In 1994, the first season of David Letterman‘s “Late Show” won Best Variety Series at the Emmys. The next year, his chief rival Jay Leno took the prize for his incarnation of “The Tonight Show.” While Leno never won again, Letterman reigned as king of late night with the academy for five years beginning in 1998.
However, in 2003, his CBS talker lost to Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” and that Comedy Central show owned this award until 2013 when it lost to its time slot lead-out “The Colbert Report.” Conversely, “Late Show” has not been nominated since 2009. Could it stage an Emmys comeback with Letterman’s farewell season and reap a bid in the newly created Variety Talk Series category?
That’s the topic that awards analyst Monty and I break down in our first weekly episode of “The Gold Derby Show.” It features excerpts from exclusive interviews with Conan O’Brien and James Corden (watch them in their entirety in our contenders gallery). And we unpack the exclusive Gold Derby odds for Best Variety Talk Series (see them here).
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