[WATCH] Emmy predictions slugfest for Best Comedy Writing: ‘Veep’ (x2) vs. ‘Silicon Valley’ (x2), ‘Master of None,’ ‘Catastrophe’

Will “Veep” win its second consecutive Emmy Award in the Best Comedy Writing category? Recently, I talked via webcam (watch above) with my fellow contributing writers Amanda Spears and Riley Chow to discuss the HBO series’s potential to repeat, as well as consider what other series might surprise with a victory.

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These are the six nominated episodes from four different series:

Catastrophe” Season 1
“Episode 1” (Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan)

Master of None” Season 1
“Parents” (Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang)

Silicon Valley” Season 3
“Founder Friendly” (Dan O’Keefe)
“The Uptick” (Alec Berg)

“Veep” Season 5
“Morning After” (David Mandel)
“Mother” (Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck)

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While all three of us agree that “Mother” appears to be the frontrunner in the category, we consider the possibility that vote-splitting between the two nominated episodes of “Veep” could ultimately prevent it from winning. I suggest that voters may wish to reward Mandel, who took over for Armando Iannucci as “Veep’s” showrunner this season, which would steer votes toward “Morning After” and away from “Mother.” Riley astutely points out, however, that the names of the writers do not appear on the ballot with the episode titles.

“Silicon Valley” may also need to worry about dividing support between its two nominated episodes. Unlike “Veep,” though, “Silicon Valley” has been nominated in the writing category for all of its seasons, which suggests it has a foundation of strong support. In addition, Riley thinks one of the two episodes nominated has a clear advantage over the other, saying, “I don’t see anybody voting for the season premiere [‘Founder Friendly’] over the season finale [‘The Uptick’].”

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As for potential spoilers, we all concur that “Master of None” and “Catastrophe” have a chance of winning, largely because they both only have one episode in contention. Voters could be eager to award Ansari, a four-time Emmy nominee this year, for writing “Parents,” and this category seems to be his best chance at taking home a trophy.

Amanda also warns us to watch out for an upset by “Catastrophe” because Emmy voters “really love British writers,” and she therefore advises nominees Delaney and Horgan to not “get drunk before your category is called.”

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