2017 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series

With two-time reigning Emmy champ “Game of Thrones” (2015 and 2016) out of the running this year, we know that there will be a brand new winner for Best Drama Series in 2017. The nominees are led by HBO’s “Westworld” with a whopping 22 bids in all, followed by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” (18), Netflix’s “The Crown,” (13), Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (13), NBC’s “This Is Us” (10), AMC’s “Better Call Saul” (9) and Netflix’s “House Of Cards” (7).

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the top 24 last year, the all-stars who did well for two years in a row, and thousands of Emmy fans just like you. (Scroll down to see up-to-date racetrack odds derived from all of these predictions.)

Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the nominees in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite and the winner is the nominee that prevails in a straight plurality vote.

“Westworld” earned four major acting bids: Evan Rachel Wood for Best Drama Actress, Anthony Hopkins for Best Drama Actor, Thandie Newton for Best Drama Supporting Actress and Jeffrey Wright for Best Drama Supporting Actor. The sci-fi/western is also up for writing, directing, production design, casting, cinematography, costumes, picture editing, interactive media, main title design, non-prosthetic makeup, prosthetic makeup, main title theme music, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

“Stranger Things,” which won precursor victories from the SAG and PGA Awards, has a trio of performers nominated: Millie Bobby Brown for Best Drama Supporting Actress, David Harbour for Best Drama Supporting Actor and Shannon Purser for Best Drama Guest Actress. The sci-fi series set in the 1980s is also nominated for writing, directing, production design, casting, cinematography, picture editing, hairstyling, main title design, non-prosthetic makeup, main title theme music, sound editing, sound mixing and music supervision.

“The Crown” took home the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Series while its two Emmy-nominated stars — Claire Foy for Best Drama Actress and John Lithgow for Best Drama Supporting Actor — prevailed at the SAG Awards. The regal drama is also up for writing, directing, production design, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, main title design, music composition and supporting visual effects.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has four acting nominations: Elisabeth Moss for Best Drama Actress, Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley for Best Drama Supporting Actress and Alexis Bledel for Best Drama Guest Actress. The dystopian-set futuristic series also contends for writing, directing, production design, casting, cinematography, costumes and supporting visual effects.

“This Is Us” boasts a whopping seven acting nominations across four categories: Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia for Best Drama Actor, Chrissy Metz for Best Drama Supporting Actress, Ron Cephas Jones for Best Drama Supporting Actor, and Brian Tyree Henry, Denis O’Hare and Gerald McRaney for Best Drama Guest Actor. The hit family drama is also up for casting and makeup.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

“Better Call Saul” returns for the third year in a row, as do Bob Odenkirk for Best Drama Actor and Jonathan Banks for Best Drama Supporting Actor. The legal drama is also nominated for writing, directing, picture editing, sound mixing and music supervision.

“House of Cards” is back for a whopping fifth consecutive time. Perennial nominees Kevin Spacey for Best Drama Actor, Robin Wright for Best Drama Actress and Michael Kelly for Best Drama Supporting Actor make up the show’s three acting bids. The political thriller also contends for costumes, music composition and sound mixing.

UPDATED: August 7, 2017

“Stranger Things” — 19/10 odds

“The Handmaid’s Tale” — 9/4 odds

“The Crown” — 6/1 odds

“This Is Us” — 8/1 odds

“Westworld” — 14/1 odds

“Better Call Saul” — 80/1 odds

“House of Cards” — 80/1 odds

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