“Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” has won the award for Best Variety Special at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, Sept. 9. It beat out “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondent’s Dinner,” “Louie C.K. 2017,” “Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust,” and “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” This is the show’s second consecutive win in the category.
The series came in second place on our racetrack with odds of 23/10, according to our experts, editors, and users. James Corden‘s “The Late Late Show” is competing for Variety Talk Series and Interactive Program. Last year Corden won both Interactive Program and Variety Special.
“Stephen Colbert’s Election Night Special” was the frontrunner to win the category with odds of 8/5. It is also competing for its writing and directing. Stephen Colbert, who is hosting the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 17, already has nine Emmys on his shelf (Variety Series Writing for “The Daily Show” in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and for “The Colbert Report” in 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014; Variety Series for “The Colbert Report” in 2013 and 2014). He is also competing for writing and producing “The Late Show.”
Coming in third place was “Not the White House Correspondence Dinner” with 12/5 odds. Although it lost this prize, Samantha Bee and her team did win for writing. “Full Frontal” had a big Emmy breakthrough this year. After earning just a Variety Series Writing nomination in 2016 the show returned with additional bids for Variety Talk Series, Interactive Program and four for “Not the Correspondents’ Dinner.”
Netflix’s standup specials for Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman can in fourth and fifth place, respectively, both with 10/3 odds. C.K. has six Emmys (Variety Writing for “The Chris Rock Show” in 1999, “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater” in 2012, “Louis C.K. Oh My God” in 2013, and “Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store” in 2015; Comedy Series Writing for “Louie” in 2012 and 2014). He also competed in Variety Special Writing.
Silverman won Emmy for Music & Lyrics (“Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2008) and Variety Special Writing (“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracle” in 2014) and also competing for writing her special.
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