After eight seasons on the air, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” finally earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Series. Seth MeyersThe NBC chat show joins reigning winner “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and former nominees “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on the lineup of 2022 Emmys – see the full list of nominations.
It’s possible that “Late Night” benefited from a last-minute rule change, in which the variety show producers appealed to the Television Academy to bring back the fifth nomination spot. To recap, since 19 shows submitted in the category this year, that would have yielded only four nominations, by Emmy rules. The appeal having been successfully granted, the fifth slot was reinstated on 29 June.
Gold Derby predicted the top four contenders in this category to be ‘Last Week Tonight’, ‘The Daily Show’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘The Late Show’. The chat shows battling for that coveted fifth position, according to our running ratings, were “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Conan,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” and “Desus and Mero.” Of course, it’s entirely possible that Meyers’ program ended up being ranked #1 through #4 on voter ballots, and box #5 went to one of the aforementioned favorites. .
“It’s an honor made all the sweeter because it happens on the same day @rheaseehorn got his!” Meyer tweeted the morning of the Emmy Noms. He was referring to Rhea Seehorn, long snubbed by the television academy, which found itself twice nominated this year for the drama series “Better Call Saul” and the short series “Cooper’s Bar”. Watch our exclusive video interview with Seth Meyers.
Even though “Late Night” is now officially nominated for Best Variety Talk Show, history is on the side of “Last Week Tonight” to win…for the seventh year in a row. John OlivierHBO’s program hasn’t lost that category yet since “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” went off the air. If he wins again, it would put “Last Week Tonight” in second place on the all-time list of Best Variety Series winners, ahead of the six-time champion “Late Show with David Letterman” and behind only 11 Times the Leader” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has now been nominated six years in a row. Stephane ColbertThe previous chat show “The Colbert Report” won the award for Best Variety Series twice, but it hasn’t prevailed since joining CBS’ late-night schedule. The comedian’s most recent Emmy win came for producing the live-action variety special “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020.”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” has now been nominated 11 times in this winless run, which is only one bid behind the 12-name “Real Time with Bill Maher” category loser. jimmy kimmel himself is a two-time Emmy winner for producing “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” in 2019 and 2020.
Trevor NoahThe version of “The Daily Show” has been on the rise for the past five consecutive years. The comedian won his only Emmy for “The Daily Show: Between the Scenes” in the Short Form Variety Series category in 2017, and he was also nominated last year for hosting the 63rd Grammy Awards.
Besides the series, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is also nominated this year in the Best Variety Directing category. Meyers himself has an Emmy Award on his mantle for co-writing Justin Timberlakefrom the monologue song “SNL” in 2011.
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