The 2015 Emmy nominations are only a few weeks away, so Enstars is predicting which comedy series will receive big recognition.
It's Emmy season in Hollywood and everyone is talking about which shows and actors will received coveted nominations as television continues to get better. ABC's Modern Family has dominated the Best Comedy Series category for the past five years but now there are more shows than ever that could take that crown in 2015.
Here are Enstars' predictions for the 2015 Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series, ranked by likelihood of a nomination:
1. Modern Family (ABC)
Ever since Modern Family began in 2009, Emmy voters have gone out of their way to award it with several trophies. It has been nominated for Best Comedy Series every season for five years and it has subsequently won the Emmy in those five years. It is tied with Frasier for the most Emmys received in this category. There is simply no way Modern Family will be snubbed this year.
2. Veep (HBO)
Since its first season, Veep has gradually turned into an Emmy favorite, with three consecutive victories for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and a win for Tony Hale. With its nomination total increasing every year, it's possible that Veep could pull off a big upset this year, especially when politics are more relevant than ever. While this may not have been the absolute best season of Veep, it's safe to assume that it's in here.
3. Silicon Valley (HBO)
Silicon Valley just ended its second season with critics and audiences alike falling more in love with the show. The tech-friendly sitcom is one of the most popular shows on HBO and seems primed to blossom with even more nominations than last year. The show surprised many when it got into Best Comedy Series last year, but with an increase in buzz it could ultimately surprise even more with a victory here.
4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eight seasons in, The Big Bang Theory is the no. 1 sitcom on television and has been nominated for the past four years here. While the show itself has never won, star Jim Parsons has won four trophies for playing Sheldon Cooper. It has been the sole multi-camera representative in this category and its popularity alone will likely be enough to land it another nomination, even if some believe it's getting a bit long in the tooth.
5. Louie (FX)
FX's critical darling Louie came and went this year without too much fanfare. With only eight episodes in season 5, there wasn't a whole lot of momentum for the show, but it remains popular within the Television Academy. After all, star Louis C.K. won his second writing Emmy last year for the show. While it is on shaky ground this year, another nomination is expected.
6. Transparent (Amazon)
One of the most buzzed about new shows of the year, Transparent, comes at a time where trans issues are more mainstream than ever. Jeffrey Tambor's sensitive performance and the show's quirky sensibility has made it a hit with Amazon Prime viewers. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series earlier this year. However, Amazon is untested as an awards contender so it's possible that not enough voters will have watched it, but the buzz is there and a nomination seems somewhat safe.
7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
The last slot for Best Comedy Series is really up in the air, but we are betting on Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's goofy new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Voters loved 30 Rock back in the day, and this show is essentially a spiritual successor to the showbiz comedy. Netflix is also good at campaigning for the Emmys and since Orange Is the New Black moved over to the drama categories, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt seems like the most viable comedy option.
Other comedy series that could make it into this category that are on the bubble are The CW's Jane the Virgin, ABC's black-ish, NBC's Parks and Recreation, Netflix's Grace and Frankie, HBO's Girls, CBS's Mom, FX's The Comedians and Showtime's Episodes.
The 2015 Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT.