Emmy Experts predict Best Comedy Series: Can ‘Mrs. Maisel’ or ‘Barry’ upset front-runner ‘Veep’?

If Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts are correct, then we can expect “Veep” to win its fourth (and final) trophy this year as Best Comedy Series. HBO’s political satire prevailed in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but it was not eligible for Emmys in 2018 as it took that year off due to star Julia Louis-Dreyfuscancer treatment. Now 19 of our 24 Emmyologists from major media outlets believe that “Veep” will have the last laugh yet again. Amazon’s period dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which took advantage of “Veep’s” absence last year and ran off with the top trophy, is the favorite to upset the front-runner by four of our Experts. But there’s also a dark horse in HBO’s hitman-turned-actor comedy “Barry,” which has the support of one Expert.

Here are the 19 Emmy Experts that believe “Veep” will prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Ed Martin (Media Village), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine), Stacey Wilson Hunt (Gold Derby) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).

A fourth trophy for Best Comedy Series would tie “Veep” with such classic sitcoms as “All in the Family” and “Cheers.” Since this is “Veep’s” final season on the air, that means it won’t be able to match the all-time series record of five wins for both “Frasier” and “Modern Family.”

As for the other Emmy Experts, Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Robert Rorke (New York Post) are all forecasting a victory for “Mrs. Maisel.” And Glenn Whipp (LA Times) stands alone in predicting that “Barry” will win.

Gold Derby’s staff editors who cover awards year-round are also divided three different ways. Eng, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble and Wloszczyna go with “Veep.” Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and O’Neil pick “Mrs. Maisel.” And Paul Sheehan opts for “Barry.”

In addition, all 24 of our Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s Emmy nominations now choose “Veep,” while 18 of our All-Star Users who’ve excelled at the past couple of years also predict a victory for the political laffer. See more Emmy odds and rankings.

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