Emmy slugfest: Comedy races will be led by ‘Veep’ and Julia Louis-Dreyfus yet again [WATCH]

Now that the Oscars are behind us, it’s time to start thinking about what’s going to happen at this year’s Emmy Awards. With that in mind, Marcus James Dixon, Ralph Galvan, Rob Licuria and I got together to dish what we think is going to happen in the comedy races. As a refresher, last year’s Best Comedy Series champ was HBO’s political laffer “Veep,” which also prevailed in 2015. Can it win again? Watch our editors’ Emmy slugfest above.

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It’s no surprise that in the top race we all have “Veep” taking a third consecutive victory, even though the new season has yet to air on HBO. Rob says, “That’s half the problem, that we haven’t even seen it yet and we’re already predicting it to win. What I think will help it is that even if the season isn’t great, I always see a lot of people on social media say that what’s going on in politics is normally seen on ‘Veep.’”

We also discuss the possibility of FX’s “Atlanta” making a mark on the race. Ralph notes that “it’s definitely a possibility and the show has done really well at the guilds,” suggesting major industry support.

In terms of what might get kicked out of the top comedy race, both Ralph and Rob have “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” getting booted while Marcus has “Master of None” not returning. I decide to go out on a limb and predict that five-time champ “Modern Family” will get left out of the top race.

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Elsewhere in the comedy categories, we all feel that Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparen”) is in serious trouble as Best Comedy Actor from both Donald Glover for “Atlanta” and Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish.” Marcus adds that the possibility of “Black-ish” “rising in nominations – which I think it will – might make Anthony the frontrunner.” We’re also keeping a close eye on William H. Macy from “Shameless.”

In the Comedy Actress race, we all currently have Louis-Dreyfus claiming her sixth consecutive trophy for “Veep.” Our confidence of her winning this category leads us all to daydream about people who should get a chance to be nominated and lose to Julia. Ralph champions Kaitlin Olson on “The Mick,” Rob is big on Issa Rae on “Insecure,” Marcus loves Kristen Bell on “The Good Place” and I back Aya Cash on “You’re the Worst.”

In the Supporting Actor and Actress races we discuss how most of us are predicting “Saturday Night Live” to win both categories for Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon, respectively. Marcus declares that McKinnon “can’t lose,” which prompts me to reply, “Every time you say that, the person loses!” We’re also watching out for Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Judith Light (“Transparent”) in those respective categories as well.

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