VanDerWerff: I suspect Danes is a lock, and I wouldn't be surprised by Lewis winning again (particularly if he submits "Q&A"), but I think the show will fall this year, either to "Game of Thrones" or "Breaking Bad."

McNamara: None. Well, maybe Danes. The fields are so crowded this year and the second season had a lot more bumps in the road than the first.

Which series or actor would you most like to see win a nomination?

VanDerWerff: "Enlightened" needs to be nominated. It was the best show I watched on TV last season. And Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" similarly needs to be nominated, because she gave the best performance I saw on TV last season.

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McNamara: Vera Farmiga. “Bates Motel” could have (and probably should have) been terrible, and it’s great. A lot of that is due to the smart writing, but Farmiga is the center of the maelstrom, reinventing motherhood and delivering a mesmerizing performance.

Bianco: FX's "Justified," a great drama and an entertaining TV show — two qualities that don't always go together.

Roush: Comedy: The grievously overlooked "The Middle," plus Patricia Heaton and Eden Sher. Drama: "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany. If she breaks through into the nominations, she could win for that bravura performance.

Whipp: "Orphan Black's" Maslany gave the performance of the year. Fingers crossed that enough people saw it on BBC America.

Which series or performer do voters need to get over already?

Bianco: It's too harsh to say voters need to "get over" "Mad Men" — it's a wonderful show, and many of its actors deserve to be nominated. But the series itself doesn't, not for a stuttering, disappointing season. A few better episodes at the end are not enough to redeem the entire run, not when so many of its competitors had stronger seasons.

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Whipp: "Modern Family" has won the Emmy for its first three seasons. To put it in perspective, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "All in the Family," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Taxi" and "30 Rock" all won three straight Emmys but were denied a fourth. Few would argue that "Modern Family" is better than those shows.

VanDerWerff: In almost all cases (maybe not Ty Burrell), "Modern Family" is well past its peak, and this is coming from someone who thought Season 4 was an improvement over Season 3.

McNamara: Is it just me, or is "Modern Family" getting smug?

Most deserving swan song: "30 Rock” or "The Office"?

Roush: Neither.

VanDerWerff: "30 Rock" had one of the best seasons of a comedy last season. "The Office" ... did not, though it had some very nice episodes and moments (and nominations for its cast would be appropriate). So ... "30 Rock."

McNamara: "30 Rock.”

Whipp: I loved "30 Rock's" final season and that final episode ranks as one of the great farewells in TV history. Just perfect.


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