Don’t underestimate ‘Barry’ at the Emmys: Our Experts warn that it could contend for Best Comedy Series

Barry” aired its first season this spring on HBO to critical acclaim, scoring 83 on MetaCritic based on 28 reviews. The black comedy about a hit man (Bill Hader) who dreams of being an actor has been creeping up our predictions rankings, stalking the field in the hopes of taking out one of its rivals. As of this writing it’s on the bubble in eighth place with 33/1 odds based on the combined predictions of more than 2,000 Gold Derby users, so can it knock off any of the top seven? Many of our Experts think so.

We’ve polled 17 Expert journalists from top media outlets for their Emmy picks, and 7 of them are currently predicting a nom for “Barry”: Eric Deggans (NPR), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Ben Travers (IndieWire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).

“Barry” is the kind of dark, edgy comedy Emmy voters have shown an affinity for in recent years, like “Transparent” and “Atlanta.” And it’s a showbiz story that might appeal to the same TV insiders who embraced shows like “30 Rock,” Entourage” and “Master of None.”

It also has a strong Emmy pedigree. Hader won an Emmy for Best Animated Program in 2009 as a producer of “South Park,” and has been nominated nine more times in various categories. Co-creator Alec Berg has 14 total Emmy nominations for “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Silicon Valley” as a writer, director and producer.

The show also aired during the spring, which is when HBO’s reigning three-time Best Comedy Series champ “Veep” normally airs, but it was pushed back while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus received treatment for cancer. So there’s a slot open that could potentially be filled by another HBO comedy.

“Silicon Valley” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are currently among our predicted nominees from the premium cable network, but both shows are Emmy veterans, so it’s possible voters will move on. “Barry” is brand new, so it’s a wild card. Maybe Comedy Series front-runner “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” should watch their backs too.

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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