'm going to be happy with anyone who wins because I think they've all done amazing things in comedy over the past year. If I had to choose, it'd be either Abbi/Ilana or Amy Schumer.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
Okay, Peter Dinklage might technically be a supporting actor, but he's the best and makes Tyrion Lannister an almost lovable character in a show full of death and deception.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Here, I think Tatiana Maslany has to win. She plays a number of clones in Orphan Black, each with a distinct personality and look, and her skill deserves recognition.
It's been an awesome year for TV, and I hope the TV Academy takes my advice and branches out from old favorites like Big Bang Theory and Modern Family into some of the new series that are really making a statement.