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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Variety Talk Series   Leave a comment

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This is the other “Variety” category after they’ve separated both the talk and sketch programs this year, even if the talk shows have mostly dominated the combined Variety Series Emmy category before. And even then, five of the usual regulars in the category have just transferred to this one. Let’s begin!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went with their post Superbowl episode this year highlighting the viral Lipsync battle between Jimmy, Kevin Hart, and Will Ferrell with Drew Barrymore making a special guest appearance. It also has the “We Are the Champions” montage with different superstars such as Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, and One Direction with Jimmy and The Roots. That said, while this is superstar filled, it doesn’t compare much with the rest of its competition.

Speaking of superstar filled, Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s submission this year is their post-Oscar special (just like the previous years). And this year, they really brought in the big ones. There’s the acting skit with Jimmy including Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston plus an interview with Oscar host and multiple Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris. However, it’s a bit mystifying why they keep on submitting it when it hasn’t bode well for them in the past.

10x winner The Daily Show with Jon Stewart should never be underestimated especially if we’re to look at its history. There’s a reason why it dominated the category for a whole decade. This year, the show submitted the Gordon Rose episode featuring the ten minute monologue about the Missouri shooting of a police officer to a black teenage guy. It’s a really memorable segment that I can see it siphoning votes its way.

Meanwhile current champ The Colbert Report went with the episode entitled “Stephen Meets the President” with no other than the Commander in Chief delivering the news. Between Colbert’s last season of eligibility for Colbert Report and taking over the new Late Show moment, the show is gunning for its third consecutive win here.

Speaking of “Late Show“, coming back after years of absence is former 5x winner The Late Show with David Letterman for its last season. That’s why it’s no surprise that the show went with its final episode. It’s basically a throwback episode with lots of videos from the start of the show, and one last Top 10 with guests ranging from Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Alec Baldwin and Diane Sawyer to Jim Carrey. However, if there’s one thing missing in this final episode is the “interview”  part, as basically it’s a trip down memory lane.

The new blood in this group happens to be the HBO representative. For years it has been Real Time with Bill Maher, but with no luck, the show didn’t manage any win. They’re probably hoping that Last Week Tonight with John Oliverand its submission certainly makes it the, competitive. By going with “Government Surveillance“, the show went with a fearless interview with Edward Snowden. Had tapes been the sole basis, I’d be more comfortable predicting it, but alas, I’ll relegate it to the alternate status,

Prediction:The Colbert Report”
Alternate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

Full Rankings:
01. “The Colbert Report”
02. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
03. “Late Show with David Letterman 
04. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
05. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
06. “Jimmy Kimmel Live

You can check my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis here.

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66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Predictions Part 1: Reality and Variety   Leave a comment

Hi everyone! This week is a special week long Emmy coverage here at Tit for Tat! Before Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly announce the official 66th Emmy nominees on Thursday, I’ll be doing a four-parter prediction post to cover who I think will be nominated in 30 different categories. And like in the past three years, we’ll begin with the Reality and Variety categories.

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES:

Reality Competition

• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• Survivor (CBS)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

Seventh nominee: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

This category rarely does some major shake up if history is to be looked at. The Amazing Race has consistently been nominated since the inception of the award and has a perfect track record of 11 nominations by far. Project Runway meanwhile has been nominated 9 times, Dancing with the Stars got in eight times, while one time winner Top Chef  has stayed in this category for the past seven years. Thus, it’s easy to assume all will be getting in easily again. And then there’s current champion The Voice. With no other singing competition in the mix right now (Idol hew?), it’ll easily grab a spot as well and try to be the other multiple winning show here. Now as for the last spot, I’d say it’s between Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and Survivor from CBS. SYTYCD has been nommed here for the last three years and it makes sense that we’ll have the same line up again considering how barren this category is, but Survivor has achieved a creative resurgence in terms of critical and commercial aspects that I think this once 4x nominee will make a comeback since it last got in back in 2006.

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION HOST:

Variety Host

• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars
• Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste
• Carson Daly, “The Voice
• Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance
• Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway
• Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night

Seventh nominee: Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race

Despite six slots in contention this year, this still feels like a very crowded race. Probably it’s because they combined reality show with reality competition hosts in here. Let’s start with the last two champs in this category: 2011 winner Tom Bergeron and last year’s pair of winners, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. With both their shows still showing signs of strength in the Reality/Competition category, I think they are shoo-ins thus far. Cat Deeley seems like another good bet, though I won’t be surprised if both she and her show would miss this year. Then there’s also Anthony Bourdain from The Taste. After getting the surprise nod last year, I think he’ll be a consecutive nominee for it. And while it’s no sure thing, I’ve quite grown confidence with Carson Daly because one, he’s the host of the current Reality/Competition winner. Second, he will be doing the Emmy nomination announcement and more often than not, it bodes well to one of the two announcers. Lastly, I’m predicting Jane Lynch to cross over with a nod here. After her last year’s surprise comeback in Comedy Supporting Actress, it’s clear she has her fans within the voting bloc. I think that will translate to a support here just like how Betty White got in here after being shafted in the acting races.

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES

Variety Series

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
• The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Seventh nominee:  Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

There’s a huge chance we’d be getting the same line up as from last year. The only possible factor I can see making waves is if David Letterman’s retirement. And that’s a real possibility. But for now, don’t fix if it ain’t broken – when predicting at least.

REALITY PROGRAM

Reality Series

• Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
• Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Food Network)
• Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
• Shark Tank (ABC)
• Undercover Boss(CBS)
• Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC)

This category is very much confusing in terms of possible nominees since some winners suddenly get left out the following year. That said, I’m sticking with the same line up form last year except for the ineligible Deadliest Catch. In its place, I’m going with the NBC celebrity story Who Do You Think You Are? which was nominated also back in 2012.

There you have it! 🙂 Tomorrow, I’ll be going on the eight categories in the longform section (TV Movie, Miniseries, four acting categories, Writing and Directing). Do not hesitate to write your predictions in the Comments section as well.

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