2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: ‘Saturday Night Live’ is going to defend its crown

Saturday Night Live” will make it back-to-back wins at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards. In our latest combined odds, Don Roy King is the 1/3 favorite to win the variety series prize for helming the Jimmy Fallon-hosted episode of “SNL” from last season. King won the Emmy in September for the same episode.

The veteran “SNL” director is ahead of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”’s Paul Pennolino (5/1 odds), “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”’s Andre Allen (18/1 odds), “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”’s Jim Hoskinson (50/1 odds) and “Real Time with Bill Maher”’s Paul G. Casey (100/1 odds).

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Pennolino is backed by two of our 10 participating Experts, Edward Douglas and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com). One Expert, Grae Drake (Rotten Tomatoes), is banking on an upset from Allen.

Since the DGA split the musical variety series category into variety series and variety specials four years ago, “SNL” has won two of the four trophies given out, with King behind the camera for both; “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”’s Dave Diomedi won the other two. King also has a third win for directing the “SNL” 40th anniversary special.

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