According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Drama Series, “Game of Thrones'” loss will be “The Crown’s” gain. Since HBO’s two-time Emmy champ is sitting out this eligibility period, that opens the door for a new show to claim victory, and Netflix’s regal drama “The Crown” has leading 3/1 odds to be coronated the winner. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
Centered around the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II of England, “The Crown” stars recent SAG winners Claire Foy as the Queen and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. Gold Derby’s racetrack odds are based on the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Soon, we’ll also feature the predictions of Emmy Experts from major media outlets, but they haven’t piped in quite yet.
Netflix rival “Stranger Things” is in second place to win with odds of 7/2. The sci-fi series set in the 1980s recently took home top prizes at the SAG Awards and PGA Awards, making it a force to reckoned with at the Emmys. However, might the show’s 15-month drought hurt its Emmy chances, as Season 2 doesn’t debut until Halloween?
There is a tie for third place on our chart between FX’s spy series “The Americans” and AMC’s legal program “Better Call Saul,” both with 4/1 odds. “The Americans” is airing now to rave reviews and could follow a recent trend of dramas winning in their fifth seasons. And “Better Call Saul” doesn’t premiere until April 10, but it’s clearly an Emmy fave with 14 nominations so far.
Rounding out the Top 7 contenders are a trio of shows tied at 9/2 odds apiece: perennial nominee “House of Cards” and newbies “Westworld” and “This Is Us.” Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards” could be helped due to its May 30 premiere date just one day before the Emmy eligibility cut-off. Meanwhile, HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld” and NBC’s family drama “This Is Us” are both hoping to take advantage of the absence of “Game of Thrones” to claim victory on their first tries.
Following those seven contenders in our Best Drama Series rankings are “Mr. Robot” in eighth place with 7/1 odds, “Homeland” in ninth place with 15/2 odds, “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 10th place with 15/2 odds and “Sneaky Pete” in 11th place with 8/1 odds.
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