Expect “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to continue its dominance of the Best Variety Series at the Emmys this weekend. The Comedy Central show has already won eight consecutive times, and our exclusive Gold Derby statistics offer it commanding 2/11 odds as it has the support of all eight experts, all 12 editors, and 54% of our users (288 votes) to prevail again this Sunday.
If this mock news show could win last year when it submitted a weak entry against very stiff competition, it should be a cakewalk this time around. Producers have entered a December episode with guest Mike Huckabee. The big moments occur when Stewart scolds Congress for politicizing and dragging their feet over a health care bill benefitting 9/11 relief workers.
The closest competitor is most likely “Saturday Night Live,” which entered the season finale hosted by Justin Timberlake. He already won as Best Comedy Guest Actor and for his music and lyrics of a monologue song last weekend at the Creative Arts ceremony. The long-running NBC sketch show has 20/1 odds with 14% of our user votes.
The first season of “Conan” on TBS is next in line with 25/1 odds and 13% of user votes. The show has submitted an episode from mid-season when Will Ferrell shaves Conan O’Brien‘s beard. One of the best episodes of any variety series this past season was when “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” hosted Bruce Springsteen for an entire hour of comedy and music. Fallon’s show landed its first bid and is listed with 33/1 odds. Also with 33/1 odds is Comedy Central perennial also-ran “The Colbert Report,” which has entered a January segment with Cornel West. Bringing up the rear with 100/1 odds is “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which will most likely extend Maher’s Emmy losing streak to 27.
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