The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards take place early next week with the star-studded affair at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles expected to attract record viewing figures. The Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta lead the charge for top honours in the popular drama and comedy categories, however there are plenty of whispers surrounding the ultra-successful Game of Thrones and the relatively unknown spy series The Americans. Here we take a look at who might scoop the big awards as well as some great value bets for the time-honoured ceremony.
After taking out this award in 2017 for its first series, The Handmaid’s Tale is outright favourite to win this year’s statue as well. Successful on both a critical and commercial level, the dark and disturbing 13-part series has a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was described by The Guardian’s Jake Nevins as “an artistic achievement that altogether reinvents what it means to hate-watch”. Attempting to become the fifth series since 2001 which has won at least two consecutive Emmys, the current odds ($1.45) are well worth considering.
For those hunting for a little more value, The Americans may be the one to watch here. Starring Keri Russell, the show’s sixth and final season received rave reviews whilst its final episode was said to be ‘near-flawless’. Furthermore, the espionage drama picked up three Television Critics Association awards, including Program of the Year. That said, shows at the end of their run have traditionally struggled at The Emmys with only two series (The Sopranos and Breaking Bad) taking out this award for their final season since 1990. Still, The Americans is a tempting proposition with odds now creeping out beyond the $4 mark.
From the other contenders, Game of Thrones is perhaps the series that could surprise. A multiple winner in the category (2015, 2016), HBO’s fantasy/drama series cannot be written off at generous $6.50 odds with the high-budget production once again capturing the imaginations of audiences across the planet. Should GoT sneak the win, it would become the 3rd series (Mad Men and The West Wing were the previous) in the past 19 years to win this category three times across its run.
Tip: The Handmaid’s Tale
Value punt: The Americans
Although The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Black-ish and Barry are still in single figures to take out Best Comedy, Atlanta is the red-hot favourite. In its second season, the show has garnered warm praise from critics and viewers alike whilst its first series won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Starring creator and sometimes director Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), the show has a large following and has just been renewed for a third season by network FX.
Although an upset in this category does appear unlikely, the period comedy-drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel does appear to be the show most likely of keeping Glover et al from the podium. Nominated for its first season, the show has been a success during the TV award season picking up two wins at the recent Critics’ Choice Television Awards including Best Comedy Series. On that note, the $3.60 odds are sure to tempt plenty.