Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Emmy Predictions: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 12th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: B.A.N. (Atlanta), Intellectual Property (Silicon Valley), Server Error (Silicon Valley), Blurb (Veep), Groundbreaking (Veep), Justice (Veep)

The top contenders:
FUBU (Atlanta)
Teddy Perkins (Atlanta)
Chapter One: Make Your Mark (Barry)
Fatwa! (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
The Pickle Gambit (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Thank You For Your Service (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Episode 3 (The End of the F***ing World)
Episode 5 (Episodes)
Pilot (GLOW)
Hella Perspective (Insecure)
Mrs. X at the Gaslight (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Pilot (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Chief Operating Officer (Silicon Valley)
Initial Coin Offering (Silicon Valley)
Mark’s Lunch and Two Cups of Coffee (SMILF)
Rosario’s Quinceanera (Will and Grace)

There are three slots open this year thanks to “Veep” not airing, and it’s possible that a few of them could go to Curb Your Enthusiasm, which netted four slots back in 2003 and three in 2004. It’s eligible here since the episodes are all considered improvised and therefore not up for writing, but there are far too many installments (six) submitted for it to be clear which ones are frontrunners. Both episodes of Atlanta stand a good chance of being included, and there’s no reason to think that the two submitted episodes of Silicon Valley won’t make it three in a row for that show. New series haven’t tended to make much of a dent aside from “Atlanta” last year, but expect The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to, and maybe GLOW also. I’m less confident about Barry or SMILF but they’re possible too.

The predicted nominees: FUBU (Atlanta), Teddy Perkins (Atlanta), Fatwa! (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Pilot (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Chief Operating Officer (Silicon Valley), Initial Coin Offering (Silicon Valley)

The predicted winner: If enthusiasm for the show is as predicted, count on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel over runner-up “Atlanta.”

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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