Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Emmy Predictions 2016 - Which Shows Will Likely Be Nominated for Variety Sketch Series?

From June 13 to June 27, voting took place for The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Variety Sketch Series.

2015 Nominees:
        Comedy Central's Drunk History
        Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer (WINNER)
        Comedy Central's Key & Peele
        IFC's Portlandia
        NBC's Saturday Night Live

Last year was the first for the Variety Sketch category. It was important to distinguish between variety talk and sketch series. Both set out to do things differently. So, it was appreciated and understandable for sketch shows to get their own category - even though it wasn't that competitive of a category. And now, all five nominees are once again eligible. Four of them seem like locks as well - Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele (its final season) and Portlandia. Drunk History was the odd show out in the race last year. So, it will likely be out to make way for new stuff. There are plenty of options for that fifth slot as well - perhaps enough to add a sixth in this race. IFC, Netflix and Comedy Central have really made some strong advancements with this brand of series as of late. There are many deserving shows for this field.

So now, here's my thoughts on the shows most likely to be nominated for Variety Sketch Series:
  1. NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Comedy Central's Key & Peele
  3. Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer
  4. IFC's Portlandia
  5. IFC's Documentary Now!
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. TruTV's Billy on the Street
  2. Netflix's W/ Bob & David
  3. Comedy Central's Drunk History
  4. Netflix's The Characters
  5. Comedy Central's Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
  6. Comedy Central's Nathan For You
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!
  2. FOX's Party Over Here
  3. The CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  4. Comedy Central's Tosh.0
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
  2. Comedy Central's The Half Hour
  3. Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening
  4. Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!