'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Breaking Bad' are poised for Emmy wins

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2014 - 5:02 PM

“Fargo” seems a lock Monday night, but expect a battle between Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey.

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In what’s shaping up to be one of the wildest, most unpredictable Emmy Awards presentations in years, there is only one slam-dunk guarantee: “Fargo” will not go home empty-handed.

The Minnesota-set project is a heavy favorite Monday to be named best TV miniseries, skirting competition from “True Detective,” which opted to compete in the drama category. The only minor scare for “Fargo” is “American Horror Story: Coven,” which lacked the spookiness of past seasons.

“Fargo” might even collect the most victories of any show, especially if out-of-nowhere Allison Tolman can upset heavyweights Julia Roberts and Kathy Bates in the supporting-actress race.

But miniseries accolades will almost certainly take a back seat to what should be an emotional tribute to the late Robin Williams and more high-profile contests featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Here’s a cheat sheet:

 

Best drama

Nominees: “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “True Detective.”

Will and should win: It’s good to be “Bad.” It had only eight episodes — but a short run didn’t stop the series from “Heisenberging” its rivals last year.

 

Best comedy

Nominees: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep.”

Will win: “Modern” love may be harder to come by this year, but there should be enough for the series to tie “Frasier” with five wins in a row.

Should win: Some believe “Louie” has gotten too dark, especially when the lead character appeared to be on the brink of date rape. But it is TV’s most daring and innovative series, the kind of out-on-a-limb effort that needs support.

 

Best TV movie

Nominees: “Killing Kennedy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “The Normal Heart,” “The Trip to Bountiful,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow.”

Will and should win: The emotionally wrenching “The Normal Heart,” about the early years of AIDS in America, is catnip in Hollywood.

 

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