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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
UPDATED: June 17, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Probably just a simple math solution…if “Ted Lasso” is set to dominate the Emmys, and plenty of consumers (and voters) are taking in the streaming platform to discover it, wouldn’t they look to see what else Apple TV Plus could offer? Why not the series behind the beloved “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?” “Mythic Quest” could make some noise this season, and it may be something very few pundits can see coming.
The Chuck Lorre created “The Kominsky Method,” bids farewell in its third season but represented the establishment arm of the TV Academy that has gobbled this up in its two previous years. Another late entry drop, this may be Netflix’s best shot at a comedy nod with star Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner to steer the ship.
Added to a longlist of beloved comedy programs, “Superstore” has had its aficionados for its six-season run. The staff of The Cloud 9 Superstore has put more than their humor and hard work into its outstanding customer (audience) service, pouring their souls into building a memorable experience for people to revisit for years to come. With a chance to recognize its diverse cast as well (Nico Santos, please), maybe this could be a “Good Place” kind of sendoff at the Emmys.
Not that many musicals drop on television, but the Emmys go for them very seldom as “Glee” (season two) was their last recognition back in 2011. However, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” which follows the tender singing of Zoey Clarke played vividly by Jane Levy could have a lane all to itself and carve its own pathway to a nod.
The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding on June 28. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, 2021.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
"Ted Lasso"(Apple TV Plus)
Season one (August 14, 2020 release date)
CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
SYNOPSIS: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple
"The Flight Attendant"(HBO Max)
Season one (Nov. 26, 2020 release date)
CREATOR: Steve Yockey
SYNOPSIS: A reckless flight attendant with an alcoholism problem wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.
STARRING: Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet, T. R. Knight, Michelle Gomez, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, Nolan Gerard Funk, Rosie Perez
Season one (May 13, 2021)
CREATOR: Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky
SYNOPSIS: Explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.
STARRING: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Season seven (Oct. 21, 2020)
CREATOR: Kenya Barris
SYNOPSIS: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
STARRING: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Meacham, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole, Katlyn Nichol
Season one (May 6, 2021)
CREATORS: Meredith Scardino
SYNOPSIS: A one-hit-wonder band from the '90s gets a second shot at fame when they're sampled by a young star.
STARRING: Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, Renée Elise Goldsberry
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"The Kominsky Method"(Netflix)
Season three (May 28, 2021)
CREATOR: Chuck Lorre
SYNOPSIS: An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.
STARRING: Michael Douglas, Lisa Edelstein, Jane Seymour, Kathleen Turner
Season 11 (Dec. 6, 2020)
CREATORS: Paul Abbott, John Wells
SYNOPSIS: A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.
STARRING: William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher, Christian Isaiah, Kate Miner
"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"(NBC)
Season two (Jan 5, 2021)
CREATORS: Austin Winsberg
SYNOPSIS: A young woman discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.
STARRING: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, Lauren Graham, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar
"Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet"(Apple TV Plus)
Season two (May 7, 2021)
CREATOR: Megan Ganz, Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day
SYNOPSIS: The owner of a successful video game design company and his troubled staff struggle to keep their hit game 'Mythic Quest' on top.
STARRING: Rob McElhenney, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, F. Murray Abraham
Season three (Jan. 1, 2021)
CREATOR: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
SYNOPSIS: Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.
STARRING: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List
Season two (Sept 18, 2020)
CREATORS: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman
SYNOPSIS: The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager.
STARRING: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine, Richard Karn, Taylor Nichols, Melora Walters, Taj Cross, Dallas Liu
Season six (Oct 29, 2020)
CREATORS: Justin Spitzer
SYNOPSIS: A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.
STARRING: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
"Dickinson"(Apple TV Plus)
Season two (Jan. 8, 2021)
CREATOR: Alena Smith
SYNOPSIS: An inside look at the world of writer Emily Dickinson.
STARRING: Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, Jane Krakowski
Season one (April 22, 2021)
CREATOR: Ed Helms, Sierra Teller Ornelas, Michael Schur
SYNOPSIS: A small town in the Northeast is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historical statue.
STARRING: Ed Helms, Michael Greyeyes, Jana Schmieding, Jesse Leigh, Dustin Milligan
Season one (Feb. 16, 2021)
CREATOR: Dwayne Johnson
SYNOPSIS: A look at the formative years of superstar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as he grows up through life.
STARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Ana Tuisila, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu
"Made for Love"(HBO Max)
Season one (Apr. 1, 2021)
CREATORS: Alissa Nutting & Dean Bakopoulos and Patrick Somerville and Christina Lee
SYNOPSIS: A young woman, on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire, suddenly realizes that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track her every move.
STARRING: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Ray Romano, Augusto Aguilera
Season one (Jan. 7, 2021)
CREATORS: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
SYNOPSIS: A wealthy businessman becomes the mayor of Los Angeles.
STARRING: Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kyla Kenedy, Bobby Moynihan
Season seven (Apr. 15, 2021)
CREATORS: Darren Star
SYNOPSIS: After being mistaken for younger than she really is, a single mother decides to take the chance to reboot her career and her love life as a 26-year old.
STARRING: Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Hilary Duff, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard, Charles Michael Davis
"Master of None"(Netflix)
Season three (May 23, 2021)
CREATORS: Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
SYNOPSIS: The personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York.
STARRING: Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie
Season two (March 22, 2021)
CREATOR: Martin Freeman, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell
SYNOPSIS: A comedic look at the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
STARRING: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard
AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Comedy Series)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.
For wins: NBC’s “Frasier” and ABC’s “Modern Family” hold the record for the most awards in best comedy series, both of which won five times consecutively. The classic sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Cheers” both have four wins, although not consecutive.
For nominations: The shows that have been nominated in this category the most are “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H,” both with 11 over their runs. The former winning four and the latter once. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is the most nominated show in this category with nine but has not won (as of 2021).
NBC is the network with the most wins in this category, with 26, with CBS following with 22. Amazon Prime Video is the first and only streaming service to win this category with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (in 2018) and “Fleabag” (in 2019).
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Television Movie
- Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
- Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
- Outstanding Variety Series
- Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
- Outstanding Competition Program
About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.
- The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.