With the June 28th deadline to return Emmy nominee ballots
fast approaching here, many of your favorite television web sites have been spending the better part of the past two weeks making their case for a handful of worthy 2012 nominees. Not to be outdone, we here at theTVaddict.com have decided — as we are wont to do — to take things one step further. Which is to say, in a completely altruistic effort to simplify things for the voting body that is the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, your friendly neighborhood TV Addict has decided to save those lucky enough to call themselves “Emmy Voters” from countless hours spent needlessly scrolling through a seemingly never ending PDF of worthy performers by presenting our “Emmy Nominations Made Easy!” With today’s focus being on our picks for Outstanding Drama Series.
We Make the Case For…
 BREAKING BAD: As the recent controversy surrounding Aaron Sorkin’s NEWSROOM so clearly illustrated, it’s not often that television critics agree on things. So when they do — as in the case of BREAKING BAD finding its way to the top of virtually all major critics Best of 2011 lists — attention must be paid.
 GAME OF THRONES: Complete with epic battles, copious amounts of sex and violence, and a level of storytelling so ambitious it’s almost more befitting the big screen than that of the small, HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin epic fantasy series GAME OF THRONES didn’t just live up to the hype, it surpassed it.
 THE GOOD WIFE: Also known as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences only opportunity to celebrate a big-old-fashioned breakout hit on broadcast television.
 HOMELAND: Giving credence to the old adage that less is in fact more was HOMELAND’s perfectly parsed out 13 episode season jam-packed with a seemingly never-ending number of twists and turns that had us questioning motives of an ever-expanding roster of morally dubious characters up until the very moment the final episode’s credits rolled.
 MAD MEN: A Canadian, a Brit and a former GILMORE girl walk into an ad agency. No, it’s not the beginning of one really bad joke, but rather three of the key ingredients (Megan Draper, Lane Pryce and Beth Dawes) responsible for creating MAD MEN’s most memorable season to date.
 SHAMELESS: The ever-expanding Gallagher clan puts the fun into dysfunctional family.