Emmy nominees answer: What TV world would you hang out in?

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Emmy Awards 2015 predictions: Who will win, who deserves to win and who could surprise us all.

Most TV stars are also TV fans. That means the year’s Emmy nominees all have their favourite shows, and some have imagined what it might be like to hang out in one of the alluring worlds of the small screen. “I’m obsessed with The Affair.

While the Emmy Awards (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. at Fox) often like to reward the same winners — and “Mad Men” has been the recipient quite a few times — there’s always a chance that HBO’s unstoppable “Game of Thrones” and its field-leading 24 nominations could steal the thunder. But throughout all the predictable names, some strong new ones have shown up this year: “Transparent,” “Better Call Saul,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Empire” particularly stand out. Henson’s or Viola Davis from “How To Get Away With Murder” could become the first African-American to win the category. “It is wonderful that two African-American actresses have been nominated in the lead actress drama category,” says Television Academy’s chairman Bruce Rosenblum, “but as an industry, we really have to focus on what happens behind the camera.” Rosenblum — who is also the president of Legendary Television and Digital Media — believes diversity begins in development with the people responsible for making decisions about what shows get onto the networks’ schedules. “It’s beyond just diverse faces on camera,” he says. We can debate quality and buzz vs. actual number of viewers until the end of the time, but let’s face reality: This show was groundbreaking, and it should win the biggest prize in its final award show. I’m somewhat in ‘The Affair’ already.” — Jane Krakowski, a supporting actress nominee for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” — “I wouldn’t mind being in the ‘Game of Thrones’ — somewhere where I wasn’t about to be killed.

As the whole world knows, Hamm has never won an Emmy for “Mad Men.” Ad executive Don Draper reached a new level of psychological introspection this season, and Hamm seems poised to get the sympathy and lifetime achievement vote. It seemed inconceivable the immensely popular hip-hop show was overlooked, and many saw it as confirmation that the Academy was out of step with the times. Morris Chestnut, who will star in the upcoming “Rosewood,” believes that the success of “Empire” helped him snag the lead of the Fox drama series. “I don’t think ‘Rosewood’ would be black if not for ‘Empire,’ ” he says. “It showed that audiences would watch a black male lead in a predominantly black show.” Chestnut thinks the climate regarding diversity is getting better on network television.

I could be like the troublemaking American cousin who shows up and needs help; like I killed someone in America, so I had to flee to Downton Abbey.” “Oh, as myself? Last week the Directors Guild of America released a report that found that 82 percent of all first-time episodic directors over a recent six-year period were men. It eliminated the panels it used in the past to determine nominees and opened voting in the drama and comedy categories to its entire 20,000 membership. Starring as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, a possibly mentally ill, definitely eccentrically brilliant inmate, Aduba knocks it out of the park every season and can go from hilarious to heartbreaking in a single scene.

He would be a good person to have on speed dial.” “This is weird, but I would love to be on a Poirot-style, 1930s art deco, very, very wealthy British estate. Did more choices lead to tougher competition or just create more confusion in the crazy-quilt landscape of television, which is now on a multitude of media platforms? The show to do it is Amazon’s acclaimed “Transparent” with an incredible performance by Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in her late 60s who comes out. While the final season of the Amy Poehler sitcom wasn’t the strongest, it’s ridiculous that the delightful, ratings-challenged show was only nominated in this category twice during its seven seasons. The decision to reclassify “Jane” as a drama came from a nine-member committee, Rosenblum says, but he doesn’t know who they were or what their criteria exactly was. “Orange Is the New Black” tried get into the comedy category, too, but was rejected.

And while Anthony Anderson also has a shot as the star of a broadcast sitcom, Forte could edge him out with a bit more critical buzz as the literal last man on Earth in Fox’s quirky comedy. Also, Schumer’s officially a movie star thanks to the buzzy “Trainwreck,” and voters love that. (See: Melissa McCarthy’s post-“Bridesmaids” win four years ago.) In all seriousness, “Inside Amy Schumer” was the breakout TV hit of the year (even in its third season) with some deceptively brilliant commentary about gender issues wrapped in parody songs such as “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup.” Has the “Veep” star ever been considered a dark horse for anything? Some series, he notes, get boosts because they are on one network and are made by a different studio. “My presumption is there are shows in which people are not just voting their conscience but voting their interests. So they start hundreds of votes ahead.” All of these factors “lead to some really weird outcomes” in Emmy voting, he says, and points to the nomination this year of Margo Martindale for outstanding guest actress in a drama for her role on “The Americans.” As anyone who watched the series last season knows, Martindale — who won a 2011 Emmy for her role on FX’s “Justified” — had little dramatic screen time as Claudia, the Soviet spymaster. Landgraf is aware of that, too. “If you’re looking for a female supporting guest role, Lois Smith who played the elderly woman who runs a repair shop in an episode called ‘Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?’ ” says Landgraf. “It’s stunningly great work worthy of Emmy acknowledgment.” Many critics thought so, too, but there was no nomination for Smith.

This could make up for Krakowski – who plays Kimmy’s delusional, wealthy boss – never winning for “30 Rock.” Rewatch the show, Jenna’s the real star. She already won this year’s Emmy, which was given out at the creative awards ceremony last Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. But we don’t think voters will be able to resist Letterman’s legacy. “The Amazing Race” has won nearly every single year since this category existed, only bested twice by “Top Chef” and “The Voice,” and it seems as if it’s time for the latter to shine again as the only remaining relevant singing show on TV.

Rosenbaum, who has another year as the Academy president, expects some tweaks on the rules during the next few years but a dramedy category probably isn’t one of them. So what happens with Henson and Davis will be the big news on Sunday night, but what needs to be done, stresses Rosenbaum, is for the Emmys to get more women and minorities in the writing, directing and producing categories.

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