Emmys 2018: Predictions center is now open so make your 1st picks today

The Gold Derby predictions center for the 2018 Emmy Awards launches today! We know that nominations aren’t even announced for over four months from now, but it’s just too exciting to hold back making our first picks of the year. It’s especially important to start this event today since the Oscars will be gone after this weekend.

So what are some of the major storylines of this TV season for the Emmys? Well, the bad news for HBO is that “Veep,” three-time defending champ as Best Comedy Series, is not going to be eligible since new episodes aren’t expected until 2019. That also means the six-year winning streak will be over for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Best Comedy Actress.

Among the seven comedy contenders at last year’s ceremony, “Master of None” is also going to be ineligible. Returning shows could be “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” And speaking of returns, a few programs could be back at the Emmys after really long absences: “Arrested Development,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Roseanne” and “Will and Grace.”

The good news for HBO is that “Game of Thrones” comes roaring back for the Emmys after missing last year. It should be an epic battle between the winner from 2015 and 2016 against the reigning Best Drama Series champ, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” AMC’s “Better Call Saul” will not debut in time for the 2018 awards, but “The Crown,” “Stranger Things, “This Is Us” and “Westworld” will be eligible. We’re not sure yet about “House of Cards” for Netflix after much-publicized production delays.

As you make your predictions in these 16 categories for comedies, dramas, TV movies and limited series, please keep in mind that this is just the first version of our 2018 event. As we learn more from the networks and studios about their genre and acting placements for campaigns, we will continue to make updates over the next few months.

PREDICT the Emmy nominees and winners now; change them until July 12

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 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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