Emmy Experts slugfest: Getting serious about comedy categories

Can “Ted Lasso” go three for three at the Emmys? Or will “The Bear” capitalize from recency bias with its Season 2 drop? Gold Derby editors and Experts Christopher Rosen and Joyce Eng are here to discuss the comedy races as “Ted” wins down its season (if not the series) and “The Bear” prepares for its sophomore run.

Season 3 of the two-time reigning Best Comedy Series champ has been, uh, polarizing, to say the least, but it it is still capable of producing great moments in a vacuum. Is that enough to eke out a third trophy? It remains in first place in the odds, ahead of “Abbott Elementary” and “The Bear.” The latter performed better than the former over the winter — including wins over it at the Producers Guild of America Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards — and its highly anticipated second season is dropping during nomination voting next month on June 22. We discuss why each of them may have their own shortcomings.

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Last week, one of the last remaining comedy contenders finally premiered: Season 3 of “The Great.” The Hulu series has never made the top category and has had a mixed Emmy history overall. After getting just two nominations for its first season for directing and writing, it missed those categories for Season 2 but did score noms for Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. Now that they’ve made it in, can they hold onto their spots?

Elsewhere, we discuss whether “The Bear” will over-perform in acting, if Rachel Brosnahan can reclaim the Best Comedy Actress prize and “Barry’s” latest twists.

Email your questions to slugfests@goldderby.com.

Intro and “Ted Lasso” Season 3 so far (0:00)
Best Comedy Series (12:47)
Best Comedy Actress (29:07) (“The Great” spoilers 34:54-36:14)
Best Comedy Actor (38:04)
Best Comedy Supporting Actress (41:09)
Best Comedy Supporting Actor (47:10)
Guest categories (54:33)
Listener questions (59:17)

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