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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Special Class Programs

The Emmys are less than one month away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Special Class Program:
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Tina Fey & Amy Poehler)
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Oscars (Seth MacFarlane)
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center) (Audra McDonald)
The 66th Annual Tony Awards (Neil Patrick Harris)

*The Tony Awards have dominated this category for the previous three years. Don’t count it out. But the category is much more competitive this year. The Golden Globes were very well received this year, thanks in part to the hosting duties of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. It would be the first win for Poehler and it would be well deserved. You can never bet against the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. But it received less nominations than other ceremonies in previous years. Maybe voters didn’t like it as much. I think the only show that won’t be winning is The Oscars. Nobody liked the ceremony and there was a lot of backlash against Seth MacFarlane as a host. But the biggest darkhorse in the category is Carousel. It received more nominations than expected and the quality of the production can’t be denied. The fact that it’s different from the other nominated programs will help it stand out even more. I think Audra McDonald will be an Oscar away from an EGOT now.*

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Best Special Class Program – Short-Format Live-Action:
Between Two Ferns
Burning Love
Childrens Hospital
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyonce
30 Rock: The Webisodes

*This category is only two years old. The Daily Show won in 2011 and Childrens Hospital won in 2012. 30 Rock has been nominated every year, so maybe it will get a goodbye win. By the fact that Childrens Hospital won last year, they aren’t afraid to go with a silly comedy. Burning Love got a lot of attention online last year and Between Two Ferns has the star power of Zach Galifianakis behind it. That leaves the Beyonce halftime show, and I can even see a case of that winning because it was the highest received Super Bowl halftime performance in a while. Basically…this is anybody’s award to lost. I’m going to go with my gut instinct and say that Childrens Hospital will pick up Emmy #2.*

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Best Special Class Program – Short-Format Non-Fiction:
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jay Leno’s Garage
The Office: The Farewells
Remembering 9/11
30 Rock: The Final Season
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen

*Much like the previous category, this is only two years old. Jay Leno’s Garage won in 2011 and DGA Moments in Time won in 2012. I could see them being lazy and giving another Emmy to Jay Leno. But the category is much stronger this time around. Last Chance Kitchen has become an integral part to the actual program that it could be awarded just for that reason. The Office and 30 Rock‘s nominations focus on ending beloved series. That could work in their favor, but the fact that they are so similiar could lead to some votes being cancelled out. That leaves a special about 9/11 (which is very emotional for people) and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is probably the most well-known web series because of Jerry Seinfeld and how much he’s been promoting it. I think Jerry Seinfeld will be getting another Emmy for his mantle.*