2018 Emmy predictions slugfest: ‘Ozark,’ ‘Mindhunter,’ ‘The Chi’ and more hope to break into Best Drama Series [VIDEO & PODCAST]

With so many new dramas clamoring for Emmy’s attention, this year’s Best Drama Series race is dividing Gold Derby’s editors. Two recent winners are back in play — “Game of Thrones” (2015-16) and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017) — as are last year’s nominees “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld.” But with “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards” both taking the year off, which freshman series are in contention at the 2018 Emmys? Watch our editors’ latest predictions video above featuring Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery and Joyce Eng, or listen to the podcast version below.

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“I absolutely think ‘Ozark’ could get in,” Paul readily admits. “It’s got that nice pedigree. It’s on Netflix, which has done so well. It’s interesting how many freshman shows were in contention last year. Given the Emmy history, TV voters love repeats, so I think a lot of those freshman shows will come back.”

Chris chimes in, “I’ve got ‘The Americans’ in the seventh slot, just thinking a final season allows the producers to have a barn-burner of a season. They can kill anybody that they want, they’ve hopefully had a plan in place to get wherever they’ve headed.”

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“I think in terms of new shows, I can see ‘Mindhunter’ getting in,” Joyce declares. “I think a lot of us were predicting it at the Globes. It did really well critically and fans really loved it, so I can see that breaking drama series.”

“‘Mindhunter’ also has the David Fincher factor,” adds Daniel. “He won for directing ‘House of Cards.’ Fincher’s got a really good shot at directing and maybe even a win for directing.”

Marcus reminds us to keep an eye on “The Handmaid’s Tale” to repeat at the Emmys since it will be airing during the balloting process. “Even though it’s a streaming show, it airs once a week, which is very smart because it keeps that buzz up. Also ‘Westworld’ will be airing during voting.”

Other new drama contenders from this golden era of television include “The Chi” (Showtime), “The Good Doctor” (ABC), “Rise” (NBC), “9-1-1” (Fox), “Counterpart” (Starz), “McMafia” (AMC), “Trust” (FX) and “Mr. Mercedes” (Audience), just to name a handful. What are YOUR favorite new TV dramas of the 2017-2018 TV season?

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