Which non-‘Game of Thrones’ reigning Emmy champ is most likely to repeat?

With “The Americans” over, “Westworld” and “The Crown” sitting out the cycle — and the latter with a new cast to boot — we are guaranteed three new Emmy winners in Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Supporting Actress and Best Drama Actress. All the other defending champs in the regular series races will be eligible, so we could be seeing some familiar faces on stage. “Game of Thrones” and Peter Dinklage are everyone and their mother’s picks to repeat in Best Drama Series and Best Drama Supporting Actor,  so outside of those juggernauts, which reigning champ is most likely to go back to back?

Emmy voters fell head over heels for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which claimed the most Emmys ever by a comedy in a single season last year with eight statuettes, including Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actress for Rachel Brosnahan and Best Comedy Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein. It exploded even more this year, winning more guild prizes in a year than another comedy.

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The caveat, of course, is that it’s yet to compete against “Veep,” which launches its final season on March 31. The HBO comedy has three Best Comedy Series Emmys, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus is undefeated for Selina Meyer, and five-time nominee Anna Chlumsky has her last chance to win for the series. In our early odds, “Veep” and Louis-Dreyfus are favored to win, but Borstein is predicted to defend her title.

Our other two defending champions also hail from the same show, “Barry,” which returns March 31. Bill Hader and Henry Winkler nabbed the lead and supporting comedy actor awards last year, and both went on to score the same prizes at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Hader lost the Golden Globe to Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), while the Globes’ catch-all supporting TV prize went to Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”) instead of Winkler. Both fell to Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) in the Screen Actors Guild Awards single category.

Only Hader is predicted to repeat in our odds, holding a slight edge over Douglas. Winkler is in third in our predictions behind Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”) and two-time champ Tony Hale (“Veep”).

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