The 2017 Emmy ballots have been released, and now Gold Derby has opened predictions in the race for Best Variety Sketch Series. With the last two champs “Inside Amy Schumer” (2015) and “Key & Peele” (2016) out of the running this year, that leaves the door wide open for a new sketch show to prevail. What do you think will win on Emmy night?
One frontrunner to claim the title is NBC’s long-running “Saturday Night Live,” which had a monumental 42nd season thanks to the Presidential election and its aftermath. Amazingly, “SNL” hasn’t prevailed in the top category at the Emmys in 24 years, since back in 1993. But that could all change thanks in part to Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin dominating much of the season for their increasingly viral impersonations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
HBO’s new sketch series “Tracey Ullman’s Show” is also in the mix this year. One rule to remember when making your Emmy predictions is to never count out Tracey Ullman. After all, she’s already won seven Emmys over her career: Best Variety Program for “The Tracey Ullman Show” (1989) and “Tracey Takes On…” (1997), Best Individual Performance and Best Variety Writing for “The Tracey Ullman Show” (1990), Best Individual Performance for “Tracey Takes on New York” (1994), and Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Love & War” (1993) and “Ally McBeal” (1999).
IFC’s four-time Emmy winner “Portlandia” (two for Best Variety Production Design and two for Best Variety Costumes) is back in the running for Best Variety Sketch Series, as are the two remaining nominees from last year, “Documentary Now” (IFC) and “Drunk History” (Comedy Central).
Other sketch programs hoping for their first bids in the race include “Maya and Marty,” “Billy on the Street,” “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “Comedy Bang Bang” and “The UCB Show.” Those are just some of the many contenders you can choose from when making your Best Variety Sketch Series predictions at Gold Derby.
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