The Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air live on Sunday, September 20th at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC, with a virtual, socially distanced twist. That means it’s time to bet on some 2020 Emmy Awards odds.

The 72nd annual Emmys will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (marking his third time hosting the award show) from a stage inside the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. However, he won’t have an audience. Instead, UK-based television production company Done+Dusted – who are producing the Emmys – will collect nominee reactions from wherever the nominees happen to be on Sunday night.

“This will all depend on the comfort level of the people at the other end, but we’ve got to go and find them,” Ian Stewart, president of Dune+Dusted, told Variety. “They might be at home, they might be in the garden, might be in a hotel, they might be standing on the side of the street. It doesn’t really matter, wherever they feel comfortable. But we want to bring every nominee that we can logistically, live into the show.”

Last year, the 71st Emmys were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Due to the technical aspects involved with this year’s unique situation, they have been moved to the Staples Centre, which typically hosts large concerts and sporting events.

“This show will need an unbelievable number of wiring connections in and out because the nominees are not going to be there. So we’re going to take cameras to where they are,” executive producers Reginald Hudlin told Variety. “And the number of feeds that that requires is so massive that we need a facility like the Staples Center, which is used to having that much signal from reporters covering sports to handle the kind of in and outputs that it requires.”

After a year of talking TV in the office, the Gamble Online team are betting some cold, hard cash down in anticipation of the Emmys.

Here are our 2020 Emmy Awards Odds picks for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Drama Series.

All 2020 Emmy Awards Odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Ryan’s Picks

Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek (2020 Emmy Awards Odds of -300)

Amazon Prime has leaned heavily on the success of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel the past few years. The comedic series cleaned up at the 2018 and 2019 Emmys. However, 2020 will be different as pandemic-induced binge-watching introduced a whole new audience to CBC’s Schitt’s Creek. Netflix added the popular series to binge-mode and social media latched onto the hot, new “it” show. This cruises to a win.

Outstanding Drama Series – Ozark (+350)

This is a loaded category full of must-watch series. While The Handmaid’s Tale regressed in its third season, Ozark and Succession oozed drama. The plot twists in the season finale of both have me eager to learn what’s next. I’ll take some 2020 Emmy Awards Odds value here with Ozark at +350, while realizing Succession is also a masterpiece in family drama.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (-225)

While many have stanned Eugene Levy since American Pie, his comedic chops and I go way back like a recliner. Back in 1992, he starred alongside John Ritter in the B-movie favorite, Stay Tuned. This is his time to shine.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (-750)

Like many born in the early-1980’s, I was first introduced to Catherine O’Hara when she starred in Beetlejuice. The high-strung wife of a real estate developer no doubt paved the way for Moira Rose. Therefore, the Schitt’s Creek train continues to roll to victory.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Brian Cox, Succession (-175)

Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong are both worthy of the top two 2020 Emmy Awards odds to win an Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama series. However, whereas Strong slow plays his scenes, each line Cox delivers is a dog that bites back. You really watch to see how much more you can hate his character.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Laura Linney, Ozark (-250)

For those who haven’t yet enjoyed an episode of the Netflix drama Ozark, know that the first few seasons were Jason Bateman at his best. However, it quickly turned into a Laura Linney master class. The marriage counselling sessions this past season were among my favorite scenes of any show in recent history.

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Neil’s Picks

Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek (-300)

The most interesting shows on this list won’t win: Insecure at +2800 and What We Do In The Shadows at +4000. So, I’ll take the favorite as Schitt’s Creek became the darling of the comedy community over its final two seasons.

Outstanding Drama Series – Better Call Saul (+1000)

Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn not getting a nomination for acting nods is a travesty, quite simply. So, they’ll get this award. I’m not going to say it’s better than Breaking Bad, but I wouldn’t argue against it, either.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Ramy Youssef, Ramy (+125)

Youssef was a surprise winner last season, and the second season of Ramy has also gotten plaudits. It wouldn’t be a shock if the favorite, Eugene Levy of Schitt’s Creek, won, but Youssef offers more value.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (-750)

My lock of the Emmys. Moira Rose is such a delight of a character. Catherine O’Hara is awesome. I’ll flip a table if she doesn’t win.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Brian Cox, Succession (-175)

Succession seems to be the next great HBO drama. Cox is fittingly at the head of the charge as Logan Roy, the patriarch of the infuriating Roy family.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Laura Linney, Ozark (-250)

This will be Linney’s third nomination for this award. However, she has won four Emmys for either Lead Actress in a Miniseries/Movie, or Guest Actress. She’ll get her Lead Actress award for an outstanding Ozark season.

