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Who should win and who will win at the Emmys

Four of the nation’s leading TV critics weigh in on who they think deserves the trophy and who they believe will win. The critics are Verne Gay of Newsday; Glenn Whipp of the Los Angeles Times; and Lynn Elber and Frazier Moore of the Associated Press.

Best comedy series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Veep” (HBO)

Should win: “Veep” (Gay), “Louie” (Elber, Moore), “Orange Is the New Black” (Whipp).

Will win: “Modern Family” (Gay, Elber), “Veep” (Moore), “Orange Is the New Black” (Whipp).

Gay: “The fifth win in a row for heavily favored ‘Family’ will tie it with ‘Frasier,’ which nailed its fifth-in-a-row win in 1998.”

Best drama series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

Should win: “Breaking Bad” (Gay, Whipp), “Game of Thrones” (Elber), “True Detective” (Moore).

Will win: “Breaking Bad” (Gay, Whipp), “True Detective” (Elber, Moore).

Moore on “True Detective:” “How could Emmy snub this true masterpiece?”


Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Should win: Louis-Dreyfus (Gay), Poehler (Elber, Moore); Schilling (Whipp).

Will win: Louis-Dreyfus (Unanimous).

Whipp on Louis-Dreyfus: “When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll. Plus, Emmys can justify not giving ‘Veep’ a best-comedy award, by giving a best-actress one to the lead.”

Lead actor/comedy

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Should win: Macy (Gay, Moore); Cheadle (Elber); Gervais (Whipp).

Will win: Parsons (Gay, Whipp); Macy (Elber); Louis C.K. (Moore).

Gay on Parsons: “If you’re looking for a surprise upset this year, don’t look too hard, even if comedy/lead actor may be the best place for an upset (Macy? Who knows!)”

Best actor/drama

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The

Newsroom” (HBO)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Should win: Cranston (Gay, Elber); McConaughey (Moore, Whipp).

Will win: McConaughey (Gay, Elber, Whipp); Hamm (Moore).

Whipp: “As with series, this comes down to ‘True Detective’ versus ‘Breaking Bad,’ pitting Bryan Cranston’s indelible, iconic antihero against McConaughey’s haunted truth-teller. This is the last chance to honor Cranston but the only opportunity to reward newly minted Oscar winner McConaughey. Given Cranston’s four previous wins, give the slight edge to the Emmy newcomer.”

Best actress/drama

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Should win: Wright (Gay); Washington (Elber, Moore); Margulies (Whipp).

Will win: Danes (Gay); Wright (Elber, Moore, Whipp).

Elber on Wright: “Goes beat-for-beat with Kevin Spacey. That’s impressive power.”


“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Bonnie & Clyde” (A&E)

“Fargo” (FX)

“Luther” (BBC America)

“Treme” (HBO)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

Should win: “Treme” (Gay); “Fargo” (Elber, Moore, Whipp)

Will win: “Fargo” (Unanimous).