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UPDATED: Aug 26, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: With 18 previous Emmy nominations, it’s always interesting to see a network such as PBS, which doesn’t have deep pockets for splashy awards campaigning, make the cut alongside larger, more aggressive platforms. Grassroots efforts and general goodwill have certainly helped keep “Antiques Roadshow,” the little-show-that-could, a consistent presence on the ballot, but after almost two decades without a win, it feels like a long shot for one now.

Drew Scott and Jonathan Silver Scott have created a recognizable and entertaining franchise by fixing up homes of all kinds. In “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” the feel-good new piece of their empire, they help families spruce up their existing homes. It undoubtedly got a boost amid lockdown when so many were looking for tips and tricks to make their own spaces more exciting, which resulted in the brothers’ first-ever Emmy nom. Their industry cachet and continued interest in home improvement amid the ongoing pandemic could lead to a stunning upset.

Incumbent “Queer Eye” took this trophy consistently since 2018 and is back again to defend its title. This time the makeover show received six noms overall from the TV Academy, including in the reality host race for the Fab 5, in addition to directing and casting. That’s all a recipe that leads to continued celebration, so “Queer Eye” is out in the front of the pack for the time being

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“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” nabbed its first-ever awards nomination this year after moving from NBC to cabler Nat Geo. The show offered a bit of escapism amid a year of limited personal traveling and also featured guest stars from “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie to “The Office’s” Rainn Wilson showing off new sides of themselves. That celebrity fun factor could help give it a boost here.

Twelve years and four Emmys later, “Shark Tank” is still going strong. The broadcast series has been nominated in this race every year since 2012, winning consecutively between 2014 and 2017. This year it nabbed three overall noms, which is one more from last year. (The other two are reality host and reality casting.) Seeing an uptick like that now means something caught the Academy voters’ eyes anew, which might make it equipped to take on “Queer Eye” properly.

The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting beginning on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PT until Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. PT.

Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.


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2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

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.