Since the creation of the Best Variety Series Directing Emmy category in 2009, NBC’s late night staple “Saturday Night Live” has prevailed a whopping six times (2010-14 and 2017) for director Don Roy King. In addition, Dave Wilson also won for directing “SNL” back in 1976 when the category was called Best Comedy-Variety or Music Series. No program even comes close to matching “Saturday Night Live’s” seven wins in this category, with “The Carol Burnett Show” coming in second place with four victories (1974-75, 1977-78) for Dave Powers. Now “SNL” has leading 2/11 odds to win again, which would increase its record to eight directing Emmys.
King submitted the Donald Glover-hosted episode for Emmy consideration, which also earned a nomination for Glover as Best Comedy Guest Actor. Memorable sketches from this show include Glover humorously boasting during his monologue that he “really can do anything” (he can’t), a “Star Wars” spoof involving Glover’s character Lando Calrissian, a courtroom trial defending Jurassic Park, and a Mattel pitch meeting for Barbie’s Instagram feed.
“Saturday Night Live” received a whopping 21 Emmy nominations this year, tying with “Westworld” and coming in just one behind noms leader “Game of Thrones.” Among the variety series’ many nominations are those for supporting players Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson and Alec Baldwin and guest hosts Glover, Bill Hader, Tiffany Haddish and Tina Fey.
Since the category’s creation the only shows to beat “SNL” for directing have been “American Idol” (2009), “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2015) and “Inside Amy Schumer” (2016). Luckily for King, none of those programs are Emmy contenders this year. Instead, he’s up against the directors of four talk shows and one sketch series. Here’s a closer look at the five programs hoping to take down “SNL” in the directing race at the 2018 Emmys:
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” — Director Jim Hoskinson for “Episode 483” — 12/1 odds to win
“Portlandia” — Director Carrie Brownstein for “Riot Spray” — 28/1 odds to win
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” — Director Andre Allen for “Episode 2061” — 50/1 odds to win
“Late Late Show with James Corden” — Director Tim Mancinelli for “Episode 0416” — 66/1 odds to win
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — Director Jim Hoskinson for “Episode 483” — 80/1 odds to win
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