2018 Emmy Odds: 'Mrs. Maisel' Marvelous Bet for Outstanding Comedy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

We were forced to pick a victor in this Emmy category bursting with talent, laughs and a touch of darkness.

<p>Anyone else feeling a bit like Alex from “A Clockwork Orange,” unable to avert their eyes from the volume of content coming at us from TV networks, cable outlets and streaming services? OK, maybe it’s just us feeling as if we’ve living through the Ludovico Technique.</p><p>That being said, please feel free to torture us with the eight nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards.</p><p>The diversity and variety of funny -- family chortles, workplace angst, hired-killer dark humor with a few wrestling head locks on the side -- make this the most overall satisfying Emmy category. And that’s without the wackadoodle political humor of three-time winner “Veep,” expected to return to HBO in 2019 after star Julia Louis-Dreyfus completes treatment for breast cancer.</p><p>Also not nominated but likely highly considered: NBC’s “The Good Place” starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell about navigating the afterlife, and the Netflix reboot of “One Day at a Time” starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno about a Hispanic family finding their way through the everyday ups and downs of life. Other notable non-nominees, NBC’s return of “Will &amp; Grace,” Fox’s (now NBC’s) “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” and ABC’s “Modern Family” (a five-time Outstanding Comedy winner) and “Roseanne” – we’re kidding about that last one.</p><p><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 Emmy category and others in hopes you’ll consider entertainment wagers if you’re feeling a twinge of withdrawal from college football betting. And if you haven’t seen all these shows, well what the heck are you waiting for? <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/college-football-betting/" rel="nofollow">College football betting</a> doesn’t start until the end of August. Start binging.</p><p>More than half of the nominees in this category, though being very entertaining, are not going to win the golden girl. Those are HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Netflix’s “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “GLOW”, and ABC’s “Blackish,” all with odds of +5000. We give special props to “Silicon Valley” for making it work after the departure of T.J. Miller and to “GLOW” for bring back crimped hair.</p><p>Another show nominated but not going to win (yet) is “Barry,” starring Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live” fame. Hader portrays an unhappy assassin who finds himself taking an acting class after he murders one of the students. He unwittingly excels and he see this as an opportunity to change his life in this sometimes very dark dramedy.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;We are kvelling! The Marvelous &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/MrsMaisel?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MrsMaisel&lt;/a&gt; has been nominated for 14 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Emmys?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Emmys&lt;/a&gt;, including Outstanding Comedy Series. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/uKk4E8l3Fq\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/uKk4E8l3Fq&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MaiselTV/status/1017443631701979136?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>But ultimately this category comes down to two shows -- “Atlanta” starring Donald Glover from FX and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with Rachel Brosnahan on Amazon Prime. It’s a dead heat, but my editor is making me pick. He’s not going to be happy.</p><p>“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the brainchild of writer-producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, who brought us the fabulous but rarely awarded “Gilmore Girls.” It’s a period comedy set in the 1950s about a married mother living an idyllic life in New York City who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy. And thus starts her adventure through seedy comedy clubs perfecting her craft with the goal of being on “The Tonight Show.”</p><p>On paper, it doesn’t sound like a show that would work does it? Well it does and that’s all on the shoulders of a dazzling Brosnahan who makes a mostly marginalized character but now finding her true voice relevant during the #MeToo Movement.</p><p>Now in its second year, “Atlanta” is hitting its stride with Glover portraying Earnest, a college dropout trying to find his footing in the music business while managing the rap career of his cousin (Brian Tyree Henry). Lakeith Stanfield plays a less-than-reliable friend. Some question whether the show is even a comedy, with its dark, dangerous and sometimes hysterical turns. Glover, who won an Emmy for his role last year, is a 21st Century Renaissance Man – an actor, director producer and rapper AKA Childish Gambino, whose “This Is America” song and video has been declared a game-changer, spawning countless cultural conversations. It is definitely Glover’s year, which makes him the one to beat at the Emmys, right?</p><p>Well, we think he’s going to be taken to Peach Street by “Mrs. Maisel,” which won the Golden Globe earlier this year. We’re willing to be wrong, but our money is on Maisel.</p><p>The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by “SNL” newscasters Colin Jost and Michael Che, airs Sept. 17 on NBC.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free Emmy Comedy Pick: Mrs. Maisel</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><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/2018-emmy-odds-handmaids-tale-will-win-best-drama-crown-again/86018" rel="nofollow">Which Show To Bet For Outstanding Drama?</a></h2>
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