Best Drama Series
Winner - The Good Wife
Runner Up - Homeland, Parenthood
Commentary - Last year, Parenthood triumphed, narrowly beating out The Good Wife. While both had great seasons this year, I have to give a nod to The Good Wife. Even in its third, it still remains the best drama on network television. It is smart, sizzling, and always entertaining. Plus, its intriguing cliffhangers heading into the fourth season leave me, and millions of Americans only wanting more.
Best Comedy Series
Winner - Parks & Recreation
Runner Up - Modern Family and New Girl
Commentary - For the second year in a row, Parks & Recreation takes home the Awards Psychic Television Award. I didn't feel that this was necessarily the strongest season for the show, but it still managed to be one of the funniest shows on television, and a wonderful vehicle for its talented cast. Modern Family may have been two spots ahead of it at year's end, but by the end of the season, Parks and Rec narrowly beat it out again.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Peter Krause "Parenthood"
Runner-Up - Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Commentary - Bryan Cranston always gives an electrifying performance, and will probably win another Emmy this year for his performance. While some may say that I am crazy for picking Peter Krause instead, I think that what he does on a weekly basis is jsut as impressive. It may be a hell of a lot more subtle, but the passion, heartwarming role as a loving father, husband, son, and brother is always spectacular, and consistently provides a great model for all the dads out there.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife"
Runner Up - Claire Danes, Lauren Graham "Parenthood", and Katey Segal "Sons of Anarchy"
Commentary - Last year's Emmy winner was particularly great in this season of The Good Wife, and while some may lament that this is an incredibly obvious and mainstream choice, I think it is also a well-deserved one, for one of the consistently great television actors of our time, and her ever-impressive role as Alicia.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Louis C.K. "Louie"
Runner Up - Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory" and Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Commentary - Louis C.K. surprisingly got an Emmy nod last year, and after discovering the magic that is Louie on FX, I can say it was a well-deserved nod. He is televisions "it" guy at this moment, and its not hard to see why as Louie remains one of the funniest shows on TV, mostly due to the talent of C.K.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - (TIE) Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation" & Eva Longoria "Desperate Housewives"
Runner Up - Julia Louis-Dreyfuss "Veep"
Commentary - The first name is an obvious choice as Amy Poehler has consistently provided Parks & Rec with an awesome lead performance, and has taken a show that was so-so in its first season, and turned it into one of the best shows on television. The other one has been a personal favorite of mine. No matter what ridiculous storyline they threw at Gabrielle Solis, Eva Longoria handled it with class, grace, emotion, and lots of humor. She may not be a conventional choice, but after eight seasons of being ignored by the Emmys, it is time that Eva gets her due.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - John Noble "Fringe"
Runner Up - Giancarlo Esposito "Breaking Bad"
Commentary - Fringe has its critics and its fans, and personally I enjoy the show, and particularly enjoy John Noble's performance, while many say it is too over-the-top. This season on Fringe, Noble once again was a scene stealer, and proved why he gives one of the best performances on TV.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Archie Panjabi "The Good Wife"
Runner Up - Sandra Oh "Grey's Anatomy" and Regina King "Soutland"
Commentary - Kalinda is quite possibly my favorite character on television, and her cliffhanger at this the end of this season was tension-ridden, and provided a perfect platfrom for Panjabi to show off her talent. Her perfect mix of bad-ass-ness and vulnerability, showcased a depth of character that I thought was missing in some of the previous seasons with her character.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Max Greenfield "New Girl"
Runner Up - Ed O'Neill "Modern Family"
Commentary - New Girl was such a fun and quirky show this year, that it deserves something. And while Zooey Deschanel is definitely in my top five for Best Actress, there is so much stiff competition that she didn't quite make it into the winner's circle. That being said, in this category, there was no one I could think of but Max Greenfield. His character Schmidt was so ridiculous, so funny, and stole every scene he was in, and definitely was a stand out among a great set of contenders.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Kristen Wiig "Saturday Night Live"
Runner Up - Busy Phillips "Cougar Town"
Commentary - I didn't realize how much I loved Kristen Wiig on SNL untile I realized just how big of a hole she will leave in her absense. She was always a bright spot, even in the last couple of years when SNL has lost some of its luster. While I am thrilled she is moving on to bigger and better things, I am glad I had one last opportunity to honor her for her years of hard work and humor.
Best TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - American Horror Story
Runner Up - Game Change
Commentary - While I am finally starting to get used to the fact that this is in a miniseries format, although it still feels a bit like category fraud, I liked this show so much that I am willing to overlook it. American Horror Story wasn't exactly awe-inspiring, but it was creepy, horrifying without too many cheesy gimmicks, and filled with some great performances. It was an entertaining show that never let up, and always had plenty of twists and turns. If its new story has as much bite as this first year's then we are in for a real treat.
Best Actor in TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Woody Harrelson "Game Change"
Runner Up - Idris Elba "Luther"
Commentary - Game Change was a rousing political drama, mostly due to its performances, and Woody Harrelson as McCain's campaign manager, and the tumultuous relationship that he developed with Palin was played with gusto.
Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Julianne Moore "Game Change"
Runner Up - Connie Britton "American Horror Story"
Commetnary - Damn, I thought Tina Fey was good. Then Julianne Moore came along. She was stunning as Sarah Palin, capturing vulnerability, ignorance, and fight, all the good and the bad about the former Vice Presidential candidate with class that should please both fans and opponents of Palin.
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Evan Peters "American Horror Story"
Runner Up - Ed Harris "Game Change"
Commentary - Evan Peters just plain scared the crap out of me. Well scared is not the right term. He was just so disturbing and twisted in American Horror Story that his performance has forever been burned on my memory. Pretty impressive for such a young talent.
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Jessica Lange "American Horror Story"
Runner Up - Sarah Paulson "Game Change"
Commentary - Really no explanation needed. She was simply jaw-dropping astonishing week after week.
Best Animated Series
Winner - Archer
Runner Up - Family Guy
Commentary - Archer is so outrageously crude, offensive and funny, that no other Animated series can match it. It is also extremely clever, and thoroughly entertaining.