Emmys could reward ‘Rick and Morty’ to make up for snubbing Dan Harmon’s ‘Community’

The animated series “Rick and Morty” has been a cult hit since it premiered on Adult Swim in 2013, but it didn’t get on the Emmys’ radar until now. This year it earned its first nomination for Best Animated Program. Can it win on its first try? That’s a distinct possibility, according to the hundreds of Gold Derby users who have predicted the Creative Arts Awards so far.

“Bob’s Burgers” is the current front-runner, leading the way in our predictions with 4/9 odds. It’s a two-time winner and the defending champion, having won in 2014 for the episode “Mazel Tina,” and then again in 2017 for “Bob, Actually.” This year the FOX series is nominated for “V is for Valentine-detta.” It’s centered on angsty adolescent Tina, just like the first episode the show won for, and four of the five Expert journalists we’ve polled think it’s ahead: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).

But “Rick and Morty” is in the best position to upset, ranked second with 7/2 odds. It contends for the episode “Pickle Rick,” a fan-favorite that parodied action films and inspired widespread internet memes. Expert Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes) thinks it will upset “Bob’s Burgers,” and so do Gold Derby Editors Marcus James Dixon and Rob Licuria. It also has support from two of the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Creative Arts Emmys.

Awarding “Rick and Morty” would give Emmy voters a chance to make amends. The series was created by Dan Harmon, who also serves as executive producer. He was previously the creator and executive producer of another cult hit series, NBC’s “Community.” But while Harmon is an Emmy winner for co-writing Hugh Jackman‘s opening number from the 2009 Oscar telecast, his “Community” was almost completely ignored by the TV academy.

“Community” won an Individual Achievement in Animation award for its stop-motion installment “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (2011) Then it earned one nomination for writing (for the episode “Remedial Chaos Theory” in 2012), and two in a row for its stunt coordination (2014-2015), but that was all, despite the protestation of critics. It won Best Comedy Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2012, and it earned two nominations for Best Comedy from the Television Critics Association.

Critics love “Rick and Morty” too. It just won Best Animated Series at Critics’ Choice earlier this year. This time the Emmys might follow suit.

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 winners are announced on September 17. Be sure to also predict winners for the Creative Arts ceremonies slated for September 8 and 9. 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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