Emmy predictions: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ has a four-peat on lock

There are not that many sure things on Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, but one of them will be in Best Variety Talk Series, where “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is expected to triumph for the fourth straight year.

“Last Week Tonight” leads our predictions with 10/3 odds, while “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is quite a few paces behind at 4/1. On its fifth nomination, “Last Week Tonight” has only lost this category once, in 2015 — the first year of the category’s existence after Best Variety Series was split into talk and sketch — to the final season of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Counting wins for Best Variety Series, “Daily Show” holds the record with 11, while “Late Show with David Letterman” is in second with six. “Last Week” was already in third, but would extend its count to four wins over “The Colbert Report’s” two victories.

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“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” does have four Experts who are betting on an upset, while “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” which is in third place with 5/1 odds, has one Expert backing it for the win.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Late Late Show with James Corden” are tied at 6/1 odds, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is last with 7/1 odds. This is “Kimmel’s” only nomination this year, so it would be something if it managed to win. But at least Jimmy Kimmel himself finally won a Primetime Emmy last weekend for producing Best Variety Special (Live) winner “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.'”

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