Thursday, August 6, 2020

Emmy Predictions 2020 - Which Program Will and Should Win for Variety Talk Series?

The nominations have been announced for The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. So now, it's time to speculate on which shows will and should win in each major category. Next up for analysis is Variety Talk Series.

The Nominees Ranked By Which Should Win:
  1. HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  2. TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  3. Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  4. CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  5. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

After several years on the air, one just has to fully appreciate the shows that can dig deep into complex conversations on one particular topic for an extended period of time. Last Week Tonight and Full Frontal devote the majority of their weekly run times to one topic and examine the complexities and nuances of it in our current political environment. Both of their voices have remained just as necessary and valuable as they have always been in the past year. Trevor Noah has really stepped up in that regard as well. Everyone had to adjust on the fly to produce episodes from their homes. It was delightful to see Samantha Bee in the woods while John Oliver was trapped in a white void. Humor was found there. But they all managed to remain on the air to cover all of the developments happening throughout the world. That is a vital service that they provide. It's a comedic take on the news. These are still important conversation to have. They do so while entertaining the audience as well. It's such a tricky act to pull off. These shows all do it so well night after night. That makes them all quality television.

The Nominees Ranked by Which Will Win:
  1. HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  2. Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  3. CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  4. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  5. TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

With the category shrinking down to five nominees, Last Week Tonight may have eliminated its biggest competition. The Late Late Show with James Corden missed the cut this year. While that show has never won in this particular category, Corden has quickly become a favorite amongst voters. That always made his projects competitive. But again, Last Week Tonight may be unbeatable in this race. It has won for the past four years. This category loves picking a show and rewarding it year after year. However, The Daily Show could become a spoiler in the race once more. It took a couple of years before voters recognized the Trevor Noah era of the show. It has remained a consistent player in the field since then. Moreover, that talk show has done a tremendous job in covering the Black Lives Matter protests over the last few months. That conversation is incredibly necessary. The Daily Show was one of the few places that could lend credibility to it as well. The other shows have covered it too. They just don't always have the same gravitas. That is important. Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee cover the political beat as well. There is a lot of greatness in this category. And yet, John Oliver seems destined to once again be giving an acceptance speech. This doesn't quite seem like the year to predict an upset. That will probably have to happen first before anyone suspects that the race is more competitive than it seems right now.

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