Deadline TV Talk Podcast – Deadline

Deadline TV critic Dominic Patten and awards columnist Pete Hammond are taking on TV, talk show and status staple status as this year’s Emmy race gears up. It’s all in our latest edition of the Deadline Podcast series, TV conference. We argue that it may be time for some new blood in the winner’s circle.

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While this category has been all over the map in terms of where it appears in Emmy races, tied to variety and then not, in recent years it has tended to be where voters, lazy or not, simply check off the same old winner years and years in a row. Last week tonight with John Oliver won it six years in a row, and before that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took it 14 times, only losing in 2013 to The Colbert report. Oliver and Stephen Colbert have both been weaned onto Stewart’s staff, so there’s been near-complete dominance here since the turn of the century.

Today, Patten claims the chain can be broken this year by – wait for it – Jon Stewart and his new Apple+ show. But is there no chance that broadcast networks will come out on top again with a format they created? ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, CBS’s Colbert and James Corden, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show and Late Night With Seth Meyers are constant bridesmaids in this era, so anyone can break the deadlock.

Is it fair to put on Oliver’s show once a week against these guys who do this every night? Does the Academy still have to rethink the category?

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