Emmy predictions: ‘Veep’ is still the frontrunner for Best Comedy Series despite a strong challenge from ‘Atlanta’

As we get closer to the Emmys in September, more Experts are letting us know who they think has the advantage in top races. As of this writing we have 16 TV journalists from top media outlets making their picks, and based on their forecasts “Veep” is still the frontrunner to win Best Comedy Series, though we should continue to watch out for its freshman rival “Atlanta.”

A month ago, seven Experts were predicting a victory for “Veep,” and now there are 10: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN), and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).

This is the sixth nomination in a row for “Veep,” which has won for the last two years. And not only has it maintained its momentum over the years, it actually keeps gaining momentum. This year the show has more noms than ever before (17) and far more than any other comedy this year. That includes return nominations for five-time Comedy Actress champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus and supporting players Tony HaleMatt Walsh and Anna Chlumsky, plus a first-time guest-acting bid for Hugh Laurie. The other branches of the TV academy love “Veep” too with two nominations for writing, three for directing and two for picture editing. With all that support the HBO political satire seems tough to beat.

But six Experts predict a breakthrough for “Atlanta,” up from five last month: Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Kerry Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

“Atlanta” has six total nominations, not nearly as many as “Veep,” but it has most of the noms it needs to indicate a strong contender in the top category. Donald Glover is up for Best Comedy Actor, Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing. The show also has a second writing nomination, and it’s up for Best Comedy Casting as well. What’s more, the show cleaned up during the fall and winter awards season, winning Best Comedy Series from the Producers Guild and Writers Guild, which indicates strong industry support for the first-year FX series.

But as far as our Experts are concerned, those are the only two shows with a chance to win. Are they foolish for underestimating the remaining contenders: “Master of None,” “Black-ish,” “Silicon Valley,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and five-time winner “Modern Family”?

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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