Emmy Predictions: Best Variety Talk Series — ‘Last Week Tonight’ Still Sitting Pretty

Emmy Predictions: Best Variety Talk Series — ‘Last Week Tonight’ Still Sitting Pretty
Last Year’s Winner: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has won five times in a row, starting in 2016, following Jon Stewart’s final season on “The Daily Show.” Since then, the nominees around HBO’s heralded favorite have shifted — “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” both made their way in — but Oliver’s winning streak has not been interrupted.

Fun Fact: In December 2020, the Television Academy announced a handful of rule changes, including that it would be combining the Outstanding Variety Talk and Outstanding Variety Sketch categories. In theory, the move made sense given the dwindling submissions for Variety Sketch (only 14 shows were on the ballot in 2020), but the Academy soon reversed course after near-universal backlash: When both series were housed under the Outstanding Variety category through 2015, sketch shows didn’t fare too well.
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