Emmys 2012: What Should Win Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series? Take Our Poll!

More than 40 percent of TVLine readers are rooting for Homeland‘s pilot episode to take home the Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, but does the Showtime thriller deserve a bookend in the corresponding Directing category?

Of this year’s five nominees, certainly Boardwalk Empire‘s Tim Van Patten (who directed the episode “To The Lost”) is the most overdue, having been nominated five prior times (once for Game of Thrones, four times for The Sopranos) in the category without a win.

Other Emmy vets in the mix include Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan (who directed “Face Off,” and was also in the race back in 2008 for the AMC drama’s pilot episode) and Mad Men‘s Phil Abraham (who directed “The Other Woman,” and was also in the race back in 2009 for the episode “The Jet Set”).

And while Downton Abbey‘s Brian Percival (in the race for “Episode 7”) is a newcomer to the category, he was actually an Emmy winner in 2011 for Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, back before the PBS period drama was moved to the Drama Series division.

The sole Emmy neophyte, then, is from the aforementioned pilot episode of Homeland, where director Michael Cuesta hopes to knock off his veteran counterparts.

What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine shows when the Emmys are handed out in September? Choose your favorite in our poll below — TVLine voting closes Sept. 14, so act now! — then hit the comments to justify your pick!

Every day for the next month, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win” Emmy poll, so come back to TVLine.com every day to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s biggest honor, and to stay up to speed on all our races, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Britta Unfiltered says:

    The most stand-out episodes here are the Homeland pilot and Breaking Bad’s Face Off. Both were incredibly tense, well-done episodes, and I’d be happy if either won. While The Other Woman was a great episode, I would have preferred seeing The Phantom get nominated, but hopefully that episode at least gets a cinematography win in its category there because it looked amazing. I voted for Homeland just because of how the pilot so successfully and immediately drew me into the series. But Face Off is just a good choice, and one of those two will have to win, I think.
    Homeland season one comes out on DVD tomorrow. I’m thinking of calling in sick to work for a few days….I’ve got to see any commentaries that might be on them. I can’t wait any longer.

  2. nick1372 says:

    Homeland’s pilot was very well done. It deserves this.

    Remember, people, this Emmy is for directing, not writing or acting. So just becasue you liked an episode doesn’t mean it deserved an Emmy. You’ve got to look at minute details like camera placement and the use of props.

  3. Jay says:

    Breaking Bad…Vince Gilligan, no question.

  4. anna says:

    Breaking Bad, obviously.

  5. lucaltair815 says:

    Probably won’t happen, but Gilligan should take this home.

  6. Alexis says:

    If Breaking Bad doesn’t win for that insane finale then I really dunno