2018 Emmy predictions by Experts: Kate McKinnon threatened by legendary past champs Laurie Metcalf and Megan Mullally

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live“) has won two Emmys in a row for Best Comedy Supporting Actress, and she’s looking to keep that streak alive this year. But if anyone can overtake her it’s two women who have ruled the category in decades past. According to the Expert journalists who have chimed in with their gutsy early predictions thus far, McKinnon’s biggest threats are Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne“) and Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace“).

Five out of eight Experts are betting on McKinnon to three-peat for her variety of characters in the late-night sketch comedy series: Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). “SNL” has been a strong awards force in recent years, and in 2017 it had its biggest year ever with 22 nominations and 9 victories including Best Variety Sketch Series and McKinnon’s second straight Comedy Supporting Actress prize. Last year the show made headlines for skewering the US presidential election campaign and the early presidency of Donald Trump (played on the show by Comedy Supporting Actor winner Alec Baldwin). Will politics continue to propel the show and its cast to victories?

Perhaps, but our Experts Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post) and Robert Rorke (New York Post) say Mullally will win for “Will and Grace,” which was revived last fall, 11 years after the end of its original eight-season run (1998-2006). Mullally earned seven consecutive nominations for Comedy Supporting Actress (2000-2006), winning the first and last of those bids. She was the only regular cast member to win twice for the show.

Our last Expert, Chris Harnick (E!), thinks Metcalf is the woman to beat. On March 27 she resumed her role in “Roseanne” as Jackie Harris, which previously won her three Emmys for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (1992-1994). And since her trio of victories 24 years ago she has only strengthened her industry cred, winning a 2017 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”) and earning a 2018 Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (“Lady Bird“). She’s likely to be a Tony nominee again this year for the play “Three Tall Women,” which will further raise her profile going into Emmy season this summer.

So who will it be: the three-time Emmy winner from the 1990s, the two-time winner from the 2000s or the two-time winner from the 2010s?

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