On June 29, variety show producers won their appeal with the Television Academy to bring back the fifth nomination slot in the Best Variety Talk Series category. The news was broken by our sister site Deadline, who revealed that “a group of high-profile executive producers went to the Academy to try and win back a fifth slot even though the number of submissions fell narrowly below the 20 they would need under its rules.” In all, just 19 shows submitted in the category this year, which would have yielded four nominations. But because the appeal was successful, there will now be five contenders. So what lucky talk show will nab that 5th Emmy slot, according to Gold Derby’s odds?
Let’s start with who’s out front. HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
” has won this category for the past six years in a row, ever since “The Daily Show