The jokes are written, the dresses chosen, the tuxes are...removed from their garment bags. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday, August 25 (I always wonder if the Daytime Emmy folk just sit home in their sweatpants since their ceremony is long since done with).
With a huge slate of nominees drawn from the edgy cable shows, new host Seth Meyers, and some guaranteed bittersweet moments with a tribute to Robin Williams by Billy Crystal, there should be some fairly entertaining TV about TV.
Here are my Queen of Screen Predictions in the major acting categories:
Lead Actress in a Drama: Robin Wright for House of Cards or maybe Juliana Marguiles for The Good Wife. My pool money would be on Robin Wright for her icy, scheming Claire Underwood.
Lead Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad or Matthew McConaughey for True Detective. It's the last chance to honour Crantson's work as Walter White but he went home with the statuette last year so voters might be in the mood for someone on the other side of the law.
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn walked away with it last year for Breaking Bad...could Lena Headey grab some Game of Thrones glory? And if she doesn't, will the other nominees be invited to a deadly after-party?
Supporting Actor in a Drama: Some of the best work all year is in all six of these nominees' performances, but since a six-way tie is unlikely, Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) is such a fan favourite that it's not hard to believe Emmy voters are fans as well.
Lead Actress in a Comedy: Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation, which is approaching its last season, may be the sentimental (and deservedly so) favourite. And people still haven't decided if Orange is the New Black even belongs in comedy.
Lead Actor in a Comedy: If voters are feeling sweet, Ricky Gervais for Derek. If they're salty, Louis C.K. for Louie.
If it were up to me, the rest would just go to the writers and cast for Veep. And maybe Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for this Emmy promo/pawn shop show parody.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Leave your comments and predictions and join the conversation: I'll be tweeting the ceremony @JennZap and you can search #YMCEmmys.