On the eve of Emmy nomination voting, which starts June 13, there is a refreshing air of possibility for this year’s race. After an Oscar race that resulted in a mostly predictable winner’s circle, TV’s top honor (scheduled to be handed out Sept. 18 on ABC) currently isn’t poised to have too many repeat victors.
As any programmer will breathlessly remind anyone who asks, there is more content than ever, translating to a record number of eligible nominees. Somewhere in the vicinity of 400 scripted series and north of 750 unscripted programs technically are in the running. Some trophies offer more cachet than others — with all due respect to the Creative Arts honors, now handed out during two (two!) separate events — and categories for many of the most coveted are primed for a shake-up, thanks either to vacated slots (so long, Mad Men), surging new blood (late-night’s crowded talk landscape) or voters’ ever unpredictable tastes (outstanding drama, perennial wild card).
To prepare for the rigorous months ahead, THR has identified the nine most open races and the contenders currently courting buzz.