Amazon‘s first big breakthrough at the Emmys was with “Transparent, which scored an impressive 11 Emmy nominations in 2015 including Best Comedy Series. Now in 2018 “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will compete at its first Emmys, and it could be poised to surpass “Transparent” to become Amazon’s most nominated show in a single season.
“Transparent,” from creator Jill Soloway, followed the Pfefferman clan as Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals to her family over the course of the first season that she is transgender and will be living her life as Maura. “Transparent” premiered in the fall of 2014, so before the Emmys came around it announced itself as an awards front-runner at the Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy/Musical Series and Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor (Tambor).
Then it stormed the Emmys, where it won 5 times out of its 11 nominations: Best Comedy Directing for the episode “Best New Girl” (Soloway), Best Comedy Actor (Tambor), Best Comedy Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford), Best Contemporary Costumes for a Series and Best Main Title Theme Music. It also received nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Writing for the pilot (Soloway), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Gaby Hoffmann), Best Comedy Casting, Best Production Design (Half-Hour or Less) and Best Comedy Single-Camera Picture Editing.
Now Amazon has “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” from Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino. It follows the title character, Midge (Rachel Brosnahan), an Upper East Side 1950s housewife whose life is turned upside down when her husband leaves her, launching her to surprise success as a stand-up comic. Like “Transparent,” “Mrs. Maisel” made its presence known at the Golden Globes by winning Best Comedy/Musical Series and Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress (Brosnahan). Will Emmys follow?
According to our racetrack odds, “Mrs. Maisel” is expected to receive a Best Comedy Series nomination: it sits in second place with odds of 9/2 behind “Atlanta.” Elsewhere, breakout star Brosnahan is expected to win Best Comedy Actress with leading odds of 10/3. Television veteran Alex Borstein is currently forecast to receive a Best Comedy Supporting Actress nomination, ranked fourth with odds of 13/2. Emmy favorite Jane Lynch is also expected to contend for Best Comedy Guest Actress, where she’s in third place with odds of 5/1.
On the bubble for a nomination but not to be underestimated is three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. He looms in seventh place with odds of 14/1. If “Mrs. Maisel” does indeed score all of the above nominations that would give it five bids. It would need six more to tie “Transparent” and seven to set a new record.
So where else might it contend beyond the categories we’re forecasting? Earlier this year the series won the Producers Guild Award for Best Comedy Series. Sherman-Palladino also contended at the Directors Guild Awards for directing the pilot. And “Mrs. Maisel” was also nominated at the Costume Designers Guild Awards for Best Period TV Series. Perhaps surprisingly, the show didn’t contend at the Writers Guild Awards, but it could still contend for both writing and directing at the Emmys.
It could be a favorite for Best Comedy Casting with three-time reigning champ “Veep” not in contention this year. And it could also contend for its music supervision, picture editing, production design, hairstyling, non-prosthetic makeup and its aforementioned costumes. It’s helped by the fact that it’s a period series set in the ‘50s, so its production values could make it an even stronger contender at the Creative Arts Awards than “Transparent” was. It could easily surpass the record.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could also benefit from the “Time’s Up” movement. The series is about a woman trying to crack the glass ceiling in a male-dominated profession, so its timely message could resonate with voters throughout the television academy.
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