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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.

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WILL (Noah Sch­napp, left), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lu­cas (Caleb McLaugh­lin) are back for more “Stranger Things” in Sea­son 2.

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