Golden Globes 2018: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ could be this year’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ in Comedy Series race

Gold Derby’s combined Golden Globe predictions suggest that Best TV Comedy Series is a race between three returning favorites: frontrunner “Veep” (23/10 odds), the revival of “Will and Grace” (7/2 odds), and the second season of “Master of None” (9/2 odds). But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association usually prefers new shows over returning favorites. So we might be underestimating Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which could follow in the footsteps of another Globe-winning show from that streaming service, “Mozart in the Jungle.”

“Mozart” seemed to come out of nowhere in 2016 when it was nominated for — and won — Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actor (Gael Garcia Bernal) for a second season that hadn’t even premiered to the public before the nominations were announced. Similarly, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is brand new, having just premiered on November 29 to strong reviews — scoring 80 on MetaCritic. Premiering so close to the nominations could give it the benefit of the recency effect — it’s the new show voters are most likely to remember since it’ll probably be one of the last they’ve seen.

“Mrs. Maisel” also boasts a breakout lead performance by Rachel Brosnahan that could give Globe voters the chance to crown an up-and-coming star as they did with Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin,” 2015) and Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 2016) in recent years. And the series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino who has a serious awards IOU after years of her series “Gilmore Girls” being overlooked for prizes — though the Globes did nominate “Gilmore” star Lauren Graham in 2002.

The show is certainly on the radar, as evidenced by its three Critics’ Choice nominations, including Best Comedy Series. All of that may add up to a dark horse contender for Best Comedy Series at both Critics’ Choice and the Globes. Do you agree?

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