Emmy spotlight: Online talk show ‘Good Mythical Morning’ takes on the giants of Variety Talk Series category

The Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series is stacked with so many giants it’s hard for a little guy to muscle his way through. But maybe two little guys could. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, hosts of the widely viewed online series “Good Mythical Morning,” are hoping to take down the Goliaths of late night and snag their first nomination. Watch a highlight reel of their work above.

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“Good Mythical Morning,” or “GMM,” is currently the most-watched online daily show with an average of 100 million views per month, 4.1 billion lifetime views, and 13.2 million YouTube subscribers. McLaughlin and Neal created the series in 2012 and cover a wide range of topics including science, technology, lifestyle, and pop culture. Over the course of the show the comedic duo attempt original challenges, perform serious experiments, interact with celebrity guests, explore surprising stories and facts, and eat unusual things. The show has aired 1,300 episodes over the course of 13 seasons — all just in six years.

“Good Mythical Morning” has already won a Shorty Award (Best Web Series in 2016), two Streamy Awards (Best Non-Fiction Channel, Series or Show in 2015; Best Comedy Series in 2016), and three Webby Awards (Best First Person and Best Variety Channel in 2015; Best Web Personality/Host in 2017).

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So can “Good Mythical Morning” break through in the crowded Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series? Currently, our racetrack odds favor two-time winner “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” to repeat with leading odds of 3/1. It’s expected to compete against returning nominees “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” along with hopeful first-timer “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which contended last year, could also return. And so could “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which has been nominated three times (2014-2016).

But if “GMM” surprises it wouldn’t be the first time a digital series broke through in this race. Jerry Seinfeld broke through in this race in 2016 for the Crackle streaming show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” And other streaming shows are making a play this year for Best Variety Sketch Program, like Hulu‘s “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” and Netflix‘s “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.” So Rhett and Link could join a potential digital revolution in this year’s variety field.

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Watch a highlight reel of Rhett and Link’s work above, or take a look at two of their most popular recent segments: Fancy Fast Food and Kelsea Ballerini’s performance featuring Rabbit Lightning. You can follow “Good Mythical Morning” on YouTube right here, at @rhettandlink on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and online at www.mythical.com.

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