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Mad Men Season 5In this special “Emmy Drama Preview” episode of Spoiler Alert!, the indefatigable Matt Mitovich and I don’t just reveal which show ought to (and, were we betting men, we’d wager will) end Mad Men’s winning streak.

It’s Breaking Bad, by the way. Or Homeland.

We also size up the chances of acting contenders ranging from the sure things (Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks) to the long shots (Once Upon a Time’s Robert Carlyle, for instance, and Scandal’s Kerry Washington).

One more thing: Be sure to stay tuned for the closing credits. They are, if I do say so myself, particularly gripping this week.

Comments (70)

  • For those of you who don’t have the time to watch the video at work. They said Fringe would and should win the Emmy this year.

    Comment by skilman – June 13, 2012 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • thanks! i didn’t want to go through the whole video to see what they said about fringe. damn right fringe should win an emmy!!!!

      Comment by Angela Morales – June 13, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For those of you at work, this is a fabrication. They did not say this.

      Comment by doctorsubmarine – June 13, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They should have said it.

        Comment by Dick Whitman – June 13, 2012 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Please. If it’s not Breaking Bad this year, there will be riots in the streets. One of the best seasons of television EVER. If it’s Southland, I’ll lead a double riot. Shows that predictable shouldn’t win just because there was some good acting.

          Comment by KevyB – June 14, 2012 12:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Not Southland, Homeland!

            Comment by Bob – June 14, 2012 07:16 AM PDT  
      • Why can’t they write up a frickin synopsis for those of us who cannot listen? Other sites do it.

        Comment by abeachchick – June 14, 2012 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you for being quick to point that out; jokes like the above get lost in translation on a Comments board.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 14, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Note a joke Matt, a dream.

          Comment by skilman – June 14, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • what video where you watching? they said breaking bad fringe was barely mentioned

      Comment by ggny – June 13, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lies, fairytales and fallacies.

      Comment by RichieOnTV – June 13, 2012 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree that Mad Men doesn’t deserve to win because it had a weak season, but I think The Good Wife should win. IMO it was its strongest season yet. But maybe they’ll wait next year when the whole Kalinda’s husband’s story unfolds.

      Comment by Lee – June 13, 2012 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As others have noted, this “summary” is false. (Though FRINGE’s John Noble is shown some love.)

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 14, 2012 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No they saud John noble should win.. BIG difference

      Comment by Cameron shore – June 17, 2012 11:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHat are the months for Emmy contention? I dont understand how Mad Men didnt air for a year and a half yet didnt miss a year of Emmy contention? Can someone shed some light here?

    Comment by JeniLee – June 13, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t know the exact dates but I would guess Mad Men was at the beginning of the 2010-2011 eligibility period and at the end of the 2011-2012 period.

      Comment by Gertrude – June 13, 2012 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I believe contention is June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012. And if the same goes for the previous year, well it was on in summer 2010, so… yeah. I’m sure Matt and AMC were well aware of Emmy deadlines when choosing Season 5′s air dates.

      Comment by Ashley – June 13, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked this season of Fringe quite a bit; but Fringe really deserved the Emmy LAST season. However, in the grand tradition of Emmys rewarding shows and people a season or two later than they should have, I say, Go Fringe.

    Comment by Kaa – June 13, 2012 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love john noble but this definitely wasn’t his strongest season, that belonged to josh, this was definitely josh’s season. if not josh then Anna of course. but the entire cast of Fringe is amazing and the whole show should win an emmy

    Comment by Angela Morales – June 13, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally, someone said that Josh Jackson deserves a look. Yes, he does. Just because Peter Bishop does not have an alternate, doesn’t mean that his moments aren’t as spectacular. I really liked this season, especially the last half. Some of the most powerful series moments were in Welcome to Westfield, End of All Things, Letters of Transit and Worlds Apart. It’ll never happen, but Fringe deserves some Emmy love.

      Comment by Aimee L. (@aimeeinchains) – June 13, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Breaking Bad deserves the Emmy this year. Season 4 was an extraordinary feat of storytelling. It was the first year without any standalone episodes (or at least far fewer). Everything tied back to the major throughline — Gus vs. Walter. I’m excited to see how they top it.

    Comment by doctorsubmarine – June 13, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sandra Oh really deserves an Emmy nomination this year! If I had my way, the Supporting Actress category would look something like this:

    Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
    Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
    Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
    Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) – Winner
    Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
    Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

    Comment by RichieOnTV – June 13, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t understand why people hate Megan so much. I love her! And what she did wasn’t evil, it was just clever.
    Moreover, I think it was the best Mad Men season so far!

