14 Showrunners Reveal Who Gets Their Emmy Vote

12:42 PM 9/16/2016

by Bryn Elise Sandberg, Kate Stanhope, and Lesley Goldberg

Mike Schur, Jason Katims, Shawn Ryan and others pick their favorite nominees.

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With the Emmys this Sunday, industry insiders are getting behind their favorite nominees.

Ahead of the fall television season's debut, The Hollywood Reporter asked 14 showrunners of new broadcast series who they're rooting for at this year's awards. From The Americans and Silicon Valley to Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Schumer, top TV bosses including Jason Katims, Shawn Ryan and Mike Schur pick their favorites.

  • Mike Schur

    "The Leftovers. Don't care that it wasn't nominated — I'm writing it in."

  • Jason Katims

    "I'd like to see The Americans get their due."

  • Dan Fogelman

    "Sterling K. Brown on The People v. O.J. Not just because I'm working with him right now on This Is Us but, and I never do this, I got Ryan Murphy's email and wrote to him. I thought that show was so great and I thought Sterling was just a killer in it. I really hope he wins."

  • Liz Friedman

    "Jessica Jones for best drama — and it's not nominated for that — but I'm biased because I worked on the show. And then The Good Wife [also not nominated]because they're doing great stuff on network TV."

  • Mark Goffman

    "The People Versus OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. Brilliant, riveting and innovative story-telling. That, Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley I had to watch live..."

  • Shawn Ryan

    "The Americans for best drama."

  • Corinne Brinkerhoff

    "Amy Schumer."

  • Rock Reuben and Bruce Helford

    "Whoever pays the most. Oh wait, that’s the Golden Globes. Of course, Erinn Hayes for Children’s Hospital."

  • Chris Harris

    "Silicon Valley. Or maybe Veep. It’s about time HBO got some recognition."

  • Peter Lenkov

    "The Powerpuff Girls. There’s some serious fans in my house."

  • Jeff and Jackie Filgo

    "Julia Louis-Dreyfus."

  • Jeremy Slater

    "The second season of Fargo was pretty much the one truly perfect piece of entertainment I saw last year. It should win all the Emmys. It should win Emmys in categories where it's not even nominated. They should retroactively take away other shows' Emmys and give them all to Fargo instead."

  • Josh Berman

    "My pick goes to Michael Engler for directing the season finale of Downton Abbey since he also directed the pilot and first two episodes of our show. Shameless plug!"

  • Scott Silveri

    "I was nuts for anything about O.J. Simpson this year. Or my buddy Robert Carlock [for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt]."