Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Emmy Predictions 2020 - Which Programs Will Likely Be Nominated for Comedy Series?

From July 2 to July 13, 2020, voting took place for The 72nd 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, these are my predictions for which programs will be nominated for Comedy Series.

2019 Nominees:
        HBO's Barry
        Amazon's Fleabag (WINNER)
        NBC's The Good Place
        Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
        Netflix's Russian Doll
        Pop's Schitt's Creek
        HBO's Veep

This category was insanely competitive a year ago. And now, it's undergoing a bit of a dramatic shift. Former winners Fleabag and Veep have concluded their runs. Barry and Russian Doll didn't produce any new episodes in the eligibility window. The number of nominees is going up. That means there will be so many possibilities for what will happen here. Past nominees The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Schitt's Creek and The Good Place are more than likely going to compete once more. That still leaves half the category up in the air. That is especially crazy. It's easy to see a reality in which growing support elsewhere will fuel Ramy, Dead to Me and Insecure into this race as well. It's also just as easy to think the voters will embrace past favorites like Modern Family, Black-ish, Silicon Valley and GLOW. Or the race could feature newcomers that will surprisingly prove to have strong overall numbers from the voters like The Great and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. These possibilities make the race incredible fluid. A show like Better Things could finally receive a long overdue nomination. The Kominsky Method could slide into the race despite missing out for its buzzier first season. A completely random nomination could also happen that no one is expecting at this point. That makes this race exciting. It's always difficult to gauge which shows have momentum. That is more true in this category than it has been in a long time.

For the 2020 awards ceremony, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to tie the number of nominations to the number of submissions in each category. For Comedy Series, 111 programs were eligible on the ballot. That will translate to eight nominees in this category.

Shows most likely to be nominated:
  1. Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  2. Pop's Schitt's Creek
  3. NBC's The Good Place
  4. Netflix's Dead to Me
  5. HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
  6. Hulu's Ramy
  7. HBO's Insecure
  8. FX's Better Things
Serious threats that could break through:
  1. Netflix's The Kominsky Method
  2. Hulu's The Great
  3. NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
  4. Netflix's GLOW
  5. ABC's Modern Family
  6. HBO's Silicon Valley
  7. FX's What We Do In the Shadows
  8. ABC's Black-ish
  9. AppleTV+'s Little America
  10. Netflix's Space Force
  11. Amazon's Modern Love
  12. AppleTV+'s Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
  13. HBO's Run
  14. FXX's Dave
  15. Netflix's The Politician
  16. Netflix's #BlackAF
  17. HBO's Avenue 5
  18. ABC's The Conners
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Netflix's Sex Education
  2. HBO's The Righteous Gemstones
  3. Netflix's Never Have I Ever
  4. NBC's Will & Grace
  5. Netflix's The End of the F***ing World
  6. AppleTV+'s Dickinson
  7. Hulu's Shrill
  8. Netflix's After Life
  9. Comedy Central's Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens
  10. NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  11. Hulu's High Fidelity
  12. Netflix's Gentefied
  13. FX's Baskets
  14. Hulu's Dollface
  15. Netflix's Living With Yourself
  16. Amazon's Upload
  17. Showtime's Kidding
  18. Pop's One Day at a Time
  19. Spectrum's Mad About You
Colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay
  2. AMC's Lodge 49
  3. IFC's Brockmire
  4. NBC's Superstore
  5. HBO's Betty
  6. CBS' Young Sheldon
  7. Showtime's Black Monday
  8. Netflix's Feel Good
  9. FX's Breeders
  10. Netflix's Dear White People
  11. CBS' Bob Hearts Abishola
  12. Comedy Central's South Side
  13. HBO's Los Espookys
  14. HBO Max's Love Life
  15. CBS' The Unicorn
  16. Showtime's Work in Progress

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