70th Annual Emmy Awards Predictions: Best Comedy Series

“Veep” has won Best Comedy Series at the Emmys for three years in a row but wasn’t eligible to contend this year as it did not air any new episodes. That means a new winner in this top Emmy Awards race from a whopping eight nominees. Hoping to finally win after losing at least once are “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (back after a six-year hiatus), “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” A trio of rookies are hoping that their first time in contention will be the charm: “Barry,” “GLOW” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the top 24 last year, the all-stars who did well for two years in a row, and thousands of Emmy fans just like you. (Scroll down to see up-to-date racetrack odds derived from all of these predictions.)

“Atlanta” is well-positioned to win on its second bid. The critically acclaimed show from FX went from six to 16 nominations and contends in all the key categories usually associated with a series winner including acting, writing and directing bids for Donald Glover. But will the more conservative members of the TV academy relate to a show about hip-hop?

SEE 2018 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

Instead, Emmy voters may embrace Amazon’s nostalgia-laden “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which reaped 14 bids. These include directing, writing, acting (4), casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, music supervision and picture editing.

Or they may prefer HBO’s “Barry,” a wry comedy that also focuses on show biz and earned a lucky 13 nominations, including directing, writing, acting (2), casting, cinematography, picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

“GLOW” is the only other nominee to crack the double digit mark for nominations. While this freshman Netflix series did reap a directing bid, it was snubbed for writing. And only one of the SAG-nominated ensemble was singled out by the acting branch of the TV academy: supporting actress Betty Gilpin.

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HBO’s “Silicon Valley” slid from 10 to 8 nominations for season number five, including recognition for both directing and writing. However, for the second year in a row none of the cast made the cut. Conversely another HBO comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” reaped bids only for series and acting.

ABC’s “Black-ish” ticked up in the nominations to five for season four; that is one more than last year. But it lacks nominations for writing and directing. No show has won Best Comedy without a writing or directing nomination since “Friends” in 2002.

The Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” picked up just two nominations for its fourth season: series and supporting actor.

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Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the nominees in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite and the winner is the nominee that prevails in a straight plurality vote.

UPDATED: August 13, 2018

1. “Atlanta” — 4/5

2. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” —  19/10

3. “Barry” — 40/1

4. “Black-ish” — 50/1

5. “GLOW” — 66/1

6. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — 66/1

7. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — 80/1

8. “Silicon Valley” — 80/1

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