The old guard is officially out… and a host of newcomers in the Emmys‘ Outstanding Comedy Series race are eager to take their shot at the big prize.
A whopping eight nominees made the cut this year, and shockingly, none of them has ever won before in this category. (Reigning champ Veep is out of the race due to a long hiatus, and five-time winner Modern Family failed to land a nod for the first time. In fact, the last time a non-Veep/Modern Family comedy won? Way back in 2009, when 30 Rock won for Season 3.) The category’s new blood is led by four holdovers from last year’s list: FX’s Atlanta, which topped itself with a remarkable sophomore season; HBO’s Silicon Valley, with a fifth straight nod; Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, back for the fourth straight year; and ABC’s black-ish, nominated for the third time in a row.
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Three freshman series are also in contention this year: Amazon’s Golden Globe champ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix’s ’80s wrestling romp GLOW and HBO’s pitch-black hitman comedy Barry. Plus, it’s hard to call Larry David new at anything, but his revived HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm is back after a six-year layoff with its eighth nomination… and is still looking for its first win.
Whoever wins, the Emmys will be crowning a new king of comedy on Monday, Sept. 17 — but which show is truly the cream of this crop? Vote for your favorite in the poll below, then hit the comments to defend your pick.
Every day through Aug. 31, we’ll be posting another “Who should win?” poll, so be sure to visit TVLine.com each day to weigh in on who deserves TV’s most prestigious honor. (For a list of this year’s major Emmy nominees, click here; to see all of our previous Emmy polls, click here.)