Emmys 2019 slugfest: It’s ‘Veep’ vs. ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ for Best Comedy Series
“It’s pretty exciting this year because ‘Veep’ is back, and that’s reason to celebrate!” proclaims senior editor Rob Licuria about his early thoughts on the Best Comedy Series category at the 2019 Emmys. He recently joined fellow senior editor Marcus James Dixon to size up the field of contenders in the wide open comedy race. “I’m picking ‘Veep’ to win,” Dixon declares, “with ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in second place, although it’s going to be a really exciting race between those two.” Licuria and Dixon both say that we could see some surprise contenders make the cut when Emmy nominations are announced on July 12. Watch our video chat below.
Of the seven series nominated for Best Comedy Series at last year’s Emmys, only defending champ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is almost guaranteed to return along with returning fave “Veep,” which took a year off last year but won the three prior consecutive years and is our likely frontrunner for its swansong season.
Also looking to return to the line-up are previous nominees “Barry,” “Black-ish,” “GLOW” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which leaves two open slots, as “Atlanta” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will not have aired this season.
According to our racetrack odds, the series that we expect to be in the hunt for the top comedy prize include newbies “The Kominsky Method” and “Russian Doll” from Netflix and NBC’s increasingly popular “The Good Place.” Outside of those shows, it’s anyone’s guess as to which other series might break through and surprise us with a first-time nod in this crowded field.
Focusing on “Veep,” Dixon reminds us that if it wins again, it will be in very good company. “It has won three times,” Dixon says. “If it wins a fourth, it will be tied with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Cheers.’ Only two shows have won five, ‘Frasier’ and ‘Modern Family,’ but this is ‘Veep’s’ last season, so the most it can win is four.”