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Emmys: Donald Glover and Rachel Brosnahan Appear to Be Comedy Locks, But Spoilers Lurk — Screen Talk Emmy Edition

Episode 11: Don't count out Bill Hader, Tracee Ellis Ross and other strong contenders in the comedy performer races, however.

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It’s Donald Glover’s world right now. The dynamo seems to be able to do it all: “Atlanta” is a triumph, his music career as Childish Gambino is burning up the charts, and he was even considered one of the best things about “Solo.” He won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Lead Comedy Actor, and appears to be the shoo-in this year as well. Standing in his way for a repeat win: Bill Hader, whose “Barry” was similarly deemed a critical success; Anthony Anderson, whose recent police investigation will likely hurt his chances; and TV royalty Ted Danson, Larry David, and William H. Macy.

Among comedy actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is ineligible this year — after a consecutive six wins — making way for fresh blood. The buzz appears to be all about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” herself, Rachel Brosnahan. But in her way are several favorites, including “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross, “Grace and Frankie” legend Lily Tomlin, Emmy favorite Allison Janney (“Mom”) and critically adored Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”).

The comedy races for supporting actress, supporting actor, and guest actress and actor, are equally interesting in 2018. IndieWire editor-at-large Anne Thompson and executive editor Michael Schneider banter about the comedy acting categories in this week’s edition of Screen Talk Emmy Edition. Here’s Episode 11:

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