    Comment by Goku – June 13, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Megan played a good gold digger but other than that–her character was boring and useless. She did nothing to further the storyline.

      Comment by Lee – June 13, 2012 11:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know some are rating Mad Men’s latest season as a series low, but I do think that episodes “Far Away Places” and “The Other Woman” were two of the best episodes the show has done (last year’s “The Suitcase” is the top, but these two are in the top 5). I think it is still deserving of the Emmy, not that there aren’t other deserving shows.

    Comment by Adam – June 13, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Emmy eligibility period is June 1 to May 31 of each year, which is why “Mad Men” did not miss a year. It aired at the beginning of the Emmy eligibility period for 2011 and at the end of the Emmy eligibility period for 2012.

    Comment by Rob R – June 13, 2012 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, Breaking Bad would deserve it if they did win, because Season 4 was excellent. But somehow, it’s still not my favorite show. (Probably because I’m scared to death for 99% of every episode lol.) Mad Men, as a whole, is flawless to me, and Season 5 was no different. I’m hoping that airing so closely to Emmy voting works in their favor, because I’ll be a little sad if they don’t win again. Which is ridiculous, I know, but I can’t help it!

    Comment by Ashley – June 13, 2012 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, this season has been as good as the others, the show is amazing. When I see someone saying season five has been “weak” or not as good as the first four I wonder what show they have been watching. As for Breaking Bad, I love it as well and would not mind it winning best drama this year, but Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss are both way overdue for a win.

      Comment by Tom Mc – June 14, 2012 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fiona Shaw for Best Supporting Actress please!

    Comment by Landon Cox (@bluinjewin) – June 13, 2012 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston both are going to be tough to beat. I could get on board with Katy Segal getting an Emmy as well.

    Comment by AJ – June 13, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only person I am desperate to get a nomination is Max Adler for his guest role on Glee in “On My Way.” He did a stunning job in that episode (and has throughout the whole time he’s had a significant recurring role on glee) But I’m terrified he won’t get it because Glee is in the Comedy category and his work is always quite dramatic and serious. I’m just so desperate for him to get some broader recognition for the radically under-appreciated work he’s done there, especially considering how the writers erased his character completely and inexplicably after that.

    Comment by RachelA – June 13, 2012 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel like I’ve been yelling all season at the TV/Matthew Weiner “Stop trying to make Megan happen! It’s not going to happen!” And I still feel that way. Maybe he finally heard us.

    Comment by Adrienne – June 13, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite is still Revenge

    Comment by kerry – June 13, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I never thought I hated Megan but when Ausiello suggested she might get a nomination over Elisabeth Moss I felt this huge rage inside me…. if that happens I will definitely riot!
    I don’t think Mad Men will win this year, I think it’ll go to either Breaking Bad or Homeland.

    Comment by MJ – June 13, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not only should the show still win the Emmy, but Jessica Pare should get an Emmy nod.

    She was great, and I simply cannot understand why all the hatred.

    Comment by Word Money G – June 13, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lol @ the credits.. btw what the heck where those wires behind Matt outside? I was so distracted.. window washers a few stories down????

    Comment by Danielle H – June 13, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yep, window washers (or the like) have been haunting us for more than a month now.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 13, 2012 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An Emmy drama discussion with no mention of Game of Thrones? For shame.

    Comment by JP – June 13, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You want to talk about a series that is so well written, so well acted and just firing on all cylinders– it’s got to be revenge.
    I’m so sick of mad men winning every award in sight– it’s become as bad as idols Joshua ledets standing ovations. We get it academy, you LOVE mad men but move on.

    Comment by Jake – June 13, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AGREED!!!! Revenge was WAAAAY better than Mad Men this year.

      Comment by ashok0 – June 13, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. Revenge was awesome this year and i really hope it gets in the noms. I am not a fan of Mad Men. Its one of the few cable dramas that gets recognised all the damn time that i just can’t get into.

        Comment by greysfan – June 14, 2012 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really dont get how on earth Mad Men is remotely considered Best Drama worthy. The trailers for Homeland, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones had more plot development that the entire season of Mad Men this year.

    Comment by ashok0 – June 13, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s is just a ridiculous accusation.

      Don’s last shot at having a happy marriage collapsing, Peggy (Don’s star copywriter and fans’ favorite) leaving SCDP, Joan leaving her douchebag husband and ascension to partnership, Roger’s LSD induced enlightment and subsequent divorce from Jane, Pete’s affair and developing career, Sally become a young woman and Lane’s death!

