Last Year’s Winner: “Veep”
Still Eligible: Yes.
Hot Streak: Winning is contagious: “Veep” has won the category twice in a row. Before that, “Modern Family” was a winner five straight years, and “30 Rock” won the three years prior.
Fun Fact: Not so fun: The last series to win this category with a predominantly black cast was “The Cosby Show” in 1985.
“Veep” led all comedy series in nominations this year, pulling in 17 nods overall. Second place goes to another HBO series, “Silicon Valley,” and it only landed 10. That shows David Mandel’s two-time defending champion for Best Comedy Series still has a lot of fans at the TV Academy — it could very well make it three in a row.
But despite trailing in total nominations, there’s been fervent support for a few of the other nominees. “Atlanta” was the only new series to land a slot the the field, and Donald Glover snagged additional nominations as an actor, writer, and director for the series. Aziz Ansari almost did the same for “Master of None,” earning nods for acting and writing (alongside co-star Lena Waithe), and the Netflix original is clearly solidifying its place among the elite comedies.
Similarly, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit” made it three-for-three: three seasons, three Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series. Though its total nomination count is dwindling, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s presence looms large at the Emmys. “30 Rock” memories don’t fade quickly. “Modern Family” is on a similar downward trajectory, but the ABC sitcom remains one win away from becoming the most awarded Best Comedy Series in Emmy history. “Black-ish,” meanwhile, is on the ups, registering its most nominations ever. ABC might have a better horse to run this year.
Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Comedy Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2017 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all categories, as well.
- “Master of None”
- “Modern Family”
- “Silicon Valley”
- “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Will Win: “Veep”
Could Win: “Atlanta”
Should Win: “Veep”