Last Year’s Winner: “Schitt’s Creek”
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: It’s been a few years since we saw a repeat winner in the Best Comedy Series category, and that’s OK! “Veep” was the last to pull it off, winning three in a row from 2015 – 2017, which came right after “Modern Family’s” historic run of five consecutive wins. Both of those preceded “30 Rock’s” three years atop Comedy Mountain, so after 11 years of hot streaks, let’s enjoy the unpredictability while it lasts.
Fun Fact: Despite the rise of streaming and cable, broadcast retains a firm grip on the Best Comedy category. NBC leads with 26 all-time wins; CBS is second with 22; then comes ABC with 11, HBO at four, while Amazon Prime Video is the only streamer with any victories. (It’s got two.) Over the last decade, however, you can see how streaming and cable are disrupting things. The winners’ break down to: broadcast with four wins, cable with four, and streaming with two.
Notable Ineligible Series: “Schitt’s Creek” (ended), “The Good Place” (ended), “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Season 11 is not expected to be eligible), “Dead to Me” (Season 3 is not expected to be eligible), “Insecure” (Season 5 is not expected to be eligible), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 4 is not expected to be eligible), “What We Do in the Shadows” (Season 3 is not expected to be eligible)
At the bottom of this page are IndieWire Deputy TV Editor Ben Travers’ predictions for Best Comedy Series. This article will be updated throughout the season, along with all our predictions, so make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2020 race. Voting for the 2021 Emmys will be held from June 17 through June 28 (with polls closing at 10 p.m. PT). Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 13. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given out in September, at a date (or dates) to be announced. The 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place Sunday, September 19. CBS is broadcasting the ceremony.
The State of the Race
Sticking with the year’s “massive turnover” theme, seven of last year’s eight Best Comedy Series nominees are no longer eligible — and the one prospective returnee is far from a lock. Could we see an entirely new batch of comedies nominated in 2021? If so, it would be the first time that’s happened since 1970, when that year’s class had zero repeat nominees from the year prior. The mere possibility of seeing eight new nominees in 2021 makes for a tantalizing (and unpredictable) race: This is a year to break in, establish the show as an Emmy player, and then bank on that momentum for years to come.
Still, the one returning hopeful is Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” which cracked into the Best Comedy race for the first time last year. Now without co-star Alan Arkin, Michael Douglas’ final season will try to land one more ticket to the big dance before bidding goodbye. The streaming giant’s …read more
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