This year’s Emmy battle for Best Variety Series is essentially a replay of last year. The only change is that Jimmy Fallon now hosts “The Tonight Show” rather than “Late Night.”
Below, titles of the all-important episodes chosen by nominees for submission to the Emmy judges.
At last year’s Emmys, “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” lost this race for the first time in a decade. Back in 2003, it ended a five-year winning streak for “Late Show with David Letterman.”
It fell to its time slot lead-out “The Colbert Report,” which finally prevailed on its eighth straight bid.
Of the other three nominees, “Saturday Night Live” won for its first season back in 1976 and again in 1993 but has lost the 10 bids it has racked up since 2001. “Real Time with Bill Maher” has been bested every year since 2005. And “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has gone 0 for 2.
BEST VARIETY SERIES
“Colbert Report” – “August 6, 2013 – Robin Thicke”
“Daily Show with Jon Stewart” – “March 13, 2014 – Anita Hill”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – “After the Oscars”
“Real Time with Bill Maher” – “Season 11, Episode 25”
“Saturday Night Live” – “Host: Jimmy Fallon”
“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – “Season 1, Episode 1”
Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Anna Chlumsky, Jeff Daniels, Peter Dinklage, Adam Driver, Lena Dunham, Tony Hale, Woody Harrelson, Lena Headey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matthew McConaughey, and the series “Game of Thrones,” “Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” and “Veep.”
Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and the series “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”
Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Fred Armisen, Christine Baranski, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Lizzy Caplan, Josh Charles, Louis C.K., Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Julianna Margulies, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, and the series “Louie.”
Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Mayim Bialik, Andre Braugher, Don Cheadle, Edie Falco, Matt LeBlanc, Amy Poehler, Jon Voight, Kerry Washington, and the series “The Big Bang Theory.”
Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Melissa McCarthy, Maggie Smith, and the series “Downton Abbey” and “Modern Family.”