Kiernan Shipka Stars in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' on Netflix

The first teaser for the new reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the Archies spinoff character) is here, starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka- remember little Sally? Well she’s all grown up now and casting spells in Vancouver, the city where nearly every new show films these days. This is from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and the shows are kinda sorta related, but it’s not an actual spinoff. Actually, even though I watch it, Riverdale is such a trashy show that this being another one from him gives me pause, but it’s also on Netflix, so maybe the darker, cultier witch stuff can be more interesting here. The first season drops on the seasonally appropriate October 26th.

Emmy Predictions 2018, Part 4: Drama

Alright, so we arrive at our final destination, the drama categories. Usually my favorite, because I am much more informed on most of these nominations, and feel better about predicting winners here. This year I’m expecting it to be a little more predictable, with Game of Thrones likely to run the table once more, after last year’s ineligibility produced wins for The Handmaid’s Tale. This year I think it’s back to business as usual.

DRAMA SERIES

 ‘Game of Thrones’ will likely come back on top for Season 7

‘Game of Thrones’ will likely come back on top for Season 7

  • The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Game of Thrones

  • This is Us

  • The Crown

  • The Americans

  • Stranger Things

  • Westworld

So like I said, Game of Thrones was off the air last season, which led to Emmy dominance for the freshman show The Handmaid’s Tale instead, but now that it’s back in play, I think it’s likely to come back and sweep. I don’t see much of a chance for any other show to break through, much love as there is for Stranger Things and The Crown, and despite this being the last chance to award The Americans with a series win, I doubt it happens for them.

Winner: Game of Thrones

Alternate: The Handmaid’s Tale

Dark Horse: The Americans (I suppose there’s a tiny chance that admiration for the show in its last season could help it win this)

DRAMA ACTOR

 Come on Matthew Rhys- six years doing incredible work on ‘The Americans’ deserves a capstone Emmy

Come on Matthew Rhys- six years doing incredible work on ‘The Americans’ deserves a capstone Emmy

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark

  • Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

  • Ed Harris, Westworld

  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans

  • Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us

  • Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Sterling K. Brown won last year and could repeat again, but…I think the lead acting races are where The Americans actors actually have a chance to win gold for the final season, even if the show doesn’t. I remember that Kyle Chandler finally won in lead for the much beloved and under appreciated Friday Night Lights in its final season, same with Jon Hamm, who didn’t get his Mad Men Emmy until the very last year. I think I’m going to predict my beloved Matthew Rhys for this, even though it’s a wild card.

Winner: Matthew Rhys

Alternate: Sterling K. Brown

DRAMA ACTRESS

 Could easily be Elisabeth Moss again, but I’m holding out hope for Foy

Could easily be Elisabeth Moss again, but I’m holding out hope for Foy

  • Claire Foy, The Crown

  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

  • Keri Russell, The Americans

  • Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Now this one is really interesting. I could honestly see any one of these women winning this except for Evan Rachel Wood. Keri Russell could get it for the same reason Matthew Rhys might win, love for The Americans’ final season. Elisabeth Moss could be your traditional repeat winner from last year. Sandra Oh has gotten a lot of publicity as the first Asian woman ever nominated in this category. Maslany simply on the strength of her always dazzling performance as multiple people, even though Orphan Black’s last season was well over a year ago. And then there’s Claire Foy, whose performance as Elizabeth II has won two SAG awards and a Golden Globe, but not the Emmy yet, and this is her last chance to win, since the leads have all been recast on The Crown as it jumps through time. I’m leaning towards Foy for some reason- I just have a feeling it could happen for her.

Winner: Claire Foy

Alternate: Elisabeth Moss

Dark Horse: Keri Russell

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR

 I think David Harbour will win a trophy for Hopper on ‘Stranger Things’

I think David Harbour will win a trophy for Hopper on ‘Stranger Things’

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

  • Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale

  • David Harbour, Stranger Things

  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

  • Matt Smith, The Crown

This one is kinda tough too. I’m thinking that Stranger Things’ David Harbour might win here. Dinklage is always a possibility, but more likely to win one more time for the final season of GOT next year, and Matt Smith is a nice nomination for The Crown as Prince Phillip, but I don’t see the buzz or urgency behind anyone else in this category, really. Harbour is a likable presence on Stranger Things, I think he’ll get it.

