But, in the meantime, we'll just have to make do with the nominees and categories we have, not the nominees and categories we want. Goldderby's O'Neil, for one, doesn't expect too many surprises: "Breaking Bad" for Best Drama, "Modern Family" for Best Comedy and the usual bunch of trophies for HBO -- which won 20 on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys, where many categories were presented. (CNN's original series "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" won two awards.)
And, despite the presence of host Neil Patrick Harris, ratings may take a beating, thanks to a face-off against TV's No. 1 show -- that would be NBC's "Sunday Night Football" -- and the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad" on AMC.
But, O'Neil adds, you never know. There are any number of tea leaves that indicate one thing and then don't pan out at all.
It's enough to actually create some excitement.
"You stop using logic," he said. "This is the Emmys."
The 65th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sunday on CBS from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.