Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by all of the 2016 nominees for Best Variety Talk Series. This is only the second year that the variety sketch contenders have been moved away from the talk show candidates. It will also be the first time this century that David Letterman, Jon Stewart, or Stephen Colbert fails to win this category since all three had their previous shows depart last year.
Every acting nominee (except for limited series leads) must submit one sample episode to Emmy voters. Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six. Voters are asked to watch these online before checking off their ballots, but enforcement is not strictly policed. It’s an honor system.
After competing as a special class program in 2013 and 2014, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” has its first nomination in this category. Created and hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, the show is entering the episode “Just Tell Him You’re the President.” According to the Crackle description: “President Barack Obama and Jerry Seinfeld take a drive around the White House grounds in a 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray.”
With its fifth straight nomination in this category, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” also contends this year for technical direction. According to the ABC description for the episode “After the Oscars”: “Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Ben Affleck, Tracy Morgan, J.K. Simmons, Mike Tyson, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Henry Cavill and more.”
The second season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” brings that hot topic program its second bid in this category along with nominations for directing, writing, editing, sound mixing, and technical direction. The show’s episode submission is “Donald Trump” and has the following HBO description: “John Oliver talks about the Egyptian president and economic crisis, the Guantanamo Bay shutdown and Donald Trump, starting a campaign to ‘Make Donald Drumpf Again’.”
Contender “Late Late Show with James Corden” has its first nomination in this category for its sophomore season. The show also has nominations for variety special, directing, and interactive. The episode submission is “Post Super Bowl” and has the CBS description: “Special program hosted by James Corden following Super Bowl 50 featuring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine and Carpool Karaoke with Elton John.”
Returning for an 11th time in the program category is “Real Time with Bill Maher” with its political and hot button issues. According to the HBO description for the episode “14th Season Premiere”: “Bill Maher welcomes guests Al Gore, John Krasinski, Cornel West, Nicolle Wallace, and Ralph E. Reed, Jr.“
This year marks the third straight nomination in this category for “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which also has a bid for directing. The show is submitting “Episode 325” with the NBC description: “Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake perform History of Hip-Hop 6; Lip Sync Battle with Ellen DeGeneres; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform ‘Downtown’.”
We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps. Click here for the full list of submissions in our forums as they have been announced so far. Click here for our recent video chat with Corden.
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