With eight consecutive victories in the Variety Series race, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has dominated this Emmys category since 2003. Will this late-night satirical take on the day’s news win yet again this year?
One of its rivals could well be Jimmy Fallon. Though the one-time “SNL” cast member took over the NBC talker “Late Night” in March 2009, much of the focus in the run-up to last year’s Emmys was on his predecessor Conan O’Brien who had just been bounced from his new job at “The Tonight Show.” The peacock net showed its faith in Fallon by tapping him to host the kudocast. He received rave reviews for hosting, particularly for his opening musical number.
Fallon’s show attracts the same hip, young demographic as Stewart’s. However, he’s still a relative newcomer in a race that tends to reward long distance runners. Among these are perennial nominees “Late Show with David Letterman” and “SNL,” six-time also-ran “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Stewart’s lead-out “The Colbert Report” which has lost five years in a row.
Others vying for recognition include O’Brien, who could contend for his well-received new TBS talker “Conan,” and “SNL” veteran Fred Armisen for the first season of his quirky sketch comedy show “Portlandia.”