Emmy experts back ‘Stranger Things’ for Best Drama Series after Creative Arts sweep

In the wake of that sweep by “Stranger Things” at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 10, the Netflix freshman series is now tipped to take home Best Drama Series at the primetime ceremony on Sept. 17. Our Emmy experts from major media outlets give it the edge to prevail over “The Handmaid’s Tale” “This Is Us,” and “The Crown.”

Of the 20 journalists making Emmy predictions, eight expect the sci-fi series “Stranger Things” to win over TV academy voters just as it did with both the PGA and SAG Awards: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times).

A half dozen experts are forecasting a win for Hulu’s futuristic series “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Michael Ausiello (TV Line), Chris Harnick (E!), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo!) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

Three favor NBC’s family drama “This Is Us”: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR) and Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post). Following that guest acting win by Gerald McRaney, it is tipped to take both Best Drama Actor for Sterling K. Brown and Best Drama Supporting Actress for Chrissy Metz.

And three think that Netflix’s “The Crown” will win: Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Anne Thompson (Indiewire). Leading lady Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) and featured player John Lithgow (Winston Churchill) both won at SAG.

None of our experts are predicting a win for the other three nominees: AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and  HBO’s “Westworld.” Which show do YOU think will win the Emmy for Best Drama Series?

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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