TV Week speculates about the Emmy nominations, which will be announced July 17. Will the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences go with the tried-and-true, or will it favor newcomers, particularly Mad Men?

“The Academy has proven that it’s not particularly adventurous,” Mr. Keller [of TVSquad.com] said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t have Tony Shalhoub nominated and winning almost every year.”

On the other hand, Michael Ausiello, who just moved from TV Guide to Entertainment Weekly, has faith in the Academy. “Last year I seem to remember it felt like the same old, same old, but I have a feeling that this is the year we’re going to see cable’s dominance, even more so than seasons past. I’m pushing for some new blood.”

This is double news, because it’s the first I’ve heard of Ausiello leaving TV Guide. He’s a real champion of our favorite show.

“I look for ‘Mad Men’ to really sweep the nominations, especially the acting in a drama series; it’s a show that enjoyed enormous critical response,” said Mr. Ausiello. “Even though it wasn’t seen by a whole lot of people, it seems to me the kind of show that Emmy voters would love.”

Mr. Keller also is sure “Mad Men” will get a slew of nominations, including drama series.

Watch this space on July 17.

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