Early Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series: ‘Transparent,’ ‘Grace and Frankie,’ …

Of last year’s Best Comedy Series nominees, all six are back in the running again: five-time champ “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” Even if they all reap repeat bids, there will be at least one open slot thanks to a new Emmy rule that brings the number of nominees to at least seven.

Last year, I reaped 77% accuracy predicting the Emmy nominations at Gold Derby, good enough for 12th place out of 2,566 overall predictors. Can I beat my own score this year, or will I fail miserably? Below, see my 7 ridiculously early Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series.

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Grace and Frankie” – Season 1
The moment I heard Netflix was producing a comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, I was sold. “Grace and Frankie” will definitely be a strong contender for a Best Comedy Series nomination, but can it take down undefeated “Modern Family”? Can’t wait to find out.

Transparent” – Season 1
Just because a show wins the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical Series, that doesn’t mean it’ll automatically be a contender at the Emmys. Just ask “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” But “Transparent” has the star appeal (Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light), the buzz and the political statement to make it happen.

Orange is the New Black” – Season 2
Unless the TV Academy forces “Orange” to switch categories to the drama side, it’s a safe bet it’ll return here. Don’t forget, this Netflix original reaped 12 nominations and three wins last year and it’s one of the most popular shows on (or off) TV. “Orange” is also the reigning SAG champ for Best Comedy Ensemble.

Silicon Valley” – Season 2
This returning HBO laffer could struggle to receive another nomination, but if Season 2 is just as good as the first breakout year, then it’ll be a shoo-in to repeat. Fingers crossed that series stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and especially Zach Woods get recognized this year, too.

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Veep” – Season 4

“Veep” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are both coming back again, that’s definite. But will the new season’s POTUS angle elevate the show to new heights, or cause it to crash and burn? HBO hasn’t won Best Comedy Series in 14 years (“Sex and the City,” 2001), so they’re due for another win here, aren’t they?

Modern Family” – Season 6
If “Modern Family” claims victory again, it will break the Emmy record for the most series wins. Currently, the ABC family staple is tied with “Frasier” for the most wins of all time (5), meaning the pressure is on for Emmy #6.

The Big Bang Theory” – Season 8
It’s the only traditional laugh track-style sitcom on my list, and for good reason. “The Big Bang Theory” continues to be one of the most-watched shows on TV. It has broad appeal and has claimed four acting wins (and counting) for star Jim Parsons. Don’t forget, “Friends” won Best Comedy Series during its eighth season. Does that mean it’s now or never for “Big Bang”?

Alternate: “Louie” – Season 5
If “Orange” switches over to the Drama Series categories this year, I’ll add two-time nominee “Louie” to these predix in its place. Until then, I’m going to assume that “Orange” remains here in Comedy where it competed last year.

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Those are my predictions for Best Comedy Series. What are yours? Sound off in the comments section below.

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