There is some wiggle room. With critical darling "Curb Your Enthusiasm" not in contention, un-heralded actors, actresses and shows could get their moment in the sun.
"There are many supporting players from shows not called 'Modern Family' or 'Glee' that are worthy of nominations," said Mitovich. "Namely, 'Community's' Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Danny Pudi, 'Cougar Town's' Busy Philipps and Christa Miller, and 'Parks and Recreation's' Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza."
Steve Carell will be the man to watch in the lead actor race. He's been nominated five years in a row for playing bumbling boss Michael Scott on "The Office," a role he said goodbye to this spring. While the experts agreed that it's all but certain he'll be nominated, though it's his last chance to win, an Emmy isn't a sure thing.
"Is Steve Carell a shoe-in? I hope not," said Furlong. "I adore that man and it's not his fault but this season was some painful TV to watch. I think 'The Office' is slipping and I hope Emmy voters realize that it's time for some new people to take over."