After four years, Ryan Murphy‘s “American Horror Story” still hasn’t won Best Limited Series at the Emmy and now it looks like his new FX anthology, “American Crime Story,” will be a winner on its first try. The first season, subtitled “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will win top honors according to the predictions of the expert television journalists we’ve polled.
The true story of the trial against football star-turned-murder suspect O.J. Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is predicted to win by 17 out of 20 experts, giving it 2/3 odds: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (Associated Press), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfedd).
But what about FX’s other anthology series, “Fargo”? Inspired by the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning 1996 film, the first season of “Fargo” won Best Miniseries in 2014 and returned last fall for an equally acclaimed sophomore edition. But only three experts believe it will win the top prize again, giving it 3/2 odds: Eric Deggans (NPR), Don Kaplan (NY Daily News) and Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine).
None of our experts are predicting any other programs to win, so it looks like this will be strictly a two-horse race, but there’s strong consensus about the rest of the category. The majority expect the other three nominees to be the returning ABC anthology “American Crime” (11/5 odds), History Channel’s remake of “Roots” (9/4 odds) and AMC’s John le Carre-based spy thriller “The Night Manager” (5/2 odds).
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