Picks and Pans Review: Who Should Go Home with An Emmy?

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

• TV critic Tom Gliatto picks his favorites for the awards show, Sept. 21 on ABC.

ACTOR, COMEDY ALEC BALDWIN 30 ROCK
As a corporate titan, he makes light comedy out of brute strength.

ACTRESS, COMEDY CHRISTINA APPLEGATE SAMANTHA WHO?
A charming, gently dizzy performance in a charming, gently dizzy sitcom.

ACTOR, DRAMA Jon Hamm, Mad Men
The show is often pallid and studied, but he gives fresh life to the cliché of the hollow adman.

ACTRESS, DRAMA GLENN CLOSE DAMAGES
Fantastically entertaining as an attorney so mean, she ordered a hit on a dog.

DRAMA DAMAGES
This dense legal thriller will probably lose to Mad Men, but no other show last year generated so much melodramatic excitement.

COMEDY THE OFFICE
I vote for this for one reason: Amy Ryan's arrival as a human resources rep with a crush on a certain awful manager. She's perfect.

NEW CATEGORY!

REALITY HOST TOM BERGERON DANCING WITH THE STARS
It says something about the staying power of reality TV that this new award is the year's hot face-off. Can anyone beat American Idol's Ryan Seacrest? This guy—affable and unflappable—ought to waltz away with it. For more on Bergeron, see page 93.

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