2014 Nomination Predictions
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Other Contenders - Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Portlandia, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Key and Peele, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Last Call with Carson Daly, Hello Ross, Kroll Show, The Soup, Inside Amy Schumer
Commentary - Well, it is that time of year to start Emmy nomination predictions! So we start with Variety Series, a category that just recently took an interesting turn. For a decade The Daily Show dominated this category, and just when we were all about to give up hope that anything interesting would happen, The Colbert Report finally snuck up on its predecessor and finally won a well-deserved and long overdue program award. As we enter the 2014 Emmy season, these two shows lead the pack. Actually, I am predicting that things simply remain the same. Shows like David Letterman, Conan, Portlandia, Late Night, Key and Peele, Jay Leno, and so many others have been waiting in the wings for a while now to break into what has become a stalwart category. I think the same six that have gotten in the last couple of years are set to return. Jimmy Fallon is hot right now, with a win last night at the Critics Choice Television Awards, and of course his takeover the the coveted Tonight Show. If anything can become a dark horse to beat Colbert or Stewart, it is Fallon that is poised for the upset. Jimmy Kimmel seems to always be the bridesmaid, but I think another nomination is certain. The last two though are the ones that are set for potential upset. Real Time keeps getting in over and over (deservedly so), but has never managed to win an Emmy. After so many years of being snubbed, you wonder if this is the year it finally gets left off. The one that could be in real trouble is Saturday Night Live, despite some excellent work from a few cast members, the show overall has had a rough season. If it manages to earn yet another Emmy nomination despite its recent struggle to find its footing, then it proves that SNL is an endearingly popular show no matter what. Of those on the outside looking in, it could be David Letterman, whose show has missed out the last five years. But in the midst of all the turmoil that seems to be occurring in late night television, Dave continues to be a solid ratings draw, and always good for a laugh. The voters could easily respond by rewarding an old favorite with another Emmy nomination.