Though the Primetime Emmys telecast will be held on Sunday, September 22, and broadcast live on CBS, the lion’s share of trophies are scheduled to be handed out this weekend, on September 15, at the Creative Arts Awards, which honor achievements in crafts like art direction, sound, makeup, and visual effects.
However, several performance and program awards will also be decided this weekend, including the four series guest-acting categories, and based on the combined predictions of our experts, editors, and users we can expect a number of Hollywood veterans to take the stage.
TV comedy legend Bob Newhart gets best odds to win Best Comedy Guest Actor for “The Big Bang Theory,” which would be the first Emmy in his career, but not all of our predictors agree. Most of our editors expect Justin Timberlake to win the category for the third time for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Including his previous wins for songwriting, it would be Timberlake’s fifth Emmy overall.
Elaine Stritch is favored to win Best Comedy Guest Actress for “30 Rock“; it would be her second win for this role and fourth Emmy overall. However, Kristen Wiig is favored by most of our editors for her return to “SNL,” which she hosted in May after leaving the series in 2012. Wiig previously received four Comedy Supporting Actress bids for “SNL,” but has never won.
Experts, editors, and users agree on Best Drama Guest Actor, picking Michael J. Fox to win for “The Good Wife,” his first win for the series after three nominations and his sixth Emmy overall. Our predictors also agree that Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will win Best Drama Guest Actress for her role as a network executive on “The Newsroom.”
Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars“) was the surprise winner for Best Reality Host in 2012, and our predictors expect him to prevail again. But in the race for Best Reality Series, 2011 winner “Deadliest Catch” and 2012 winner “Undercover Boss” are likely to be bested by ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
“Kennedy Center Honors,” which has won Best Variety Special for the last four years in a row, is the slight favorite to win that award for a fifth time, though most of our experts are going out on a limb for the comedy special “Louis C.K.: Oh My God.”