Emmy experts predict Drama Series: ‘The Crown’ will be 13th rookie show to win

As of this writing we’ve polled 19 TV journalists from top media outlets for their Emmy picks. Ten of them are predicting that the freshman season of Netflix’s historical epic “The Crown” will win Best Drama Series. And the other nine also foresee this race going to a first-year show: five favor NBC’s family saga “This Is Us,” three say Hulu’s dystopic drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and one likes the look of Netflix’s 80s tribute “Stranger Things.”

Should one of these rookie contenders prevail, it will be the 13th show to win for its first season after: “The Defenders” (1961), “Mission: Impossible” (1966), “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (1970), “The Waltons” (1973), “Hill Street Blues” (1981), “L.A. Law” (1987), “thirtysomething” (1988), “Picket Fences” (1993), “The West Wing” (2000), “Lost” (2005), “Mad Men” (2008) and “Homeland” (2012).

The majority of experts are predicting that “The Crown,” which chronicles the early years of the reign of Elizabeth II, will prevail. It won Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes and these 10 pundits say it will do the same at the Emmys: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly,  Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

Five experts expect “This Is Us” to be the first broadcast drama series to win since “24” did back in 2006. Those buoyed by the boffo ratings for this multi-generational family drama are: Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (AP), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). It is currently predicted to win Best Drama Actor for Sterling K. Brown and Drama Supporting Actress for Chrissy Metz.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on the award-winning book by Margaret Atwood and showcases Emmy favorite Elisabeth Moss as a working class woman forced to bear a children for a rich couple. The three pundits picking it to prevail are: Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

Although “Stranger Things” won both Best Drama Series from the PGA and Best Drama Ensemble at the SAG Awards, only one expert — Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life) — is predicting that this sci-fi series set in the 1980s will add an Emmy to its collection.

Emmy Experts: Best Drama Series

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