2015 Emmy Awards: Who should — but won’t — be nominated (POLL)

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2015 Emmy Awards: Who should — but won’t — be nominated (POLL).

Not to take anything away from Julianna Margulies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the gilded juggernaut that is “Modern Family,” but the Emmy Awards do tend to reach for the familiar. OK, maybe it’s only a big deal to sleep-deprived reporters who cover the nominations every year; plus, you know, the actual showbiz types who wake up at the crack of dawn to find out if they’re nominated.

The most frustrating and exciting day for anybody who loves TV—be they involved with the making of it or just really enjoy watching it—the Emmy nominations!Come Thursday morning, amid the usual flood of congratulatory tweets and phone calls after Emmy nominations are announced, there’s also going to be a swarm of second-guessing: Where did we go wrong?Before that begins — and before fans can begin cheering for the nominations and lamenting the many, unavoidable snubs in equal measure — EW has compiled answers to a few of the perennial questions plaguing the ceremony, along with everything you need to know to prepare for your Emmy nomination breakfast (or brunch) and Emmy night party.

Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley will announce names that will either delight you or make you toss your viewing device in anger on Thursday, July 16 right here on E! Because while this year famously produced more high-quality TV shows than in years past, that also means that many worthy contenders will get “snubbed.” Some will blame overly long ballots that favored shows and stars that fall earlier in the alphabet. But the expansion of streaming platforms and the heightened ambitions of cable channels, both pay and basic, has led to an embarrassment of riches on whatever screen you happen to be watching. The good news is that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which announces its nominations for the 2015 Emmys Thursday morning, has expanded the number of nominees in the comedy and drama races to seven. Given the crowded landscape and increased interest — the TV Academy says voting is up vs. last year — strategic scheduling may well prove to be an advantage.

Here are five reasons why: Amazon’s Transparent, Fox’s Empire, CW’s Jane the Virgin: three shows that made big waves last TV season and now have their first chance to be nominated. The playing field was perhaps more level back in the days when most shows premiered in September, wrapped in May, and voting started shortly thereafter.

The Golden Globes already got a jump on things by giving big honours to Transparent (Best Comedy; Best Comedy Actor for Jeffrey Tambor) and Jane the Virgin (Best Comedy Actress for Gina Rodriguez). Rossum’s messy mother hen may not deliver as many laughs, but she’s the heart of this gleefully chaotic series. • Eva Green, best actress in a drama, “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime: The horror series may be a bit out of the academy’s comfort zone, but it’s hard to deny the go-for-broke ferocity Green displays as Vanessa Ives, the Victorian medium all self-respecting monsters want for their own. • Caitrona Balfe, best actress in a drama, “Outlander,” Starz: The former model fully inhabits cult heroine Claire Beauchamp Fraser, the thoroughly modern World World II nurse mysteriously transported 18th century Scotland. However, this year, we advise you to pay attention — there are many signs that the nominations (which precede the Sept. 20 show, hosted by Andy Samberg) might actually be pretty interesting. The Emmys rotates networks each year, and the master of ceremonies is usually a prominent actor or personality from the host network, as is the case with Samberg on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Though hopefully he’ll find some room for his Lonely Island cohorts.) That’s where things start to get complicated.

Plus, now that Breaking Bad is over and has cleared the way for some new drama nominees, look out for less critically loved but Golden Globe favourites The Affair and How to Get Away With Murder to get some attention, particularly with actors Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Viola Davis, respectively. Take “Orange Is the New Black.” Netflix’s prison dramedy has to weather a category switch from comedy to drama (due to this year’s Emmy rule change decreeing that hourlongs must enter as dramas) as well as a failed petition effort — it was the only series to be denied its genre preference. The Emmy bylaws – the rules and regulations surrounding the event – can read like a strange artifact from an earlier time, though there have often been updates that offset some of — though not all of — TV’s evolution (more on that later).

Still, Emmy rules (which are fascinating to read if you have the time or stamina) often result in so many beloved shows and performances being snubbed. Sure, we’ll obviously have the usual suspects for each (Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Modern Family, Veep) but there may be some wild cards. Sci-fi and fantasy shows traditionally have a very hard time getting recognition, but voters seem to have loosened up in recent years and this Starz hit is definitely deserving. Lizzy Caplan earned a best actress nom last year, as did guest stars Beau Bridges and Allison Janney — the latter of whom went on to win the trophy.

On the comedy side, Amazon’s “Transparent” is of course the critical favorite — it’s all but guaranteed a nomination, especially for its star, Jeffrey Tambor. Particularly because “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad,” which took up room in the drama race last year, aren’t even eligible this time around. For more on the intricacies and politics of it all, Vox has a primer which is a great explainer of what does and doesn’t aid a show or actor’s chances in the race.

This year also saw a raft of series finales, from FX’s “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” to NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Parks and Recreation,” and nostalgia may well be a factor as Emmy voters cast their ballots. Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” — deemed a comedy thanks to its half-hour format, despite its dark themes — has consistently delivered a nod for its leading lady, Edie Falco. Even though its bittersweet finale aired technically just past the deadline for nominations, (spoiler alert!) her heartbreaking relapse had the Internet abuzz. Last year the idea of an “anthology” series — self-contained season arcs that won’t continue on into a new season — began to show the issues in the Emmy nomination process.

Granted, some of this is simply just luck of the calendar: Spring shows have an inherent advantage. “Game of Thrones” always premieres in April, so it’s naturally going to get buzz heading into Emmy season. In an effort to somewhat redefine the parameters, the Academy is changing the “Miniseries” title to “Limited Series.” A “Limited Series” is, as the Academy describes it: “a program with two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes, that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.” The cap seems to be five episodes, as the Academy also clarifies that comedies and dramas will be shows with six or more episodes “in which the ongoing story line, theme and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision.” Will a show still be able to find a loophole in the new rules? No longer guided by the onscreen credit in an episode, actors submitting as guest actors must appear in less than 50 percent of the episodes submitted. This year will still dole out honors in over 100 total groupings with the addition of new categories like the Variety sketch and talk split. “Emmy” was originally “Immy,” as suggested by the Academy’s third president, Harry Lubcke. The quest for an EGOT — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — is a difficult one, but if nominations work in Alan Menken’s favor, he may be on his way to completing an EGOT.

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