This year’s Emmy race for Best Miniseries has two clear frontrunners, which both aired on FX: “Fargo,” a spin-off of the 1996 Oscar-winning movie, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” the third installment in that chilling franchise. (See the racetrack odds for all contenders here).
After reading our recap, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.
While the Coen brothers aren’t among those credited with creating the TV version of “Fargo,” the spirt of their original film version pervades this small-screen version. Oscar champ Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”) steals scenes as a drifter who turns a small-town insurance man (Martin Freeman) into a grifter. This 10-episode program leads with odds of 17/10.
The first two entries in the “American Horror Story” franchise had to compete with telefilms; the first lost to “Game Change” while last year’s “Asylum” was bested by “Behind the Candelabra.” Third time might well be the charm as this frightening female-driven entry, with 13 episodes, has odds of 3/1
The Starz/BBC co-production “Dancing on the Edge” is a lush look at the high life of 1930s London, as told through the eyes of a black jazz band leader (Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor). The six episodes feature stand-out performances from two veterans: Emmy favorite John Goodman and Golden Globe champ Jacqueline Bisset. It has odd of 6/1.
The second series of the Brit hit “Luther” contended in the combined race in 2012, losing to “Game Change.” This third installment, which aired on BBC America, had only four episodes but they were jam-packed, with a standout performance from Idris Elba as the title character, a disgruntled detective in the London police force. It has odd of 9/1.
Starz also partnered with the BBC for “The White Queen,” a lush adaptation of Phillipa Gregory‘s best-selling series of historical novels about a turbulent time in the history of England, the War of the Roses (1455-1487), in which various houses fought for control of the monarchy. It has odds of 12/1.
To commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the BBC and PBS produced “The Hollow Crown,” a sprawling adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays: “Richard II,” “Henry IV Parts One and Two,” and “Henry V.” It has odds of 50/1.
Also at 50/1 is the History/Lifetime co-production of “Bonnie and Clyde.” a four-hour film that tells the full story of notorious 1930s crime duo Clyde Barrow (Emile Hirsch) and Bonnie Parker (Holliday Grainger).
The abbreviated fourth season of HBO’s “Treme” is entered here. The five episodes conclude the story of life in post-Katrina New Orleans. It has odds of 100/1.
Also at 100/1 is “Klondike,” a three-part program from Discovery that follows two childhood friends as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory in the 1890s.
And rounding out our Top 10 is NBC’s two-part remake of “Rosemary’s Baby,” that relocated the horror story to Paris from Manhattan.
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Miniseries.
And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.