2018 Emmy Odds: ‘Handmaid's Tale’ Will Win Best Drama Crown Again

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 11:20 AM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 11:20 AM UTC

Netflix may lead HBO in overall Emmy nominations, but it's Hulu that is favored to take the Best Drama award for the second year in a row with "The Handmaid's Tale." 

<p>HBO’s “Game of Thrones” may have the dragon’s share of nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, but for the first time in 17 years the network doesn’t have the most nominations overall.</p><p>Online streaming service Netflix dethroned the cable behemoth with 112 nominations; HBO received 108.</p><p>“GoT,” ineligible for Emmys last year because it didn’t premiere before the deadline, garnered 22 nominations and is certainly a front-runner for Best Drama. It has fierce competition from last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which has 20 nominations.</p><p>Both <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline </a>and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow">SportsBetting</a> are offering odds on this and several Emmy categories. And while you may be more accustomed to<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/nfl-betting/" rel="nofollow"> football betting,</a> we’re here to help you navigate all things pop culture and point you toward a winner. Maybe in return you can teach us what a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/parlay-betting/" rel="nofollow">parlay bet</a> is – or maybe we’ll just catch a “Las Vegas” rerun.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Game of Thrones' Lannisters ruled over the 2018 Emmy nominations with an iron fist &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/NMnk8ZSWdp\"&gt;https://t.co/NMnk8ZSWdp&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/8ZqeBqw4rv\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/8ZqeBqw4rv&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— TIME (@TIME) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TIME/status/1017540420992229376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 12, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Seven shows are vying for the Best Drama Emmy, with five of them repeats from last year, advancing and retreating in favor as if on a chessboard.</p><p>New to the category is “The Americans” (+3000), the FX drama about Russian spies living in a Washington, D.C. suburb, which wrapped up its series run this year. Critics who’ve been touting the show and its stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for years would love to see it take home the award, but the nomination will have to be enough.</p><p>What’s missing is our new fave show, “Killing Eve” on BBC America about an MI5 agent (first-time Best Actress nominee Sandra Oh) tracking a ruthless yet charismatic assassin.</p><p>Here’s what else is in contention and why they won’t win:</p><ul> <li>NBC’s family tearjerker “This is Us” (+400), which finally revealed how best-dad-ever Jack died, had a strong if not weepy season. Give it the Golden Kleenex Box.</li> <li>Frankly, we would have opted trading Netflix’s retro creepy thriller “Stranger Things” (+5000) with “Killing Eve,” but you might think that’s upside down.</li> <li>Even though Netflix’s “The Crown” (+5000) showed us how hard it is to be queen having to run a country, corral your sister and rein in your womanizing husband, we were more intrigued by the real royal wedding.</li> <li>The androids on “Westworld” (+5000) may be gaining consciousness, but again the HBO robot Western will be left dying in a canyon. Yeah, that happens a lot.</li></ul><p>Ultimately, the category comes down to two shows: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">“The Handmaid’s Tale” (-300) </a>and “Game of Thrones” (+180).</p><p>Where would you rather live, Gilead or Westeros? It’s grim either way -- a Dystopian tale of fertile women as breeders or an ancient fantasy about two families fighting to sit upon the Iron Throne. Ouch and ouch!</p><p>With one season of “GoT” left to go, you’d think it would have momentum, but alas even a zombie dragon can’t breathe life into chances it will win be Best Drama this year.</p><p>And despite a divisive season finale, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale will win the Emmy for a second year in a row. With critics and viewers drawing scary parallels to current U.S. politics and its strong ensemble of actors -- especially star Elisabeth Moss – it will be hard for Emmy voters to ignore.</p><p>Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” will host the Emmy Awards that air Sept. 17 on NBC.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free Best Drama Emmy Pick: The Handmaid's Tale</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2>
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