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‘Veep’ Is the Comedy to Beat, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus Prepares to Make History — Screen Talk Emmy Podcast

But don't count out 'Atlanta,' especially outstanding comedy actor frontrunner Donald Glover.

David Mandel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast and crew of Veep68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Sep 2016

David Mandel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast and crew of Veep in 2016

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Veep” appears unstoppable.

The HBO comedy broke “Modern Family’s” streak of five consecutive outstanding comedy wins in 2015, and launched a streak of its own. After repeating the win in 2016, “Veep” is the favorite this year to take the category once again.

Ditto star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is a favorite to win yet again as former President Selina Meyer. If she pulls off her sixth consecutive Emmy, Louis-Dreyfus will beat the record for most Emmys won by a performer in the same role for the same series. She’s also in line this year to tie Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys ever won by a female performer (at eight).

But while “Veep” is rightfully getting all of the attention this year, freshman comedy “Atlanta” could play spoiler. (More likely, star Donald Glover is in line for a best actor in a comedy Emmy). In the supporting categories, it could wind up being a double dose of “Saturday Night Live,” as Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin are currently front runners.

Just like last year, IndieWire’s Screen Talk podcast will continue its weekly Emmy edition over the next few weeks to highlight the most interesting storylines and races. IndieWire editor-at-large Anne Thompson and executive editor Michael Schneider will banter each week, and also bring on the occasional guest.

Here’s Episode 7, in which Thompson and Schneider dissect the key comedy categories. Listen below!



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