2018 Emmy predictions slugfest: Gold Derby contributors debate comedy series like ‘Barry’ and ‘Will & Grace’ [WATCH]

Beware of “Barry.” That might be the most useful takeaway from Gold Derby’s slugfest on the Emmy races for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing (watch above). Contributors Riley Chow, Zach Laws, Tom O’Brien and Amanda Spears are unanimous that “Barry” will be among the seven nominees for Best Comedy Series in the announcement this Thursday, which is not what Gold Derby’s aggregate odds favor. “It’s a really interesting blend of […] the mob and show business and I think that will prove irresistible,” concludes O’Brien, himself a voter in the writers’ branch of the academy.

The group is skeptical of “Will & Grace,” with Spears quipping about its revival, “There’s something sad about people in their mid-40s living together.” Chow takes issue with “Will & Grace” returning to the Emmys as a juggernaut because it was not one when it left. He explains, “They even moved on from ‘Will & Grace’ while it was still on the air. That last season wasn’t nominated for series, it wasn’t nominated for directing, for lead actor, [so] they’re not only going backwards, but they can’t even pick up where they left off at the Emmys, because that wouldn’t get them nominations in these top categories.”

Laws has found space in his predictions for both “Barry” and “Will & Grace,” as well as “The Good Place,” which has even longer odds. He explains, “Last season, it was just this little cult show and it still is that in a lot of ways, but this season, there is more of a groundswell of support for that series — people saying, ‘You really should watch this; this is really the best comedy on network television’.” Referencing a contender that is even less predicted than “The Good Place,” although it was nominated over it last year, Laws reminds his fellow contributors, “There’s also ‘Modern Family,’ which every year I take out and every year keeps getting back in.”

00:00 — Best Comedy Series
20:45 — Best Comedy Writing, including O’Brien’s ballot
32:10 — Best Comedy Directing

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