Best Drama Series
How it took THIS long for “The Americans” to get a single Emmy nomination is beyond me. It’s suspenseful, compelling, and well-acted. It’s hard for a drama to continue to get better over seasons if all plots are exhausted after season one. This show avoids that troupe like a pro.
Best Comedy Series
As much as I would love to see “Master of None” win this one, “Veep” is like “The Americans” in the sense that it continues to be great, even after the first few seasons. It’s rapid insults and hidden humor combined with freakishly relatable commentary on the political system make it simply the best. Plus queen JLD.
Best Actor in a Drama
I can’t stop saying enough good things about “The Americans.” Matthew Rhys is both terrifying and heroic as a Russian spy. Too good.
Best Actress in a Drama
It always drives me crazy that people still don’t know who Keri Russell is. Or when people don’t watch “The Americans.” OK, I’m done now.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
“Master of None” is easy to like, but to a Millennial like myself it’s so much more than that. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time and entirely too relatable. But all that wouldn’t work with out Aziz Ansari who is an underrated comedy gem.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
As much as I would love for someone else to win this one this year (Julia has won it the last four years in a row…) I can’t help but root for queen Julia. She is the best and if you’re a “Veep” fan you know why she deserves every award. She’s the best no matter what. Nobody tops her.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Television is full of colorful gay men living in NYC, but no one does it better or classier (or funnier) than Tituss Burgess on “Unbreakable.” Memorable catch phrases aside, he also brings a lot of heart to a role that in another person’s hands would just be another caricature.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
As much as I love Allison Janney, it’s about time someone award Kate McKinnon for lending her brilliance to “Saturday Night Live.”
Best Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson
Is this one really even a question? Nothing beats a true crime story. Especially one we’ve all been obsessed with for 20 years.
Best Variety Talk Series
The Late Late Show
This category is a hard one for me. Mainly because “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is the best late-night show right now and it wasn’t even nominated. I’m a little surprised at myself for picking James Corden’s tenure over Fallon’s or even the great Jerry Seinfeld, but there’s something about what Corden is doing that sets him a part from the pack. Just like Meyers.
Best Variety Sketch Series
SNL isn’t ready to win this one yet. Not until they get their casting stuff figured out. And quite honestly, I was a little disappointed in “Inside Amy Schumer” this last season. So, I’m here to tell you that “Drunk History” is a show that is surprisingly brilliant out of a very idiotic concept. It’s the most fun show on the list to watch.
Best Writing for a Comedy Series
“Parents,” Master of NoneJust because we know we want to see Aziz’s parents at the Emmys.