Emmy Experts think this could finally be the year for Tituss Burgess (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’)

The 2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actor includes the 2000 winner Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”), the 2016 winner Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and the defending champ Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”) — though Baldwin may end up qualifying as a guest actor this year. But despite the stiff competition our Emmy Experts think this might be the year for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” scene-stealer Tituss Burgess.

As of this writing we’ve polled nine Expert journalists from top media outlets for their Comedy Supporting Actor picks, and four of them are betting on Burgess: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Adnan Virk (ESPN). This would be the fourth straight nomination for Burgess, who is still awaiting his first trophy. In fact, “Kimmy Schmidt” is still waiting for its first win, period. The Netflix comedy has been nominated a total of 16 times after three seasons, but it has yet to prevail in any category.

This year the show as a whole may have one crucial advantage, but also one potential disadvantage. The show returns for its fourth season on May 30, one day before the end of the Emmy eligibility period. That will keep it especially fresh in mind for voters who will cast their ballots for nominations in June. However, only the first six episodes of the season will be eligible to compete. The rest of the season will premiere later in the year and will therefore be eligible for Emmys in 2019.

Will six episodes be enough of a showcase for Burgess? Judging from his character that shouldn’t be a problem. The irrepressibly dramatic Titus Andromedon could make a showcase out of six minutes, let alone six episodes. Just ask Beyonce.

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 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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