What a year it has been for television. There has been so much great content that it has become next to impossible to watch everything. Now just imagine being a member of the TV Academy where you have to vote on nominees for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (September 17, 2017.) In fact this year Emmy submissions have reached record levels with more than 9,000 shows wanting consideration for a trophy.
Will this be the year where we finally see debut TV series get a shot? With so much television gluttony, it might be easy for voters to cling to standbys instead of giving newer programs like Billions, The Leftovers, and Catastrophe their day in the sun.
One thing is for sure, there will be no love for the Iron Throne as Game of Thrones won’t debut Season 7 until July 16, well past the May 1 entry deadline. That will leave a big hole in a lot of categories. Will Westworld, Stranger Things, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale emerge as potential favorites?
Nominations are set to be announced on July 13. Today, I put myself in role of a TV Academy voter and not only pick the nominees in the ten major categories (nobody cares about Music Supervision and Reality Casting right?) but also determine the favorite to win and set their odds to walk away with a statue.
House of Cards has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series every season (four noms, soon to be five). With no Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad to compete with this year, will House of Cards finally get the love it deserves? My answer is yes.
This is a tough one to call. If the nominations go as predicted, it’s pretty much a six-lady race with a great argument for each. As a two-time winner, Claire Danes is always a contender (she won back-to-back Emmys for Homeland Seasons 1 and 2). Having picked up a well-deserved Emmy last year, could Keri Russell be the next back-to-back winner? No, this time she is bested by The Queen’s Claire Foy who also won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series.
Like the Outstanding Actress category, this is always a tight race. Last year, Rami Malek won for Mr. Robot when many thought it would be the year of Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in House of Cards. Similar to Outstanding Drama Series, Spacey seems like the logical pick here as he has been nominated for every season that Cards has been on Netflix and was the favorite to win last year.
This category is usually dominated by HBO and FX, and that will probably continue this year in terms of the nominees. Although it’s tough to bet against great shows like Fargo and Big Little Lies, if the nominees go as predicted above, I can see The Night Of picking up the Emmy for HBO.
Having won 19 such Emmys, this category is owned by HBO. However, last year, PBS’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride picked up the win and it’s not out of the question that Sherlock wins again this year. So many of these TV Movies are chock full of big stars like Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. If we are going to mention star power, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are getting a lot of buzz for their roles in The Wizard of Lies and I feel it’s the one to beat.
This has the potential to be the most star-studded and hotly contested category. If all (or even some) of these women are nominated, it will be a very tight race. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon might be the most deserving for their roles in HBO’s Feud: Bette and Joan. But the potential for vote-splitting — and the fact that the TV Academy LOVES Fargo — makes me lean to Carrie Coon in Fargo.
There are so many great performances to choose from here. Although my choice would be Riz Ahmed for his role in HBO’s The Night Of, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Robert De Niro’s performance as Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies and I believe that will snag him his first Emmy win.
Shows like Veep and Modern Family were pretty much destined to win multiple times. This year, it’s Atlanta‘s time. It already won the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy, and the last series to win this category with a predominantly black cast was The Cosby Show in 1986. That needs to change … for so many reasons.
In the last 10 years, Louis-Dreyfus has been nominated in this category nine times: five times for Veep, and four times for The New Adventures of Old Christine. She will become the most-nominated lead actress of all time this year, barring a major snub.
She doesn’t just get noms, either, she’s also won nine Emmys in her career (five for lead actress), including three straight for Veep. Will she make it four in a row? Nope, I believe it will be Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish.
No matter who gets nominated in this category, the big favorite has to be Donald Glover for Atlanta. He won the Golden Globe and should be able to ride that winning momentum into the Emmys.
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