2018 Emmy predictions smackdown: Tom O’Neil vs. Pete Hammond on comedy series acting races

Rachel Brosnahan is the one to beat!” Pete Hammond (Deadline) insists about the star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in the Emmy Award race for Best Comedy Actress. “If she doesn’t win, there’s something wrong.”

But I disagree. Yes, Brosnahan is seemingly way out front, according to our Experts’ predictions and racetrack odds, but I argue with Pete in our pundit smackdown about the threats posed by Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish) and Allison Janney (“Mom”). Watch our video above, listen to audio podcast version below.

In Janney’s case, I remind Pete: “She won twice in supporting for ‘Mom.’ She couldn’t get around Julia Louis-Dreyfus last year in the lead race, but that’s possible now thanks to her Oscar bump” from winning Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya.” Also, Louis-Dreyfus isn’t in the current race because “Veep” didn’t air episodes during the Emmy eligibility period, but she’ll be back next year.

Pete and I agree that Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) will probably win Best Comedy Actor again, but we’re both leery of Bill Hader, who competes for his new HBO series “Barry.”

“That’s the one I think you want to look for here,” Pete adds. “Bill Hader, he could win.”

See all of Pete’s predictions here. Mine here. See how our predictions compare side by side with 16 other noted Emmy gurus.

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Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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