And the Emmy Goes To… HPB Previews the 2014 Emmy Awards

Roll out the red carpet, folks…it’s Emmy time!

Whether you’ve patiently followed your favorite shows all season long or a boring summer has led to some serious Netflix binge-watching, come Monday, August 25th, televisions across America will be tuned to NBC, ready to see who gets TV’s top honors at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers.

Yes, you read that right. The Emmys are on Monday this year, and in August. Why, you ask? Three words: Sunday. Night. Football. Well, and the MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday, August 24th—the Emmys’ typical time slot. No need to break the social-sphere and have everything on one night! So, with a unique new date, the Emmy train rolls on. This year’s crop of nominees is truly superb. Here at HPB, we’re big TV buffs, so here are some of our standout performances this year. Maybe they’ll walk away with some hardware!

Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle (True Detective): The McConaissance continued this year with HBO’s eerie drama that was anything but a typical detective whodunnit. McConaughey’s performance as the tortured, introspective Rust Cohle was simply a tour de force. From his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club to now, for McConaughey, things are definitely more than “alright, alright, alright.”


Orange Is The New Black: Netflix’s reinvention of TV consumption has continued with the wildly-successful OITNB. With its unique mixture of dark themes and comedic elements and a female-dominated cast, the series simply demands attention and respect. With 12 nominations in total, there will likely be some statues in the ladies’ future. Could it possibly even dethrone Modern Family and win Outstanding Comedy Series?


Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep): If the name Anna Chlumsky doesn’t ring a bell right away, think back to My Girl. Yes, little Vada Sultenfuss is all grown up and part of a crack team that assists the Vice President of the United States, specifically as Chief of Staff. Chlumsky’s sharp wit and understated but spot-on physicality completes an already strong cast and makes Veep a can’t-miss favorite.


Fargo: Fans of the Coen brothers’ 1996 Oscar-winning feature film will not be disappointed by this year’s TV reinterpretation. Capturing all the bleakness of the original film’s setting along with its gosh-darn Midwestern charm, Fargo the series makes a strong case for its 12 nominations. Features stellar performances from Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and newcomer Allison Tolman.  

It’s definitely been an incredible year for TV fans. These are just a few of this year’s best performances. What was your favorite thing to watch this year? Who do you want to see win on Emmy night?

To check out all of this year’s nominees, visit

Jason is Email Marketing Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow him on Twitter at @jasonapermenter.


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