Best Scripted Variety Series Predictions for the 2023 Emmy Awards

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” began right after “Saturday Night Live” was swept into another Emmy category. The two perennial winners now battle it out in the new Outstanding Scripted Variety Series category.

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We’ll be updating this article with all of our predictions throughout the season, so be sure to check IndieWire for the latest news on the 2023 Emmys. The nomination round of voting runs from June 15 to June 26, with the official Emmy nominations announced on Wednesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. an edited presentation of the ceremonies that will air on FXX at a later date. Finally, the 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 18 and will air live on FOX at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

State of the species

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Saturday Night Live” may be the most interesting new pairing at this year’s Emmys. Both series have been on significant winning streaks since splitting the Outstanding Variety Series category in 2015, but now they’re being forced to go head-to-head for the first time thanks to an Emmy rule change that triggered Outstanding. Scripted Variety Series category.

Although one of their 6+ year winning streaks will end due to the new designation, the more important part of the whole situation is that it will allow more shows to be nominated in the category. While the TV sketch comedy space has had a very interesting few years, from “How to Be With John Wilson” to “The Amber Ruffin Show,” the past three years have been David and Goliath at the Emmys. a peculiar matchup between HBO’s “The Black Lady Sketch Show” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Right now, the category looks set to have four nominations, so there’s a chance that enduring, celebrated work shows like “Sherman’s Showcase” (IFC) and “Ziwe” (Showtime) will finally get some recognition. at the Emmy Awards. Or previous winner “Inside Amy Schumer” could be back in place after returning to Paramount+ last fall.

In addition, there are two high-profile, cameo-filled series: “Documentary Now!” (IFC) and “History of the World: Part II” (Hulu) in the competition this year, and they are sure to generate a lot of interest among voters based on the names attached to them. The former comes from Emmy winners Bill Hader and Seth Meyers and 14-time Emmy nominee Fred Armisen, while the latter is a long-awaited project from 96-year-old EGOT winner Mel Brooks.

Current contestants (in alphabetical order):
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
“The Amber Ruffin Show” (Peacock)
“Documentary now!” (IFC)
“History of the world: II. episode” (Hulu)
“Inside Amy Schumer” (Paramount+)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“Pause with Sam Jay” (HBO Max)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Sherman’s Showcase” (IFC)
“Ziwe” (Showtime)

Additional category predictions:
Excellent animation program
Excellent series of talks
An excellent documentary or educational series
Outstanding documentary or educational film

Click here for IndieWire’s full predictions for the 75th Emmy Awards.

Last year’s winner: “Saturday Night Life”
Still eligible: Yes.
Hot Streaks: “Saturday Night Live” is currently on a five-year winning streak, taking advantage of the split in the Variety Series category in 2015 (which became the Variety Talk and Variety Sketch categories). But when this split first happened, Comedy Central had its first winning streak, with “Inside Amy Schumer” winning in 2015 and “Key & Peele” winning in 2016, so NBC’s long-running late-night variety series isn’t unbeatable. .
Notable Non-Eligible Series: “Murderville” (Season 2 was not eligible); “I Think You Should Leave” (submitted as a short form series)

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