Sunday, April 21, 2024

Emmy Awards: With “Veep” Off the Ballot, Which Comedy Will Win Tonight?


The Emmy Awards are approaching within hours and there’s a big show missing from the ballot: “Veep.” This is the first time in years that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co. are out of contention– they’ll be back next year for the last time.

So which comedy will take the place of “Veep”? In recent years, “Atlanta” has shown a lot of strength at other awards shows. Donald Glover is very hot these days, so “Atlanta” could be the successor tonight.

But there’s a lot of money riding on the other nominees, all of which are very good. They include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Barry,” “Blackish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Glow,” “Silicon Valley,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Three of the choices come from HBO– “Curb,” “Barry,” and “Silicon Valley.” Larry David’s show always has a big following, so I’d think it would be the surprise– also, there’s the “Seinfeld” connection to “Veep.”

“Mrs. Maisel” was put in the comedy category. I don’t know why–it’s a drama. I’d love it to win a lot of awards. I just don’t know if the voters are thrown by the category.

If “Blackish” pulls off a win, that would be earth shaking. It’s only the show with African Americans, and the only nominee from a broadcast network.

So keep watching for this category. It’s a nailbiter!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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