With the proliferation of both talk shows and sketch programs, the TV academy decided to split the variety series category into two separate categories in 2015 to better recognize achievements in both these genres. While there were 28 entries for Best Variety Talk Series in 2015 that dipped down to 17 last year. However, it is on the rise this year with 20 shows on the ballot. With six series reaping bids, the odds for each entry are pretty good.
All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 26 to cast their ballots for their favorite variety talk shows. In the past, voters were limited in the number of such shows that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
As with the comedy and drama series entries, the 20 variety talk show series are simply listed on the ballot by name.
@midnight with Chris Hardwick
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Desus & Mero
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Call With Carson Daly
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Problematic With Moshe Kasher
Real Time With Bill Maher
Talking With Chris Hardwick
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
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