TV critics weigh in on Emmy contenders

Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:15pm EDT
 
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By Addie Morfoot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Every year, critics bemoan the fact that the best examples of quality television are trampled beneath the boots of shows watched by the masses.

It's an annual struggle of highbrow expectations versus perceived lowbrow mass media, with the winners determined in just one night -- during the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21. Nominations will be announced on Thursday.

But this year, critics are optimistic, noting that the Hollywood writers strike sidelined many series and gave some lesser-watched programming (translation: HBO's "The Wire," AMC's "Mad Men") a wider audience -- perhaps comprised of key Emmy voters.

The Hollywood Reporter ventured into the war zone, tracking down TV critics for their Emmy prognostications. There was a profound cynicism about the TV academy and its voters, but also plenty of passionate belief that this year, things might be different.

DIANE WERTS -- CONTRIBUTOR, NEWSDAY

Drama series pick: "Dexter" (Showtime)

"The academy tends to pick the same shows over and over again. I would love to see them start spreading it around, but I am not going to hold my breath. I hope that 'Dexter' gets nominated. Maybe now that it (was) on CBS (to fill a programming gap caused by the writers strike), people will be more aware of it. I think that it is a really unusual show that tackles very difficult subjects very sensitively."

Comedy series picks: "The Office" and "30 Rock" (NBC)   Continued...

 
<p>Actors Kyle Chandler (L) and Connie Britton from NBC's drama series "Friday Night Lights" arrives at the NBC Universal Experience as part of upfront week in New York on May 12, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>