Emmy experts: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Mad Men’ will break records with wins

Another top Emmys expert — Lynn Elber (AP) — has made her predictions for this year’s awards, which will be handed out on Sept. 20 with nominations announced on July 16. See all of Elber’s predictions here

She joins 10 other Emmyologists: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and me.

Elber is the ninth Expert to predict that “Modern Family” will win Best Comedy Series for a record sixth year running; that gives it leading odds of 4/1. Jacobs opts for “Veep” (5/1) while Tucker is now touting “Transparent” (11/2).  See the odds in all the top races here.

And she joins nine of us in predicting that Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) will tie two Emmy records this year with her fourth straight Comedy Actress win (Helen Hunt did that with “Mad About You”) and her fifth overall (Candice Bergen has as many for “Murphy Brown” while Mary Tyler Moore has two for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and three for her own). Louis-Dreyfus, who also won this award in 2006 for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” has leading odds of 3/1. Whipp is predicting Golden Globes champ Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“) who has odds of 6/1 to pull off an upset. 

Elber is Expert #10 to back Jeffrey Tambor to win Comedy Actor for the first season of “Transparent.” He has leading odds of 10/3 while Rice’s pick, four-time victor Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“), is at 4/1. 

Mad Men” is predicted to win Best Drama Series for a record fifth time by a half dozen of our Experts and that support gives this AMC staple leading odds of 4/1. Elber is one of three to tout “House of Cards,” which now has odds of 11/2 as does “Game of Thrones” with Bianco backing that bid. Whipp is touting “Empire” (15/2).

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And Elber is the eighth Expert to predict that “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm will finally win  Drama Actor. That support gives him leading odds of 10/3 while Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) had the votes of four Experts and odds of 4/1. 

Six of us are predicting Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder“) will win Drama Actress; that collective support gives her odds of 7/2 to become the first African American to win this category. Elber joins O’Neil and Whipp who expect that it will be Critics’ Choice winner Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) who breaks this barrier; she now has odds of 4/1. Rice is predicting Golden Globe champ Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) to win here too; she has odds of 11/2. And Bianco expects Olivia Colman (50/1) to pull off an upset for season two of “Broadchurch.”

Elber is the 10th Expert to predict that Allison Janney (“Mom“) will repeat as Comedy Supporting Actress. That support translates into leading odds of 10/3. With Whipp casting his vote for “Saturday Night Live” featured player Kate McKinnon, she has odds of 9/1. 

Comedy Supporting Actor is turning into a real race. Elber joins Birnbaum and Roush in backing 2013 winner Tony Hale (“Veep”) while five of us give the the edge to two-time champ Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”); they are tied at 4/1. Jacobs and Whipp like the looks of Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) who now has odds of 11/2. Eng is going with newcomer Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) who sits at 10/1.

Elber makes it an even half dozen Experts to predict that 2012 Drama Supporting Actress champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey“) will pick up a bookend and that gives her leading odds of 4/1. Birnbaum, O’Neil and Roush forecast a first win for Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) and Jacobs does the same for Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“); both have odds of 5/1. Whipp is forecasting an upset by Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Block”) who is at 33/1. 

And she is the seventh of us to predict 2011 Drama Supporting Actor Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) will win again; he has odds of 10/3. Birnbaum, Eng and Whipp are expecting this race to go to Critics’ Choice winner Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul“) who has odds of 5/1 while Roush backs Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) who is at 11/2. 

And it looks like HBO has locks with “Bessie” for Best TV Movie, “Olive Kitteridge” for Best Limited Series and its stars Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.

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