Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock (Episode: “Hogcock!”), Written by Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock (NBC)
30 Rock (Episode: “Last Lunch”), Written by Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield (NBC)
Episodes (Episode: “Episode 209″), Written by David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik (Showtime)
Louie (Episode: “Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 1″), Written by Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. (FX)
The Office (Episode: “Finale”), Written by Greg Daniels (NBC)
What Should Win: “Last Lunch”
What Will Win: “Finale”
Let’s see: “Finale” and “Last Lunch” were both final episodes for much beloved, award-winning NBC sitcoms, but The Office‘s “Finale” was more of an emotional gut punch than 30 Rock‘s bow out, something the Emmys can’t and won’t ignore. I honestly think “Last Lunch” was a much stronger episode, more in line with the show as a whole, but the power of a guest appearance from a salt-and-pepper-haired returning cast member is strong, even if said returning cast member NEVER WON OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY. I’ll never forget you, Rural Juror.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (Episode: “Dead Freight”), Written by George Mastras (AMC)
Breaking Bad (Episode: “Say My Name”), Written by Thomas Schnauz (AMC)
Downton Abbey (Episode: “Episode Four”), Written by Julian Fellowes (PBS)
Game of Thrones (Episode: “The Rains of Castamere”), Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (HBO)
Homeland (Episode: “Q&A”), Written by Henry Bromell (Showtime)
What Should Win: “The Rains of Castamere”
What Will Win: “Q&A”
Say what you will about season two of Homeland, “Q&A,” a.k.a. the interrogation episode, was extraordinary, with brilliant acting matched only by intense, tight writing. Unfortunately, it might win for the wrong reason: the guy who wrote the script, Henry Bromell, tragically passed away in March. My vote in this category would still go to either “Say My Name” or “The Rains of Castamere,” which was so brilliant that it managed to exceed the massive expectations that were placed on by book readers, but “Q&A” has the sentimental edge.
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