Another TV season has come and gone, which means only one thing — Emmy season is upon us! Nominations for the 60th Annual Primetime Emmys will be announced on Thursday, and in anticipation of it, OK! brings you its own predictions of who will make the cut. First up — the drama categories.
With last year’s winner The Sopranos gone for good, there’s room for more new blood in the lineup. Critically acclaimed freshmen dramas Damages and the Golden Globe-winning Mad Men to should find their way on the list, alongside past nominees, popular favorite House and the always baity Boston Legal. The final spot should go to Lost, but don’t be surprised if Grey’s Anatomy pops up.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Spader, Boston Legal
Defending champion — and three-time winner — James Spader will return yet again, as will the way overdue Hugh Laurie. Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm is all but a shoo-in as well. That leaves two spots. As a past nominee, Denis Leary has an edge to get back in while a newbie slot should go to Bryan Cranston, thrice a supporting comedy actor nominee for Malcolm in the Middle. The pitch-perfect Michael C. Hall may just miss the cut given the macabre nature of Dexter.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Three years ago, it was supposed to a head-to-head race between Glenn Close and Mariska Hargitay for top honors, but Medium‘s Patricia Arquette upset them all. That shouldn’t happen this time, but you’ll never know with those Emmy voters! A constant for the last four years, Mariska should be back, as will Glenn, this time for Damages, not The Shield. Rounding out the field will be the TNT girl-power duo of Kyra Sedgwick and Holly Hunter, and you can’t count out reigning queen Sally Field, whose tape — her dealing with her son in Iraq — is right up voters’ alley.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men
Blair Underwood, In Treatment
In a shocker, last year’s champ, Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn didn’t even make the Top 10 list! But that just means more room for his co-star(s). Michael Emerson, who lost out to Terry last year, should nab a nod, and 2005 nominee Naveen Andrews could very well join him. Hammy William Shatner, who’s won two statuettes for Denny Crane, should return while scene-stealers Ted Danson, John Slattery and Blair Underwood will get first-time nods for their new shows.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
This is better known as "The Category Katherine Heigl Removed Herself From." The Grey’s star won’t be around to defend her crown, but she could pass it along to her colleagues, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson, who would be earning their fourth and third consecutive nominations, repsectively. Crashing the hospital party will be the heartbreaking Rachel Griffiths, legal eagle Candice Bergen (who famously withdrew her name from Emmy consideration after winning five times for Murphy Brown) and double Oscar winner Dianne Wiest.