Emmys 2018: Our final slugfest debates the ‘Maisel’ domination, wins for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Americans’ and more [WATCH]

“I can’t even remember the last time a comedy series won eight,” Tony Ruiz remarks about new Best Comedy SeriesThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to me and our fellow Gold Derby contributors Zach Laws and Rob Licuria in a post-Emmys slugfest to wrap up the season. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is in fact the first comedy to win eight Emmys for a single season. It bested the seven-win record that the second season of “All in the Family” set in 1972 and the second season of “30 Rock” matched in 2008.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” notably bested “Atlanta,” which had been favored in Gold Derby’s combined predictions for four Emmys at the main telecast. “Next to ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Maisel’ is a laugh riot,” Ruiz explains. Licuria adds, “‘Atlanta’ is very unusual. Even if it was about white people, I still think it would struggle. It’s an auteur show like ‘Louie’ and it’s not in their wheelhouse at all. I can’t even believe it was nominated at this rate. ‘Robbin’ Season’ was so much better than the first season and the fact that it was completely shut out doesn’t surprise me.”

“The drama side was so spread out amongst a whole bunch of very deserving winners,” Licuria recaps. “It really was so refreshing to see ‘The Americans’ and ‘The Crown’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ win very important awards on the drama side. It was exciting and I feel bad for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ because I didn’t think it was such a bad season. I thought it was really impressive and it still won three [Emmys in Creative Arts categories]. ‘The Crown’ had such an incredible second season. They paid attention! It got five Emmys, including Best Actress and Best Directing. That’s insanely cool, so they’re paying attention.”

“Even this year without winning Writing, without winning Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Casting, it still pulled off the win,” I say about the Best Drama Series win by “Game of Thrones” over front-runner “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was favored in four categories for Monday’s ceremony, but came up short in all. Looking ahead to next year, I speculate that the final season of “ ‘Game of Thrones’ is going to sweep like we have literally never seen before at the Emmys.”

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