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!