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Emmy Predictions: Best Special Class Programs

I continue my series of Emmy predictions with the programs eligible for the Special Class Programs categories. I’m going to take a look at the categories and make groupings: Tier One, Tier Two and Tier Three. Tier One placements are for people/programs that I fully expect to get an Emmy nomination. Tier Two are people/programs that are still in the running but could be left out. And Tier Three are people/programs that I don’t expect to be nominated, but they would be a little bit of a surprise. Let’s take a look at the categories…

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BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM:
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Oscars
The 66th Annual Tony Awards

*This is basically where awards shows are meant to compete. The past two years this category has consisted of awards ceremonies and one or two curveballs. This year I think all of the usual suspects will be returning with the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics taking the fifth spot. Last year the Emmys nominated a philharmonic special that aired with Great Performances, so I could see one of the many PBS concert specials taking a 6th place spot if there is one to be had.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Audra McDonald in Concert: Go Back Home (Live From Lincoln Center)
Der Ring des Nibelungen (Great Performances at the Met)
L’Elisir d’Amore (Great Performances at the Met)
New York Philharmonic Opening Gala 2012 (Live From Lincoln Center)
Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris (Great Performances)
2012 Richard Tucker Opera Gala (Live From Lincoln Center)
Rigoletto (Great Performances at the Met)
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center)
]

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BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM – SHORT-FORMAT LIVE-ACTION:
Childrens Hospital
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyonce
30 Rock: The Webisodes
Web Therapy

*These categories are always a toss-up. The Daily Show Correspondents and 30 Rock: The Webisodes have been nominated in this category for the previous three years. Expect them to return with last year’s winner Childrens Hospital and last year’s other nominee Web Therapy. That leaves a spot open. Just based on personal bias I’m going to go with Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show. But I could also see some of the internet shows taking the spot. Between Two Ferns, Burning Love and Clueless Gamer are shows that I could easily see nominated in this category.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Between Two Ferns, Blue, Burning Love. Clueless Gamer with Conan O’Brien, Garfunkel and Oates, The Greatest Event in Television History, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Lauren, The Mindy Project: Morgan Project Webisodes and The Walking Dead Cold Storage]

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BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM – SHORT-FORMAT NON-FICTION:
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jay Leno’s Garage
30 Rock: The Final Season
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen
Writer’s Draft

*The two best bets in this category are Jay Leno’s Garage and Writer’s Draft. They are nominated every year and I don’t expect this year to be any different. The 30 Rock web content shows are always a good bet. Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen has become a crucial part of the actual series. It was nominated here last year and it should be again. Jerry Seinfeld has “kinda” returned to television with his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s one of the most known web shows on the internet right now and it should propel it to a nomination.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Beyond Scared Straight Webisodes, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition – Where Are They Now?, The Office: The Farewells, Remembering 9/11 and Who Are the Abolitionists? (American Experience)]

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