Bettors are no longer confined to sports but can now bet props on all kinds of events. We turn our attention then to the 2015 Emmy Awards odds and analyze which actors & shows will bring home hardware.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family (+300)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (+1600)
Silicon Valley (+2200)
There was a time when the average working stiff would recognize all the players in every category because there was no Amazon Network, Netflix, HBO, Starz or Showtime. Yes, that seems like a day and age when dinosaurs roamed the earth but now we have more than just the alphabet soup networks vying for our attention and thus we have five of six lined nominees that air on non-traditional network television.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus gained fame and fortune on the legendary comedy Seinfeld back in the 80’s and 90’s but is now the star of her own critically acclaimed show Veep. While Modern Family has won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series the voters are always looking for something fresh and that appears to be Veep which swept the Golden Globes and should cop an Emmy here.
Emmy Pick: Veep (-110) in your Emmy Award picks at Betfair.com.
Outstanding Drama Series
Mad Men (-110)
Game of Thrones (-110)
House of Cards (+1400)
Orange is the New Black (+2000)
Better Call Saul (+3300)
Downton Abbey (+3300)
This is really a two-horse race and the Emmy odds makers have reflected that in making both series the chalky favorites in this category. Mad Men may be on its way out and the sentimental choice to cop the Emmy but Game of Thrones this past season was the best of the bunch.
Emmy Pick: Game of Thrones (-110) in your Emmy Award picks at Betfair.com.
Lead Comedy Actress
Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) -200
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) +275
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) +400
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) +1800
Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) +1800
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) +2500
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the heavy chalk in this one and based on her results in the other award shows she should be a runaway winner. However, Amy Schumer is the “it” girl this season and if her surging popularity holds it would not surprise me if in fact she walks away with the prize.
Emmy Pick: Amy Schumer +400 in your Emmy Award picks at betfair.com.
Lead Comedy Actor
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) -900
William H Macy (Shameless) +1400
Will Forte (Last Man on Earth) +1400
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) +2000
Don Cheadle (House of Lies) +2000
Louis C K (Louie) +2000
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) +2000
Jeffrey Tambor is the prohibitive favorite but I’m not laying -900 on Kim Kardashian looking at herself in the mirror tomorrow let alone the whimsy that is the judge’s fancy regarding awards’ shows. Therefore let’s move a few notches down as the Emmy Award odds skyrocket to Anthony Anderson of Black-ish. His role is a modern day Cosby as an upwardly mobile African-American who is desperately clinging to his roots amidst a lily white backdrop.
Emmy Pick: Anthony Anderson +2000 at Betfair.com.
Lead Actress Drama
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) +350
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) +400
Robin Wright (House of Cards) +500
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) +500
Claire Danes (Homeland) +1100
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) +2200
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) +10000
Peggy Olson, played seamlessly by Elisabeth Moss, is a character who will be fading off into syndication and the Academy could very well reward Elisabeth Moss not only for this past season but for all the seasons she toiled as the ambitious former secretary.
Emmy Pick: Elisabeth Moss +2200 at Betfair.com
Lead Actor Drama
Jon Hamm (Mad Men) +300
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) +400
Terrence Howard (Empire) +700
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) +700
Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) +1400
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) +1600
Jon Hamm will bring home the hardware for the same reason Elisabeth Moss will do the same. Without ever getting any Emmy love for his portrayal of Don Draper in the past, the time is nigh for the Academy to grace both actors for their acting chops if not their longevity.
Emmy Pick: Jon Hamm +300 at Betfair.com.