Peter Travers is best known for his film reviews and interviews with movie stars.So why is he making predictions about the winners of television’s biggest prize, the Emmy Awards?”I talk about movies all the time and we’re excited about the fall and what happens with them,” he explained on a special edition of his ABC show “Popcorn.”
“But what are we all now? We’re slaves to TV.”He continued, “And so, suddenly, the Emmys are crucial to our lifetime.”
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be hosted this year by Colin Jost and Michael Che and broadcast Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For Travers’ predictions on who will win in the major categories, keep reading.
Outstanding Drama Series
The nominees are “The Americans,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld.”Last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is up again this year, but Travers said the second season “isn’t quite on par with the first one, but it’s still amazing.”
The show he’s wants to win is “The Americans.””It did its last season,” he said. “It’s been nominated to death and it’s never won. C’mon, people, did you watch the last season? So, I’m rooting for that one.”
Outstanding Comedy Series
The nominees are “Black-ish,” “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “GLOW,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”Once again, last year’s winner, “Atlanta,” is in the running.
“I have nothing bad to say about this,” Travers said. “This is for Donald Glover as the star, as a writer and director. Everything is triumphant. The second season was at least as good as the first one that he won for.”
But Travers also believes in spreading the love around and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has stolen his heart.”Something about this, set in 1958 in New York with a woman finding her voice through comedy, just hit me in the right kind of way,” he said. “So all due respect to Donald Glover in ‘Atlanta,’ I’m out there rooting for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'”