Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — “Game of Thrones” and Netflix. If you're in the Emmy predictions business, it's a no-brainer that Tuesday will be a good morning for those two entities.
Beyond that, if Emmy voters were ever to prove the status quo wrong, perhaps this is the year. Television Academy members are notorious for sticking with the familiar and tried-and-true when it comes to nominees and winners, as shows frequently continue to stay in contention long after they should. That's why Emmy prognosticators are usually wise to stick to past nominees rather than go on a limb and predict any sort of major category shakeup.
But times — and the makeup of the Academy — are changing, and perhaps we'll see the arrival of fresh blood on Tuesday when this year's Emmy nominations are announced. Programs like “Fleabag,” “Schitt's Creek,” “Russian Doll,” “Pose,” Succession,” “Homecoming,” “The Good Fight,” “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” and “Desus & Mero” are currently in the zeitgeist and deserve to be in the conversation alongside some of the tried-and-true contenders.
The era of peak TV, combined with limited space for nominees, means there will be plenty of snubs come announcement day, however. And when it comes … — Michael Schneider/@Variety