Emmy Awards 2016 slugfest: Can any show stop ‘Veep’ from winning again?

My Gold Derby colleagues Charles BrightMarcus Dixon, Rob Licuria and I got together via webcam to dish the top comedy races at the 2016 Emmy Awards (watch above). “‘Veep’ has knocked it outta the part this year,” raves Bright. “Everyone should win everything for ‘Veep’ this year because I can’t believe how so on-point that show has been.” The rest of us agree that the reigning Comedy Series champ will likely repeat. And all four of us think that “Black-ish” will fill one of the two slots left by the departure of “Parks and Recreation” and the prolonged hiatus of “Louie.”

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However, we differ dramatically on which comedy takes the final spot. “I currently have ‘The Last Man On Earth’ in” says Dixon. Licuria thinks it will be Golden Globe champ “Mozart in the Jungle” as “it’s snobby and is very popular right now.” Bright is going with “Master of None,” though concedes, “I may have to take that out but I don’t currently know what to put in its place.” And I’m trying to will away the CW bias and have “Jane the Virgin” in that final spot because I’m just too darn dedicated – or stubborn.

We concur that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will claim a historic fifth Best Comedy Actress Emmy in a row for “Veep.” Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) look likely to reap repeat bids.

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There are three open slots with Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) no longer in the running. Who fills those?

Dixon says, “I have Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Black-ish’), I have Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’) and Ellie Kemper (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’).” Bright has Kemper in his predictions plus two surprises: “I have Melissa McCarthy (‘Mike & Molly’) back in and Aya Cash (‘You’re the Worst’).” Licuria agrees with him on one: “I think Melissa McCarthy is a bigger threat than many people are willing to believe.”

My three are Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens”) as I’m banking on voters being familiar with their snubs of last year and the new alphabetical category randomization having an impact.

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For Comedy Actor, Licuria declares: “It’s Jeffery Tambor (‘Transparent’) and that’s it. I don’t know if they’re willing to give to anybody else at this point.” However, he does think returning nominee Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) could be a threat.

Bright has the “the same five from last year” – Tambor plus Anderson, Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Will Forte (“Last Man on Earth”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”), – “and I’ve got Gael Garcia Bernal (‘Mozart in the Jungle’) in my sixth slot.” I have Forte out and Aziz Ansari (‘Master of None’) and Patrick Stewart (‘Blunt Talk’) in.

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