Gold Derby reader Josh Sisskind (screen name jscott) did so well at forecasting the 2015 Emmy Awards nominations — third place out of nearly 2,500 entrants — that we just had to see what he thinks will win Best Comedy Series this year. “Veep,” which finally won last year on its fourth bid, is Sisskind’s pick to prevail again. As he explains, “‘Veep’ continued to steamroll, and I do not see that changing.”
Sisskind hails from Fairfax, Virginia where he works as a geospatial software engineer. As for how he predicted last year’s Emmy noms with 75% accuracy, he reveals, “The one thing I always try to do is not look for an upset. I think that is what I did here, too — I wasn’t trying to be too clever, but picked what I thought the voters would pick.”
Despite “Veep’s” frontrunner status by our Emmy experts — it currently enjoys leading 1/10 odds to win — Sisskind does see the possibility of an upset by a rival HBO laffer. “‘Silicon Valley’ also did great things,” he tells us. “So I think it should be a guarantee that HBO wins Best Comedy Series.”
He believes that “streaming series will dominate otherwise, including ‘Master of None,’ ‘Transparent’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.'” Sisskind says to “look for ‘Modern Family’ to get the nod,” while a potential surprise show for him is “Black-ish,” which he admits “did more than enough to get nominated.”
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