Emmy Talk with JWalk: Outstanding Comedy Series Frontrunners and Strong Contenders

As Emmy season approaches, I figured it’s time to revisit some of my early Emmy predictions, and make some more solid predictions with actual frontrunners strong contenders. I’ll be making my predictions based off of how many nominees were in the corresponding category last year. Let’s visit the Outstanding Comedy Series category


  • Veep (HBO)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – (Amazon Prime)
  • black-ish (ABC)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
  • Barry (HBO)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)

Last year there were eight nominees in this category, three of those series aren’t eligible for this years race (Atlanta, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Silicon Valley). The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be back in the race defending its crown against three time winner Veep, which I’m expecting to win big in nominations and actual wins in September. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for The Good Place to land its first series nominations. Netflix usually does well in the comedy series race, often time getting two series in this category. Last year it was GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt. This year, Netflix is campaigning seriously for its newer offerings with Russian Doll and The Kominsky Method, which has already proven its awards show capabilities by winning the Golden Globe for Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy for Micheal Douglas. It’s also a strong possibility that The Big Bang Theory makes one final victory for its final season.

Strong Contenders

  • Shrill (Hulu)
  • Pen15 (Hulu)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Black Monday (Showtime)
  • Kidding (Showtime)
  • Schitt’s Creek (CBC/Pop)

Kidding and Black Monday at Showtime and Shrill, Ramy, and Pen15 at Hulu are all in a great position to break through at the Emmys. I have a hard time putting these series in frontrunner status because they are all first season shows with no prior awards show track record, so it’s tough to really know what awards show voters are thinking about them. Out of the five aforementioned series, Shrill and its star Aidy Bryant has gotten the most critical acclaim and the most easily accessible show for the Emmy crowd.

I’m also crossing my fingers for Schitt’s Creek!

2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.

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