2017 Emmy predictions slugfest: Is ‘Atlanta’ a threat to ‘Veep’ for Best Comedy Series? [WATCH]

“It’s just astronomical,” Charles Bright quips about the 17 Emmy nominations that two-time incumbent Best Comedy Series winner “Veep” reaped this year. In a slugfest that Riley Chow hosts about the Best Comedy Series race (watch above), Bright says that “it probably is” going to win again on September 17.

Fellow Gold Derby contributing writer Tony Ruiz agrees, but is wary of “a passion for ‘Atlanta’ as evidenced by all of its different victories at various guilds, TCA, Golden Globes.” He reasons, “We haven’t seen with this new system what happens when there’s a show that has a smaller, but maybe more passionate fan base. In many ways, ‘Atlanta’ reminds me of ‘Arrested Development’ in terms of a smaller show that just really captured the voters’ fancy.” Ruiz concludes, “ ‘Atlanta’ is at a critical mass right now and I’m so tempted to pick it.”

Chow has given into temptation, citing the new plurality voting system and arguing that the massive nomination count for “Veep” is merely indicative of widespread admiration. He explains, “I do think there is a bit of fatigue with ‘Veep.’ We certainly didn’t see it in the nominations, but people don’t seem to like this season nearly as much as the last few seasons [and] at a certain point, these shows do have to stop winning. Like ’30 Rock’ and ‘Mad Men,’ in the years that those two shows stopped winning, they were still getting nominated in every category because they had reached peak visibility within the Television Academy, so everybody had ’30 Rock’ and ‘Mad Men’ in their top five shows, so each was still able to get nominated everywhere, but it just didn’t have the passion to win at the end, which is more important now.”

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Amanda Spears, the final panelist in our debate, is zealous in her “Veep” prediction and contends that we have even incorrectly pegged its main competitor. She suggests, “A show that everyone should be paying a little more attention to is actually ‘Master of None’ because it increased its nominations, it got another actor in there (it has Angela Bassett), it has a few tech nominations (it’s in Casting).” I add, “We have to put an asterisk next to ‘Master of None’ because it came out so late. Would it have gotten more nominations if voters had a few more weeks to watch it?”

Bright sums up the dilemma of the slugfest: “It’s one of those points where you’re confused about whether you’re actually believing in that it actually has a realistic shot or are we just trying to create conflict where there is none?”

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