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Will Grey's Anatomy Win Best Drama?

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Award-Winning ShondaCan Grey's Anatomy off The Sopranos in the heated battle for Best Drama at the Emmys? According to The Envelope, the L.A. Times awards blog, the medical drama is way ahead in fan support. But it will likely be a fight to the finish.

Some believe Heroes might do it by tapping the same factors that boosted Lost to a recent victory under the new voting process. Both = hot ensemble shows with fantasy elements, huge ratings and major buzz.

But Grey's Anatomy really does best fit the pattern of Emmy champs. Voters love medical shows, yes (E.R. won best drama; Chicago Hope and St. Elsewhere won top acting kudos).

But medicine really isn't the key ingredient in a prescription for victory. This is: ensemble "workplace programs" that feel important, plus snob appeal.

Elitist voters will sometimes embrace lowly dees-and-dems cops if the shows have cache (NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues). Of course, attorneys get winning verdicts all the time (The Practice, L.A. Law). Cops and lawyers together, too (Law & Order). Snooty liberal politics (The West Wing) have a shot, as do upscale mafiosos (The Sopranos).

This year's nominee House is about medicine, but it may be too character specific. Programs largely focused on one role win acting trophies all the time (The Shield, Columbo, Medium), but seldom prevail in series races.

Boston Legal fits this formula, and would've had a good chance under the voting process in place before 2000, but can probably be discounted now.

Heroes fits the formula even though it's not, like Lost, in a "workplace," so to speak. However, it spotlights a team working together. That's what counts!

Grey's Anatomy fits the formula perfectly, of course, has other pluses. A stylish show about life and death feels all the more urgent because it's been in the headlines recently (thank you, Isaiah Washington).

And it can benefit from the Emmy phenom of delayed recognition.

On rare occasions, voters jump on the bandwagon right away (Lost, West Wing), but they usually make programs wait a year, two or three.

With Sopranos off the air and recent champs Lost and 24 out of this category, a good, logical case can be made for Grey's being the next winner of best drama - even after what many consider to be a sub-par Season 3.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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House M.D. will and should win.

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MJ u'r doing some serous tripping, keep talk that shit & your ass is going down got that. You know go stick a you hand up u'r ass. Keep fucking around i will come after u myself. Thats not a therat, That a promise.

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To MJ above, so tell me what exactly are you doing on Shonda's site? because as far as i am concerned this site is also part of Shonda. So either shut the heck up or stop writting any hash comment at all. Also give the woman some respect will you, she is trying her best as a human being!!!

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I hope they lose. I can't stand Shonda Rhimes or ABC. She is just as phoney as KH and TR.

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So you guys this is the best spoiler i have read so far. I am SUPER HAPPY: 08/08 - The doctor who examines Henry after he collapsed thinks that something is wrong with his brain. He asked that another doctor be paged (Derek?) but the latter is in surgery. Source: SpoilerFix BuddyTV Spoilers Chat
08/08 - Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca reappears (possibly) around Episode 4. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide .
08/08 - I hear Lexie and Derek are not happening - at least not initially. Word around Seattle Grace is that Lexie is being paired with Alex. That should certainly make things interesting when Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca reappears. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide Lexie/Alex/Ava now that would be interesting.

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no i love all of them except for Washington but hes gone now so they are all great they better win!!!!

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no!!!!!!they are all annoying(without, justin, katie, sara, and kate I love them!!!!!) You should explain me this line.

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As much as I have enjoyed Greys, I'd like them to not win. So shonda and company get the picture that it was a really crappy season 3.

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no!!!!!!they are all annoying(without, justin, katie, sara, and kate I love them!!!!!)

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But with season three being so much worse than season two (in some peoples opinions), does it still have such a good chance of winning?

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith
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