With “Game of Thrones” sitting out this Emmy cycle and so many new dramas expected to break through, “We’re gonna see a revolution” in Best Drama Series, declares Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery. We debate all of the 2017 Emmy frontrunners, and even some important underdogs, during an in-depth slugfest on the seven top drama categories. Watch above or listen to the podcast version below.
When our editors’ predictions are combined, the Top 10 contenders for Best Drama Series are “This Is Us,” “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaids Tale,” “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “Westworld,” “The Leftovers,” “House of Cards” and “American Gods.” Currently, Beachum, Dixon and Montgomery are all forecasting a victory for NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.”
“I think we all kind of have our own reasons” for predicting “This Is Us,” notes Dixon. “It’s very broad. Everyone can see themselves in this show. All sizes, all ages, all races — everyone can identify with it. It’s also very, very high rated, which for broadcast is kind of rare these days. And it sustained buzz from the moment it premiered in September all the way to its finale in March.”
Montgomery notes that he’s picking “This Is Us” almost “by default” because “I can’t decide what’s gonna win. This is gonna be one of those categories where, depending on what the number of nominations are, what nominations in the categories are, it could change things drastically. But for me, it comes down to … the cool factor, which broadcast networks have not had in drama for a long time.”
Beachum also isn’t 100% confident in what will win, declaring, “Drama will definitely be a place where I’m looking at actual nominations day to see how things fall. ‘The Crown,’ for example, there’s no question it’s going to be the most nominated drama. So what else does it get in in the big [races]? We know it’ll get John Lithgow and Claire Foy, but does it get a third actor or a fourth actor? That might influence me to move it up.”
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