Michael Ausiello offers his predictions across 10 major categories for the 2010 Emmy Awards nominations (slated to be announced tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT). And while it’s encouraging that Scoopy McScooperstar is prognosticating good news for The Good Wife, True Blood, Modern Family, and Glee – all of which would be neophytes for a Best Series nod – I still can’t help but soldier on in my naive belief that Vanessa L. Williams will finally take home her statuette a few out-of-left-field programs will make the final ballot. To that end, let’s all get totally honest and name two series – one Comedy, and one Drama – that, in a perfect world, would beat the odds and wind up alongside perennial nominees like 30 Rock and Mad Men. I’ll get the party started, then you hit the comments section with your own longshot favorites. Be sure to explain your choices, too — we’ll pick your best-argued eventual snubs as nominees for EW.com’s third annual EWwy Awards later this summer. [Related: Michael Ausiello Predicts the 2010 Emmy Nominees; 2010 Emmys: Which longshots deserve nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories?]Today, my hard-working colleague
Best Drama: Men of a Certain Age. When TNT first aired ads for this dramedy about a group of middle-aged buddies, I couldn’t have been less interested.
But fueled by terrific, specific writing and a uniformly excellent cast (who knew Ray Romano could hold his own with the amazing Andre Braugher?!), this sometimes somber, sometimes uproarious series quickly reeled me in. I don’t think there’s a drama on TV today that offers a lovelier, more contemplative look at the pressures of juggling career, family, and friendships in our modern times.
Best Comedy: Cougar Town. Okay, so maybe it doesn’t make me get all misty-eyed the way its brilliant lead-in, Modern Family, manages to do every time Ed O’Neill gives one of his gruffly moving end-of-episode monologues. But when it comes to making me howl with delight – which is the main point of comedy, yes? – this terrific ensemble comedy about a group of bitchy, wine-swilling neighbors is definitely one of TV’s finest. And frankly, a much-deserved nomination for Courteney Cox is not reward enough on its own.