According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Limited Series, HBO’s “The Night Of” will be the ultimate winner in a highly contentious race between “Fargo” (FX), “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX),” “American Crime” (ABC) and “Big Little Lies” (HBO). Any of these programs could easily win in another year, but 2017 seems to be especially competitive for limited series thanks to the high quality of the competition. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
“The Night Of,” starring Riz Ahmed as a murder suspect and John Turturro as his lawyer, has leading 23/10 odds to prevail. Gold Derby’s racetrack odds are based on the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Soon, we’ll also feature the predictions of Emmy Experts from major media outlets, but they haven’t piped in quite yet.
The third installment of “Fargo,” premiering April 19, is in second place with 14/5 odds. Season 1 in 2014 became FX’s first-ever program to win a series prize at the Emmy Awards. It also took home trophies for Best Directing and Best Casting. The second cycle won Emmys for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing, but lost many of the major categories to network rival “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Ryan Murphy‘s latest anthology series, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” is next in line with 3/1 odds. The visually stunning period program, led by Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, will likely dominate on nominations morning in the many technical races as well as for its writers, directors and stars.
The fourth-place contender is perennial nominee “American Crime” with 4/1 odds. For its first two installments, “American Crime” earned 14 Emmy nominations and won twice, both for Regina King as Best Limited Series Supporting Actress. This third cycle, once again starring King, deals with hot-button issues like illegal labor and sex trafficking.
Rounding out the category is “Big Little Lies” at 9/2 odds, which proved so successful for HBO that fans are clamoring for a second season. Led by movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley and adapted by TV vet David E. Kelley, the limited series is a pop culture phenomenon and could rack up many Emmy Awards this year.
Following those five contenders in our Best Limited Series rankings are “When We Rise” in sixth place with 15/2 odds, “Genius” in seventh place with 8/1 odds, “Black Mirror” in eighth place with 14/1 odds, “American Horror Story: Roanoke” in ninth place with 16/1 odds and “The Young Pope” in 10th place with 16/1 odds.
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