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It is to late to have any influence on the outcome of the Best Drama and Best Comedy Series Emmy races as ballots had to be in last Monday night , so now Gold

Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I are free to take some swings and  – SHOCKER – have disagreements on who will be among the nominees of Emmy’s two premier categories when nominations are announced in a little less than two weeks from now on July 12th. For Drama Series we point out the unusual situation of having two defending champs in the category going head to head , with last year’s victor The Handmaid’s Tale facing off against HBO’s Game Of Thrones, which beat the odds as a genre fantasy series taking Best Drama the previous two years in a row.  It was ineligible last year so now the two Drama winners face off for the first time.  Which one will win?  Or will they cancel each other out and leave the door open for another show such as the final season of The Americans, a new bid for previous winner Homeland, Netflix’s The Crown or Stranger Things, HBO’s other hot entry, Westworld or perhaps even a real long shot like Killing Eve which has been gaining momentum.  The field is dense and full of possibilities.  On the Comedy Series side we talk about how things will be affected by the absence of three time winner Veep , ineligible this time, and what that means for perennial runners up like Silicon Valley, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Black-ish, and others that have never gotten into the winners circle but seem to often get nominated.  Can Grace And Frankie break through? Will five time winner Modern Family fail to get nominated? Can Transparent overcome controversy surrounding its star?  Will Atlanta pull it off in its second season?  And right at the top of mind, can Amazon’s uber- hot freshman The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stage an end run and set the table for a new dynasty in this category? To hear us argue about all of this and more just click the link above.