Top comedy Emmys are ‘Atlanta’ and Donald Glover’s to lose, All-Star User predicts

The Emmys might look like The Donald Glover Show this year. Tom O’Brien, one of our All-Star Users, foresees a big night for the multi-hyphenate star and his FX series “Atlanta.” Glove won two Emmys last year, for Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Directing, but “Atlanta” lost Best Comedy Series to “Veep.” With “Veep” MIA this time and Glover’s increasing profile — thanks, “Saturday Night Live” and “Solo”! — O’Brien is calling a win for the show’s critically acclaimed second season. See his picks for the top three comedy races below.

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O’Brien predicts Best Comedy Series: With “Veep” ineligible, we’re going to have a new comedy champion this year. I’ve been back and forth between “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” the past few weeks. As marvelous as “Mrs. Maisel” is, I think that Donald Glover is on a personal roll — from his well-reviewed hosting of “SNL” to “Solo” in theaters and the great reviews for the daring second season of “Atlanta.” “Black-ish” should be back, as well as “Silicon Valley,” and the return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will likely be nominated. Of the reboots, I suspect that “Will & Grace” will make it, and the divisive “Roseanne” won’t, which may leave a space for an outsider like “GLOW.”

O’Brien predicts Best Comedy Actor: I’ve heard that there’s some support for Eric McCormack (and he’s been very good this season [of “Will & Grace”]), but for the reasons listed above, I think it’s Glover’s to lose. Otherwise, I think the list will include most of the usual suspects. William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Zack Galifianakis (“Baskets”) will likely return. The big question is whether John Goodman can get in for “Roseanne,” and if he does, it may be at the expense of Galifianakis. If a newbie can get in, I suspect that it may be Bill Hader for the HBO hitman comedy “Barry.”

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O’Brien predicts Best Comedy Actress: I suspect [this is] where “Mrs. Maisel” will be rewarded with a win, for Rachel Brosnahan who, to my mind, is the breakout star of the year. Otherwise, it’s mostly familiar faces. Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) and Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) should return. Will Roseanne Barr get back in? It’s possible, but I doubt it.  If she doesn’t, I think the final slot will go to “Community” favorite Alison Brie for “GLOW.”

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