VARIETY TALK SERIES
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
This shows 25th season its fifth in a row nominated in this category, among its four noms this season emanated from the new Times Square studio and featured guests as varied as Anthony Fauci, Monica Lewinsky and Greta Thunberg. Noahs profile certainly grew, too, as he hosted the Grammys and White House Correspondents Dinner.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The dean lately night, whose show is nearing its 20th anniversary, had a colorful season where he traded barbs with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and, on April Fools Day, shows with Jimmy Fallon. Alas, that is his shows only nomination this season; all of his competitors show has more.
THE OTHER DAY Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Brit-hosted show this years only nominee that airs only once weekly, for a half-hour has won this prize six years in a row. With only five nominations, however including writing and directing, but its fewest since 2015, and lots equaled this season by Stephen Colberts program might it be vulnerable?
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
This is actually the shows sixth consecutive nom (Colbert twice won for The Colbert Report) for a season where it lost EP Chris Licht to CNN, debuted a fresh title sequence and welcomed Stephen Sondheim shortly before he died. Its up for a category co-leading five awards (its most ever), including writing and directing.
NIGHT TIME With Seth Meyers (NBC)
Emmy voters apparently took, well, a closer understand this 12: 30 a.m. show, which Meyers has hosted since 2014, and for a season featuring pop stars, public servants (Hillary Clinton, Justice Sonia Sotomayor) and past host David Letterman, nominated it in this category (an initial) and directing (it had nothing you’ve seen prior received multiple noms within a year).
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
The Robin Thede-fronted showcase for Black comediennes has been nominated for several three of its seasons (each with six half-hour episodes). That one was packed, as always, with cameos (including one from alum Quinta Brunson, now with her very own noms) and yielded five noms (tying the series high), including writing and directing.
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Lorne Michaels iconic show, winner in each one of the past five years, is up because of its 47th season the initial for comedy trio Please Dont Destroy and the final for Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson. Its nine noms, including writing and directing, certainly are a category best but its tally of acting noms are down from 11 this past year to three.
This story first appeared in a July stand-alone problem of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.