Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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

Michael Schur, The Good Place (Whenever You’re Ready)
Tony McNamara, The Great (The Great)
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Happy Ending)
David West Read, Schitt’s Creek (The Presidential Suite)
Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, What We Do in the Shadows (Collaboration)
Paul Simms, What We Do in the Shadows (Ghosts)
Stefani Robinson, What We Do in the Shadows (On the Run)

This is Schur’s fourth nomination following previous bids for “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” Levy is also nominated for acting and directing this year. Simms has two previous bids for “The Larry Sanders Show,” and Robinson has one for “Atlanta.” Only “The Great” isn’t up for Best Comedy Series. That said, a few shows, including “My Name is Earl,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” have won this prize for their pilots without a nomination in the top category. A show with two nominations hasn’t won since 2013.

What should win: I loved “The Great” but don’t consider its pilot anywhere near its strongest episode. This is an easy choice for me – the series finale of “The Good Place.”
What will win: I think that Schitt’s Creek is beloved enough after its impressive performance this year that its series finale takes this.

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