'Game of Thrones', 'Breaking Bad' A Fierce Year for Dramas at Emmys

Many believe this might be the most competitive year ever in the Outstanding Drama Series race. Consider the contenders and weep. Returning champ Breaking Bad is up against AMC stablemate and previous four-time drama victor Mad Men. These shows have to compete against HBO’s juggernaut Game of Thrones, never a winner here but coming off its fourth and most successful season. Then there is the sophomore season of Netflix’s House of Cards and the perennial Downton Abbey. Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599Add to this the wild card of HBO’s True Detective, which ran only as a self-contained, eight-episode series and is somewhat controversial because many thought it would compete as a miniseries. (The show’s “created by” credit made it automatically eligible for this uber-competitive category.) Just consider the quality of the shows that didn’t make the cut, including FX’s The Americans and Justified; Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and past winner Homeland; NBC’s hit The Blacklist; and CBS’ The Good Wife, which has been enjoying its best season. Whew!

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