19 July 2012 2:16 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

I've noticed that most years at the Emmys seem to be a predictable roll call of familiar names and shows, but once every few seasons there is a significant sea change: the last major one was four years ago, when upstart shows "Mad Men," "Dexter," and "Damages" swept through to become the first non-hbo cable shows nominated for Best Drama Series. This was another year of surprises, but while Emmy voters avoided extreme embarrassments (remember when "Boston Legal" beat "The Wire" for a Best Drama Series bid – twice!), the nominations weren't without a few significant disappointments. The Good When Emmy experts predicted major nominations for "Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia," I was skeptical; after all, its only major nomination last year was for writing. So I was shocked and delighted this year to see nominations for actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as well as a bid for »


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