“Veep” surprised by winning over critically acclaimed sensation “Atlanta” last year, but with the venerable HBO series taking a year off Donald Glover‘s wonder should win this time around, right?  Well, maybe.  Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is it’s own sort of sensation with 14 nominations overall in its first year.  And you can’t discount HBO’s “Barry” which also earned 12 nods in almost every major category.  Throw in the fact there are eight nominees overall (Television Academy math making AMPAS math look like 4th grade arithmetic) and the vote could be split all sorts of ways.  At this point, it simply may be the one category this year that is too close to call.   [Updated July 17]

11 things we already know about the 2018 Emmy Season

Frontrunners
1. “Atlanta”
2. “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
3. “Barry”
4. “Black-ish”
5. “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
6. “Glow”
7. “Silicon Valley”
8. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Limited Series
Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie