Friday, August 21, 2015

2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Variety Special

Will Win - The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Should Win - The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Could Win - Mel Brooks Life at Geffen or The Kennedy Center Honors

Commentary - Mel Brooks is an Emmy magnet, having won 4 total out of 12 nominations, including two new nods this year. His special this year was funny, but no where near the top of his game. That being said he is a legend, clearly still has plenty of fans within the Television Academy, and could easily make it number five. Then there is The Kennedy Center Honors which is a staple in this category year in and year out. Both could easily prevail here, but I think that there is one contender ahead of both. I know SNL had a rough season overall, and it could cost then the Variety Series - Sketch Emmy (although let's remind ourselves that Emmy voters have continually honored it in good years and in bad). But its 40th Anniversary Special was one of the best things on TV this season. It was funny, packed full of former SNL cast members, and made a big splash with critics and the ratings. Finally, it proved that even in its weakest moments, Saturday Night Live is immortal.

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