Emmy Nomination Predictions 2019: Bold Picks in Major Categories, and At Least One Obvious One – Variety

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“Game of Thrones” and Netflix. If you’re in the Emmy predictions business, it’s a no-brainer that Tuesday will be a good morning for those two entities.Beyond that, if Emmy voters were ever to prove the status quo wrong, perhaps this is the year. Television Academy members are notorious for sticking with the familiar and tried-and-true when it comes to nominees and winners, as shows frequently continue to stay in contention long after they should. That’s why Emmy prognosticators are usually wise to stick to past nominees rather than go on a limb and predict any sort of major category shakeup. But times — and the makeup of the Academy — are changing, and perhaps we’ll see the arrival of fresh blood on Tuesday when this year’s Emmy nominations are announced. Programs like “Fleabag, ” “Schitt’s Creek, ” “Russian Doll, ” “Pose, ” Succession, ” “Homecoming, ” “The Good Fight, ” “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, ” and “Desus & Mero” are currently in the zeitgeist and deserve to be in the conversation alongside some of the tried-and-true contenders. Related The era of peak TV, combined with limited space for nominees, means there will be plenty of snubs come announcement ....

And when it comes time to predict this year’s nomination slate, we’re going mostly with the predictable. Prove us wrong, TV Academy. Prove us wrong. Outstanding Drama Series “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Killing Eve” (AMC/BBC America)
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“Pose” (FX)
“Succession” (HBO) Could also be nominated: “Homecoming” (Amazon Prime); “Bodyguard” (Netflix)
Nice surprise: “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) With “The Americans, ” “The Crown, ” “The Handmaid’s Tale, ” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” all out of contention this year, the category will almost fully flip — leaving room for the return of old favorites like “Better Call Saul” and putting shows you thought were nominated last year but weren’t, like “Killing Eve” and “Ozark, ” fully into the mix. But “Game of Thrones, ” even with fan outrage over the finale, is still the one to beat. Outstanding Comedy Series “Veep” (HBO)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime)
“Barry” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Good Place” (NBC) Could also be nominated: “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime); “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
Nice surprise: “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop); “Better Things” (FX) As we’ve been saying all along, this category really comes down to previous winner “Veep” vs. .

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