I get so excited for the Emmy show every fall, and never understand why ratings are so low. This year, Neil Patrick Harris is the host, so my hopes are even higher than usual (he may sing!). And Justin Timberlake is presenting (duet?!). So I expect the show to be funny, the speeches to be captivating, and my favorites to win. (We'll see how that works out for me...)
Without re-reading the predictions we made in July when the nominees were first announced, I'm going to make my picks and wish/rant/threaten a little here (watch your back, Charlie Sheen).
Best Comedy Series: I want to say "How I Met Your Mother" just because it has been wrongly ignored by Emmy for so long, but I think "30 Rock" will rightfully take this.
Best Drama Series: "Breaking Bad" should totally win this. I'm not kidding. But it's "Mad Men's" time to shine and they will get the prize.
Comedy Actor: I'm voting for Tony Shalhoub (right), I don't care what anyone says. He's never short of amazing in his pitch-perfect portrayal of Detection Adrian Monk on USA's "Monk." Sentimental favorite? Yes. Does he deserve it? Yes. That said, Alec Baldwin will probably win. If Charlie Sheen wins I'm shooting someone.
Comedy Actress: Tina Fey. Hands down. Period.
Comedy Supporting Actor: Neil Patrick Harris as Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" is the only real choice here. Rainn Wilson was over-the-top on last season's "The Office," and I'm making the same deal on Jon Cryer that I made above with Charlie Sheen.
Comedy Supporting Actress: Y'all know how I love "Pushing Daisies," so it shouldn't be a surprise that I'm throwing my lot in with Kristin Chenoweth. Will she win? No. But she should. I'm so happy she was nominated, though it only reminds me of the sadness of the "Pushing Daisy" cancellation (FYI: "Pushing Daisies" won three Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month). I think Amy Poehler will win for "Saturday Night Live" (not for "Parks & Recreation").
Drama Actor: For anyone who watched the less glamorous AMC drama "Breaking Bad," I think there's little argument that the Best Actor winner should be Bryan Cranston (left) for his portrayal of the crystal meth-dealing science teacher/cancer patient. He was simply amazing this year (and he won last year). But a win by Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" is also okay with me, and that's who will win.
Drama Actress: This is actually the toughest category for me. Glenn Close, Elisabeth Moss, Kyra Sedgwick, and Mariska Hargitay all did great jobs last year. But I'm going with Elisabeth Moss, who is perhaps the strongest in all of the "Mad Men" cast.
Drama Supporting Actor: Even though I could get booed for saying this, I'd love to see William Shatner (right) win for his final season on "Boston Legal." If you watched the last episodes, you'll know why. His portrayal of Denny Crane as he realized he was indeed succumbing to his Alzheimer's disease was something else to watch. So while I'm voting for Shatner first (and Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" second), I'm recognizing that John Slattery of "Mad Men" will probably win.
Drama Supporting Actress: I guess I'm voting for Dianne Wiest who is very good in "In Treatment." Or perhaps Hope Davis from "In Treatment." I just can't see the justice in any of the other actresses in this category. Plus, I'm forever pouting that Connie Britton from "Friday Night Lights" isn't here.
Reality Competition Program: My vote is for "Top Chef," just because that's the only one of the nominated shows I really watch. "Amazing Race" always wins, and it may win again this year. But I'd like to see "Top Chef" get the top prize.
You can see a full list of the nominees if you'd like to make your own picks. The show airs Sunday night on CBS at 8pm.
Disclaimer: I would never actually shoot Charlie Sheen or Jon Cryer and do not condone violence against mediocre sitcom stars.