TV addicts are more discerning, more demanding, more involved. This years Emmy nominations (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS) in the major categories reflect the sort of passion that sets Twitter aflame every Sunday night. No one feels halfway about their favorite shows anymore. (I cant imagine who would even watch the Emmys when the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad is on at the same time.)
Nominees: Breaking Bad; Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; Homeland; House of Cards; Mad Men.
Hank would give it to: The successive panic attacks Ive been having on Sunday nights would unanimously vote for AMCs unerringly brilliant Breaking Bad, but Id love nothing more than to see the Emmy go to HBOs Game of Thrones, the sprawling, lose-yourself-in-it fantasy epic.
Nominees: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey); Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad); Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom); Jon Hamm (Mad Men); Damian Lewis (Homeland); Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Hanks pick: Jon Hamm. Because therell be one more chance to give another Emmy to Bryan Cranston in 2014 for this unforgettable final season of Breaking Bad and because Matthew Rhys of The Americans wasnt nominated, Im tempted to throw Hamm a career-achievement Emmy for holding it together during the flattest and least enjoyable season of Mad Men.
Nominees: Connie Britton (Nashville); Claire Danes (Homeland); Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey); Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel); Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men); Kerry Washington (Scandal); Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Hanks pick: Kerry Washington. Theres a reason half of America hyperactively and saucily live-tweets Scandal as it airs without the other half even realizing what theyre missing. Its Washingtons steely strong performance as Olivia Pope, the ultimate D.C. fixer.
Supporting Actor (Drama)
Nominees: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad); Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire); Jim Carter (Downton Abbey); Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones); Mandy Patinkin (Homeland); Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Hanks pick: It should really go to Mandy Patinkin, who wears the part of Saul Berenson on Homeland like a heavy but dutiful coat. Also, he was overlooked during Homelands many wins last year.
Supporting Actress (Drama)
Nominees: Morena Baccarin (Homeland); Christine Baranski (The Good Wife); Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones); Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad); Christina Hendricks (Mad Men); Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Hanks pick: Id pick Anna Gunn in just about any season as Skyler White on Breaking Bad (shes been nominated twice already), but shes been so great in these final few episodes that it seems like she should get it next year. Lets not chance it give it to her now.
Nominees: 30 Rock; The Big Bang Theory; Girls; Louie; Modern Family; Veep
Hanks pick: Im still a staunch supporter of Veep, for not once reining in its vicious nature and also for pushing its story forward as Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) preps for a presidential run.
Nominees: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock); Jason Bateman (Arrested Development); Don Cheadle (House of Lies); Matt LeBlanc (Episodes); Louis C.K. (Louie); Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Hanks pick: Its hard to get terribly excited about these choices. Maybe Ill give it to Matt LeBlanc, just for being him. (Ha ha.)
Nominees: Laura Dern (Enlightened); Lena Dunham (Girls); Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie); Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation); Tina Fey (30 Rock); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Hanks pick: In a go-big-or-go-home world, I cant think of many performances as lovely and unsettling as Laura Derns two seasons as the idealistic anti-corporate whistleblower on HBOs cancelled Enlightened.
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