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Emmy Predictions: Best Animated Program & Best Children’s Program

I continue my series of Emmy predictions with the programs eligible for Best Animated Program, Best Short-Form Animated Program and Best Children’s Program. 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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American Dad – “Blood Crieth Unto Heaven”
Family Guy – “Yug Ylimaf”
Futurama – “Fun on a Bun”
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
The Simpsons
– “Treehouse of Horror XXIII”

*This category is always tough to predict. The Simpsons has never missed out on a nomination in this category. The only two years it wasn’t nominated was 1993 & 1994 and that’s because it submitted into Best Comedy Series instead. Speaking of that, Family Guy has only submitted in Best Comedy Series in the past few years but it’s finally back in Animated Program. I think it’ll make it back in because of that. Futurama is an Emmy favorite but I think its nomination could be in jeopardy because they submitted a subpar episode. They should’ve went with “Near-Death Wish” instead and possibly picked up another win. American Dad has received two nominations previously and apparently the episode they submitted was one of the series’ best ones. And Robot Chicken has been nominated in the past for some of their other special episodes and I can see it happening again.

I’m not completely sold on these nominations though. Watch out for Bob’s Burgers. It absolutely deserves to be nominated but the Emmys don’t always line up with quality. Last year The Penguins of Madagascar‘s special movie won this category, so watch out for some animated specials from Nickelodeon & Disney to possibly appear.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, Disney’s Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, It’s a Spongebob Christmas!, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Enter the Dragon, A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, The Looney Tunes Show, Regular Show: The Christmas Special and South Park]

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Adventure Time – “Simon & Marcy”
Disney’s Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe
Disney’s Phineas and Ferb
– “When Worlds Collide”
Regular Show – “A Bunch of Full Grown Geese”
Robot Chicken – “Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special”

*I don’t have a whole lot of expertise on this category. Adventure Time, Regular Show and Robot Chicken have been consistently nominated the past few years. Phineas and Ferb is also well liked and received numerous nominations last year. And Mickey Mouse is always a reliable bet on a nomination.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Conan: Day By Day, Dexter Early Cuts: All in the Family, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Shark Tank Pitch, MAD and Tom Hanks’ Electric City]

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Best Children’s Program:
An Apology to Elephants
Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS
The Weight of the Nation for Kids: Quiz Ed!
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex

*Apparently the Emmys have consolidated the Children’s Program category again. The past few years they’ve had two separate categories for Entertainment & Non-Fiction. Now they’re back together and I think the non-fiction programs are going to dominate again. Remember that adults are voting in this category and the more serious programming tends to do well. But there’s still room for entertainment programs to be nominated. iCarly and Wizards of Waverly Place have done well in this category before and I expect them to return for another nomination.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Degrassi, A Fairly Odd Christmas, Good Luck Charlie, Let It Shine, Pair of Kings, Victorious and A YoungArts Masterclass]