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Veronica’s Picks

Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek (-300)

Schitt’s Creek is the obvious favorite to win this category at -300, and it’s my top pick here too. Created by Dan Levy, one of the series’ stars, this follows a once-rich family and their adjustment to life as ‘commoners’ in a town the family bought as a joke. The series is also complete. While this doesn’t mean they’d give an award because of this, it’s certainly a contributing factor for it to win.

This is my top pick versus other standouts in this category, like Curb your Enthusiasm. Its final, ‘surprise’ season received somewhat of a ‘meh’ reception from new and old fans alike, and while Curb Your Enthusiasm is a comedy classic, it simply doesn’t span the audience that Schitt’s Creek does.

Outstanding Drama Series – Ozark (+350)

Succession is the standout to win in this category, but my top pick goes to Ozark. It’s won praise from audiences, critics, and is still a binge-worthy series. While some might find Jason Bateman’s turn to the dramatic a vast departure from his roles in things like Arrested Development, Bateman and Linney make a fantastic couple and the series covers almost everything you could want from a drama series—Money laundering, drug cartels, FBI investigations and theft (among other things) makes this a strong contender to take the Outstanding Drama Series.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Ted Danson, The Good Place (+1000)

Ted Danson is my top pick for this category—While Schitt’s Creek gets all the love, Ted Danson makes The Good Place a superb comedy.

From turns in Cheers to Three Men and a Baby to dramatic roles in CSI, Danson is a standout as a truly, heinous boss that never fails to deliver the laughs. Danson does drama well, but comedy is where he really shines.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (-750)

Catherine O’Hara is the clear frontrunner, and our top pick for this one—who doesn’t love them some Moira Rose? While Catherine O’Hara was a standout in the Canadian comedy sketch show SCTV, many audiences were familiar with her as Kevin McAllister’s forgetful mom in the Home Alone movies.

She’s had roles in dramas like 6 Feet Under and lent her voice to various animated shows, but her turn as Moira Rose has cemented her as a comedy star for a whole new audience. Hey, had she been nominated, she may have even won in the Drama category for her role in The Crows Have Eyes II.

And if she doesn’t win? “I may have been wrong. You may have been not wrong.”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jeremy Strong, Succession (+115)

Jeremy Strong is my top pick for this category. When you think of shows everyone can’t stop talking about, Succession is one of the first that comes to mind. The show itself is a frontrunner to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, but I think Strong could take this award, too. He’s a standout as Kendall Roy in the show people can’t stop talking about.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show (+225)

Jennifer Aniston is my top pick for this category. She won a 2002 Emmy for her role in comedy series Friends, but this marks her first nomination for a dramatic series as Alex Levy in The Morning Show. From a dramatic breakdown that stunned audiences, this has been a huge departure from Aniston’s usual roles, and this alone makes her a strong contender to win this category.

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Skyler’s Picks

Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek (-300)

It seems like Schitt’s Creek may very well be the obvious winner for this category. I feel embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen an episode, but the word-of-mouth hype surrounding this show, coupled with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, makes me want to sit down and binge a few seasons.

Although, I have to admit: I’m silently rooting for The Good Place, which might be my favorite show out of all nominees.

Outstanding Drama Series – Ozark (+350)

My pick for this category has to be Ozark. It is shocking, captivating, and appeals to a wide variety of demographics. Who doesn’t love a good money-laundering storyline?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Ted Danson, The Good Place (+1000)

Ted Danson is my top pick, 100%. His performance throughout The Good Place brought me on a wild emotional ride – it’s rare to see a lovable protagonist become an annoying (yet enjoyable) antagonist, then make the switch back to the lovable protagonist.

From Cheers to CSI, his range as an actor is amazing.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Christina Applegate, Dead to Me (+650)

Christina Applegate has received seven nominations over the past year for her work in Dead to Me – I think it’s about time she gets that win. The show has also been very well received, with a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

While she’s up against some tough competition (namely Schitt’s Creek’s Catherine O’Hara), I think Applegate might just come out ahead.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Brian Cox, Succession (-175)

Brian Cox has got to be my top pick. Cox has done extensive work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is well known for his performances in King Lear as the titular character.
As well, Cox won a Golden Globe earlier this year for Best Actor in a TV Series Drama (also for his work in Succession), so his chances of snagging another award are looking pretty good.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Zendaya, Euphoria (+1000)

I know the odds aren’t very promising, but I will be very upset if Zendaya doesn’t win. Though I haven’t seen the entirety of Euphoria yet, the scenes I have seen have been filled with captivating and gut-wrenching performances by Zendaya. It is her first Emmy nomination as well, and although she’s up against big names like Jennifer Anniston and Sandra Oh, I think Zendaya stands a pretty good chance.

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Skyler Blake

Skyler is a gambling novice but has written about a number of different topics from environmentalism to celebrity gossip. She has an affinity for card games (specifically blackjack) and plans on working her way up to the World Series of Poker - if she can crush her student debt first.

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