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UPDATED: Aug 26, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: A good old-fashioned reflection on some of our industry’s most beloved celebrities is typically popular, especially when it features the likes of NBA star Anthony Davis, actor Caleb McLaughlin and comedian Nick Kroll. “Becoming’s” inspiring subject matter might go a long way with voters and the star power of executive producer and current L.A. Laker LeBron James only increases the show’s overall profile.

The sheer audacity of nominating such a populist choice as “Below Deck” makes this nomination one of the coolest the Television Academy has made in quite some time. The show has been on the air since 2013 and ignored by awards committees, though it scoops up social media attention on a weekly basis. Given that it was such a surprise addition to this ballot, it’s hard to tell if that means voters will feel inclined to select it for the win in the end. Regardless, its place here gives credibility to the Bravo network brand and its rising domination in the reality space.

Dating competitions are common, but matchmaking is a whole other beast, and “Indian Matchmaking” hooked viewers from the second it premiered in summer 2020. It wasn’t only entertaining, but it was also nuanced in its depictions of people’s fears about happiness and their requirements for relationships. It also likely educated a lot of viewers about the cultural traditions that would lead one to use such a service in the first place. Still, it faces stiff competition from the other entries and its early premiere date may have it a bit distant in voters’ minds.

Flagship series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been a default competition program favorite over the past few years, being nominated in that category four times, winning three. Its behind-the-scenes spinoff “Untucked” is just as popular when it comes to noms (it, too, has been on this ballot every year since 2017), but it has yet to win. While it has thus far been only a bridesmaid, this could be the year it finally walks down the aisle to accept the prize.

Academy voters often love to reward series set in Hollywood’s own backyard, and “Selling Sunset” is that. The second season of this real estate series finally mustered recognition from its peers to secure a spot on this ballot. Maybe it was assisted by the boosted profile of Chrishell Stause and Christine Quinn, who won for unscripted fight at the last MTV Movie + TV Awards. (OK that’s a joke.) Or maybe it was aided by people living vicariously while being stuck in their own homes. Whatever the reason the show made it, now that it’s here, its streamer must balance focus between two series in the race, which could complicate things.

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.

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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.