2018 Emmy Odds: Make a Sure Bet on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Monday, July 30, 2018 12:05 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018 12:05 AM UTC

Last year’s winner goes in for the Emmy kill against some chuckle-worthy competition for outstanding variety sketch series.

<p>The Emmy category of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series is the “no brainer” award this year.</p><p>Or, if you’re referring to your “<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/">How to Bet</a>” manual, it’s a certainty, a sure bet, a sure thing. Boy, we are going to look stupid if we’re wrong – but we aren’t.</p><p>Though all the nominees are worthy, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">there is nothing sketchy about which show will win</a> – “Saturday Night Live.”</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">The bookmakers agree</a> with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">SportsBetting</a> giving “SNL” winning odds of -1400. Others in the category: “Portlandia” (+1400), “At Home with Amy Sedaris” (+1600), “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman (+1600), “Drunk History” (+2000), and “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (+2500),</p><p>The show, in its 43rd season(!), received 21 nominations, the second-highest finishing just behind HBO’s “The Game of Thrones.” Four of the six nominees are repeats from 2017, with “SNL” winning.</p><p>To become an Emmy nominee, show producers submit one episode of the series to be watched and voted on by peer judging panels. Only. One. Episode. So, it better be a good one.</p><p>“SNL” submitted the episode hosted by “Atlanta” star Donald Glover. The show was critically praised for being watchable from beginning to end. It included a cold open featuring porn star and presidential nemesis Stormy Daniels; a parody of the movie “A Quiet Place” called “A Kanye Place” due to the rapper’s tweet storm; “Friendos,” about rappers in therapy to better their friendships; and “Lando’s Summit,” about the dearth of “black people in space.”</p><p>Glover also was the musical guest, performing as Childish Gambino, who debuted the politically charged song “This is America.”</p><p>The episode is a winner, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Glover also wins the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Appearance for his hosting prowess.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Donald Glover takes on Kanye West’s tweets in &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNL?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#SNL&lt;/a&gt; “A Quiet Place” spoof &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/9rqIIsrvt2\"&gt;https://t.co/9rqIIsrvt2&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/0kfjSCYFQW\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/0kfjSCYFQW&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Rap-Up (@RapUp) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RapUp/status/993494411257430016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 7, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>“Portlandia,” in its last season with stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, submitted its season opener “Riot Spray,” where Spyke gets the band back together, including former member Henry Rollins. Also in the episode, the pros and cons of living in a van are explored (uh, definitely more cons) and the take-over of a police station by NPR-style podcasters.</p><p>New to the category is “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” on TruTV. The show is a mixed bag of satire and insane asylum with a tad of Martha Stewart. In her nomination episode, “Holidays,” a celebrity-festooned winter spectacular, she sings and dances with a snowman, has party plans go awry and has one of her signature wonky craft segments. There’s even a bloody off-screen “slaughter” of a guest star. Yeah, Sedaris and her show are crazy good.</p><p>Another first-timer is “I Love You Amerca with Sarah Silverman,” who uses her Hulu series to connect with people who don’t share her point of view -- an honorable calling in these divisive times. In her episode submission, she interviews former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini who preaches compassion while helping people find their way out of hate groups.</p><p>The “Heroines” episode of “Drunk Hisotry,” featuring Tiffany Haddish, Evan Rachel Wood, Busy Philipps and Mandy Moore, is as tasty as a Harvey Wallbanger. Not that we’ve actually ever had that drink, we just like to say it, er, type it. In this episode of a liquored-up-look-at-history, tribute is paid to the first woman to do battle in the Revolutionary War and receive a pension, a curator who rescued art from the Nazis and pioneering nurse and Civil War hero Clara Barton.</p><p>Legendary performer Tracey Ullman’s self-titled HBO series also was nominated. Ullman, a master of disguise thanks to fabulous makeup artists, portrays German Chancellor Angela Merkel mourning Brexit, Dame Judy Dench hoping her fame will help her get out of a pinch with coppers, and Scottish politician Nicola Sturgeon who kidnaps JK Rowling.</p><p>As we said, the competition is worthy of nomination and the many laughs it earns, but it’s “Saturday Night Live” for the win.</p><p>The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Sept. 17 on NBC.</p>
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