2011 Emmy Award Predictions


Today, the 2011 Emmy nominees were announced.

For those that have followed the Emmy’s for the last three years, it is apparent that something is missing.

Breaking Bad.

The hit AMC show’s fourth season premieres this sunday– July 17th– which is outside the time alloted for  shows to be nominated for an Emmy.

Actor Bryan Cranston is three for three in taking home the Emmy for “Best Actor in a Drama.” While co-star Aaron Paul took home the “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama” Emmy  in 2010.

One thing is for sure when handicapping the 2011 Emmy nominees; there will be at least two new winners.

Here are my personal predictions to take home a 2011 Emmy Award.

(Note: In bold is who I personally feel should win. Not who I think will win, but who I would vote for if the Emmy’s were like American Idol or Dancing With the Stars.)


Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Dexter (Showtime)

Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Mad Men (AMC)

Mad Men will definitely be the favor again this year–they’ve won the same award the past three years– but this was the first season where I fully tuned in to the first big AMC drama, and I thought the hype was overblown.

Dexter is an all time favorite show I’ve mine. It didn’t take home the Emmy for it’s John Lithgow infused season four– it’s best season bar none– which set the bar far too high for season five.

My vote would be cast for Friday Night Lights. Never did I think that the show would reach its season one intrigue and entertainment, but it did. While this was the final season for FNL, more than any other show, I feel FNL is still peaking at the time of its departure.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Glee (Fox)

Modern Family (ABC)

The Office (NBC)

Parks & Recreation (NBC)

30 Rock (NBC)

First thought: Lets just move on, it’s a no brainer. But I do love The Office (Steve Carell’s final and one of his best seasons, while also showing growth of the other characters) and I love Parks & Rec (which really came into its own this season). 

But the 2010 Emmy winner in the same category gets my vote in 2011. Modern Family is television at its finest. I compare Modern Family to Roy Halladay. Every time they take the mound you can rest assured you’re getting 8 innings of five hit one earned run baseball. This season Modern Family was 23-3 with a 2.13 ERA. If you’re scoring at home.

Actor, drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)

Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)

Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Maybe because I’m a FNL rube, or maybe it’s because I write for a sports site. Either way Kyle Chandler is deserving of an Emmy win as Coach Taylor. Jon Hamm is always solid, and Michael C. Hall kills it as Dexter in Dexter, but my vote has to be cast for Chandler.

What sealed it was his eloquent transformation from coach to father when his daughter, Julie, wasn’t feeling comfortable in her first year in college– something all father’s fear and face– solidified my vote for Chandler.

Actress, drama

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law (NBC)

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)


But really, Connie Britton completes the most real husband and wife combo on television. Add in her progressive style of teaching and education ideals and she gets my vote.

Mireille Enos was solid, not great, in AMC’s The Killing Its Fan Base, I mean The Killing. Anyone who can pull of those ugly sweaters for a full season should get an Emmy nomination every time.

Actor, comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)

Louis C.K., Louie (FX)

Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Louis C.K. is a sleeper pick here, but you can’t think I’m not voting for Carell in his final season.

Actress, comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)

Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)

Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

Parks & Rec really took off this season. Much of that can be attributed to Poehler. Underrated show that I recommend for all. Especially those that have spent even a minute in a small town city hall.


Supporting actor, drama

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)

Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)

John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Don’t love any of these candidates. Slattery by default.


Supporting actress, drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)

Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)

While the writing was below average, the acting was not. Forbes killed it in The Killing as the distressed mother of Rosie Larsen. You know, the Rosie Larsen who’s killer we never found, yet the show was called The Killing and all signs pointed to the fact we’d know the killer at the end of season one!

Supporting actor, comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)

Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family (ABC)

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

Stonestreet was great again, he won the same award in 2010. O’Neill and Ferguson were also spectacular. By Burell gets my vote. Next to Steve Carell on The Office, no one is funnier in the mock interviews as his character Phil Dunphy.

What does thoroughly irritate me is the snub job that was given to Aziz Ansari for his role as Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation. The quick witted, over-the-top Ansari is a great second banana to Poehler on the most underrated show on television.

My vote goes for Burrell, but would not shed a tear if either of the other four Modern Family stars won.

Supporting actress, comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)

Jane Lynch,Glee (Fox)

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

While Sofia Vergara won the award in 2010, my vote this season goes to Bowen. Even though Betty White is the definitive sleeper choice in this category, Bowen’s character, Claire Dunphy, is at the center of the whole show. Her comedic timing is impeccable, and she is the second half of the second best on-screen husband and wife combo in television.

Extra Credit:

Movie or miniseries

Cinema Verité (HBO)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

The Kennedys (Reelz)

Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Pillars of the Earth (Starz)

Too Big To Fail (HBO)


Variety, musical or comedy

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Conan (TBS)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

-Brett Cloutier

Brett is a contributor to The Sports Bank as beat writer for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also dabbles in pop culture and Minnesota Gopher hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @brettcloutier.

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  1. 1 Bad MFer says

    First of all, I love the fact that you love Modern Family as much as myself. I think it’s when one of the best comedies to come around during this “reality” era.

    One correction: Sofia Vergara did NOT win last year. The award, of course, went to Jane Lynch. So hopefully, either Sofia or Julie grabs the Emmy this year.

    I know, I’m an unabashed Modern Family honk, and I’m pretty proud of it.

  2. Joanna B. says

    I just have to wonder, is anybody else as sick of Kelly Ripa as am I? She is so utterly “cute” that it makes me kinda quesy, like eating too much carrot cake. Yrs ago, she was on ALL MY CHILDREN and I liked her, but enough is enough. And, one more refrigerator/oven commercial and I’m throwing the t.v. into one of Minnesota’s 15,000 lakes.

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