30 Rock has dominated the Emmys: 14 wins overall, 3 straight as best comedy. This time could be different.
TV Guide’s Matt Roush says "comedy's going to be a bloody battleground this year."
TV Guide's Matt Roush expects first year shows Glee and Modern Family to be in the hunt with 30 Rock for best comedy when nominations are announced Thursday morning.
Matt Roush says “Glee with its incredible production, all these big numbers and just this wacky sensibility and Modern Family kind of reinventing the family comedy in a very sophisticated and smart way."
Glee's Jane Lynch is seen as a shoo-in for a best supporting actress nod while Modern Family could produce several acting nominations.
Matt Roush says “the entire Modern Family cast put themselves up as supporting actors. It’s a true ensemble show they don't feel any one of them is the true star.”
But one star Roush hopes Emmy does single out is Chuck star Zack Levi.
Matt Roush says “he is so much fun to watch as this charming accidental spy. I'd love to see him get some acknowledgement"
In the drama realm, Mad Men's won best series two years in a row.
Matt Roush says “it's going to be a very tough show to beat".
But Roush thinks Julianna Marguiles' new series, The Good Wife could get a shot as well as HBO's southern vampire saga True Blood.
Matt Roush says “the TV academy tends to be a little bit squeamish when it comes to weird supernatural dramas but this is the biggest hit HBO has had in years.”
ABC's castaway drama Lost could also shake things up.
Matt Roush says "I would think that maybe for it's legacy, the Emmys would take notice of lost for its final year but then again you never know.”
The Emmys may also write another chapter in the late night wars.
Both the Conan O'Brien version and the Jay Leno version of the Tonight Show have been submitted as potential nominees for outstanding variety, music or comedy series.