Even before last year's Emmy nominations were announced, we had "Modern Family" pegged to win Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. And we predicted four of the other five laffers that would be in the running for this award: "Louie," "Orange is the New Black," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Veep."
However, we did not tap "Silicon Valley" for a nomination, ranking it in ninth place. Rather, we were expecting Golden Globes champ "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to reap a bid.
This year, we are predicting that all five of last year's eligible nominees will be back. With "OITNB" now categorized as a drama and the category expanded to at least seven nominees, what other comedy series do we expect to contend?
As you can see from the odds chart at the top of this post, we are predicting that two freshman laffers will be nominated for Best Comedy Series: the seriocomic "Transparent" and the farcical "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
But could one or more of our other Top 10 contenders earn a place in this competitive race?
After all, the TV academy will bestow a bid on any show that comes within 2% of the seventh-place finisher.
The three most likley beneficiaries of this rule are:
"Jane the Virgin": the hour-long adaptation of a Venezuelean telenovela that would be the first CW show to reap a series nomination;
"Parks and Recreation": the final season of this long-running NBC staple that contended here in 2011; and
"Black-ish": the ABC hit that does a deft job at exploring race relations.
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