T could be big changes in this year’s Emmy contest for Best Variety Talk Series.
T used to be just one award for variety shows, but it was split last year into categories for talk shows and sketch shows after nearly two decades w only three programs won: “The Late Show with David Letterman” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report”.
Stephen Colbert may have signed off from “The Colbert Report,” but that was just so he could make the move to CBS, taking over David Letterman’s “Late Show” slot after the revered host retired.
He’s got lots of competition, from returning contenders like “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” as well as second-year sensations like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Samantha Bee’s freshman “Full Frontal” could make history as the first female-hosted talk show to win.
We mustn’t forget “The Daily Show.” After Jon Stewart’s version of the series concluded, Trevor Noah took over the hosting gig and competes in this race for the first time.
We chatted with several talk show hosts entered in this year’s Emmy contest – also including Scott Auckerman, whose offbeat talker “Comedy Bang! Bang!” competes for Best Variety Sketch Series.