      Mad Men may not be your absolute favorite, but if you say “you don’t get how Mad Men is remotely considered Best Drama worthy” you either haven’t actually watched the series or you have very poor taste.

      Comment by Manuel – June 13, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Fringe, but have either of these guys heard of “Game of Thrones?” HBO on Sunday nights?

    Comment by Mark – June 13, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dream Best Drama Noms: Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, and Damages

    (since I’ve never seen Breaking Bad I can’t include it, but it’s pretty obvious I’d better darn well start watching it because it sounds pretty amazing.) I’d include Luther in the 5 nominees, but …… would it count as a miniseries since season 2 was only 4 episodes? Or would it even be eligible re: time frame?

    Anyway, some fantastic TV out there…. thank you very much cable networks.

    Comment by Elaine – June 13, 2012 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You guys are right. I just included Mad Men because I felt I had for some reason, but really, it’s not top 5 material this year. I didn’t miss and episode but I never felt that “I GOTTA WATCH THAT!!!!!” feeling that I had with Game of Thrones or Sons of Anarchy or the others. I certainly don’t think it deserves to win by any stretch of the imagination.

      What do I think should win? Game of Thrones hands down. I think this is the only year it will have a chance to win because starting next season there will be more magic and not a chance in hell the old fogies at the Emmys will give a Best Drama award to a show featuring magic/fantasy. Not. A. Chance. In. Hell.

      Comment by Elaine – June 13, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hahahahahaha, those closing credits had me crying with laughter at my desk. I am also scared Jessica Pare might get a nomination over Elisabeth Moss, but I think there is a distinct possibility they could both get it. It’s probably going to come down to how badly they want to nominate Katey Sagal. Jessica Pare might actually steal a spot from her. And I’m not saying I’m cool with it. I hate Sons of Anarchy with a fire that burns deep inside me, but Katey has created quite an interesting character and I think she deserves a nom. But I still think Claire Danes deserves the win. And I really think Homeland is going to snag that best drama win, but Breaking Bad was really good too. I agree it was their best season to date. And I believe Giancarlo Esposito is getting that supporting actor win over Slattery. I just can’t see it going to Slattery. I love caddish Roger, but I felt like I barely saw him this season on Mad Men. It would be cool if Slattery could win for directing one of the Mad Men episodes that he did. Christina Hendricks is totally getting that Emmy.
    And speaking of Mad Men, that was a pretty good discussion on the show. I agreed with a lot of what you had to say about it. Though I actually liked the finale. It was melancholy with a dash of hope. I don’t think this is Jon Hamm’s year for an Emmy either. His storyline just wasn’t meaty enough, you are right on that account. I was seriously all convinced for awhile that Kelsey Grammar was getting the best actor win, and he’s still got a chance, but it will probably go to Cranston.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – June 13, 2012 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “I hate Sons of Anarchy with a fire that burns deep inside me.” Yo, relax, we get it. But I’m glad you bias about the show doesn’t blind you to the awesomeness that is Katey as Gemma Teller.

      Comment by Carmen – June 13, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Timothy Olyphant and “Justified” — terrific actor, terrific drama and neither gets much recognition! I know people love “Breaking Bad,” but I just can’t root for a guy who has turned so madly murderous.

    Comment by Lyn – June 13, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • These are the Emmy Awards, not the Nobel Peace Prize, Lyn.

      Comment by Manuel – June 13, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Breaking Bad has to win this year!! If Mad Men wins yet again I will scream.

    Hendricks def. has the best shot of any MM actor to win but since none of them have won so far I’m not betting on it.

    Comment by anna – June 13, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Retta should be invited to guest every episode

    Comment by sunshine – June 13, 2012 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ah, man, I really just want Katey Sagal to get an Emmy nomination so bad.

    Comment by Carmen – June 13, 2012 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t get which show gets it, as long as Claire Danes gets it for best actress. I haven’t cared about CABLE BOUGHT Emmys for years, but goddammit, Danes NEEDS to win it. She’s absolutely fantastic in Homeland.

    Comment by Barbie Furtado – June 13, 2012 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • season 4 WAS Maggie Siff’s best yet. If she doesn’t get nominated, I give up watching these things.

    Comment by Megan – June 13, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know that you know that emmy voters do have to watch the episodes so even though it’s not fresh in emmy voters mind, it shouldn’t matter. Cable anyways should have their own category.

    I agree, i’m totally sick of the same people winning every year.

    and truthfully, if kerry washington is gonna get nominated(she’s awesome) it’s gotta be this year, the emmys have never been one to jump on the bandwagon later on and once they have stopped nominated you, they rarely go back and nominate you again no matter how deserving.

