It’s been 12 years since NBC claimed double victories on Emmy night for both Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series, but this year Netflix has the potential to replicate that magic.
Back in 2002, the peacock network bathed in the glow of “The West Wing” winning its third consecutive trophy for Best Drama Series while “Friends” finally prevailed as Best Comedy Series for its eighth season.
In the dozen years since, the various television networks have split the top trophies amongst themselves. NBC has won once more on the drama side (“The West Wing” in 2003) and four additional times for its comedies (three for “30 Rock“; one for “The Office“).
The streaming service has a great shot to win Best Drama Series with the second season of “House of Cards.” The slick political thriller has 4/1 odds of winning the Emmy, putting it in second place behind reigning champ “Breaking Bad” with 15/8 odds.
And “Breaking Bad” also doesn’t have the overdue factor going for it this year, which helped push it to victory at last year’s Emmys.
As for Best Comedy Series, Netflix has an unconventional dramedy in the mix that feels fresh, raw and different than anything else in the competition: “Orange is the New Black.” The prison series is currently in seventh place to reap a nomination with 25/1 odds, but its placement will likely increase as we get closer to the June 6 premiere date for Season Two.
Netflix flip-flopped on the show’s genre placement over the past few months, calling it a comedy at the Writers Guild Awards, then a drama at the Golden Globes, and settling once again on comedy for the upcoming Emmys. Could category confusion hurt its chances?
The current top six comedy contenders standing in its way are “Modern Family” (2/1 odds), “Veep” (5/1 odds), “The Big Bang Theory” (11/2 odds), “Louie” (9/1 odds), “Girls” (12/1 odds) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (14/1 odds).
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