Winner: David Harbour

Alternate: Peter Dinklage

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 I guess I’m just going to keep predicting this for Lena Headey until it happens for her

I guess I’m just going to keep predicting this for Lena Headey until it happens for her

  • Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Mille Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

  • Vanessa Kirby, The Crown

  • Thandie Newton, Westworld

  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

I should confess here that I quit The Handmaid’s Tale a few episodes into the second season. The show just isn’t for me, it’s unbearably grim and hopeless and borderline torture porn, In my opinion. That doesn’t negate the tremendous job of the actors of course, but I wonder if three of them in this category might cancel each other out. But then who’s likely to benefit from that? Is it Lena Headey? Will she ever win for Game of Thrones? Usually the series winner takes at least one acting award along with it, so could that be her or Dinklage? Not sure. But since I don’t have a sense of who’s out in front here, I think I might go ahead and predict her for it. Not confident about this though.

Winner: Lena Headey

Alternate: Ann Dowd

Dark Horse: Yvonne Strahovski (I hear she gave the most impressive performance on Handmaid’s this season)

Emmy Predictions 2018, Part 3: Comedy

Okay, so now we’re onto comedy.  I’m 4 for 8 on the shows nominated in series, so that makes me perhaps a little more informed here, but you never know, really. With Veep out of the running this year, the two possible frontrunners happen to be the ones that I haven’t watched (of course), but I’ll try to handicap it the best I can.

COMEDY SERIES

 ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ will battle ‘Atlanta’ for the Emmy win

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ will battle ‘Atlanta’ for the Emmy win

  • Atlanta

  • Barry

  • Black-ish

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • GLOW

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Silicon Valley

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Okay, so like I said, Veep wasn’t on the air this year, so that takes it out of the running, leaving an opening for a new show to win, finally. Of the new ones, you know that my favorites are Barry and GLOW, but I think the honor for them is in being nominated for their first seasons, while old standbys Silicon Valley and Kimmy Schmidt are past their prime. Atlanta is nominated for the most awards, including two directing and writing nominations, while Mrs. Maisel is also in there for those and both shows won a couple of early awards at the Creative Arts Emmys this last weekend. I think it’s one of them, but I’m not sure which. The thing is is that Maisel is more overtly comedic while Atlanta is more of a drama a lot of the time and those don’t tend to win here. So I may give the Amy Sherman-Palladino show the edge for that reason.

Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Alternate: Atlanta

Dark Horse: GLOW (just because)

COMEDY ACTOR

 Donald Glover likely to repeat as Emmy winner for Comedy Actor

Donald Glover likely to repeat as Emmy winner for Comedy Actor

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

  • Ted Danson, The Good Place

  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • Donald Glover, Atlanta

  • Bill Hader, Barry

  • William H. Macy, Shameless

Gonna go with Donald Glover to repeat on this one. It’d be cool to see legend Ted Danson get it, but I think with Atlanta having all those nominations, he has the advantage.

Winner: Donald Glover

Alternate: Ted Danson

COMEDY ACTRESS

 Rachel Brosnahan will win her first Emmy for ‘Mrs. Maisel’

Rachel Brosnahan will win her first Emmy for ‘Mrs. Maisel’

  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things

  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Allison Janney, Mom

  • Issa Rae, Insecure

  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

  • Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

The frontrunner is definitely Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan, who may have even won if Julia Louis-Dreyfus was eligible this year for Veep. She’ll pick this one up easily.

Winner: Rachel Brosnahan

Alternate: Tracee Ellis-Ross

Dark Horse: Issa Rae

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR

 Crossing my fingers for Henry Winkler’s hilarious turn on ‘Barry’

Crossing my fingers for Henry Winkler’s hilarious turn on ‘Barry’

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets

  • Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

  • Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

  • Henry Winkler, Barry

I’d love to see Henry Winkler get this, but I just hope it’s not Alec Baldwin again. I’m starting to get annoyed with the SNL actors getting nominated in the supporting acting categories- they should really have their own category like they used to for “Individual Performance in a Variety Series.” It feels unfair to the other actors in this category. They might be over Baldwin this year though- he was on the show less and maybe it’s time to give this one to somebody else.

Winner: Henry Winkler

Alternate: Tony Shalhoub (he’s an old Emmy favorite, he might be being underestimated)

Dark Horse: Kenan Thompson 

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 Can Kate McKinnon three-peat for the Emmy?

