In a prediction landslide, 17 of Gold Derby’s 20 Emmy Awards experts drawn from major media outlets say that ABC’s “Black-ish” will be nominated for Best Comedy Series. This bodes well for the family comedy’s chances of increasing its nominations haul after earning only a single bid for Best Comedy Actor Anthony Anderson last year; he lost to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
The 17 pundits backing a “Black-ish” series nomination are: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Don Kaplan (NY Daily News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whip (LA Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
Meanwhile, Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) and Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly) are the only holdouts who do not have “Black-ish” in their Emmy forecasts. See more of our experts’ TV predictions right here.
We know what you’re thinking: is it really possible that a show with only a single nomination for its first year can come roaring back in Season 2? Yes, just ask NBC’s “Will & Grace.” The first season nabbed one bid (Best Comedy Directing, 1999), and then the second year exploded with 11 total nominations. It won three of those 2000 bids: Best Supporting Actor for Sean Hayes, Best Supporting Actress for Megan Mullaly and the coveted trophy for Best Comedy Series.
In a nutshell, the “Will & Grace” scenario tells us everything we need to know about Emmy voters. Sometimes they’re so busy nominating old favorites that they’re simply late to the party in welcoming new shows. And now our Emmy experts say “Black-ish” will follow the same trajectory. In addition to a Best Comedy Series nom, 18 pundits back a repeat bid for Anderson as Best Comedy Actor while 10 think co-lead Tracee Ellis Ross will be recognized as Best Comedy Actress. The show is also a frontrunner to win Best Comedy Writing, says our writer Riley Chow.
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