The Emmys do their best at honoring the best in television, but a few things fall through the cracks. Here is your chance to vote on the Best New Show from the 2012-2013 television season.
"The Americans" — Earning the hashtag #KGBFelicity for Keri Russell's work as a Russian spy living in the 1980s United States, "The Americans" works as a romance (Russell is paired with Matthew Rhys, who plays her husband and fellow spy) and a period thriller. The FX drama also has the deepest wig collection of any show on television.
"Orphan Black" — The BBC America hit came out of nowhere with relative unknown Tatiana Maslany in the lead as a woman who realizes she is just one of many clones. The sci-fi rookie garnered a cult following and a host of honors for its lead actress.
"Hannibal" —A serial-killer drama in a television landscape littered with similar shows based on decades-old material and airing on NBC had no business working, yet "Hannibal" was a midseason success. Mads Mikkelsen plays the title character so well that Anthony Hopkins can be proud, working alongside Hugh Dancy's FBI profiler, Will Graham.
"Nashville" — Not surprising about "Nashville": How good Connie Britton is as Rayna Jaymes, a country-music legend trying to jump-start her career. Very surprising: How good Hayden Panettiere is as Jaymes's rival, the Taylor Swiftian pop-country star Juliette Barnes. Helping hold the whole thing together is genuinely catchy music from the likes of Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett.
"House of Cards" — The drama that kick-started the Netflix revolution, "Cards" is also a damned engrossing exposé of our political system's dark underbelly. Kevin Spacey shines as a gleefully amoral congressman who'll pull any strings he can to maintain his iron grip on power, and he gets stellar support from co-stars Robin Wright and Kate Mara. And with 10 episodes of steadily building tension, it's perfect for binge-watching.
"Orange Is the New Black" – Perhaps the finest Netflix original series yet, "Orange" tells the story of Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman, an engaged New York City yuppie imprisoned for a crime she committed just after graduating from college. Through her, we get a look at prison culture and meet an impressive cast of inmates and guards.
"The Mindy Project" — Surprisingly underrated in its first season, "The Mindy Project" is a rock-solid vehicle for "The Office" alum Mindy Kaling's delightful brand of awkward-meets-sarcastic humor and romantic sensibility. It's a romsitcom, if you will. On top of that, you get a great supporting cast and guest appearances from the likes of Seth Rogen, Ed Helms, and Bill Hader.
** VOTING CLOSES AT 10 P.M. ET ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 **
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