Having won the Best Comedy Directing Emmy last year in an upset for the pilot of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amy Sherman-Palladino ranks only fifth in our odds in the same race this year for work on the second season finale titled “All Alone.” “Amy Sherman-Palladino’s episode is not being taken seriously enough,” I tell fellow Gold Derby contributors Luca Giliberti and Zach Laws in a live slugfest (watch the video above) before blasting the former for ranking Daniel Palladino‘s “We’re Going to the Catskills!” episode of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” higher in his predictions just because the episode has “a flashier title.” I allude to Sherman-Palladino’s greater stature, “In the directing categories, as we’ve seen over the years […] they care a lot more about their names, since the names are actually on the ballot.” This contrasts categories like Best Comedy Writing in which the ballot lists episode titles without writer names.
The above discussion is moot though because there is consensus among our panel — and Gold Derby overall — that the winner will be Bill Hader for the “ronny/lily” episode from the second season of “Barry.” Hader lost to the pilot of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the Emmys last year for the “Barry” pilot, but upset at the Directors Guild Awards when a different eligibility period pitted his direction of the “Barry” pilot against “All Alone” and “We’re Going to the Catskills!” “Barry” continued its upswing in industry support in the Emmy nominations this year, picking up an additional four nominations over last year, including one for director Alec Berg for the episode titled “The Audition.”
Harry Bradbeer and Mark Cendrowski respectively round out the category for the “Fleabag” season premiere and “The Big Bang Theory” series finale. “The most popular TV comedy of the last few years had a successful finale; it’s been a long time since a multi-camera sitcom has won, so that hurts its chances,” Laws says about the latter before clarifying, “The last one was ‘Frasier’ in 1997, so you have back a long time.”
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