Emmy voters have had their work cut out for them — or they should have had their work cut out for them, if they’ve been looking closely. This year, there are more worthy Emmy candidates than there are slots in the list of nominations, which will be announced on Thursday morning. It’s a musical-chairs-type situation, which will inevitably leave many of us groaning alongside our full DVRs when our favorites get shut out. The drama categories will be particularly provoking and overstuffed, since, right now, there are so many more good dramas than comedies.
My predictions for the 2013 nominees (the eligibility period is from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013) tend to fall into distinct groupings. There are the Inevitables; there are the Contenders; and there is the Fantasy League — the deserving who will make it only in my dreams.