“Saturday Night Live” is the runaway favorite to win Best Variety Sketch Series at Monday’s Emmy Awards, with 2/13 odds and the support of all 26 of our Experts. Not only would a victory extend its record 71 wins, but it would mark the first time the long-running show has defended a series award.
Though “SNL” has been on the air for 43 years, it has only won three series awards. It took home Best Variety Series in 1976 for its first season and again in 1993 for its 18th season. After the category was split into Best Variety Sketch Series and Best Variety Talk Series in 2015, “SNL” won the former last year for its buzzy, politically charged 42nd installment.
“SNL”‘s 43rd season didn’t quite reach those heights, but it still earned 21 nominations this year, including nine acting bids. It received seven statuettes at last weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, including Best Comedy Guest Actress for Tiffany Haddish.
“SNL”‘s next closest rival is “Portlandia,” which has 16/1 odds, with one of our Editors, Matt Noble, picking it for the upset. “Portlandia” is contending with its final season, so this would be a goodbye hug to the Fred Armisen–Carrie Brownstein series.
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” is in third place with 33/1 odds. This is the show’s first and only nomination, so the nomination feels like the prize here. Tied in last place with 66/1 odds are “I Love You, America,” “Tracey Ullman’s Show” and “Drunk History.” “Drunk History” can take solace in the fact that Comedy Central has defeated “SNL” in this category before — “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Key & Peele” won in 2015 and 2016.
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