In the uproarious Golden Globes race for Best TV Comedy Series, there is currently a tie for what will win as HBO’s “Divorce” and FX’s “Atlanta” both have leading 3/1 odds. According to Gold Derby’s combined predictions that combine the forecasts of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and users like you, both series come out on top of over HBO’s reigning Emmy champ “Veep” (7/2 odds), ABC’s family comedy “Black-ish” (4/1 odds) and Amazon’s reliable “Transparent” (4/1 odds).
“Divorce” stars Globe favorite Sarah Jessica Parker, who’s poised to stage a big awards comeback in her first regular role since “Sex and the City” signed off over a decade ago. In this new comedy-drama created by Emmy-nominated writer Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”), Parker and Thomas Haden Church play a married couple whose marriage is falling apart. This show and Parker are earning positive critics’ reviews for its first season.
“Atlanta” launches Donald Glover from playing the sidekick on NBC’s “Community” to a breakout star in the comedy that he creates, writes and directs. Glover plays Earn in TV’s best-reviewed new comedy series, an aspiring rapper who sees his cousin (Brian Tyree Henry) coming close to rap stardom and so he tries to hitch his wagon to his rising star in order to do well in the eyes of his girlfriend and their baby.
Since both comedies are new, that automatically makes them catnip to Golden Globes voters as they tend to favor freshman series over long-running shows. In the past four years, all of the Globe winners of Best TV Comedy Series have been either first- or second-year shows: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Season 2 in 2015), “Transparent” (Season 1 in 2014), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Season 1 in 2013) and “Girls” (Season 1 in 2012).
As for the likely cast winners from “Divorce” and “Atlanta,” Parker currently tops our predictions for Best TV Comedy Actress (21/10 odds) ahead of Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), while Glover is also the frontrunner of his category, Best TV Comedy Actor (9/4 odds), ahead of Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). See more Golden Globes odds and rankings.
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