[FORUMS] Emmys 2017 speculation: What could replace ‘Game of Thrones’ & ‘Downton Abbey’ for Best Drama?

The Emmys for 2016 haven’t even been handed out yet, but our forum posters are already wondering about next year’s nominees. That’s because we already know there will be two huge spaces to fill in the race for Best Drama Series. “Downton Abbey” has ended its run and thus will not be around to compete next year. And “Game of Thrones” won’t return for its seventh season until summer 2017, so it won’t be eligible again until 2018. Since those two shows account for 33 nominations this year, their absence will be a huge opportunity for new shows to make the cut, or for returning shows to get another chance at  the top prize.

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Hunterbergfeld: Personally I think “Orange is the New Black” will come back next year with a vengeance; season four was so good. So let’s assume there is only one open slot. What will take its place? The first show that comes to mind seems to be “Stranger Things,” but it is sci-fi so the academy might not embrace it … I would not be surprised if “UnReal” or “Ray Donovan” get recognition.

forwardswill: “The Crown” and “Westworld,” which would be quite funny because “The Crown” is clearly Netflix trying to capitalise on the success of period dramas such as “Downton” and “Westworld” is clearly HBO trying to capitalize on the success of fantasy epics such as “GOT.” It would be basically the same line up as this year.

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Teridax: “Ray Donovan” and MAYBE “The Get Down,” although I don’t know if the latter will be categorized as a comedy or drama series.

Atypical: “Ray Donovan” (sleep on it at your risk) and “The Crown” (the “Downton” contingent will want something high pedigree to replace it like this, unless it’s more like “The Borgias” and “The Tudors”). I have a gut feeling that “Orange” is done for, despite its worthy standout fourth season.

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