Can Kate McKinnon three-peat for the Emmy?

  • Zazie Beetz, Atlanta

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW

  • Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

  • Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne

  • Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Speaking of SNL people hogging up the slots. I think Kate McKinnon has a strong chance to win again, despite being a two-time winner now. But Borstein could take it for Maisel also. I doubt anyone from Roseanne would win but it is funny that Metcalf (who won three times for that role in the past) is the one who skated through the controversy to a nomination anyway.

Winner: Kate McKinnon

Alternate: Alex Borstein

Emmy Predictions 2018, Part 2: Limited Series

Okay, so now we’re on limited series/TV movie. I’m only slightly more informed here, because my favorites of the year, The Terror and Howards End, were snubbed completely. But I’m going to do my best.

LIMITED SERIES

 Ryan Murphy's 'ACS' is likely to come out on top in the limited series race this year

Ryan Murphy's 'ACS' is likely to come out on top in the limited series race this year

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Genius: Picasso
  • Godless
  • Patrick Melrose

I’m guessing Assassination of Gianni Versace takes this (which I will now refer to as ACS for abbreviated typing purposes), because it has the most nominations and seems to have the most buzz. The only one I’ve seen is Patrick Melrose, which was really good, but I don’t think this category is very competitive.

Winner: ACS

Alternate: Patrick Melrose

Dark Horse: The Alienist (this was sort of a surprise nomination but it has a cult of fans behind it)

MOVIE/MINI ACTOR

 I think this is going to Cumberbatch, but this category is very difficult

I think this is going to Cumberbatch, but this category is very difficult

  • Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
  • Darren Criss, ACS
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
  • Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
  • John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jesse Plemons, USS  Callister: Black Mirror

So I think this one is between Darren Criss and Benedict Cumberbatch, and I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen here. Cumberbatch is an old Emmy favorite and he gives a fantastic performance in Patrick Melrose (career best, really), but then Jeff Daniels is also popular with the Academy as well. And John Legend and Jesse Plemons are inspired choices here too, so this is a really stacked category. Leaning towards Cumberbatch, but if ACS is going to sweep, Criss could be taken along with it.

Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch

Alternate: Darren Criss

Dark Horse: Jeff Daniels

MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS

 Laura Dern has the upper hand with all the critics

Laura Dern has the upper hand with all the critics

  • Laura Dern, The Tale
  • Jessica Biel, The Sinner
  • Michelle Dockery, Godless
  • Edie Falco, The Menendez Murders
  • Regina King, Seven Seconds
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

This one’s easier. I’m almost sure it will go to Laura Dern, whose performance in The Tale was briefly talked about for Oscars before the movie was picked up by HBO. It’s a pretty easy category, although I did like Paulson in AHS (the one season of the show I’ve ever watched).

Winner: Laura Dern

Alternate: Sarah Paulson

Dark Horse: Michelle Dockery

MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTOR

 This one's a wild guess, but Daniels is an Emmy veteran with two nominations this year

This one's a wild guess, but Daniels is an Emmy veteran with two nominations this year

  • Jeff Daniels, Godless
  • Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • John Leguizamo, Waco
  • Ricky Martin, ACS
  • Edgar Ramirez, ACS
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
  • Finn Wittrick, ACS

I’m really flying blind on this one, because I haven’t seen any of these shows (except Jesus Christ Superstar, but I don’t expect that to win) and I also haven’t quite heard who the supposed frontrunner is. I suppose this is where they could reward their old fave Jeff Daniels though. I think three actors from ACS will cancel each other out.

Winner: Jeff Daniels

Alternate: Brandon Victor Dixon (maybe the different kind of performance will stand out?)

MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 An even wilder guess- really not sure who has the upper hand, but with 'ACS' expected to do well, Cruz is the bigger name, so perhaps it's her

An even wilder guess- really not sure who has the upper hand, but with 'ACS' expected to do well, Cruz is the bigger name, so perhaps it's her

  • Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Penelope Cruz, ACS
  • Judith Light, ACS
  • Adına Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
  • Merrit Wever, Godless
  • Letitia Wright, Black Museum: Black Mirror

This is another crapshoot for me. Ummm….maybe Penelope Cruz? I’m gonna go with her.

Winner: Penelope Cruz

Alternate: Merritt Wever (a former Emmy winner, so they’re aware of her