An exceptionally strong field will vie for outstanding drama this year, according to our panel of critics and industry observers. “This is a golden age of drama, on both broadcast and cable,” said panelist Tim Brooks, executive VP of research for Lifetime.
The experts managed to narrow the field to the best of the best, putting together a list of five contenders, including last year’s Emmy winner, ABC’s “Lost,” and 2005 nominee “24” from Fox. The competition tightens this year with the eagerly anticipated return of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” which was ineligible for Emmy consideration while on hiatus last year.
Much is riding on the prestigious drama category, according to the experts. “Drama series define a network’s level of quality,” said panelist Ray Solley, a program development consultant. “The drama nominations will set the bar for excellence at the 2006 Emmys.”
TVWeek’s Emmy Panel
The Sopranos (HBO)
“No show is more real or delves deeper into the psyche of its fascinating characters. … This season the show seemed to be about the corruption of the soul and spirit of anyone who came in touch with the world of the Sopranos. This goes beyond TV into the realm of literature.” -Matt Roush
“The show is the best storytelling on TV, with characters that intrigue and beguile us, making us want to return every week to learn more.”
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
“This is a nearly perfect show, in cast, writing, direction and the juggling of moods from giddy romance to medical drama to whimsical comedy.”
“Bringing down a president? What could be more popular in Hollywood?”
“It’s a simple concept executed brilliantly: The medical mystery of the week solved while almost killing the patient every week.” -Diane Gordon
TelevisionWeek staff picks
Winner: Lost (ABC)