Emmy predictions: Tom O’Neil vs. Pete Hammond on hot comedy races – Can ‘Fleabag’ beat ‘Veep’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’? [VIDEO & AUDIO PODCAST]

Making an Emmy prediction for Best Comedy Series is tough this year, as Pete Hammond (Deadline) and I confess while tracking frontrunners in the top comedy races. (Watch video above, hear podcast below.) “This could be a place for an upset,” Pete warns.

We both currently pick “Veep,” which won in 2015-2017, but it wasn’t eligible last year when “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” triumphed. Now both defending champs clash with “Barry,” which increased its nominations tally to 17 from 13 last year, and “Fleabag” (11 nominations), which is the current coolio cult hit with TV critics, industry insiders and other hipsters.

“I’m sticking with ‘Veep’ because I think it had a sensational final season,” Pete adds. “It’s still really good and I think people like that show and they know it’s the last chance.”

“Veep” failed to win any trophies at the Creative Arts ceremonies last weekend, while “Mrs. Maisel” snagged six: best cinematography, music supervision, hairstyling, period costumes, guest actress (Jane Lynch) and guest actor (Luke Kirby). However, “Sometimes the Creative Arts can be a false warning,” Pete notes.

“Fleabag” won two last weekend, including that key statuette for best casting, which often foretells the winner of best series. Pete and I agree: “Fleabag” can pull off a big upset to claim that top honor.

Pete and I also track the other top comedy categories, too. See all of Pete’s predictions here. Mine here. See how they compare against rankings by 28 other Experts. Disagree? Make your predictions here and try to beat our Experts!

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