“Roseanne” is poised to finish as the top-rated show of the season, but it won’t be the No. 1 choice among Emmy voters, Doug Jamieson, one of our All-Star Users, predicts. That’s probably not what Roseanne Barr or ABC wants to hear, especially since the show was never nominated for Best Comedy Series during its original run. But Jamieson, who was among our top Emmy predictors the past two years, thinks voters will instead fall for another, “less controversial” sitcom revival: “Will & Grace.” Check out his picks for the top three comedy races below.
Jamieson predicts Best Comedy Series: I think the four “most buzzed about” comedies this year are easily “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Atlanta,” “GLOW” “Black-ish,” so those are the absolute locks. There’s likely only room for one reboot, and my guess is they’ll go for the less controversial and liberal-friendly show in “Will & Grace.” “Roseanne” has seen continual rating dips and plenty of backlash surrounding Barr’s public persona which won’t sit well with many Emmy voters. The other two slots seem likely to fall to returning favorites in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Silicon Valley.”
Jamieson predicts Best Comedy Actor: There seem to be four locks here too, with previous nominees Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”) seeming to be the certainties. I think they’ll reward Bill Hader‘s move to a leading role with a nomination [for “Barry”]. He carries the entire show and that has to be rewarded. The final slot seems destined to be Eric McCormack, who still has the most thankless role on “Will & Grace.”
Jamieson predicts Best Comedy Actress: Perennial Emmy darlings Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) are the sure things. They’re all typically wonderful, but they could sneeze and they’d still be nominated. Tracee Ellis Ross is finally getting the credit she deserves for her work on “Black-ish” and will no doubt earn her third successive nomination. That leaves two spots for the new young ingénues in Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Alison Brie (“GLOW”). There’s a history of this category nominating younger lead actresses for their debut season (America Ferrera, Lea Michele, Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel), so these two fit that bill perfectly.
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