Friday, June 29, 2018

Emmy Predictions 2018 - Which Programs Will Likely Be Nominated for Comedy Series?

From June 11 to June 25, 2018, voting is taking place for The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Comedy Series.

2017 Nominees:
        FX's Atlanta
        ABC's Black-ish
        Netflix's Master of None
        ABC's Modern Family
        HBO's Silicon Valley
        Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
        HBO's Veep (WINNER)

There could actually be a pretty substantial shakeup in this category this year. Sure, it's still possible that five of the nominees from a year ago will once again get nominated. A new winner will be crowned at least with Veep not returning for its final season just yet. Master of None is also gone from the field. And yet, there is just the feeling that an influx of new shows will enter this category this year. There are some really vulnerable veteran nominees in this category. Modern Family, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt don't need to get nominated again. Their seasons weren't as strong as they were in the past. That means it's possible that Atlanta and Black-ish are the only returning shows. I doubt that a little bit though because it frequently takes awhile for Emmy voters to drop a series in these categories. But as of right now, I'm only confident in the first four nominee predictions below. The rest of the ballot is completely up for grabs. As such, I basically chose a mix of complacency with a couple of surprises that have legitimate chances of entering the race this year.

So now, here's my thoughts on the programs most likely to be nominated for Comedy Series:
  1. FX's Atlanta
  2. ABC's Black-ish
  3. Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  4. HBO's Barry
  5. HBO's Silicon Valley
  6. HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
  7. Netflix's GLOW
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. FX's Better Things
  2. Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  3. ABC's Modern Family
  4. NBC's The Good Place
  5. NBC's Will & Grace
  6. Netflix's One Day at a Time
  7. HBO's Insecure
  8. Showtime's SMILF
  9. Netflix's Arrested Development
  10. Netflix's Dear White People
  11. FX's Baskets
  12. IFC's Brockmire
  13. Netflix's The End of the F***ing World
  14. Showtime's Episodes
  15. ABC's Speechless
  16. Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  17. YouTube Premium's Cobra Kai
  18. CBS' Young Sheldon
  19. ABC's Roseanne
  20. Amazon's Transparent
  21. Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Netflix's She's Gotta Have It
  2. HBO's Vice Principals
  3. Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet
  4. Amazon's The Tick
  5. CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  6. TBS' The Last O.G.
  7. ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
  8. FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  9. HBO's Room 104
  10. Netflix's Atypical
  11. The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  12. The CW's Jane the Virgin
  13. NBC's Superstore
  14. CBS' Mom
  15. Starz's Vida
  16. TruTV's I'm Sorry
  17. Comedy Central's Broad City
  18. Netflix's Lady Dynamite
  19. Epix's Get Shorty
  20. Hulu's Future Man
  21. FOX's The Last Man on Earth
  22. FXX's You're the Worst
  23. Freeform's Grown-ish
  24. Starz's Sweetbitter
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Showtime's Shameless
  2. TBS' Search Party
  3. Netflix's On My Block
  4. Syfy's Happy!
  5. Starz's Survivor's Remorse
  6. HBO's Divorce
  7. Hulu's Casual
  8. TBS' The Detour
  9. USA's Playing House
  10. Pop's Schitt's Creek
  11. NBC's A.P. Bio
  12. Hulu's Difficult People
  13. CBS All Access' No Activity
  14. Netflix's Friends From College
  15. Sundance Now's This Close

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!