Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Emmy Dream Ballot: Drama Edition...

Emmy Week in Los Angeles has officially started. Tonight the L.A. Times begins its free screening and Q&A series with stars from shows like Shameless, Mad Men and Justified, bringing strong storytelling to the public and Academy members alike. For Your Consideration Emmy mailers have been floating around for the past few days, with special posters and advertisements to follow in a strong trade push. Naturally, this has just gotten Made Possible by Pop Culture thinking about who we'd want to see vying for the top prizes. Here are our nominees in the dramatic television categories:

Supporting Actress

Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Taylor Cole, The Event
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Emma Kenney, Shameless
Regina King, Southland
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Disclaimer: This list could have just ended with Panjabi. Just give her the statue again, and I'll be a happy camper. She's amazingly talented, and I like to think she is also partially responsible for the diversity we will see in fall dramas. But Carpenter should probably be acknowledged, too, because it took a lot to get her here. No, really, a lot.

Supporting Actor

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Max Burkholder, Parenthood
Shawn Hatosy, Southland
Ben McKenzie, Southland
Cameron Monaghan, Shameless

Dax Shepard, Parenthood

Disclaimer: I really think Burkholder and Cumming are my top two here, but they are so vastly different, I doubt the Academy could ever think outside the box enough to put them in the same category, at the same time. It's unfortunate how politics still get involved; Burkholder literally has some viewers thinking he is autistic; he's that natural. I want to award him for every single episode!

Lead Actress

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Lauren Graham, Parenthood
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elizabeth Mitchell, V
Anna Torv, Fringe

Disclaimer: This proved to be a much harder list to whittle down, and I still wonder if Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) shouldn't just be on here for nostalgia's sake.

Lead Actor

Jensen Ackles, Supernatural
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael Cudlitz, Southland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Peter Krause, Parenthood
John Noble, Fringe

Disclaimer: I am well aware that shows on The CW really don't stand a chance at getting even a nomination from the Academy, but I will still hold out hope every year until Ackes gets some kind of real acknowledgement. Fan awards are great and all, but his talent is worthy of so much more! But really this should be Cudlitz' to lose.


Dexter (SHO)
Friday Night Lights (NBC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
The Killing (AMC)
Southland (TNT)

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