Monday, July 1, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Which Programs Will Likely Be Nominated for Drama Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting took place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Drama Series.

2018 Nominees:
        FX's The Americans
        Netflix's The Crown
        HBO's Game of Thrones (WINNER)
        Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale
        Netflix's Stranger Things
        NBC's This Is Us
        HBO's Westworld

As has been previously stated numerous times this prediction cycle, the drama race is in a really weird place at the moment. Game of Thrones has been seen as the monster of the category with some rival shows opting not to take it on this year. They feared that they would lose out and not get the recognition they deserved for their own achievements. That's fair. Of course, it has also created such a wide open race for Best Drama Series this year. This Is Us and Better Call Saul have previously gotten nominations as well. That means that a portion of the category will likely comprise known quantities. The rest is completely up-in-the-air. It could be a year of dramatic change that welcomes a ton of first-season shows into the mix. Those possibilities include Pose, Succession, Homecoming, Bodyguard, Jack Ryan, Hanna and Sex Education. But there are additional contenders who have been shut out of the category before that may get an added boost because of the openness of the field. That list includes Killing Eve, Ozark, The Deuce, The Good Fight and Narcos. All of this means that there are many possibilities for what may happen this year. And yet, it doesn't seem as exciting as it should be because of the inevitability of Game of Thrones being crowned the winner. That shouldn't be the case. It should be more competitive than yet. But the race does feel stale. The new blood has the potential of shaking things up. It should just be interesting to see how much the voters actually embrace that.

So now, here are the programs most likely to be nominated:
  1. HBO's Game of Thrones
  2. NBC's This Is Us
  3. AMC's Better Call Saul
  4. HBO's Succession
  5. Amazon's Homecoming
  6. BBC America's Killing Eve
  7. FX's Pose
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Netflix's Ozark
  2. Netflix's Bodyguard
  3. HBO's The Deuce
  4. Netflix's House of Cards
  5. CBS All Access' The Good Fight
  6. Netflix's Orange Is the New Black
  7. Amazon's Hanna
  8. Netflix's Sex Education
  9. CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone
  10. AMC's Lodge 49
  11. Netflix's Narcos: Mexico
  12. Lifetime's You
  13. FX's American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  14. USA's The Sinner
  15. Netflix's The OA
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. Amazon's Jack Ryan
  2. HBO's Gentleman Jack
  3. Showtime's Billions
  4. Amazon's Goliath
  5. Showtime's Ray Donovan
  6. FX's Mayans MC
  7. Paramount's Yellowstone
  8. Starz's Outlander
  9. HBO's My Brilliant Friend
  10. Facebook Watch's Sorry for Your Loss
  11. Spectrum's L.A.'s Finest
  12. CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery
  13. ABC's A Million Little Things
  14. Starz's Counterpart
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. DC Universe's Doom Patrol
  2. Showtime's The Chi
  3. Amazon's Patriot
  4. Syfy's The Magicians
  5. Audience's Mr. Mercedes
  6. HBO's Room 104
  7. Showtime's The Affair
  8. OWN's Queen Sugar
  9. ABC's The Good Doctor
  10. TNT's Claws
  11. Netflix's The Society
  12. NBC's Good Girls

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