Will ‘This Is Us’ be NBC’s first Best Drama Series Emmy winner since ‘The West Wing’?

NBC is the all-time Best Drama Series king at the Emmy Awards, with 21 victories compared to CBS’s 18 triumphs and ABC’s nine wins. Thanks to the rise of premium and basic cable networks like HBO and AMC, the one-time king has been dethroned in recent years, with its last series to win being the political drama “The West Wing” (2000-2003). However, all of that could change this year for the peacock network thanks to their red-hot family program “This Is Us.”

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This three-time Golden Globe nominee — Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress for Mandy Moore & Chrissy Metz — is finishing its inaugural season at the top of the ratings Tuesday night with an episode titled “Moonshadow.” Preview trailers hint that this episode will reveal how Milo Ventimiglia‘s Jack dies, which has been a long-standing mystery since the show’s second episode.

Other questions fans hope will be answered in the finale include: How long after Jack’s death does Rebecca (Moore) begin a relationship with Miguel (Jon Huertas)? Does Kate (Metz) confess to Toby (Chris Sullivan) the truth about her dad’s passing? Will Kevin (Justin Hartley) decide to take a movie career and say goodbye to his current girlfriend/ex-wife? And how will Sterling K. Brown‘s Randall continue to deal with the loss of his biological father, played by Ron Cephas Jones?

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According to Gold Derby’s website editors who cover awards year-round, both Rob Licuria and myself believe that “This Is Us” will end NBC’s drought in the Best Drama Series race. Chris Beachum forecasts “This Is Us” in his second-place position behind Netflix’s “The Crown,” while Daniel Montgomery has “This Is Us” at #4 with “The Americans” being his predicted winner.

“The West Wing” tied the record for the most Drama Series victories at four, matching “Hill Street Blues” (NBC) and “L.A. Law” (NBC) and later being joined by “Mad Men” (AMC). The political drama is one of the most prestigious shows in Emmy history with a whopping 95 nominations and 26 wins. “This Is Us” has already been renewed for Season 2 and 3 by NBC, so awards watchers will be keeping a close eye on how it performs at its freshman Emmy Awards.

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