Late Night Shows Regain Fifth Emmy Name Slots Showrunner Campaign – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: The Late Night Community has regained a fifth nomination spot for this year’s Emmys after a group of showrunners successfully campaigned with the Television Academy.

It comes after Deadline revealed earlier this month that the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category was set to lose another nomination slot after only 19 shows were submitted.

Deadline understands that a group of high-profile executive producers went to the Academy to try and win back a fifth-place finish, even though the number of submissions fell just short of the 20 they would need under its rules.

This week, the Academy changed its rules and procedures for the Primetime Emmy Awards. It now states that if a category receives between 8 and 19 submissions, divide the number of submissions by 4 and round up to the nearest whole number. This would give the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category 4.75, giving it 5 nominations.

Voting for the Emmy nomination closed Monday, June 27, with the nominations revealed July 12.

The move is a boon to the late night world as it seeks to prevent Last week tonight with John Oliver to win his seventh consecutive gong and especially good news for shows such as The Late Late Show with James Cordenwhich begins its final year with the Gavin and Stacey co-creator as host, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Full frontal with Samantha Beewho are likely to compete for this fifth place.

The conventional wisdom among late night sources is that Last week tonight, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will occupy four of the slots.

The last time only four shows competed in this category was in 1993, when it was known as the Outstanding Variety Series and Saturday Night Live to choke Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and MTV unplugged.

In 2019, there were six nominees and that number dropped to five last year: Last week tonight, Conan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

It also increases the chances of diversity in the group, giving hope to Bee and Desus & Mero.

Real time with Bill Maher also can’t be entirely ignored – she was nominated for the Outstanding Variety series every year between 2005 and 2014, then in 2016 and 2017 when it became the Outstanding Variety Talk series, but she didn’t get a name over the past four years.

The feeling is that Conanwho snuck out a few weeks from the end, had his shot last year and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has not been named since 2016.

Over the past few weeks, sources Deadline spoke to were “sad” and “disappointed” by the potential reduction in nominations, suggesting such a move would only increase the inevitability of another win for HBO. . “At this point it’s all about nominations since everyone assumes John Oliver wins anyway. You just want to be in the mix on names,” a showrunner said.

There was also the frustration that they would have only missed five nominations by a single submission.

It was expected that Jon Stewart, former host of The daily showcould take on his protege Oliver with his Apple TV+ series The problem with Jon Stewart. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won ten years in a row between 2003 and 2012 and again in 2015. However, perhaps wisely, the streamer submitted the show in the Outstanding Hosted Non-Fiction Series or Special Category , where he has a much better chance of winning (though not as high-profile).

Fox News’ Gutfeld!, which changed its name in April 2021, was also missing in the submissions.

Somewhere else, The Amber Ruffin Show, Ziwe and Break with Sam Jay were submitted in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category, which was a blow to the talk category, but both shows have a better chance of being nominated alongside Saturday Night Live than in the talk category.


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