Ten years ago, AMC’s “Mad Men” became the first basic cable series to win the Best Drama Series Emmy. Last year, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” became the first online show to win the award. Neither of these thresholds, however, have been crossed on the comedy side, but that could change this year.
With three-time reigning champ “Veep” out, the top two favorites to take the Best Comedy Series trophy in our combined odds are FX’s “Atlanta” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Both shows have won top prizes elsewhere — the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and Producers Guild Awards — and while the latter has yet to contend at the Emmys, “Atlanta” lost Best Comedy Series last year, though it claimed acting and directing honors for Donald Glover.
Season 2 of “Atlanta,” which is currently airing, has gotten a glowing reception with even better reviews than its inaugural season, so a nomination slot seems all but secure. Thanks to its March premiere, the show has yet to face off against “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” whose winter awards run practically mirrored “Atlanta”’s last year. But “Mrs. Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino doesn’t have much of an Emmy footprint — she was nominated for writing for “Roseanne” in 1992 but her most famous work, “Gilmore Girls,” was overlooked by voters — while we know the Emmys are very much on the Donald Glover bandwagon.
Wins for either show would carry even more historical importance for their respective networks, as neither FX nor Amazon has taken home an Emmy for a regular series (FX has won Best Limited Series for “Fargo” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). Both networks have had past contenders in “Damages” and “Louie” for FX and Amazon’s “Transparent,” which is eligible this year but will be hampered by the sexual harassment allegations against former star Jeffrey Tambor.
Unlike in Best Drama Series, which has gone to shows from 11 different networks, Best Comedy Series is far more exclusive, spreading the wins between just five networks: NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and HBO. Four of our remaining five predicted nominees — “Black-ish,” “Silicon Valley,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Will & Grace” — hail from those networks, while the fifth, “GLOW” comes from Netflix, which is also looking for its first regular series win.
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