It’s a tie! At least, that’s how our Emmy Experts from major media outlets see the head-scratching 2018 race for Best Comedy Series. With three-time winner “Veep” sitting out this year the Experts are evenly split between FX’s “Atlanta” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for the win, giving both comedies 4/1 racetrack odds. ABC’s “Black-ish” comes in third place with 6/1 odds, while HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is in fourth place at 17/2 odds.
Nine of our Experts predict that last year’s Emmy winner for Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Directing (both for Donald Glover) will now win Best Comedy Series for its well-reviewed second season. They are: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).
Conversely, these other nine Experts forecast that Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s dramedy starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife who becomes a stand-up comedian will prevail on its first at-bat: Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo).
No matter which comedy ends up winning, it’ll be historic for that show’s network. Neither FX or Amazon has ever won the race for Best Comedy Series, though they’ve both come close in recent years with “Louie” and “Transparent,” respectively. HBO has claimed this honor the past three years in a row thanks to “Veep” (2015-17), while ABC took home five consecutive trophies (2010-14) before that for “Modern Family,” which is still in the running this year.
Both shows took home pairs of Golden Globes for their first seasons: “Atlanta” for series and Glover in 2017, and “Mrs. Maisel” for series and Brosnahan in 2018. The Producers Guild Awards also honored both programs in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The Critics’ Choice Awards weren’t as predictable, as they chose “Silicon Valley” over “Atlanta” in 2017, then opted for “Mrs. Maisel” in 2018. Because of their different airing schedules, Season 2 of “Atlanta” now faces off against Season 1 of “Mrs. Maisel” at the 2018 Emmys. Which comedy will prevail?
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.