Sunday, September 10, 2017

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order by show. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

Donald Glover, Atlanta (B.A.N.)
Jamie Babbit., Silicon Valley (Intellectual Property)
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley (Server Error)
Morgan Sackett, Veep (Blurb)
David Mandel, Veep (Groundbreaking)
Dale Stern, Veep (Justice)

This is the fourth consecutive nomination for Judge and the second for Mandel and Stern. Mandel and Glover are also nominated for writing, and Glover contends as the star of his show as well. Despite a win two years ago for writing and three nominations in this category this and last year, “Veep” has yet to win an Emmy for directing. In fact, “Transparent” won this award the past two years, “Modern Family” won four times in a row before that, and anything else isn’t on anymore, which means we’ll have a new winner. Last year, the same number of episodes of “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” faced off against one episode of another show and lost.

What should win: Honestly, any of these except for the “Atlanta” episode I really didn’t like.
What will win: It’s hard not to predict the lone Atlanta episode to beat out the competition. I’d expect “Groundbreaking” to be its top competition if the HBO shows don’t split their own votes.

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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