On Sunday night, the biggest and brightest will gather at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards (8 p.m., Fox). Hosted by “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, it may just be one of the stiffest competitions in recent years.
Here are my predictions for who will win, who should win and why.
Nominees: “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation” and “30 Rock”
What should win: ABC’s “Modern Family.” With other comedies there are good weeks and bad. Never has a situation comedy been more solidly written and acted, with mass appeal for all ages and backgrounds.
What will win: “Modern Family.” No one else comes close. So at least once the jury and I will probably agree on a winner.
Nominees: Laura Linnney for “The Big C”; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”; Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”; Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”; and Tina Fey, “30 Rock.”
Who should win: McCarthy. I fell in love with her in the too-short-lived “Samantha Who,” and enjoyed her too-small role in “The Back-Up Plan.”
Who will win: Laura Linney. In addition to be a talented actor, the three-time Emmy winner is a favorite among her peers.
Nominees: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” ; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Louis C.K., “Louie”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory.”
Who should win: Parsons, for continuing to add dimension to what easily could have been a one-note character — such as the Fonz in “Happy Days” — in Sheldon Cooper, a many-degreed member of its geek group.
Who will win: Carrell, because it was his “Office” swan song.
Nominees: “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones,” “Friday Night Lights.”
What should win: “Game of Thrones.” Not for going where no one has gone before, but for doing it so well, with the courage to kill off a main character, Eddard Stark, in the first season.
What will win: “Mad Men.” And they have three best-drama Emmys to prove they can do it.
Nominees: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”; Elizabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Mireille Enos, “The Killing”; Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law.”
Who should win: Hargitay; after eight consecutive losses, all in “Law & Order:SVU” and all for the same character, she deserves it.
Who will win: Margulies. A great actress, beloved by her peers.
Nominees: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire;’ Michael C. Hall, “Dexter;” Jon Hamm, “Mad Men;” Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights;” Hugh Laurie, “House;” Timothy Olyphant, “Justified.”
Who should win: Laurie, just for having to act through last year’s less-than-stellar season, including driving his car through his ex-girlfriend’s dining room in its finale.
Who will win: Buscemi, who already won a Golden Globe for his efforts.
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
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If so, the producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” want to hear from you.
Ty Pennington and his crew are ready to drive that famous bus to Southwest Florida!
“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Kelly Mooney and David Shumsky, supervising casting producers, via press release.
What does it take to be picked?
“We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives.”
“Extreme” producers are looking for families whose homes desperately need to be rebuilt.
Nominations may be submitted by the family or by a member of their community. Each nomination must include the names and ages of every member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home, and a short description of the family story. Anyone submitting a nomination should be sure to explain why the nominated family is deserving, heroic, and/or a great role model for their community.
Also, when possible, include recent photos of the family and home. Nominations must include a contact phone number.
Send nominations to email@example.com. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 23.
For more information on how to apply, visit: abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply
John writes: “You asked for comments on your NDN article of September 10 titled ‘Movin’ on up, and ‘Dancing with questionable stars.’ First, the quotation from the opening music of the ‘Jeffersons’ TV series was brilliant and relevant.
“Frankly, I am not a fan of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and have seldom watched more than a few sequences from any show. When I do watch it, I appreciate the grace and ability of the dancers, whatever their claim to fame.
“Clearly, the ‘star’ aspect, whatever his or her stellar status may be, is just a gimmick to gain audience share. I was not more familiar with the previous “stars” any more than the new lineup of apparently second-string stars.
“What I admire about the new cast, however, is that it represents a broader spectrum of American society than previous casts.
This is a small step and no doubt more slanted to Nielson ratings (thus advertiser revenue) than talent. Still, it broadens the awareness of the general public to the growing beneficial acceptance of diversity which is, in my opinion, a great virtue of American society.”
Bev writes: “Bravo!!!!! I’ve been saying this about “DWTS” since the second season? When will its ratings start to reflect the joke that it has become? I am glad there is someone else out there who sees it the same way as I do.”
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Until next time, stay tuned.