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Emmy predictions: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is overwhelming favorite to dethrone ‘Game of Thrones’ in first head-to-head battle

Emmy predictions: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is overwhelming favorite to dethrone ‘Game of Thrones’ in first head-to-head battle
This year’s Best Drama Series race has awards pundits on the edge of their seats as it notably showcases the first-ever Emmys face-off between TV’s two most recent winners: “Game of Thrones” claimed victory in 2015 and 2016, but “The Handmaid’s Tale” prevailed last year as “GoT” was ineligible, so they’re both defending champions in a sense. According to Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions, Hulu’s streaming hit will overwhelmingly dethrone HBO’s fantasy epic in their first head-to-head battle, despite “Game of Thrones” earning more trophies (seven) than “Handmaid’s Tale” (three) at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has leading 1/2 odds to win Best Drama Series on Monday night. Of Gold Derby’s 26 Emmy Experts from major media outlets, a whopping 16 of them think the show will win a bookend trophy. In addition, eight of our nine staff Editors think the show will prevail,
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Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes Drama ‘Bodyguard’ is Biggest U.K. Drama Launch Since 2006

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Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes Drama ‘Bodyguard’ is Biggest U.K. Drama Launch Since 2006
Bodyguard” has stellar launch ratings to protect as it continues its run on BBC One in the U.K. The pubcaster has heralded the series opener as its biggest new drama, and best scripted launch on any U.K. channel, since 2006.

The U.K.-set series stars Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as a war veteran turned cop, assigned to protect a senior politician, Keeley Hawes, whose politics he despises. The show generated a consolidated viewing figures of 10.4 million, with a 40.9% share. In the coveted-after 16-34 demo, it won 1.2 million viewers.

The BBC said Tuesday that the first episode also broke records on its iPlayer catch-up service with 2.2 million requests in its first seven days and three million requests to date. The pubcaster has made the first three episodes of the six-part drama available on iPlayer. The figures make the series the number one U.K. drama of 2018.

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Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season

Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season
Of the seven Best Drama Series Emmy nominees, only one is competing for the final time: “The Americans.” The espionage drama, which wrapped its six-season run in May, is sitting in third place in our predictions behind frontrunners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones.” If it manages to pull off the upset, it’d join a small club of shows that won the top prize for its final season.

Logic dictates that voters might want to give a departing series a farewell hug, but that’s a human, real-world response. Emmy voters are quite ruthless and not very sentimental; they hand out the nominations for last chance contenders, but the wins are harder to come by. That’s because they tend to latch onto a series early and keep rewarding it before moving on, so by the time the old favorite ends, they already have a new toy to play with.
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Readers predict ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series Emmy — next year, that is

Readers predict ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series Emmy — next year, that is
The Best Drama Series Emmy is “Game of Thrones”‘ — in 2019. In a recent poll, 61 percent of our readers are more confident in the show taking the top prize next year — for its eighth and final season — than they are this year.

That jibes with our current predictions, which has “Game of Thrones” sitting in second place in our odds behind reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Game of Thrones” leads the field with 22 nominations, boding well for it to reclaim the award it won in 2015 and 2016 before it took a year off. But “Handmaid’s” is only two behind with 20 nominations. And if you believe in telling stats, only one other show has won Best Drama Series for its seventh season, which is what “Game of Thrones” is trying to do: “Law & Order” in 1997.

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Will ‘Game of Thrones’ follow the same Emmy path as ‘The Sopranos’?

Will ‘Game of Thrones’ follow the same Emmy path as ‘The Sopranos’?
Game of Thrones” had to cede its Emmy throne last year after sitting out the eligibility cycle, paving the way for “The Handmaid’s Tale” to claim Best Drama Series. It’s back with a vengeance, earning a leading 22 nominations, so it could pick up right where it left off, with its third series statuette. If it does, it would only be the fourth series to reclaim the prize.

Upstairs, Downstairs” first achieved this, winning Best Drama Series in 1974, 1975 and 1977. It competed in Best Limited series in 1976 and won that too. “L.A. Law” prevailed for its inaugural season in 1987, lost to “thirtysomething” the next year before winning three in a row. “The Sopranos” finally took home the top prize in 2004 and nabbed a second one for its final season in 2007. All the other 13 multiple Best Drama Series winners — including “Game of Thrones” so far and four-time champs “Hill Street Blues,
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Will ‘The Americans’ earn a farewell salute at Emmys just like ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Sopranos’?

FX’s “The Americans” went out with a bang this spring, drawing rave reviews for its final season. Will the Emmy Awards now give the acclaimed spy drama a farewell salute in terms of a victory for Best Drama Series? Throughout Emmy history we’ve seen various examples of voters giving hugs to departing shows, but only three dramas walked off with the top series award for their final season: “Breaking Bad” (2014), “The Sopranos” (2007) and “Upstairs, Downstairs” (1977).

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The Americans” was not an instant hit at the Emmys, managing only three nominations for its first two seasons: Best Main Title Theme Music for Nathan Barr and two bids in Best Drama Guest Actress for Margo Martindale. Then in Season 3, Joshua Brand earned a nom for Best Drama Writing as Martindale won an Emmy for her
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‘Game of Thrones’ aiming to be the fourth show to reclaim the Best Drama Series Emmy

‘Game of Thrones’ aiming to be the fourth show to reclaim the Best Drama Series Emmy
Can “Game of Thrones” take back the Emmy throne? The HBO series was on an Emmy roll, taking two Best Drama Series prizes en route to becoming the most awarded primetime series ever before it skipped last year’s cycle. That opened the door for “The Handmaid’s Tale” to snag the top award, but trying to reclaim what was once theirs hasn’t historically been easy for past champs.

Only three Best Drama Series winners have scored non-consecutive awards. “The Sopranos” finally won Best Drama Series in 2004 for its fifth season and then bagged a bookend Emmy for its last season in 2007. “Upstairs, Downstairs” took home two straight in 1974 and 1975, sat out 1976 and won its third Emmy in 1977. “L.A. Law” earned the top honor for its first season in 1987, lost to “thirtysomething” the next year and then won three in a row.

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Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ on track to become the 3rd most nominated show for Best Drama Series ever

Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ on track to become the 3rd most nominated show for Best Drama Series ever
Game of Thrones” had a long hiatus between seasons six and seven, so it didn’t have any new episodes eligible to compete at the 2017 Emmys. But its seventh season finally aired last summer, so it’s eligible to return to the 2018 Emmy lineup. Given its dominance in previous years, including consecutive victories for Best Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, most of our users predict that it will at least be nominated again in the top category, and if it does it will join an elite list of shows that have been nominated for Best Drama Series seven times.

Seven bids for Best Drama would tie “Game of Thrones” for third place on the list of the most nominated shows in the history of that category. “Studio One” (1951-1956), “ER” (1995-2001), “The Sopranos” (1999-2001, 2003-2004, 2006-2007) and “The West Wing” (2000-2006) also earned seven bids during their runs. And “Game of Thrones
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Gareth Hunt Dies

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Gareth Hunt Dies
British actor Gareth Hunt has died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Redhill, southern England. He was 65. Hunt is best known for playing Mike Gambit in 1970s TV show The New Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee and Joanna Lumley. He also starred in UK television shows Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs and Eastenders. In a statement, Hunt's agent says, "He fought the disease with great courage and through his strength of character and his wonderful sense of humor he continued to work right up until the end of 2006." Hunt is survived by his wife Amanda and three sons.

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