Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Reality Host and Best Special Class Program

Best Reality Host
Will Win - Jane Lynch "Hollywood Game Night"

Could Win - Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance" or Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn "Project Runway"

Should Win - Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance"

Commentary - Cat Deeley's CCTA win this year might have had more to do with the fact that she was hosting, but nonetheless it was highly deserved, and maybe boosted her Emmy chances along the way. And Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn won a few years ago, because when combined, their screen time is almost the entire episode, and their good cop/bad cop vibe plays well for the competition. But I think that Jane Lynch is going to strike again here. She is great on Hollywood Game Night, populates her show with celebrities (many of whom are voters), and has even earned a great Kate McKinnon parody. She is a beloved television veteran, with several Emmys already under her belt, and she is the star and center of her show, which means her tape is going to be hard to miss. I think it equals two in a row.

Best Special Class Program
Will Win - The 68th Annual Tony Awards

Could Win - The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards or Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

Should Win - The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Commentary - Since apparently they are never going to give Amy Poehler an Emmy for Parks & Recreation, they need to give her something, and the fact that she and Tina have made the Golden Globes so much fun the last couple of years is worthy of recognition. But alas, they will probably once again for The Tony Awards. There is nothing wrong with that. In terms of a full awards show experience, the Tonys are the best year in and year out. But damn I would love to see Amy finally win an Emmy. So is there anyone else? Yes, the Lincoln Center Sweeney Todd, with its cast (including a surprise nominee Emma Thompson), and grandeur could be a hit with voters.

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