Dragons before (ad) slogans! That’s pretty much the TVLine Nation’s take in this category — as Game of Thrones scored a facile win with 37 percent, more than doubling the tally for runner-up Mad Men (17 percent). Also cracking double digits in the race were Downton Abbey (14 percent) and Orange Is the New Black (13 percent), trailed by Better Call Saul (9 percent), House of Cards (7 percent) and Homeland (also at 7 percent).
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The majority of TVLine readers want Modern Family‘s win streak to stop at five. Only 14 percent of readers, to be more specific, are rooting for a six-peat. Their top pick for an upset? Outgoing favorite Parks and Recreation, with 38 percent of the vote, followed by newcomer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with 19 percent. Four other series, however, ranked behind ABC’s Emmy darling: Veep (12 percent), Silicon Valley (8 percent), Transparent (6 percent) and Louie (2 percent).
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Dear Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, repeat after the TVLine Nation: “Actors in genre series are worthy of trophies, too!” Indeed, Orphan Black‘s sci-fi sensation Tatiana Maslany dominated our poll with 49 percent, followed by standouts from two freshman dramas, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis (20 percent) and Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson (14 percent). The remaining women in the race all polled below double digits: Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss (7 percent), House of Cards‘ Robin Wright (5 percent) and Homeland‘s Claire Danes (4 percent).
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The way the TVLine audience sees it, this is a race between last chance and first chance. To put it another way, 37 percent would like to see Jon Hamm finally go to the podium and end his streak of snubs for Mad Men on his eighth and final nomination for the recently concluded drama. Another 23 percent, however, would give the top prize to previous champ Kyle Chandler, back in the mix for the initial season of Bloodline. None of the other nominees picked up a significant share of the vote, but in order, they are: Kevin Spacey from House of Cards (13 percent), Bob Odenkirk from Better Call Saul (12 percent), Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom (8 percent) and Liev Schreiber from Ray Donovan (6 percent).
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Justice for Amy! That seems to be the general feeling among TVLine readers, who gave Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler a whopping 50 percent of the vote as she seeks her first win from 14 lifetime nominations (and her final opportunity to be recognized for her now-defunct NBC comedy). The Comeback‘s Lisa Kudrow (15 percent), Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus (14 percent) and Inside Amy Schumer‘s Amy Schumer (11 percent) proved mere bridesmaids in our poll, while Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) failed to crack double digits, recording 8 percent and 2 percent respectively.
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Is it too obvious a joke to say TVLine readers are quite transparent about who their favorite is in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series race? Indeed, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor won relatively easily, with 28 percent of the vote, though not much separates the five men following closest on his heels — Episodes‘ Matt LeBlanc (16 percent), The Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte (15 percent), black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson (14 percent), Shameless‘ William H. Macy (12 percent) and Louie‘s Louis C.K. (11 percent). Only House of Lies‘ Don Cheadle, with 5 percent of the vote, failed to crack double digits in our poll.
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There’s no “Shame! Shame! Shame!” for Lena Headey in our TVLine reader poll. The Game of Thrones actress won her division with 29 percent of votes, outfinishing Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks (21 percent), The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski (18 percent) and Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba (15 percent). Rounding out the poll: Headey’s co-star Emilia Clarke (10 percent) and Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt (6 percent).
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TVLine readers aren’t opposed to handing statuettes to prior winners — as evidenced by 29 percent choosing 2011 champ Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) to repeat this year. Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) was runner-up, with 19 percent, followed in descending order by The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming (17 percent), Bloodline‘s Ben Mendelsohn (16 percent), Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter (11 percent) and House of Cards‘ Michael Kelly (8 percent).
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Series TVLine readers hope the fourth time proves the charm for Mayim Bialik. The Big Bang Theory star scored 34 percent of the vote in our Emmy poll, with runner-up Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) snagging 17 percent and Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky right on her heels with 15 percent. Rounding out our poll results: Mom‘s Allison Janney (11 percent), Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon (9 percent), Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen (7 percent), Getting On‘s Niecy Nash (5 percent) and Transparent‘s Gaby Hoffmann (3 percent).
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Series from streaming services topped two out of 10 TVLine Emmy polls — including a runaway win for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Tituss Burgess, who won the category with 39 percent. The only other rival to break the 20 percent mark was Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andre Braugher (20 percent). They were followed by 2014 and 2013 champs Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Tony Hale (Veep), tied with 12 percent each. Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Adam Driver (Girls) rounded out the field with 8 and 4 percent respectively.