There could be big changes in this year’s Emmy contest for Best Variety Talk Series. There used to be just one award for variety shows, but it was split last year into categories for talk shows and sketch shows after nearly two decades where only three programs won: “The Late Show with David Letterman” (1998-2002) “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003-2012, 2015) and “The Colbert Report” (2013-2014). But those perennial champs are finally off the air and out of contention, so 2016 is guaranteed to have a new winner.
Of course, the winner could still be a familiar face. Stephen Colbert may have signed off from “The Colbert Report,” but that was just so he could make the move to CBS, taking over David Letterman‘s “Late Show” slot after the revered host retired. But he’s got lots of competition, from returning contenders like “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” as well as second-year sensations like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Samantha Bee‘s freshman “Full Frontal” could make history as the first female-hosted talk show to win. And we mustn’t forget “The Daily Show.” After Jon Stewart‘s version of the series concluded, Trevor Noah took over the hosting gig and competes in this race for the first time.
We chatted with several talk show hosts entered in this year’s Emmy contest — also including Scott Auckerman, whose offbeat talker “Comedy Bang! Bang!” competes for Best Variety Sketch Series.
Click on each name below to watch our complete webcam chats with some of the stars of late night:
James Corden, host of the “The Late Late Show”
Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal”
Chris Hardwick, host of “@Midnight” and “Talking Dead”
Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night”
Carson Daly, host of “Last Call” and “The Voice”
Scott Auckerman, host of “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
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