“The Americans” suffered some guild losses at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Directors Guild of America Awards recently, but it is expected to rebound one last time on Sunday with a group that we know likes it: the Writers Guild of America Awards. The departed FX show is the odds-on favorite to win Best Drama Series, which would make it just the third show to win the category more than once.
“The Americans,” which won two years ago, would join “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” as the only multiple champs in the category. “Breaking Bad” three-peated from 2012-14, while “Mad Men”‘s record four wins came in 2009-11 and 2016, the latter for its final run of episodes in 2015.
If you’re appalled that a show like “The Sopranos” — which has a record six drama writing Emmys — doesn’t have multiple WGA wins, there’s a good reason for that: The category was first awarded in 2006, during the mob drama’s twilight years; it won in 2007.
On its fourth nomination, “The Americans” has 31/10 odds to prevail and is the unanimous pick among our Experts and Editors. Twenty-one of our Top 24 users are also picking it. Helping its cause is the fact that it’s the reigning Best Drama Writing Emmy winner, for its series finale “START.” Plus, the series has won more awards in the last five months, including the top prize at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild of America Awards, than it did during its first five seasons. Better late than never.
In second place is “The Crown,” followed by reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which has weathered a divisive second season. “Better Call Saul” and “Succession” are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
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