Variety senior editors Danielle Turchiano and Michael Schneider dug into some of the year’s most notable comedy series ahead of the Feb. 3 nomination announcement for the 78th annual Golden Globes. In a Variety Awards Circuit video presented by HBO, the two editors discuss eligible entries and those likely to contend for the awards show’s best comedy series category when nominations are revealed.
“Schitt’s Creek,” which notably swept the comedy categories at the 2020 Emmys, recently released its final season. Though the Golden Globes have not previously given nods to lead actors Eugene Levy or Catherine O’Hara, it is likely to recognize the duo’s — and the overall series’ — merits at the next awards show.
Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso,” which follows an American tasked with leading a European football club, is also expected to make an appearance among the category’s list of nominees. Its combination of heartfelt plot points and comedic moments may appeal to voters, Schneider argues, with its focus on international sports further bolstering chances for recognition.
Ramy Youssef took home an award for best comedy actor at last year’s Golden Globes, and with the addition of supporting actors like Mahershala Ali, Youssef’s show “Ramy” sees good chances at a comedy series nomination this year. The series, less chipper than some other potential competitors, also offers needed representation for Muslim Americans.
Dark comedies like “Dead to Me” and “What We Do in the Shadows” are also contenders, as both series have generated widespread praise for their acting and writing. Other shows Turchiano and Schneider expect to be potential nominees are “The Flight Attendant,” “Insecure” and “The Great.”
Schneider added that as a matter of personal opinion, he’d love to see “Ted Lasso” secure a nomination. He also hopes for “Dave” and “Never Have I Ever” to stand a fighting chance, while Turchiano personally favors “Pen15.”
The Golden Globes are expected to take place Feb. 28 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting. Watch the full video about the show’s comedy category above.