A whopping eight shows are nominated for Best Comedy Series at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: “Atlanta” (FX), “Barry” (HBO), “The Good Place” (NBC), “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “The Middle” (ABC), “One Day at a Time” (Netflix) and “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop). According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, reigning champ “Mrs. Maisel” is predicted to defend its title and hold off recent Golden Globe winner “Kominsky,” but Critics’ Choice voters love throwing us curve balls. The awards air Sunday, January 13 on the CW network in a ceremony that honors both film and TV.
Our racetrack odds favor “Mrs. Maisel” to be the first show since “Silicon Valley” to win this category two times. Amazon’s hour-long dramedy about a 1950s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who becomes a stand-up comedian is the pick of these five Experts from major media outlets: Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).
One rogue Expert — Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) — stands alone in predicting that “The Good Place,” NBC’s cerebral comedy about life after death, will claim the gold. She could be onto something, as the Critics’ Choice Awards honored lead actor Ted Danson with a trophy last year for his role as demon-turned-ally Michael.
As for our website staff Editors who cover awards year-round, these five believe that “Mrs. Maisel” will triumph again: Wloszczyna, Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Paul Sheehan and Chris Beachum. Eng opts for “The Good Place” while Marcus James Dixon picks “The Kominsky Method,” thinking that Critics’ Choice voters will want to cement the Golden Globes’ choice.
Next up are Gold Derby’s Top 24 Users, the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year’s winners. According to these awards gurus, it’s not even a contest as all 24 pick “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to prevail. Talk about a landslide!
When all of the predictions are combined together, “Mrs. Maisel” leads with 5/1 odds, followed by “Barry” (7/1 odds), “Atlanta” (8/1 odds), “The Good Place” (9/1 odds), “The Kominsky Method” (19/2 odds), “One Day at a Time” (11/1 odds), “Schitt’s Creek” (23/2 odds) and “The Middle” (12/1 odds). See more Critics’ Choice TV odds and rankings.
The Critics’ Choice TV Awards have been around since 2011, though they had two ceremonies within the 2015 calendar year. Here’s a look at the past eight Best Comedy Series winners: “Modern Family” (2011), “Community” (2012), “The Big Bang Theory” (2013), “Orange is the New Black” (2014), “Silicon Valley” (2015-A), “Master of None” (2015-B), “Silicon Valley” (2016) and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (2017).