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Emmy Breakdown: Outstanding Drama Series

In the weeks leading up to the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, I've been looking at the nominees in some major categories and trying to predict who's most likely to win in these Emmy Breakdowns. Today, it's time for my final breakdown: Outstanding Drama Series.

"Boston Legal" — I've said it before and now I'll say it again: It baffles me that "Boston Legal" got nominated instead of "Friday Night Lights" — or, heck, even instead of "Lost," which ended its season on such a high note. It's a fine show, but it's not one of the five best dramas on TV. But this is about who will win, not who should win, and the fact that "Boston Legal" got four major nominations this year tells me that voters really like it. Still, I think it will only end up in the middle of this pack, mostly thanks to a certain mobster drama. Chance of winning: Low to moderate.

"Grey's Anatomy" — "Grey's" had some wonderful highs last year, and I still count the "Six Days" episodes (which revolve around George's father's illness) and "From a Whisper to a Scream" (in which Cristina tells the Chief about Burke's tremor) among the best dramatic TV I saw all season. On the other hand, there was the ferry arc, which ended with such a whimper that it almost made me give up on "Grey's" altogether. If the show pulls itself together, it can and should win an Emmy one day — but not this year. Chance of winning: Moderate.

For the other three nominees and their chances,

"Heroes" — "Heroes" jumped two major hurdles just to get nominated in this category: the bias against new series, and the bias against sci fi. That means something for this series, and if the quality stays high in its next season(s), it's a show I see getting an Emmy one day based on the strength of the ensemble. But this year would be too much, too soon. Chance of winning: Low.

"House" — I'm glad to see "House" nominated in this category. Until I started watching the series closely last year to recap it for Buzz, I'd always thought of it as just Hugh Laurie's show; now I see what the other cast members bring to it and how well the series as a whole is put together. I'm just not sure this season had the sort of big, blockbuster episodes it would need to contend for the win right now. Better to root for Laurie to win the acting award, I think. Chance of winning: Low to moderate.

"The Sopranos" — And finally, we've reached the elephant in the room. Does anyone really think there's any way this award won't go to "The Sopranos"? No matter how much ratings dropped off in the last season, and no matter how unsatisfied some people were with the way the series ended, this series had a massive impact on American television. It's only won the outstanding series award once before, but I would be beyond shocked if it didn't get recognized this one last time. Chance of winning: High.

"Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy" photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.
"The Sopranos" photo courtesy of HBO
"House" photo Source
"Heroes" photo Source

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greysgirl14 greysgirl14 9 years
JenMN JenMN 9 years
House...all the way. Hugh Laurie is pure genius.
millarci millarci 9 years
I actually disagree about what you said about House, buzzsugar. I think last season was incredible! I think it has a good chance of winning, but you're probably right about The Sopranos. They will win. I loved Grey's until the Seaons Finale. I hated it. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the next season. I hope they have something good coming up. Private Practice looks good though...
zacatecanita zacatecanita 9 years
I love Boston Legal! But it is so Funny! why is it considered a drama?
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i don't watch sopranos cause i can't stand them... i love House. it's most intense and funny show. it has something special in the House itself. no other show has such a powerful main character.
Scarlet Scarlet 9 years
Love House and Hugh Laurie though!
Scarlet Scarlet 9 years
I'm pretty sure the Sopranos are going to win, even though I hate that show and don't see why everyone is so crazy about it.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
ok what i want to win is Greys what deserves to win is Sopranos!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I'm HEROES all along the fact that a sci fi is nominated is the chance I see of winning. It is great, and even if it is not original (some say it is like a bad x men movie) it keeps you intrigued and entertained.
amers230 amers230 9 years
yeah, i'd be really surprised if The Sopranos didn't win, although I don't watch any of the shows nominated. I just can't get into Grey's Anatomy, it's way to soap-opery for me. I miss the West Wing :(
ErinM ErinM 9 years
The Sopranos is by far the best drama on tv - EVER! I'm not kidding. My boyfriend made me watch it (and he really had to make me) and it is truly amazing. People who haven't seen in really don't know what they are missing. Forget the hype and just try something new!! :-)
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
I vote for LOST ... wait ...
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I agree about Grey's. The whole "Meredith died for like 5 minutes" thing really turned me off, but I'm glad I kept watching because it got better again. I love Grey's, but this season was not the best. As for Heroes, I'm almost done with the first season & I've grown to love it. Even if they don't win this year, I'm still rooting for them!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I'm one of the Boston Legal cheerleaders. I don't know why it's considered a drama when it's so funny, though. I definitely think of it as a comedy. How long until Burn Notice starts getting nominated for stuff?
Maria-M Maria-M 9 years
mellafe mellafe 9 years
Enough with The Sopranos. I don't know a single person who watches that show, urgh. I stopped watching House and Grey's, they both suck now. And Heroes WAS the best show of the season, so why not?
Mantis Mantis 9 years
I hope Grey´s get it, for me is one of the best shows ever. And if Grey´s doesn't I vote for House.
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
God, anything but The Sopranos. I am so sick of this show, thank god it is over.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i hope heroes has more of a chance next year! what a great first season!! grey's was pretty good season 3 but not as good as previous seasons.
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