Eight of our Emmy experts — Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and me — have weighed in with their first predictions as to who will prevail on Sept. 20.
Six of us are predicting that "Veep" will win Best Comedy Series, thwarting the bid by "Modern Family" to claim a record sixth trophy. That support gives this HBO political satire odds of 4/9 to take home this top trophy on its fourth try.
Deggans stands alone as the only Expert forecasting victory for the ABC laffer. It has odds of only 13/2 to break its tie with "Frasier" as the most honored comedy at the Emmys.
Roush is touting "Transparent," the freshman Amazon series. That vote, coupled with where the rest of us are ranking this show, gives it odds of 6/1 to pull off an upset.
Click on the chart above to see how those odds stack up to the predictions by the other three groups at Gold Derby: our Editors, Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best at predicting last year's winners), and Users just like you.
Last year, our Experts had an accuracy rate of 58.62%. That score tied them with both Gold Derby's Editors and the Top 24 Users. Our Users scored 51.72% (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.)
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