With the proliferation of both talk shows and sketch programs, the TV academy decided to split the variety series category into two separate categories in 2015 to better recognize achievements in both these genres. There were 17 entries for Best Variety Sketch Series in 2015 and that rose to 20 in 2016 before falling to 18 last year. This year, it has edged up slightly with 19 such shows on the ballot. With six series reaping bids, the odds for each entry are pretty good.
All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 25 to cast their ballots for their favorite variety sketch shows. In the past, voters were limited in the number of such shows that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike at the Oscars, voters for the Emmy Awards do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
As with the comedy and drama series entries, the 19 variety sketch show series are simply listed on the ballot by name.
All Def Comedy
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents
The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
Kevin Hart Presents The Next Level
Nathan For You
The President Show
Saturday Night Live
This Is Not Happening
Tracey Ullman’s Show
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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