The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are near, and speculation has been rampant about which shows will take home the big prizes this year. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences may choose to honor one of the many new critically acclaimed series and miniseries from the past year. It could pay tribute to a trailblazing favorite that wrapped up in 2013. Take a look at our picks for the series that are leading the pack of nominees.
1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
After six seasons of meth-making mayhem, Breaking Bad viewers finally learned the fate of Walt, Skyler, Jesse, and the infamous blue stuff. Both critics and fans praised the show’s final six episodes, and this year, it’s been nominated for six Emmys with writing and directing nods. Many pundits agree that Breaking Bad will be the likely Outstanding Drama Series. It already took home the trophy for its fifth season last year. Actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn, all previous winners, have all been nominated for their stunning work as well, and any of the three could easily win again.