Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Emmy Predictions: Best Drama 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: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld

The competition: This category is considered to be sewn up by many prognosticators. Subtract the only two non-sophomore shows, “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards,” which haven’t yet returned for their latest offerings. Plug back in two-time winner Game of Thrones, which took last season off after back-to-back wins, and The Americans, which aired its final season and was popular enough to snag one nomination here, two years ago. The only question is if any of last year’s five freshman nominees or “The Americans” are weak enough to be knocked out by the likes of the three most popular new shows: Killing Eve, Ozark, or Mindhunter, or if we’re truly underestimating something like The Chi or The Deuce. In theory, there’s also Mr. Robot, which was unceremoniously booted after being included its first season, and the once-great Homeland, which is a shell of its former self but did manage nominations for its lackluster fourth and fifth seasons. Maybe we’ll get a huge, hopefully good, surprise here!

The predicted nominees: The Americans, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld

The predicted winner: This feels like the year for This Is Us, but who the hell knows?

Next up: Best Comedy Series