Gold Derby TV Awards 2018: Vote now for the nominations!

The Primetime Emmys released their ballots on June 11, but now it’s time for the awards voting that really counts. You can now vote for nominees for the 15th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards, honoring the best television that aired between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. But Gold Derby observes the same hanging-episodes rule as the Emmys, so the final June episodes of shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Westworld” are also eligible for consideration.

Nobody knows awards better than Gold Derby’s experts, editors and thousands of users, so we launched our own prizes for film in 2002 and for TV in 2004. Pick your favorites in 30 categories for the Gold Derby TV Awards 2018 Nominations by visiting our predictions center.

Vote by clicking on a category at the top of the predictions page. Below that, grab contenders one by one from the left column and add them to the right column by clicking on the green + symbol. Arrange in order of preference (#1 is your top choice). Grab each entry to move it up or down. You can vote now and edit your ballot as often as you like before voting ends at 11:59pm Eastern on July 22.  (See the photos at the bottom of this post for an illustration of the voting process.)

Game of Thrones” won Best Drama Series twice in a row (2015-2016), but it didn’t air any new episodes during last year’s eligibility period so the crown was passed to Netflix’s sci-fi/horror series “Stranger Things.” Those shows will go head-to-head for the first time this year, and there are five other Drama Series from last year eligible to return, most of which “Thrones” has never faced before. “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This is Us” and “Westworld” were brand new last year when they earned Best Drama noms, just like “Stranger Things.” The only returning contender “Game of Thrones” has faced before is “Orange is the New Black.” Last year’s final nominee, “The Leftovers,” ended its run last season, so it won’t be coming back.

That means after last year was dominated by new shows the 2018 race for Best Drama Series could be filled entirely with returning favorites. And that doesn’t even count two-time Best Drama nominee “The Americans,” which contended in 2015 and 2016, but missed out in 2017, so they’re hoping for a comeback in their final season.

And let’s not count out the standout freshman shows that could have beginner’s luck, including “Killing Eve,” “Mindhunter,” “Ozark,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Deuce,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Chi,” “Mr. Mercedes” and more.

But while there’s a big traffic jam of new and returning shows in the dramatic field, there’s a big opening in the race for Best Comedy Series. “Veep” has won that prize for the last two years (2016-2017) at the Gold Derby Awards, but its production was delayed while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was treated for cancer, so it didn’t air this past season. That could open the door for one of the four returning Comedy Series nominees from last year to win for the first time: “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

The last two 2017 nominees, “Fleabag” and “Master of None,” didn’t air new episodes this season, so there’s a lot of available real estate in the Best Comedy Series race for new shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “GLOW” and “Barry.” Then there are acclaimed second-year shows hoping to break through for the first time like “The Good Place,” “Insecure” and “One Day at a Time.” On top of that there are a few older shows that made comebacks this year like “Will and Grace,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development.” This could be a full-circle moment for “Arrested,” which won the first two Gold Derby Awards for Best Comedy (2004-2005).

Check out the complete list of past Gold Derby Award winners for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series below, and vote now for this year’s best.

BEST COMEDY SERIES

2004: “Arrested Development”
2005: “Arrested Development”
2006: “The Office”
2007: “The Office”
2008: “30 Rock”
2009: “The Office”
2010: “Modern Family”
2011: “Modern Family”
2012: “Community”
2013: “Parks and Recreation”
2014: “Orange is the New Black”
2015: “Parks and Recreation”
2016: “Veep”
2017: “Veep”

BEST DRAMA SERIES

2004: “The Sopranos”
2005: “Lost”
2006: “24”
2007: “Lost”
2008: “Lost”
2009: “Mad Men”
2010: “Mad Men”
2011: “Mad Men”
2012: “Breaking Bad”
2013: “Breaking Bad”
2014: “Breaking Bad”
2015: “Game of Thrones”
2016: “Game of Thrones”
2017: “Stranger Things”

1) Click “Make your predix here!” at the top of the Gold Derby page.

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2) Click the green box next to “Gold Derby TV Awards 2017 Nominations.”

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3) Select a category, add your favorite candidates from the left column to the right column, and save your top three choices.

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