Emmy preview: Psst... I think Friends is gonna win
Ah, the Emmys. Some will win, some will lose, some will get their egos bruised. Some will smile, some will cry, some will get cut off by the orchestra because they just keep going on and on during their acceptance speech like people watching actually give a damn about them thanking their hairdresser or their cousin Jethro back home. Ahem. Anyway, on to the preview.
After eight years, it looks like
Friends will finally get a win on the strength of its highest rated season ever. This is the good thing about the Emmys; eventually, pretty much everyone wins (coughcoughSusanLuccicough). Friends has been a decent show for enough years that they deserve it. They're also helped by the fact that three of the other nominees have had average seasons
(Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City, Will & Grace). Curb Your Enthusiasm is the best and most original of the nominees, but it's a cable show and, thus, probably not enough voters have seen it.
Deserves To Win: Curb Your Enthusiasm
COMEDY ACTING AWARDS
Find a dartboard, since the acting honours are pretty wide open this year. Jennifer Aniston
(Friends) is the favourite for Best Actress, ahead of Sarah Jessica Parker
(Sex and the City) and inexplicable two-time winner Patricia Heaton (Raymond). Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry might split the
Friends vote in the Best Actor category, opening the door for Bernie Mac, Kelsey Grammer
(Frasier) or the man everybody loves, Ray Romano. The supporting categories are a total crapshoot, with every nominee having a reasonable chance of winning.
Mark's Picks: Lead Romano, Aniston, Supporting Peter Boyle
(Raymond), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City)
Deserves To Win: Lead LeBlanc, Aniston, Supporting Brad Garrett
(Raymond), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)
The dramatic category is pretty easy to call:
West Wing all the way. This past year, the show slumped to about a 50:50 ratio between episodes that were TV at its finest, and episodes that were preachier than a, uh..., preacher. HBO's
Six Feet Under was nominated for almost as many awards as West Wing, but since its in first year, its chances of winning are slim. It's wait until next year for
CSI, Law & Order and 24.
Mark's Pick: West Wing
Deserves To Win:
DRAMA ACTING AWARDS
West Wing has an amazing nine nominations for acting, including Mary-Louise Parker and Stockard Channing for Best Supporting Actress, despite the fact that, between them, they appeared in about a dozen episodes. Despite all of the attention, the only
West Wing lock is John Spencer as Supporting Actor. You'd think that Martin Sheen would be the big dog as Best Actor, but he'll have to deal with his son's
Young Guns co-star Kiefer Sutherland (24). Janel Moloney is the only
West Wing Supporting Actress who actually showed up in every show, so she'll win. Best Actress is between Amy Brenneman
(Judging Amy), Rachel Griffiths and Francis Conroy from Six Feet
Under, two-time defending Supporting Actress champ Alison Janney (West
Wing) and (yeesh) Jennifer Garner from Alias. Your guess is as good as mine.
Mark's Picks: Lead Sheen, Griffiths, Supporting Spencer, Moloney
Who Deserves To Win:
Lead Sheen, Janney, Supporting Spencer, Moloney
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
The Simpsons will once again win this joke of an award. This category is like the NHL creating a "Best Team From Detroit" trophy for the Red Wings to play for instead of the Stanley Cup. Suffice it to say, if
Friends deserves a Best Comedy Emmy, The Simpsons deserves about six of them.
Simpsons, who ALWAYS deserve to win.
The Emmys air Sunday at 8a.m. on NBC.