What Other Shows May Take Emmy Home This Year?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 4:21 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2019 4:21 PM UTC

All the chatter is about “Game of Thrones,” so we look beyond the dragons and the catapults and pick winners in other competitive categories.
<div><p>The Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 22 and while the lion’s share of attention will be directed at Game of Thrones”)and the acting awards, we’re going to shine the spotlight on some of the other equally competitive categories.</p><p>Most notably: Outstanding Television Movie, Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Variety/Talk Show.</p><p>The Emmys air Sept. 22 on FOX.</p><p><strong>OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE</strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)</strong> -300</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)</strong> +200</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>My Dinner With Herve (HBO)</strong> +1500</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Brexit (HBO)</strong> +3300</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>King Lear (Prime Video)</strong> +3300</p> </li></ul><p> </p><p>Netflix’s “Black Mirror” pulled out all the stops with this year’s nominee “Bandersnatch,” which put the viewer in the driver’s seat with its “choose-your-own-adventure” selection process to heighten anxiety about free will, technology and to remind us of all the bad choices we’ve made in our lives, such as coulottes and a guy named Chris. “Black Mirror” has won the last two years –“San Junipero” (2017) and “USS Callister” (2018), which puts it at a disadvantage against HBO’s “Deadwood,” the long overdue proper finale to the popular David Milch series that ended in 2006. We think this is a shoo-in for “Deadwood,” but it is also tough to overlook “Brexit,” also from HBO with Benedict Cumberbath, especially as the issue still looms over the UK.</p><p><strong>Our Pick:</strong> “Deadwood”</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;There's no slowing down for &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RuPaul?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@RuPaul&lt;/a&gt;! With an already legendary three-decade career, this cultural influencer is returning to &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/VH1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@VH1&lt;/a&gt; for season 12 of her Emmy-winning show, &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RuPaulsDragRace?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@RuPaulsDragRace&lt;/a&gt;, which is expanding to the UK. Visit &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ThePlaylist?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ThePlaylist&lt;/a&gt; for more details. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/j3fY3H0Rrq\"&gt;https://t.co/j3fY3H0Rrq&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Viacom (@Viacom) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Viacom/status/1167134840388558848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;August 29, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><p> </p><p><strong>OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM</strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Rupaul’s Drag Race</strong> -1000</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Voice</strong> +850</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Amazing Race</strong> +1000</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Top Chef</strong> +2500</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Nailed It</strong> +3000</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>American Ninja Warrior</strong> +3300</p> </li></ul><p> </p><p>The crime in this category is that “Making It,” the master crafters’ competition isn’t in the race for Emmy. Yeah, I may have been only of the few that watched, it but it was really good and probably boosted Michael’s bottom line. The other crime is that “The Voice” is the second favorite after “Drag Race.” I only watch that show for the chair turn, after that it just a popularity contest between the judges whose fans vote for them as opposed to the singers – of course, that is my opinion.</p><p>“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is the incumbent and likely repeat winner. Netflix’s “Nailed It” is a fun and unexpected nominee for those of us who have ever tried to recreate a Cookie Monster cake that ended up looking as if we spilled blue Gatorade on the floor.</p><p><strong>Our Pick:</strong> “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” for the win</p><p> </p><p><strong>OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES</strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)</strong> -450</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)</strong> +275</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)</strong> +3300</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)</strong> +3300</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)</strong> +3300</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)</strong> +3300</p> </li></ul><p>Despite the odds, this is a two-way race between the disciples of Jon Stewart, formerly of “The Daily Show.” This year’s nominees mimic last year’s and as much as we appreciate “Full Frontal” and Samantha Bee, it really is between “Last Week Tonight” and “The Late Show.” John Oliver’s show has won the last three years and it certainly has made a case for winning again this year. What we most appreciate about “Last Week” is that we learn something new every time we watch. However, our money is on “The Late Show.” Colbert has been having a field day with the daily antics of Washington, D.C., especially Congress and the White House. It’s time for Colbert to shine – unless people haven’t forgotten he brought former Press Secretary Sean Spicer onto the Emmys stage when he hosted the show.</p><p><strong>Our Pick:</strong> “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”</p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
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