Break­ing down the drama race.

Emmy Pre­dic­tions 2018: Drama Se­ries

Variety - - Contents - BY DANIELLE TURCHIANO

The Amer­i­cans FX

The spy drama has been rec­og­nized be­fore but never won. Given its swan-song sea­son and stel­lar show­ing from a rich en­sem­ble cast, it may prove hard to re­sist prais­ing it in a big way as a fi­nal good­bye.

The Crown NET­FLIX

The sopho­more sea­son is the last chance to cel­e­brate the cur­rent cast en­sem­ble, as sea­son 3 will jump for­ward in time and in­tro­duce new ac­tors as more ma­ture ver­sions of Queen El­iz­a­beth and Prince Philip.

The Hand­maid’s Tale HULU

Last year’s win­ner would still be fresh in minds even if the sec­ond sea­son wasn’t de­liv­er­ing episodes up to the end of the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow. It’s top­i­cal; it’s full of pow­er­house per­for­mances; it’s the one to beat.

Or­ange Is the New Black NET­FLIX

The long-run­ning fa­vorite for per­for­mances may just see a re­turn to the drama se­ries cat­e­gory this year af­ter a fifth sea­son that de­liv­ered its high­est stakes yet for the women of Litch­field prison.

This Is Us NBC

Last year’s lone broad­cast nom­i­nee will surely be back on the bal­lot for its sopho­more sea­son that de­liv­ered even more emo­tion — and, yes, an­swers about Jack Pear­son’s (Milo Ven­timiglia) cause of death.

The Chi SHOWTIME

Lena Waithe was cer­tainly an “it” woman this tele­vi­sion sea­son, and the de­but of her South Side gang vi­o­lence drama cap­tured hearts and minds of crit­ics. That may make it enough to a rare fresh­man nom this year.

Game of Thrones HBO

An Emmy win­ner the last two years it was el­i­gi­ble (2015 and 2016), this epic had to sit out last year’s race. But now that it’s back, not even a dragon could stop this genre se­ries from mak­ing it back on the bal­lot.

Home­land SHOWTIME

Af­ter scor­ing three pre­vi­ous noms and one win, the re­ju­ve­nated sev­enth sea­son could find its way back in the drama race. Af­ter all, the penul­ti­mate sea­son of the peren­nial fa­vorite is one of two chances to honor it.

Stranger Things NET­FLIX

The first sea­son cap­tured the na­tional zeit­geist, cul­mi­nat­ing in a nom in this cat­e­gory. The sec­ond sea­son was even buzzier, scarier and longer, which means it’s sure to snag the Academy’s con­tin­ued at­ten­tion.

West­world HBO

Last year the sci-fi western epic scored the most nom­i­na­tions of all se­ries (22, tied with “SNL”), one of which was here. It prom­ises another strong show­ing for its even more ex­pan­sive world-build­ing in sea­son 2.

ON THE BUB­BLE: “Bil­lions” (Showtime), “Coun­ter­part” (Starz),

“The Good Doc­tor” (ABC), “Killing Eve” (BBC Amer­ica), “Mind­hunter” (Net­flix), “Or­phan Black” (BBC Amer­ica), “Ozark” (Net­flix),

“Ray Dono­van” (Showtime), “Trust” (FX)

DARK HORSES: “Al­tered Car­bon,” (Net­flix), “Claws” (TNT),

“The Deuce” (HBO), “The Good Fight” (CBS All Ac­cess), “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC), “Hard Sun” (Hulu), “Mr. Ro­bot” (USA), “Out­lander” (Starz), “Scan­dal” (ABC), “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Ac­cess)

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