Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Emmy Predictions: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 16th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: FUBU (Atlanta), Teddy Perkins (Atlanta), Make Your Mark (Barry), The Bow Tie Asymmetry (The Big Bang Theory), Pilot (GLOW), Pilot (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Initial Coin Offering (Silicon Valley)

The top contenders:
Episode 2 (After Life)
The Audition (Barry)
ronny/lily (Barry)
The Stockholm Syndrome (The Big Bang Theory)
Pilot (Dead to Me)
Episode 1 (Fleabag)
Andre and Sarah (Forever)
Mother of All Miracles (GLOW)
Perverts Are People, Too (GLOW)
Rosalie (GLOW)
Janet(s) (The Good Place)
Chapter 1: An Actor Avoids (The Kominsky Method)
Chapter 2: An Agent Grieves (The Kominsky Method)
All Alone (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
The Punishment Room (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
We’re Going to the Catskills! (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Saving Mikaela (Ramy)
Strawberries (Ramy)
Nothing in This World Is Easy (Russian Doll)
Discovery Weekend (Veep)
Veep (Veep)

This category will open up a bit this year thanks to “Atlanta” and “Silicon Valley” not airing, but expect both submitted episodes of Veep to show up here. Three sophomore shows have a good shot at returning, though it’s hard to know if they will after they were nominated last year only for their pilots: Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and GLOW. Given its first-time showing in this category last year for its season finale, the series finale of The Big Bang Theory stands a good shot at showing up this year too. Freshman contenders include The Kominsky Method, Ramy, Russian Doll, Dead to Me, After Life, and Forever, and both The Good Place and Fleabag could show up too.

The predicted nominees: The Audition (Barry), The Stockholm Syndrome (The Big Bang Theory), Chapter 1: An Actor Avoids (The Kominsky Method), All Alone (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Discovery Weekend (Veep), Veep (Veep)

The predicted winner: I expect this to go to the pilot of The Kominsky Method, though the series finale of “Veep”could prevail too.

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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