Emmys: Which reigning champ is most likely to defend their crown? [POLL]

With “Veep” out and John Lithgow one-and-done on “The Crown,” we are guaranteed three new Emmy winners for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actress and Best Drama Supporting Actor. But all of the other reigning champs in the regular series races will be back — and in fact, all but one of them are favored to repeat this year in our early predictions. The Emmys love rubber-stamping their favorites, so we’ll probably get a few repeat winners. But which of these defending champs is the most likely to go back-to-back?

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” hasn’t even premiered yet, but it has leading odds to repeat in Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress for Elisabeth Moss and Best Drama Supporting Actress for Ann Dowd. The dystopian drama has dominated the circuit since its eight-Emmy haul in September, nabbing the Producers Guild Award — over “Big Little Lies,” which was shuffled to drama — and Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice prizes for the show and Moss. Its only speed bump was at SAG, where it walked away empty-handed.

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On the other hand, Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) has a perfect win record since the Emmys, along with a SAG drama ensemble victory to boot. He has 27/10 odds to repeat in Best Drama Actor, which would make him the first back-to-back champ in that category in eight years.

On the comedy side, reigning Best Comedy Actor Donald Glover also has a 27/10-odd advantage to defend his title. Since “Atlanta” just returned this month, he won’t have a precursor run-up like he did last year when he won the Globe and Critics’ Choice. And with “Veep” gone, “Atlanta” has taken over the No. 1 spot in our Best Comedy Series predictions.

In supporting, Kate McKinnon has 11/4 odds to three-peat, but her “Saturday Night Live” cohort Alec Baldwin is sitting in fifth place to repeat for his “terribleDonald Trump impersonation. Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) currently tops the comedy supporting actor leaderboard.

Who do you think is most likely to repeat? Vote below!

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