Critics eye "Mad Men," "30 Rock" for Emmy wins

Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:26am EDT
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By Randee Dawn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Pity the TV critic, whose cynicism peaks during Emmy season.

They know voters rarely watch all of the programming on which they vote, and those who do vote tend to skew so conservatively that many of the shows critics have championed get overlooked.

That doesn't stop them from predicting winners, though. Here, TV Guide senior TV critic Matt Roush and USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco share their picks.


Matt Roush: "(AMC's) 'Mad Men' is an evocative instant classic that has the look and feel of a winner. Possible spoiler: The thrilling 'Damages' (FX), which is this year's


Robert Bianco: "(ABC's) 'Lost,' because it had an incredible creative resurgence this season. But 'Mad Men' is so fresh and has so much buzz I think voters will go with that show."

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<p>Cast member Jon Hamm (R) smiles next to co-stars January Jones (C) and Elisabeth Moss during a panel for the AMC television series "Mad Men" at the Television Critics Association 2008 summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>