Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Sketch and Talk Variety Series

Best Variety Series - Talk
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Late Show with James Corden
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher

Other Contenders - Late Night with Seth Meyers, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Conan

Commentary - Last Week Tonight is poised to win again, but Stephen Colbert could find his way into the winners circle. Samantha Bee will most likely overcome her snafu that recently caused controversy, and could also overtake the two front runners. James Corden will take the entertainment slot, and Jimmy Kimmel is actually a dark horse here, after making headlines all year, and hosting the Oscars. Finally, while it would be great to see Seth Meyers or Trevor Noah take the last slot, Real Time has consistently made it in here, with stiffer competition. Until it doesn't, I'm betting on it.

Best Variety Series - Sketch
At Home with Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show

Other Contenders - The President Show, The Joel McHale Show, Kevin Hart Presents the Next Level, Tosh.0, Nathan For You

Commentary - This category started a few years ago with such promise but has since become kind of a crap shoot category. Unless voters want to reward Portlandia as it is ending its run, it will probably be Saturday Night Live's to lose for the foreseeable future. This year Billy on the Street and Documentary now are off the ballot, leaving at least two slots. I expect Tracey Ullman and Drunk History to return after making the cut last year. That leaves two slots. My bets are Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America. She is a huge Emmy favorite, and it is timely. Finally, I think Amy Sedaris finally earns an Emmy nomination after many years in the industry. But The President Show, Joel McHale, Nathan for You, and Kevin Hart could crash the party.

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