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69th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Predictions Part 1: Reality and Variety   Leave a comment

The Emmys, considered as television’s highest honor, will reveal their nominees for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards for the previous television season. Before Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore announce the shows and performers that will be up for the Emmy, let’s predict 31 different categories starting with the reality and variety genres:

01

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES:
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Project Runway (Lifetime)

So You Think You Can Dance exited the lineup last year but it was not Survivor who came back. Instead, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior snatched an out of nowhere surprise nomination. While all six shows nominated last year are eligible to come back, I think one will make way for Rupaul’s Drag Race. After RuPaul’s win last year in the host category and its continuously increasing presence in mainstream media and pop culture, it is ripe for a nomination in this category.  My bet is on Project Runway.

02

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION HOST:
• Alec Baldwin, “Match Game”
• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
• Rupaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
• Steve Harvey, “Little Big Shots”
• Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
• Jeff Probst, “Survivor”

Sixth nominee: Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Two nominees from last year aren’t eligible for this year: previous champ here Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night and Ryan Seacrest for American Idol. Alec Baldwin seems like a prototype of the slot that Jane Lynch left — a previous Emmy winning actor who carries their show, in this case – Match Game. While I’m tempted to say Martha and Snoop will be nominated together, I’d go with a comeback for 4x winner Jeff Probst in a way to acknowledge the renaissance Survivor has been enjoying the past few years.

03

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
• Hairspray Live (NBC)
• Madonna: Rebel Heat Tour (Showtime)
• NBC Presents The XXXI Olympiad Opening Ceremony (NBC)
• The Oscars (ABC)
• 70th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Sixth nominee: Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga (Fox)

The Oscars and the Tonys are mainstays in this category and between the iconic Best Picture brouhaha at the Oscars and James Corden’s lauded Tony hosting last year, expect them to get nods again. Hairspray Live follows the path of other network specials such as Grease and The Wiz Live so I’m predicting it as well. The last two Olympic specials have garnered wins in this category, so it’s safe to predict the Rio opening NBC special to get in. As for that last spot, it’s a feud between two big superstars who have been compared to each other a lot since the other’s boom to pop music: Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour which was shown on Showtime, and Lady Gaga who headlined the SuperBowl 51 earlier this year. It can really go both ways, but I’ll say Queen gets in first.

04

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL
• 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
• The Age Of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live At The Hollywood Palladium (Netflix)
• Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 (CBS)
• Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids (Netflix)
• Louis C.K. 2017 (Netflix)

Sixth nominee: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come (NBC)

The Kennedy Center Honors has won five consecutive times, and has been continuously nominated since, so I won’t be surprised to see it again. Last year, James Corden pulled off the upset over Beyonce’s Lemonade and Adele’s NBC special, so it assures another nod here. Three Netflix specials gives me pause but hear me out – Louis CK has been nominated for all his previous efforts here so there’s that. Dave Chapelle has been the biggest that Netflix promoted a comedy special in quite some time so they’re really giving it the push and attention. I’m the most skeptical about Justin Timberlake, but what makes me predict him is that this can be a way for them to honor the late Jonathan Demme who directed this one.

05

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK PROGRAM
• Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
• Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
• The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
• The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

After winning last year, Last Week Tonight is an easy call for another round of nomination. Same goes for James Corden and his viral gimmicks and antics. Between his Oscar duties and his heartfelt story about his son, Jimmy Kimmel is on Hollywood’s good graces, so I expect his show to be back as well. After receiving a Writing nod last year, I think this is the year that Full Frontal with Samantha Bee gets recognized for the actual program too. Stephen Colbert is a much-loved name in this category, and I think the Emmys are ready to embrace him again. For that last spot, I could go with wither Real Time with Bill Maher who just missed one time since this category’s inception, but then Maher’s controversy might affect his chances here. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee surprised everyone with a nod, but I felt it’s a one-time thing. I guess I’ll go with a last time nod for The Tonight Show which will provide balance to the politically themed content of the other late night shows.

06

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH PROGRAM
• Billy on the Street (IFC)
• Documentary Now! (IFC)
• Drunk History (Comedy Central)
• Portlandia (IFC)
• Saturday Night Live (NBC)
• Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

Seventh nominee: Maya & Marty (NBC)

With Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele not eligible this season, we’re bound to get two newbies in this category. I say one goes to Tracey Ullman who has a history with getting nominated at the Emmys, an Billy on the Street who continues to get bigger as each season passes, getting some of the most notable names for the season.

Tomorrow, let’s discuss the TV Movie and Limited Series categories!

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Posted July 9, 2017 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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