    Comment by sam – June 13, 2012 09:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with you about the Mad Men ending being contrived. He’s going to cheat on her just because he got her an acting gig? Though I do hope there is less Megan next season. The writers have created this huge backlash against her because they put her in every episode. I really miss Betty. I wish the writers would get over their hatred for January Jones.

    Comment by c – June 14, 2012 02:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Sons of Anarchy should win Best Dramatic Series this year. I think that because it is easily one of the top five shows on TV, it hasn’t won yet, and season 4 was absolutely amazing. It would be a shame for Sons of Anarchy to go its entire run without recognition.

    I was a little surprised Game of Thrones didn’t even get mentioned in the conversation, that is the single best show on TV right now. It will not win best dramatic series this year, competition is a little too intense, but its too good a show to NOT win the emmy at least once in its run. Dinklage to took home the emmy for best supporting actor in a dramatic series last year ought to have a real shot at winning again this year. His performance, particularly in the finale, was truly astounding.

    Comment by Matt – June 14, 2012 04:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I’m a lone voice, but I’ve never liked Mad Men anyway. When it got all these accolades, I tried again but I find it boring, arrogant, uninspiring, no likeable characters, no one to care about, and generally dull as dishwater. Can;’t wait til its not renewed

    Comment by tvaddict – June 14, 2012 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have to agree, it’s not that great to win 4 emmys in a row not in the field of shows like the good wife.

      Comment by sam – June 14, 2012 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As i said before while cable and broadcast dramas are competing against each other the cable dramas will always win. This is the year of Homeland. I would love to see Once Upon a Time and Revenge in there but i seriously doubt it. If they make it then kudos to them but like i said a big big if. They should just split it and its time the networks put an end to cable domination. Time to get the broadcast shows and their actors recognised.

    Comment by greysfan – June 14, 2012 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with your assertion that cable/premium channels and broadcast channels have become generally divided into two separate categories. It has to do with the types of programming that is offered. A show like The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, or Game of Thrones never would have survived, much less thrived on any of the big broadcast networks. Ratings expectations are too high, and their business model is archaic. It’s a different environment, even the seasons are a different length – if a broadcast show has a 12 episode season, it’s probably in trouble.

      It is not true however that broadcast networks have been completely ignored by the emmys. Though he didn’t win, Hugh Laurie was nominated several times for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and in 2006, Keifer Sutherland won best actor and 24 won best dramatic series. I agree that it is rare though. It’s sad, but the reality is that broadcast network programming is not as good as premium/cable programming. That’s why, once Fringe is over, I’m completely done with the broadcast networks.

      Comment by Matt – June 15, 2012 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man I really want Homeland to win. The intricacy and depth of the plot really blew me away, as did the two leads’ performances. I might even prefer Damian Lewis to Bryan Cranston but it’s a toss up, really.

    Comment by lydiakj – June 15, 2012 03:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon a Time’s Robert Carlyle should get a Emmy.

    Comment by sherry – June 15, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes he should. He is playing an extremely difficult part superbly. He actually makes it work and I often sit and wonder what another actor would have done… no way would anyone else have been able to play those roles. Isn’t that what winning an Emmy is about? Playing a part so well that nobody else on the planet could do it?

      Comment by lydia – June 18, 2012 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha Ha Loved the end. I agree with the too much Megan sentiment. She completely took me out of this season.I did not wait two years for The Megan Show. Her story could have been told with a lot less screentime. If Pare gets a nod over Moss I will lead the riot.

    Comment by Jen R – June 15, 2012 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with all Matt and Michael’s sentiments in this discussion, except that this was Sons of Anarchy’s best season. It started off so strongly and then the writing got way ahead of itself about halfway through. That said, the performances were still incredible! Katey Segal is so overdue its a joke.
    They also talked about Mad Men doing well at the Emmys because their show is airing right around the time the voters are marking their ballots, but keep in mind that Breaking Bad’s latest season will be premiering at the time of the second round of voting so it will also be very fresh in the mind of voters, even though its not the season being considered this year.
    Breaking Bad FTW!

    Comment by Alexis – June 16, 2012 03:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How was Game of Thrones not even mentioned in this?

    Comment by Jeremy – June 26, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is The Mentalist and Simon Baker. He is sharp, unique and perfect for the part. I find it hard to imagine that many don’t feel the way I do. Great Entertainment.

    Comment by Pat – July 2, 2012 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best drama is BONES” ,withemily deschanel and david Boreanaz as best actress and actor ! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT AT ALL!!!

    Comment by sandy holl – July 3, 2012 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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