After Gold Derby’s in-house editors debated the various comedy series categories last week, the rest of the Gold Derby gang got together to add their own two cents. In our recent video chat (watch above), I am joined by fellow editor Matt Noble and contributing writers Charles Bright and Riley Chow. We all have wildly different opinions about how the comedy races will stack up, but we at least agree that in Best Comedy Series, we will either see a number of Emmy reruns, or new entries potentially bump a couple of perennial favorites.
I am less enthusiastic about Best Comedy Series because it does feel much less open than Best Drama Series. “There’s nothing terribly earth shattering there,” I say. Riley agrees that “it’s tough in the comedy categories right now because the Emmys don’t seem to care about many comedies. They care about ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley,’ and they seem to care more about ‘black-ish,’ and ‘Atlanta’ is coming on strong. Beyond those four, I could see any of the others from last year dropped.” And Charles agrees that we are going to see a lot of reruns, noting that “it’s pretty solid, it seems, what is going to happen.”
But there remains some potential for a few upsets. Riley argues that there the top comedy category might see some turnover. “What I am watching out for this year is, Netflix,” Riley ponders. “They dropped about 100 hours of content in the last month, so is that going to have an effect on nominations? So shows like ‘Master of None,’ ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” that maybe weren’t totally embraced previously, is this bad for them that voters might not have seen them?” I am not totally convinced however, and am confident that the critically acclaimed Aziz Ansari starrer will make more of an impact this year. “I have had ‘Veep’ in my top spot for a while and it’s going to stay there for now. But I think that ‘Master of None,’ personally, was the best comedy series of the year, and I’m thinking that it could win,” I proclaim.
Matt is also quietly confident about “Atlanta,” which many of the experts believe will breakthrough in a big way. “If there’s a new show to slip in, I would say ‘Atlanta,'” he says. “It won the Golden Globe, it is the cool show, and who knows, if it gets in, maybe it could win.” But Charles is not so sure. “Part of me is baffled about how everyone is so sold on ‘Atlanta,’” he muses. “By all means, it’s normally not the kind of Emmy show.” Matt concedes that it could fall victim to a picky TV academy, who don’t love the show as much as their HFPA counterparts did. “If ‘Atlanta’ is not nominated, or Donald Glover,” he says, “people are going to say ‘oh of course, of course it wasn’t going to get nominated, of course it’s not the Emmys’ type of show, of course if you win a Globe it doesn’t mean you’re going to get nominated for the Emmys.”
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