Floyd Landis isn't the only one in the midst of a doping scandal. Many critics and other forms of TV fans seem convinced that Emmy voters were under the influence of a fuddy-duddy-inducing substance when they selected the nominees for tonight's prime-time awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien. The awards will be at 8 p.m. today on Sunflower Broadband Channel 8.
A new voting process - one that takes a degree in physics to comprehend - was designed to bring new faces to the party. It did. They're just not the faces that insiders expected.
With that in mind, we present our picks and predictions for the big event.
Nominees: "Grey's Anatomy;" "House;" "The Sopranos;" "24;" "The West Wing."
Who will/should win: The "Grey" interns were more compelling than anyone on a desert island or Wisteria Lane.
Who was robbed: "Rescue Me" proved too fiery for wishy-washy voters.
Nominees: "Arrested Development;" "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" "The Office;" "Scrubs;" "Two and a Half Men."
Who will win: Expect a big bonus for the staff at "The Office."
Who should win: "Development" deserves one more bow.
Who was robbed: "The Entourage" gang has all the luck in the world, except when it comes to awards shows.
Nominees: Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" Kevin James, "King of Queens;" Tony Shalhoub, "Monk;" Steve Carell, "The Office;" Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men."
Who will/should win: Steve Almighty.
Who was robbed: His name is Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl").
Nominees: Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback;" Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle;" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine;" Stockard Channing, "Out of Practice;" Debra Messing, "Will & Grace."
Who will/should win: With four ex-champs in competition, it'd be nice to see seven-time nominee Kaczmarek finally triumph, but my money's on Elaine er, Julia.
Who was robbed: "King" star James is nominated and Leah Remini gets ignored again? What a royal mess.
Nominees: Christopher Meloni, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;" Denis Leary, "Rescue Me;" Peter Krause, "Six Feet Under;" Kiefer Sutherland, "24;" Martin Sheen, "The West Wing."
Who will/should win: Denis the menace.
Who was robbed: Voters must have been in a coma when it came to "Soprano" James Gandolfini.
Nominees: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer;" Geena Davis, "Commander in Chief;" Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;" Frances Conroy, "Six Feet Under;" Allison Janney, "The West Wing."
Who will/should win: Sedgwick's Golden Globe win may give her the edge, but Hargitay's entry, in which she flew solo to save an abused child, was one of the season's most chilling hours.
Who was robbed: The new voting system was supposed to assure a nom for "Gilmore Girl" Lauren Graham. So what happened?
Supporting actor, comedy
Nominees: Will Arnett, "Arrested Development;" Jeremy Piven, "Entourage;" Bryan Cranston, "Malcolm in the Middle;" Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men;" Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace."
Who will win: Piven's role as a self-centered agent is a bit inside Hollywood, which is where the voting takes place.
Who should win: Cranston is much more than a "Middle" man.
Who was robbed: Rainn Wilson was "The Office" employee of the year.
Supporting actress, comedy
Nominees: Cheryl Hines, "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" Alfre Woodard, "Desperate Housewives;" Jaime Pressly, "My Name Is Earl;" Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds;" Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace."
Who will win: Perkins' dramatic chops are a major perk.
Who should win: Seven-time nominee Mullally hasn't won in this category since 2000.
Who was robbed: Everybody involved with "Everybody Hates Chris," especially tough mommy Tichina Arnold.
Supporting actor, drama
Nominees: William Shatner, "Boston Legal;" Oliver Platt, "Huff;" Michael Imperioli, "The Sopranos;" Gregory Itzin, "24;" Alan Alda, "The West Wing."
Who will win: This likely will be Itzin's hour, but don't be surprised if Shatner spoils the party. Again.
Who should win: An Imperioli victory would appease "Sopranos" fans.
Who was robbed: Alda gets a nod but his competition, Jimmy Smits, is snubbed? I demand a recount.
Supporting actress, drama
Nominees: Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal;" Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy;" Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy;" Blythe Danner, "Huff;" Jean Smart, "24."
Who will/should win: Oh, yes!
Who was robbed: All the women of "Rescue Me" are on fire, most notably an unhinged, hilarious Callie Thorne.