The same slate of six late-night talk shows have earned Emmy nominations the last two years. And though the COVID-19 pandemic has upended their formats and presentation, it's a pretty safe bet that voters will return all six series to the Emmys this year. Why change ... until it's time to award the trophy. Then voters would do well to consider an old favorite they haven't rewarded since it changed hosts five years ago.
Here's how the variety talk and sketch series categories are shaping up, along with a relatively robust group of television movies.
VARIETY TALK SERIES
"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah"
"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"
"The Late Late Show With James Corden"
Next up: "Late Night With Seth Meyers," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Conan," "Desus & Mero," "A Little Late With Lilly Singh"