Hot Cuppa Emmys! My Cuppa, My Rules

Neil_Patrick_Harris_Emmy_Awards.jpgTomorrow night, Sunday, Sept. 20, CBS airs the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, with Neil Patrick Harris (" How I Met Your Mother") as host.

I haven't yet decided whether to watch "live," since I'm in Pacific time, and it will actually be at least partly over across town by the time it starts on TV here.

BTW, how stupid is that? The Oscars are live in L.A., but not the Emmys. Gotta hit up the boss for a Slingbox, I guess.

Anyway, as those who follow me on Twitter (@ KateOH) know, I am the TV Czarina, and occasionally the TV Czarina makes pronouncements about the way it should be on TV.

With that in mind, here's my look at the Emmy nominations and my choices in some of the major categories -- and the TV Czarina declares that the lack of an Emmy nomination shall be no impediment to being named as a winner.

First of all, I must confess that I don't watch much in the way of sitcoms and therefore am eminently unqualified to comment on the comedy categories with any degree of expertise, except to say that Kristin Chenoweth should win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for "Pushing Daisies" for no other reason than that I've actually seen every episode of the show. Twice.

Moving on ...

Outstanding Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program -- nominees are Phil Keoghan ("The Amazing Race"), Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol"), Tom Bergeron ("Dancing With the Stars"), Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), Jeff Probst ("Survivor") and Padma Laskshmi, Tom Colicchio ("Top Chef").

While I love Keoghan's sweaters as much as anyone, and Probst has two of the best dimples in primetime, I have to go with Bergeron just because he has to simultaneously referee among the squabbling judges and deal with sweaty, trembling celebrities. Try doing that and still being a mad snarkmeister.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program -- nominees are "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway" and "Top Chef."

Now, I love me some "TAR," and it will probably win, but "DWtS" puts a tap in my toes, a smile on my face and song in my heart every week. Watch me use this logic next year to explain why " Glee" should win big.

(As a side note, my eightysomething Mom watched "Glee," and declared it "fresh, sweet and real." Take that, target demographic!)

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series -- nominees are "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Real Time With Bill Maher" and "Saturday Night Live."

Yeah, if I watched any of these ... but I have seen many clips from "The Daily Show," and they seem pretty funny, I could go with that. But Colbert went to visit the troops, and since you know that Hot Cuppa TV -- and by extension, the TV Czarina -- is utterly in the bag for our armed forces, I'm going with Colbert.

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series -- nominees are Christian Clemenson ('Boston Legal"), Michael Emerson ("Lost"), William Hurt ("Damages"), Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), William Shatner ("Boston Legal") and John Slattery ("Mad Men").

Fine lads all, but I'm going with Walton Goggins of "The Shield," whose performance in the series finale alone is worth an Emmy.

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series -- nominees are Rose Byrne ("Damages"), Hope Davis ("In Treatment"), Cherry Jones ("24"), Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy"), Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment") and Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy").

Lovely ladies, and a lot to love here, but I'm going with CCH Pounder of "The Shield."

Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama Series -- nominees are Glenn Close ("Damages"), Sally Field ("Brothers & Sisters"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").


Glenn Close, straight up. Dang, girl.

Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama Series -- nominees are Simon Baker ("The Mentalist"), Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Hugh Laurie ("House").

Got no issue with these boys, but I'm tempted nevertheless to go with Michael Chiklis of "The Shield" -- though I get the sneaking suspicion that there's more to come from him as Det. Vic Mackey -- but, in the end, I'm throwing down for Mark Harmon of "NCIS." Leroy. Jethro. Gibbs.

Outstanding Drama Series -- nominees are "Big Love," "Breaking Bad," "Damages," "Dexter," "House," "Lost" and "Mad Men."

Some great ones here, and "Lost" in particular came roaring back with a kick-butt season, but, hello, "Battlestar Galactica" anyone? Really? Did you see those last few episodes, Emmy voters? Three of the nominees are on basic cable, so that can't be the problem; "Lost" is a genre show, so that can't be the problem.

So what's your problem? Ah, well, I guess we'll never know.

But, you might ask, which show do I think will win?

Don't quite know why, but I'm thinking "Damages."