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It is that time of the year again, this Sunday, September 23rd, on ABC is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Best Drama category is damn impressive and for the first time in a long time I think that ll of the shows are very deserving, and while only one can get the award, I don’t think anyone could have hard feelings for which show is ultimately chosen. Lets take a look at the nominees.

Game of Thrones – Not Going to Win.
I can not tell you how excited I am that Game of Thornes got the honor of a nomination and the second season of supernatural medieval drama would be well deserving of a win… but sadly there isn’t a chance of it happening. The series has already taken home six Creative Arts Emmys; Outstanding (non-prosthetic) Make Up, Costumes, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The show also has the real possibility of  Peter Dinklage taking home his second Best Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, afterall this past season rested firmly on his shoulders and he knocked it out of the part.

Broadwalk Empire – Not Going to Win.
The second HBO series to get the Best Drama nomination and the show did already take home the Creative Arts Emmys for behind the scenes work, but like Thrones is not going to win. The second season of the period gangster drama was well received by fans and critics and ended with a (literal) bang, but it just didn’t have the raw power to overcome the beyond strong seasons delivered by Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and newcomer Homeland.

Downton AbbeyThe Wild Card.
I have to admit here, I have not seen the wildly popular PBS series. It has a very strong cast and an even stronger following and could actually surprise people like me with a win here. In its third season the show is a drama, but does it have the intensity to win? Does every episode leave the viewer wanting and needing to know what happens next?

Mad Men – A Strong Possibility.
Normally this would be a sure bet. Mad Men returned with a top notch season; featuring great writing, acting, direction, etc. But in a sense it was just more of the same. It gave us exactly what we wanted, but was it surprising or shocking? Sure, Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris took an unexpected turn well as the fate of Jared Harris’ Lane Pryce, but they were two turns I would have preferred not to see.

Homeland50/50.
I avoided watching the first season of Homeland for as long as possible, but I could only last so long with everyone telling me that I needed to give it a shot. And I am very happy I did. The storytelling was tight and suspenseful. They kept me on the edge of my seat like only Breaking Bad and Dexter usually can. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin all had award caliber performances.  My only gripe was the disappointing and drawn out season final. It was a half an hour too long. Had it been as tight and well paced as the other episodes than Homeland might have a sharper edge for the win.

Breaking Bad50/50.
What can I say about a show that gets better and better with every episode? It has drama, action, thrills, and laughs, along with one of the best casts of television. Between Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, and Betsy Brandt there is not a weak link in the bunch. The story always feels like it is moving forward going into surprising and entertaining directions. The rise of Walter White, in the nominated season in particular, to the dark side puts Darth Vader to shame. And that is saying something.

Who do you think will take home the Outstanding Drama Emmy?

Okay, so we still don’t have news about a new live action Superman film, but thankfully we still has a ton of Superman adaptations, some of which have been awesome lately!  I really enjoyed the last Superman animated film I saw, Batman/Superman: Public Enemies, and I can’t wait to see Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, which features Supergirl and Darkseid. Well, they just announced the latest Superman flick…

all star superman cartoon

The new flick is based on the very Silver Age inspired All Star Superman limited series, which was written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely. In the series, Superman gets accidentally supercharged after a rescue mission takes him too close to the sun. His overpowered cells begin to poison him and he knows that he is dying. The story showcases what he chooses to do when he knows that he doesn’t have much time left. James Denton from Desperate Housewives lends his voice to Superman, while the lovely Christina Hendricks from Mad Men voices Lois Lane. Other cast members include Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Asner, Frances Conroy, Linda Cardellini, Arnold Vosloo, and Matthew Gray Gubler. If done right, this could be a very special Superman flick.

Smallville's Final Season

How badass is this still from the season premiere of Smallville‘s final season? Lois Lane is stuck in a position Clark Kent knew all to well in the series’ pilot.  Does this mean we’ll get the return of the villainous Jeremy Creek, the show’s first “meteor freak”.  The preview for the new season is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see Clark finally become Superman. I absolutely hate the name the red and blue blur and the black suit that Clark is currently wearing. I hope that they have him become Superman mid-season and we actually see him as Superman for a bit of the final season, but I seriously doubt that will happen. We shall have to wait and see. The season premiere is next week, Friday September 24th.