Emmys 2018: Are we underestimating Marc Maron for Netflix’s ‘GLOW’?

Are Gold Derby’s Emmy prognosticators underestimating Marc Maron for Netflix’s “GLOW,” for which he plays Sam Sylvia, a failed film director who now directs a women’s wrestling show? He currently sits precipitously in sixth place in our Emmy predictions behind Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), Titus Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Louie Anderson (“Baskets”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) and Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”), with recent Tony winner Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) close on his heels. Maron though may have a stronger chance at a nomination than our charts show.

At this year’s SAG Awards Maron was nominated for Best Male Performer in a Comedy Series, showing strong support as he’s a supporting player on “GLOW.” Unlike most award shows the SAG Awards don’t have supporting categories for television shows. That often makes it hard for featured actors to get nominated since they have to compete with lead performers who have bigger names and more screen time. So Maron’s inclusion in the category (Hayes was also nominated) shows that people in the industry are paying attention to his performance.

Maron has had a long career as a standup comic and also had his own self-titled sitcom “Maron” which ran for four years on IFC. For “GLOW” he’s received glowing reviews, with the LA Times writing, “Maron is very fine in a role that fits him like the old boots he wears — a little acid, a little angry, kinder that not.” The Atlantic raved, “Maron, as the unkempt and past-his-prime Sylvia, is so charming that he steals virtually every scene he’s in.” And The Guardian called Maron “terrific.”

His biggest success though came strangely from a podcast that he does in his own garage. “WTF with Marc Maron” reached such levels of popularity that even President Barack Obama came to the garage to do the show while he was still in office. The podcast could probably also help Maron’s Emmy chances for “GLOW” since he has an incredibly long list of guests who have done the show, many of whom such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa McCarthy are likely Emmy voters thus increasing his visibility and familiarity.

As of this writing seven of Gold Derby’s Emmy experts from major media outlets predict that Maron will be nominated: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Ben Travers (Indiewire) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).

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