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Emmy ballots are due Friday! Voters have mere hours to check off the names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. And so, here's our final dream ballot for Best Drama Series:
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Draw the similarities to Homeland if you want, but The Americans is in a class of its own. Making unlikely protagonists out of KGB antagonists, the morally gray espionage drama has been absorbing and eminently relatable in painting the complexities of a marriage. Plus: How about those '80s fashions?!
While its network-mate Mad Men can't seem to win an acting Emmy, Breaking Bad, which has earned five trophies total for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, has the opposite problem: It can't seem to win the big one. But it has a good chance of changing that this year. No one does shock and awe better, and nothing was as heart-poundingly stirring as the first half of its fifth and final season. Its final episodes airing during the voting period will only help its cause.
Game of Thrones
Having defied the genre show odds with back-to-back nominations, the striking HBO hit ought to make a return trip with a strong Season 3 that saw many selfish deeds earn their comeuppance. And how could you deny the GoT crew after "The Rains of Castamere" — aka the Red Wedding — one of the most shocking and best hours of TV this year?
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Yes, Season 2 had some ups and downs, but a bumpy Homeland is still a very damn good show by any standard. By hooking up Carrie and Brody, the defending champ has become the master at melding twists and paranoia through their chaotic tango. After ending Mad Men's four-year reign in the category and becoming the first show to win the series prize and both lead drama acting awards since 1993, Homeland is primed for an even bigger showing this year.
Dark and disillusioned, Season 6 was unlike any Mad Men outing we've seen before — and yet still contemplatively familiar in its deconstruction of Don. The four-time champ saw its run end at the hands of Homeland, but the good news is that it truly can't get any worse: It went an ignominious 0-17 last year.
Let's just say it: Scandal is downright ridiculous — and ridiculously addictive. Though its insane plots might not be the most realistic material, there's nothing else like it on TV right now. It doesn't need to be fancy and do slow-burn arcs; instead, it burns through stories like tires in a high-speed car chase that you can't stop watching. All eyes will be on the broadcast networks this year — last year was the first time that no network show made the drama series cut.
What do you hope is nominated?