Emmys Buzz: Downton Abbey Switches to Drama Series Race - Will It End Mad Men's Reign?

Someone get Don Draper a drink — and make it a double.

In the very year that Mad Men ostensibly could “five-peat” at the Emmys and thus break the record for most Outstanding Drama Series wins by a single show, PBS’ acclaimed Downton Abbey is reportedly going to offer some stiff new competition by entering that already fierce category.

According to GoldDerby.com, Downton Abbey — which in its just-wrapped second season here in the States aired seven episodes (versus Season 1’s mere four) — is moving out of the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, where it grabbed gold last September, to compete alongside, presumably, the likes of Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire.

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Of course, it remains to be seen if Mad Men returns to form following an extended hiatus (it will have been off the air for 525 days when it premieres Season 5 on March 25). But if the AMC drama does keep on keeping on, it would surpass the record held by Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The West Wing by earning a fifth win in the drama race.

Seizing another statue would also find Mad Men tying the all-time record of five wins for any show, drama or comedy, currently held by Frasier, GoldDerby.com reminds.

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Downton fans, are you glad to see your show play with the big boys in the Drama Series category? Or could all of the above perhaps prove moot, since Showtime’s Homeland has so much momentum following its white-hot freshman run?

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