Magazine article Variety

RACE ANALYSIS: COMEDY: ATLANTA vs. VEEP

Magazine article Variety

RACE ANALYSIS: COMEDY: ATLANTA vs. VEEP

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RACE ANALYSIS: COMEDY: ATLANTA vs. VEEP THE SEVEN CONTENDERS for the comedy series trophy are a perfect illustration of how the peak TV phenomenon has transformed the business. The humor mined in the observational timeand-place storytelling of "Atlanta" and "Master of None" is quite different from the situational hijinks that drive "Modern Family" and "Silicon Valley" "Blackish" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" come with big dollops of heart, and in the case of "Blackish," occasionally a social message that is deftly communicated. And those pottymouths on "Veep" make us howl even as we struggle to keep up with the fusillade of filth. CYNTHIA LITTLETON

The Odds

The frontrunners are FX's "Atlanta," the only new series to land in the category this year, and the reigning champ, HBO's "Veep." Emmy voters have clearly become more attuned in recent years to recognizing breakthrough shows early, and by any measure "Atlanta" was heralded as a singular achievement in its debut last fall. Donald Glover's vision for depicting the lives of young black men in the titular city was uncompromising in tackling uncomfortable issues as the nation continues to struggle mightily with race and class conflicts. But "Veep" can't be counted out. …

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