Glenn Whipp has some ideas.
With the absence of a few reigning winners (“Game of Thrones,” Rami Malek, Tatiana Maslany), this year’s Emmys sport a bit more uncertainty than usual. Meaning: Don’t hold me to these early predictions. I might be changing my mind, and then reversing course again, before the awards are bestowed Sept. 17. (Check back the week of the ceremony.) Winner: “Stranger Things”
Analysis: “Stranger Things” doesn’t feel like the kind of show that would win the honor of best television drama. It’s a horror-mystery. It stars a bunch of kids. It references “The Goonies.” But you can’t overlook its popularity — 18 Emmy nominations, a Producers Guild Award for best drama series and the SAG Awards honor for drama series ensemble. Voters love this show. Netflix had to turn people away from a June event at the film academy’s 1,000-seat Goldwyn Theater in June. Shannon Purser (Barb!) got a nomination.
All that aside, I could still see “Handmaid’s Tale” winning because of its unf linching excellence, political relevance and Hulu’s savvy marketing. (Keep those handmaids roaming the streets.) Key nominations in directing (two nods, Reed Morano and Kate Dennis) and writing (showrunner Bruce Miller earned a nom for the pilot) indicate the depth of support for the show.
WILL (Noah Schnapp, left), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) are back for more “Stranger Things” in Season 2.