My 2006 Emmy Picks

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
House (FOX)
The Sopranos (HBO)
24 (FOX)
The West Wing (NBC)
Wow, this is one of the hardest categories to pick my favorite in. I watch all the shows besides The West Wing and I can kinda rule out The Sopranos. Yes it is the final season and all but the show has lost its steam compared to the first 5 seasons. Grey’s Anatomy and 24 seem to be the favorites from what I read from other critics. I picked 24 because this season that passed was amazing and the drama was felt from each episode. Grey’s Anatomy has its drama but its cloaked in comedy and 24 has been more consistent. And I think season 5’s finale was more shocking than season 4’s.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Arrested Development” (FOX)
Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
The Office” (NBC)
Scrubs” (NBC)
Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
Again, another trick category to pick a favorite. I watch every show besides Two and a Half Men. That show and Scrubs seem to be the surprise nominations. Arrested Development has been on thin ice since it debuted 3 years ago and as far as I know, FOX hasn’t made plans to renew the series. I will rule out Scrubs as the winner. The show has it’s core audience but sometimes some of the jokes seem in bad taste but I have had many laugh out loud moments.
The Office is an amazingly hilarious show. I cannot say how many times I have seen each season over and over. My pick is The Office because the humor is unique compared to the other nominees. However I do have a feeling Arrested Development might take it away or I could be very wrong.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Frances Conroy, “Six Feet Under” (HBO)
Geena Davis, “Commander In Chief” (ABC)
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Allison Janney, “The West Wing” (NBC)
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” (TNT)
I picked Mariska Hargitay because from the list, it is the only show I watch. But if I had to make a prediction based on what I hear, I would most likely choose Kyra Sedgwick.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under” (HBO)
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me” (FX)
Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Martin Sheen, “The West Wing” (CBS)
Kiefer Sutherland, “24” (FOX)
Hmm.. Toss up between Denis Leary and Kiefer Sutherland. Both awesome actors in their respective shows but Kiefer seem to be one-dimensional. I am not saying that’s bad, the delivery and intensity is always on mark. However, Leary’s ball busting, Irish whisky drinking, firefighting Tommy Gavin character is very cathartic.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Stockard Channing, “Out of Practice” (CBS)
Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle” (FOX)
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback” (HBO)
Debra Messing, “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus.. why? The only show I watched and it’s funny… All I can really say..
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Steve Carell, “The Office” (NBC)

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Kevin James, “The King of Queens” (CBS)
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk” (USA)
Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
Tony Shalhoub is nominated again and won last year. Charlie Sheen is the new comer and is banking on the fact that he is nominated and asking CBS for a million dollar per episode deal from what I recall. Steve Carell and Larry David are funny dudes on their shows.. Even though Shalhoub will most likely win again, I will be rooting for Carell. Off the bat you want to hate him for the stunts he pulls but when you give it time, you feel sad for his character. Go 40 year old virgin!!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Candice Bergen, “Boston Legal” (ABC)

Blythe Danner, “Huff” (Showtime)
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Jean Smart, “24” (FOX)
Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
A top notch running for Supporting Actress here.. Danner won last year but her role seemed to be cut down in season two of Huff. Jean Smart was a little too whinny on 24 for me. I would like Oh or Wilson to win, especially Oh but Bergen will have to be my pick.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda, “The West Wing” (NBC)
Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Gregory Itzin, “24” (FOX)
Oliver Platt, “Huff” (Showtime)
William Shatner, “Boston Legal” (ABC)
William Shatner.. No explanation needed. I think he won the last 2 years and deserves to win again for his character, Denny Crane.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds” (Showtime)
Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl” (NBC)
Alfre Woodard, “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Don’t know who to pick here.. I will just go with Alfre Woodard.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Will Arnett, “Arrested Development” (FOX)
Bryan Cranston, “Malcolm in the Middle” (FOX)
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage” (HBO)
I REALLY want Jeremy Piven to win, but I think he has been nominated a few times already and haven’t won. This goes to Will Arnett.
Outstanding Reality/Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Bravo)
“Survivor” (CBS)
I could careless about this category so I will pick last year’s winner, The Amazing Race. However Dancing with the Stars was fun to watch, and a lot more fun to be there.
…and the Emmy goes to..

About Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a Los Angeles based freelance photographer. Over the past six years, he has covered various concerts, movie premieres, red carpets, parties, and events. A southern California native, Anh attended UCLA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a minor in Accounting. In addition to photography, he is currently pursuing his license as a CPA and hopes to go law school. Adding to his many interests, Anh also loves to cook and has worked as a line cook for Food Network's celebrity chef Scott Conant's restaurant, Scarpetta, in Beverly Hills.