If we’ve hit a golden era of television, the Emmys should be great fun, right? Right! This year’s roster of nominations gives us a fairly apt snapshot of the best in TV, or at least one as good as we can expect from a voting body that has granted “The Big Bang Theory” four Outstanding Comedy Series nominations.
In preparation for Sunday’s awards, I’ve humbly cooked up a handbook for who is likeliest to win. Predicting the Emmys isn’t as scientific as the Oscars ― there aren’t umpteen precursor awards and high-profile publicity blitzes to forecast these prizes. But with a little insight into the Television Academy’s voting history and the current critical zeitgeist, placing bets isn’t impossible. And to remind ourselves that no golden age is without some lackluster choices, I’ve suggested a snubbed replacement nominee in each category. Here we go: