Emmy for Best Comedy Writing: Winner will be ‘Veep’ (‘Mother’) or ‘Master of None’ (‘Parents’)

Last year’s Emmy Awards winner in the Best Comedy Writing race — HBO’s “Veep” — is back in contention again with another pair of hilarious episodes, “Mother” and “Morning After.” While the majority of our Emmy experts derived from major media outlets predict that the “Mother” episode will prevail, they warn not to count out the “Parents” episode of Netflix’s “Master of None.” Do you agree with our experts’ predictions?

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“Mother” has leading 3/2 odds to win the writing race, which will give “Veep” back-to-back victories after prevailing last year in this category for “Election Night.” Written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, “Mother” has the support of seven experts who’ve chimed in early with their Emmy predictions: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). The other nominated episode, “Morning After,” is written by David Mandel and comes in fourth with odds of 7/1.

In second place to win is the “Parents” episode from “Master of None.” Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang penned the half-hour for the freshman comedy series. Five experts predict they will win the Emmy, which translates to 13/5 odds: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Matt Roush (TV Guide) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

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Silicon Valley” is nominated for two episodes in the writing category this year: “Founder Friendly” and “The Uptick.” The first episode is written by Dan O’Keefe and comes in third place with 9/2 odds. The second episode, penned by Alec Berg, trails in sixth place with odds of 20/1. This is the third year in a row that “Silicon Valley” has contended for Best Comedy Writing, with Berg losing in 2014 to “Louie” and in 2015 to “Veep.”

Actors Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are nominated for writing “Episode 1” of Amazon’s “Catastrophe.” This nomination is the sole bid for the freshman comedy, which comes in fifth place to win at 12/1 odds. Watch our recent Emmy-related webchats with Delaney right here and Horgan right here.

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