The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday, September 17th, and with it we recognize the latest and most excellent television programs. Street’s here to predict which shows are going to take home the bacon.


1. Outstanding Comedy Series


Nominees:

Atlanta

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep


Seeing as Veep took home the glory the past two years, it is highly likely that they will ring in a third win. However, HBO series has some very serious contenders this year. Atlanta is the kind of work that certainly deserves an award, so Street hopes that Donald Glover’s delightful creation wins the title this time around. 



2. Outstanding Drama Series


Nominees:

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld


We’d like to first acknowledge that our prediction would most likely have been different had Game of Thrones been a contender. However, in its absence, it is highly likely that Westworld will win the title, keeping HBO on top. It’s possible that Stranger Things could take the win, but we think that Westworld’s more sinister tones will trump Stranger Things’ flashy vibes.



3. Outstanding Variety Talk Series


Nominees:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Real Time with Bill Maher


After spending 12 years as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee produced “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” in the Spring of 2016. It seems that Bee’s talk show is the top contender to take the win this year, beating out stiff competition such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Street is particularly excited for Bee to take the title, bringing some harmony back to a category that has been far too male-dominated in previous years.



4. Outstanding Variety Sketch Series


Nominees:

Billy on the Street

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

Tracey Ullman’s Show


Saturday Night Live has received 221 Emmy nominations since 1977, with 45 of those being wins. The show received 22 nominations in 2017 alone—tying with Westworld for the highest number of nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards. Given the turbulent political climate of the country over the past year, SNL has had a wealth of material to draw inspiration from, and its ratings have reflected that influx. Though Street officially predicts that Saturday Night Live will win the award, we are sad to see that Billy on the Street will not receive the recognition it deserves.



5. Outstanding Limited Series


Nominees:

Big Little Lies

Fargo

Feud: Bette and Joan

Genius

The Night Of


While both Big Little Lies and Feud: Bette and Joan each accrued a large number of nominations this year, Street predicts that Big Little Lies will use its stacked cast and exemplary cinematography to its advantage and ultimately take the win. 



6. Outstanding Television Movie


Nominees:

Black Mirror: “San Junipero”

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: “The Lying Detective”

The Wizard of Lies


Though Black Mirror is more commonly perceived to be a limited series, this year, Netflix decided to submit each individual episode of Black Mirror as a TV movie, with the episode “San Junipero” making it to the big leagues. Street is predicting that the series’ popularity in general will carry some weight, and that Black Mirror will win the award. 



7. Outstanding Reality-Competition Program


Nominees: 

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice


RuPaul’s Drag Race. Always, RuPaul’s Drag Race.


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