“I think the race is over,” Gold Derby contributor Riley Chow boldly claims about the Emmy for Best Comedy Directing. “I think this is pretty easily ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ for the pilot.” Chow recently joined fellow contributors Tom O’Brien, Tony Ruiz, Amanda Spears and me to discuss the category. Could it be a lot more competitive than Chow thinks? Watch the entire slugfest above.
“Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino contends in this category against Hiro Murai for “Atlanta” (“Teddy Perkins”), Bill Hader for “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”), Mark Cendrowski for “The Big Bang Theory” (“The Bow Tie Symmetry”), Jesse Peretz for “GLOW” (“Pilot”), Mike Judge for “Silicon Valley” (“Initial Coin Offering”), and last year’s winner, Donald Glover for “Atlanta” (“FUBU”).
Despite Glover’s presence, most people are betting on Murai to win because, according to Ruiz, “‘Teddy Perkins’ was the episode of television of the year. I think it’s the only possible winner.” Indeed, Murai currently holds first place on our racetrack with odds of 8/15. It certainly helps that his profile has been on the rise this year since he also helmed the music video for Glover’s “This Is America” and two episodes of “Barry.”
But Spears is siding with Chow because in her eyes “what Amy Sherman-Palladino constructed was the perfect pilot … it’s got such a life and energy in the way it’s moving, and just the way it’s put together, that only comes from the directing aspect of it.”
O’Brien, meanwhile, can make a case for either because “they do two very different things.” With “Maisel,” “the attention to detail” in the art direction and costumes helps create “an imaginative world” that feels of the period. “Atlanta,” on the other hand, “is more daring, and it’s possible that the directors may reward it.” He’s betting on “Maisel” because “I think that directors will see the amount of work that had to go into getting that period stuff right.”
As for me, I’m going with “Teddy Perkins” because “Atlanta” has such a strong “fighting chance at winning Comedy Series,” especially since it leads all contenders in the comedy categories with 16 nominations, compared to 14 for “Maisel.” So who’s right?
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