“The good news for every studio and every network is that ‘Veep’ is not back,” announces Marcus James Dixon at the start of our discussion about Best Comedy Series at the 2018 Emmys. “Veep” is the reigning three-time winner of the top comedy prize, but it’s taking the year off so it won’t be eligible to four-peat. Marcus is joined by fellow Gold Derby editors Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and Joyce Eng in our latest slugfest video — watch above or listen to the podcast version below.
Will revivals like “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace” dominate, or might new shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” or “SMILF” make a name for themselves in the comedy lineup? “Everybody’s hyped for ‘Roseanne’ coming back,” notes Paul. “Is this its time finally at the Emmys for comedy series? To me, it’s so interesting because it seems it’s the complete antithesis of ‘Veep.'”
“We’re in kind of new Emmy waters,” declares Daniel. “How much will they embrace the revivals? A decade [or two] after these shows ended, will they be excited to see them again, or have they moved on? It’ll be interesting to see.”
“I think that [revivals] all have a better shot of getting in for their actors first before comedy series,” predicts Joyce. “I have ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ getting in. I feel like it’s a lot cooler than ‘Roseanne’ and even ‘Will & Grace.'”
“I’ve got ‘Mrs. Maisel’ in first right now,” reveals Chris. “I think that and ‘Atlanta’ are the ones to beat. The odd thing about ‘Atlanta’ is, it hasn’t competed anywhere since last year’s Emmys. Because they aired no episodes during 2017, it did not compete at the Globes or SAG or any of the guild awards.”
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