Emmys 2019 comedy predictions slugfest: ‘Maisel,’ ‘Veep’ and more
“This comedy actress race is so stacked, I think even if we had 10 slots, I wouldn’t know who to put into those 10 slots,” I tell my fellow Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow and Zach Laws as we dissect the comedy acting Primetime Emmy Award races (watch the video slugfest above).
After sitting out last year’s cycle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back in the running with “Veep” having just concluded its seventh and final season. We feel confident that both she and defending champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) are making it a real battle. Regarding other perennial nominees, Laws points out that long-running shows sometimes “lose their bloom” at the Emmys, which may put contenders like Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) on shaky ground. While Chow is keeping an eye out for new faces, such as “Dead to Me”‘s Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, Laws feels like it’s Kristen Bell’s time to nab her inaugural bid, with “The Good Place” potentially having “its strongest showing yet.”
The comedy actor race is “a category bereft of contenders,” as Laws states, which is why our panel is an agreement that Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) as well as reigning champ Bill Hader (“Barry”) are safe returnees, and Michael Douglas will score a nom for the first season of “The Kominsky Method.” “I am making the change right now,” Laws then admits after Chow convinces him that Ricky Gervais (“After Life”) is a “really good bet,” not putting too much weight on the show’s mixed critical reception. As for other contenders, Chow mentions Jason Bateman, who could turn his goodwill for “Ozark” into an additional nom for “Arrested Development,” while I throw in Jim Parsons for the final season of “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as Jim Carrey and Sacha Baron Cohen for their respective Golden Globe-nominated turns in “Kidding” and “Who Is America?”
Enjoy more of our discussion above as we debate the supporting acting races, which might include last year’s champs Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Henry Winkler (“Barry”), plus a whole lot of “Saturday Night Live” cast members once again.