Check this out. Just two weeks ago only one of Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts from major media outlets predicted a Best Comedy Series victory for Amazon’s “Fleabag.” Now that number has jumped up to five (out of 23). Joining Robert Rorke (New York Post) are fellow pundits Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) and Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com). What might this mean for front-runner “Veep”?
Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s series based on her one-woman show exploded in nominations for its second season, receiving 11 total after being completely snubbed back in 2017 for its debut episodes. Not only is Waller-Bridge nominated at the Emmys for starring in the comedy, but she received another for writing the show’s Season 2 premiere and two more for producing both “Fleabag” and “Killing Eve.”
Not to be outdone, a whopping 13 Emmy Experts predict HBO’s “Veep” will win its fourth Best Comedy Series trophy after previously prevailing in 2015-17. They are: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Eric Deggans (NPR), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (TVGuide.com), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Michael Schneider (Variety), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo).
Four prognosticators think Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will triumph for the second consecutive time: Ed Martin (Media Village), Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). As a reminder, political laffer “Veep” was not eligible last year because of Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ cancer treatment, and 1950s-set “Maisel” took advantage of that opening by winning Best Comedy Series on its first at-bat.
Finally, one Emmy Expert — Ben Travers (Indiewire) — goes out on a limb by predicting HBO’s “Barry” will win the top prize. Last year the hitman-turned-actor comedy series took home major trophies for lead actor Bill Hader and supporting player Henry Winkler, and is now hoping to improve upon that total.
Based on our Experts’ rankings of the seven Best Comedy Series nominees, here is how they all place on the winner’s chart. Do YOU agree or disagree with our Emmy gurus’ predictions? Give us your take down in the comments section.
“Veep” — 5/1 odds
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — 11/2 odds
“Fleabag” — 6/1 odds
“Barry” — 6/1 odds
“Russian Doll” — 13/2 odds
“The Good Place” — 13/2 odds
“Schitt’s Creek” — 7/1 odds
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 22. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.