Best Directing in a Variety Series
Will Win - Don Roy King "Saturday Night Live - Tina Fey & Amy Poehler"
Should Win - Ryan McFaul "Inside Amy Schumer - Madonna/Whore"
Could Win - Ryan McFaul "Inside Amy Schumer - Madonna/Whore" or Paul Pennolino "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Episode 303"
Commentary - Duh. Don Roy King has won so many of these I've lost count, its the Amy and Tina episode that could win in several categories, and the directors love when these big sketch episodes are done well, and Don Roy King always delivers.
Best Writing in a Variety Series
Will Win - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Should Win - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Could Win - Inside Amy Schumer or Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Commentary - Please writing branch, do the right thing!!! Give Samantha Bee this Emmy and show up the rest of the variety voters that they were wrong to exclude her from the top category. Unfortunately, I don't think she will win. I'm banking on John Oliver here. This category has bounced back and forth between Colbert and Stewart for so long, that Oliver seems like the natural heir. But watch out for Amy Schumer.