“It really just depends on whether the industry itself embraces an actor like Donald Glover and his show ‘Atlanta’ the way that the critics did,” admits Emmy guru Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) about his prediction of “Atlanta” for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actor for Glover. “That’s the real question at this stage of the Emmy game, is to know whether the shows we responded to will translate into nominations, especially for first-year shows.” Listen to Roush’s informative podcast chat with Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil below.
Roush continues, “I do have [‘Atlanta’] on top of ‘Veep,’ which seems to be the safe choice since it won last year. It is still as funny and vicious as ever, but there’s something I just keep thinking that in the tone of the time now, I just think that something a little warmer than ‘Veep’ will have a better shot of winning the main prize. That’s just my gut instinct.” Roush also champions “Black-ish” and “Master of None” as potential contenders than can take down two-time reigning champ “Veep.”
Over on the drama side, Roush is picking five first-year shows to receive nominations for Best Drama Series: “The Crown,” “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” As Roush explains, “This was a banner year for breakthrough shows — not just good dramas but really breakthrough shows that I think everybody stood up and had to pay attention to. And I think that they all have a really good shot.”
Roush’s official drama prediction is “The Crown,” which just has “Emmy bait written all over it,” he gushes. “It’s so sumptuous, it was just the most beautiful show. It’s kind of the equivalent to ‘The King’s Speech’ winning the Oscar.” See Matt Roush’s Emmy predictions here. See Tom O’Neil’s Emmy picks here. See how their choices compare to all of Gold Derby’s other Emmy experts.
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