Here’s an interesting bit in the LA Times. After first explaining that an episode is submitted to the Emmy judges for viewing, columnist Tom O’Neil explains that AMC is considering submitting The Wheel instead of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (a strong episode, and pilots are the typical submission for a new series).

He gives you an opportunity to vote on which of the two is the best choice for the show, and which is best for Jon Hamm’s Best Actor in a Drama bid. So far, Smoke… has a big lead for the series, but Wheel wins handily for Hamm.

Go vote.

This LA Times article explains it: The judging panel for the Emmys picks five nominees from a list of ten finalists. Three critics weigh in on their ideas for what the top ten will be, and all three choose Mad Men; one mentions it as a contender for the final five, the other two are entirely silent on what they think those five will be.

So, not a lock for a nomination, but they all believe it’ll make it to the judges who decide the nominations. Thrilling.

I didn’t even know there was an Emmy Magazine. But there is, and Jon Hamm graces the cover of the current issue, in an exceptionally insoucient pose. This kind of coverage bodes well for Mad Men’s chances to actually win the award, although nothing is certain.