With that ecological tough being mentioned, following are those shows and stars who are up for a win, as well as those who will likely take the prize in his, hers or its television category. And all of whom will be walking the green carpet before the show airs.
Note: Many shows -- like Mad Men, Dexter, The Office, and 30 Rock -- are repeaters on the long list of the best in television. Still, some new names for new shoes up for those evocative trophies are listed too, with Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire perhaps most notable.
So, without further ado, consider the following nominees and predictions for the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Drama Series
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men is the proposed shoe-in for this award, at least as far as critics are concerned. But the AMC period piece is not the only show with epic merit on this list. In fact, all of the programs here are worthy. And one just may pull off a coup: Game of Thrones.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
From this selection of (mostly) sit-comes, the winner will likely come down to either 30 Rock or Modern Family, one old school as far as comedies are concerned, and one that made a grand sweep last year for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Prediction: Modern Family will win again this year.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Kathy Bates for Harry's Law
Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos for The Killing
Mariska Hargitay for Law and Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men
Julianna Margulies is the glue (in a good way) on The Good Wife, a really well crafted show in every way. This seasoned actress who once played opposite George Clooney in a little show called ER will likely take the win although Elisabeth Moss has a chance for Mad Men as does Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights, the latter actress especially a good choice if the prediction for Margulies goes awry.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama
Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife
Christine Baranski for The Good Wife
Margo Martindale for Justified
Michelle Forbes for The Killing
Christina Hendricks for Mad Men
Although the critics are raving about Margo Martindale in Justified on FX, Archie Panjabi (for The Good Wife) has the chops to possibly take on Martindale. Either thespian deserves the honor.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall for Dexter
John Hamm for Mad Men
Hugh Laurie for House
Timothy Olyphant for Justified
Everyone was happy when Hugh Laurie used to win for House because his acceptance speeches were always hilarious. But this won't happen this year. It's John Hamm's turn to try and come up with something clever to say when his finally wins his Emmy Award.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones
Josh Charles for The Good Wife
Alan Cumming for The Good Wife
Walton Goggins for Justified
John Slattery for Mad Men
Andrew Braugher for Men of a Certain Age
The fight for this win will be between John Slattery (Mad Men) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). Both deserve the prize. A tie maybe?
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey for 30 Rock
Laura Linney for The Big C
Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton for Raising Hope
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation
Laura Linney gets a jump on this category purely because of how her character deals with a sensitive subject matter (and she's a great actress to boot) although it would be nice to see Martha Plimpton or Melissa McCarthy up there just for a change of pace. And then there's Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie who is spot on and who is our pick.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
Jane Lynch for Glee
Betty White for Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen for Modern Family
Sofia Vergara for Modern Family
Kristen Wiig for Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock
Primetime Emmy Awards host Jane Lynch may have a lock on this category -- or at least she should since week after week on Glee she delivers a performance to remember. But then there's Betty White who is the nostalgic gal in the group and one who actually represents the entire group of women that make up the ensemble that is Hot In Cleveland. So, prediction wise, White will be hot on stage with her acceptance speech on Emmy night.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
Louis C.K. in Louie
Steve Carrell in The Office
Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc in Episodes
Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carrell! for obvious reasons.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Chris Colfer for Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Modern Family
Ed O'Neill for Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family
Ty Burrell for Modern Family
Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men
With so many (great) Modern Family nominees, likely these guys will X each other out of the running putting Chris Coffer in for the win. Or, perhaps just to get at Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer will be shouting "winning" after his own brand of victory. It's a toss-up.
Outstanding Variety, Comedy Or Musical Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Jon Stewart's show has been the winner here forever and will probably win but it would be nice to see Conan get something out of the mess NBC made of his career last year. We'll see.
Outstanding Reality Show
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Since this Primetime Emmy Award is not going to the show with the highest ratings, and since Amazing Race had been winner for so many years before Top Chef took the honors last year in what can only be called a "wow" moment, our pick goes to the show that goes around the world. Talk about an amazing feat and a fascinating way to learn geography while still hoping for a team to win. Go Amazing Race!
That's it for now. More prizes for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards will be given a shout-out in an update to this story soon so stay tuned.