- The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on September 19, 2021, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer
- This year, Apple TV+’s comedy series Ted Lasso leads the nominations with 13
- See below for best picks in six major categories ahead of this year’s ceremony
This year’s Emmy Awards are right around the corner. The 73rd Annual ceremony is being held on Sunday, September 19 at the Event Deck in L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Last year, the Emmys switched to a physically-distanced affair in which celebrities were at their own homes to keep safe from Covid-19. While the guest list this year is limited, stars will all be at the ceremony together this time around.
Fans can watch the ceremony on CBS and affiliates, including the subscriber-based streaming platform service Paramount+. Beginning at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST. This year’s award ceremony will also be available on streaming services that offer access to CBS, including FuboTV, Hulu+, and YouTube TV.
Ted Lasso and The Crown dominate the 2021 Emmy Awards odds as heavy favorites in most categories. Nominees in six major categories can be found below, along with best bets on winners.
Outstanding Comedy Series Odds
|The Flight Attendant||+900|
|The Kominsky Method||+1600|
|Emily in Paris||+2500|
All odds as of September 16th at bet365
Ted Lasso Trumps All
Anyone tuned in to the world of television knows that this year’s it television show was Ted Lasso. Apple TV+’s comedy starring Jason Sudeikis really hit its stride in this second season.
The sports comedy-drama has been applauded for its brilliant writing, so it would be no surprise to see Lasso take home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Let’s just say it’s leading the Emmy Awards odds by a mile for a good reason.
Pick: Ted Lasso (-1000)
Outstanding Drama Series Odds
|The Handmaid’s Tale||+1400|
|This is Us||+3500|
Heavy Favorites at The Emmy Awards
While The Crown has been shut out of the Outstanding Drama Series category every other year (by Succession, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Game of Thrones), this year the competition is a little less stiff.
Additionally, many critics and viewers alike have agreed that this was the year The Crown really hit its stride. Naturally, any media that dives into the topic of the beloved Diana, Princess of Wales makes for great entertainment fodder.
The Crown is no exception, grittily fiving into the British Monarchy with no holds barred. Like Ted Lasso, not a ton of value on this pick, but a big parlay could present much better value with big favorites in the Emmy Awards odds.
Pick: The Crown (-700)
Lead Actor Comedy Series Odds
|Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)||-3300|
|Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)||+1000|
|Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)||+2000|
|Kenan Thompson (Kenan)||+2800|
|William H. Macy (Shameless)||+3300|
Ted Lasso & Jason Sudeikis Heavily Favored
Given the runaway success of Ted Lasso, the appeal has to come from somewhere. Look no further than title star and leading man Jason Sudeikis. He also happens to be an executive producer and writer on the show, but Sudeikis really does captivate on screen as Lasso himself.
While Michael Douglas is definitely no slouch in his role on The Kominsky Method, Sudeikis is just too great to look any further in this batch of nominees. He’s the one to watch.
Pick: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) (-3300)
Lead Actor Drama Series Odds
|Josh O’Connor (The Crown)||-334|
|Billy Porter (Pose)||+275|
|Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton)||+800|
|Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)||+2200|
|Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)||+2500|
|Johnathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)||+3300|
O’Connor Dominates Drama Series Actor Field
Season four of The Crown is the year more people paid attention, largely in part to the series’ gripping portrayal of the Diana-Charles relationship drama and fallout. And, let’s be honest, nobody is more fascinating to watch than the bad guy.
As real life royal Prince Charles, Josh O’Connor leaned into the role with full gusto. And, maybe nobody watching the show was on his side, but that’s the result of great acting. To be truly disliked by an audience means the person playing that villainous character has done their job well.
Pick: Josh O’Connor (The Crown) (-334)
Lead Actress Comedy Series Odds
|Jean Smart (Hacks)||-275|
|Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)||+187|
|Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)||+700|
|Aidy Bryant (Shrill)||+2800|
|Allison Janney (Mom)||+6600|
An Underdog at Great Odds
While Jean Smart received praise for her role as a standup comedian on Hacks, the odds for Lead Actress Comedy Series seem to be a bit off the mark.
There was no better character arc of the bunch than Aidy Bryant’s Annie Easton on Shrill. With nuanced writing and subtle acting delivery, Bryant took viewers on a completely realistic and relatable journey in Shrill‘s final season. Filled with self discovery, empowerment, and overcoming professional and personal blunders, it wasn’t just a fun watch, it was a meaningful one. Especially at +2800 in the Emmy Awards odds, this presents unbeatable value.
Pick: Aidy Bryant (Shrill) (+2800)
Lead Actress Drama Series Odds
|Emma Corrin (The Crown)||-334|
|MJ Rodriguez (Pose)||+275|
|Olivia Colman (The Crown)||+800|
|Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)||+2200|
|Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)||+2500|
|Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)||+3300|
More Value on the Underdog
Emma Corrin sparkles at Princess Diana on The Crown. No doubt about it. But just because you’re portraying one of the most beloved public figures of the past century doesn’t mean a fast track to awards season.
In fact, MJ Rodriguez’s performance as Blanca Evangelista on Pose is delivered with even more heart, conviction, and passion. Her emotional journey ranges from gut-wrenching to inspiring on any given episode.
Pick: MJ Rodriguez (Pose) (+275)