2021 Emmy awards nominations ballot: See all nine Variety Sketch Series contenders from ‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ to ‘Ziwe’

With the proliferation of both talk shows and sketch programs, the TV academy decided to split the variety series category at the Emmy Awards into two separate categories in 2015 to better recognize achievements in both these genres. This year’s entrant total is remarkably low at just nine; this is down by five from last year. There were 20 in 2019, 19 in 2018, and 18 in 2017. Although only two series on the list below will reap bids this year, the odds for each entry are still pretty good.

All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 28 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; in 2017 that cap (which was usually 10 per category) was lifted. Unlike at the Oscars, voters for the Emmys do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.

SEE 2021 Emmy nominations ballot: 1,865 performers vie for your consideration (that is 787 fewer than last year)

The Amber Ruffin Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show

How To With John Wilson

Saturday Night Live
Studio C

That Damn Michael Che
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Ziwe

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