As is usually the case, the nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmys delivered a fair share of snubs, surprises and predictably safe choices. When it comes to picking the big winner in each category, the same is likely to follow, and rarely do fans, critics and Emmy voters agree on who that winner should be.
Ahead of Sunday's big show, here is how the race is shaping up in the reality competition and variety show categories:
Outstanding Reality Show Competition
"The Amazing Race" Conventional Wisdom
"Dancing With the Stars"
"So You Think You Can Dance" Critic's Choice
"The Voice" Fan Favorite
"The Voice" became a hit by breathing new life into the tired singing contest format. However conventional wisdom says the "The Amazing Race" will win because it always wins. Critics argue that "So You Think You Can Dance" is actually the most entertaining show, but since the category is already looked down upon by Emmy voters, it isn't given the credit that it's due.
Outstanding Variety Series
"The Colbert Report" Critic's Choice
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Conventional Wisdom, Fan Favorite
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
"Real Time With Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"The Daily Show" seems to have a lock on this category, on a decade-long winning streak. However, its spinoff is just as smart and even more creative, as its host Stephen Colbert plays a character unlike anyone else on late night television.