2018 Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Matt Roush Gives His Series & Acting Picks

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CATEGORY: Outstanding Comedy Series




Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Silicon Valley

Atlanta - Lakeith Stanfield, Donald Glover
Guy D'Alema/FX

Most Likely to Win

With Veep out of the running this year, the field is open to an assortment of ambitious contenders. None take as many risks as Donald Glover’s visionary Atlanta, and with its star’s cultural clout, a win seems ordained.

The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Should Win

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a pure delight, fabulously recreating late-1950s New York while feeling wonderfully contemporary in the story of a Jewish housewife who finds her voice performing stand-up comedy (without her family’s knowledge) in a downtown club. Marvelous barely begins to describe the most satisfying comedy in a very strong field.

One Day At A Time
Mike Yarish/Netflix

Should Have Been Nominated

Netflix’s One Day at a Time, reinventing a classic sitcom with newfound relevance and ample heart.

ABC/Ron Tom

CATEGORY: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

William H. Macy, Shameless

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

ATLANTA -- Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks.
Matthias Clamer/FX

Most Likely to Win

I loved the transformation of Bill Hader’s hit man-turned-actor in HBO’s startlingly fresh Barry, but Donald Glover constantly surprises in Atlanta, never more than when he disguised himself as a nightmare version of a Michael Jackson-like recluse in the beyond-unsettling “Teddy Perkins” episode. What can’t this guy do?

Curtis Baker/FX

Should Win

Donald Glover. It’s his year.

Brockmire - Hank Azaria

Should Have Been Nominated

Hank Azaria as Brockmire, IFC’s hilariously debauched sportscaster-on-the-skids.

A Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' Onion
Jessica Brooks/CBS

CATEGORY: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Allison Janney, Mom

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Most Likely to Win

No one earned more respect than auteur supreme Pamela Adlon, who not only starred in but directed all episodes of her deeply personal and caustically witty Better Things. But the Emmy belongs to Rachel Brosnahan as the brash Mrs. Maisel, the year’s breakout comedy star-is-born turn.


Should Win

Rachel Brosnahan. Can we talk? She sure can.

GLOW - Alison Brie

Should Have Been Nominated

GLOW’s Alison Brie is the heart and soul of Netflix’s nostalgic romp.

Saturday Night Live - Season 43
Will Heath/NBC

CATEGORY: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta

Henry Winkler, Barry

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Barry - Henry Winkler, Bill Hader

Most Likely to Win

Give a legend his due. Henry Winkler has one of his best roles as Barry’s flamboyant acting coach, and this would be his first win in a remarkable career. This has nothing to do with nostalgia. He’s great.


Should Win

Henry Winkler (although good for the Emmys to finally nominate Saturday Night Live’s invaluable ensemble player Kenan Thompson, a marvel of reliable support).

The Good Place - Season 2
Colleen Hayes/NBC

Should Have Been Nominated

The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper as the ethically uptight and all-too-flappable Chidi.

Will & Grace - Season 1
Chris Haston/NBC

CATEGORY: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Saturday Night Live - Season 43
Will Heath/NBC

Most Likely to Win

Attacking each sketch with fearless abandon, proving herself this generation’s answer to Carol Burnett, SNL’s Kate McKinnon will likely keep adding trophies to her shelf. This would be her third in a row.


Should Win

Mrs. Maisel’s Alex Borstein is comic gold as the title character’s gruff but loyal manager, who like her new client is also ahead of her retro times.

One Day At A Time

Should Have Been Nominated

One Day at a Time’s legendary EGOT Rita Moreno, who doesn’t miss a beat or a laugh as the family’s spitfire abuela. If she had been nominated, she’d be a favorite to win.

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The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards are almost here, and with such a tight race this year, TV fans are wondering who will go home with statues on September 17.

In anticipation of the NBC-airing awards show, we're counting down with our own Matt Roush's predictions for all of the major categories. Today, we're taking a look at the comedy contenders: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series.

With nominees from hits like AtlantaThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, and more, this is a tough one! Click through the gallery above for Matt's picks, and sound off with your predictions in the comments below!