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
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
This Is Us
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
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
Billy on the Street
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
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
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
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
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race. Always, RuPaul’s Drag Race.