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Emmy race for best variety series: Can 'Daily Show' be beaten?


Can anybody, even Jon Stewart himself, stop "The Daily Show" from winning another Emmy Award for best variety series?

Stewart and his Comedy Central mock news show have won this category for eight consecutive years. To many Emmy watchers, it appeared that he was actually conceding the race last year when he submitted a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill episode with guest Roland Martin to be evaluated by Emmy judges. The program was unlike many of his earlier election-based or red hot episodes that had prevailed. When he didn't even show up for the ceremony in 2010, it seemed like he was throwing his support to his friend Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report," which submitted a powerful episode that included a visit from President Obama while Colbert entertained U.S. troops in Iraq. Stewart is an executive producer of that show too, so he would have won another Emmy even if "The Daily Show" lost.

When the ho-hum episode of "Daily Show" ended up winning, it beat the tearful, hilarious finale of "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" and the celebrated Betty White episode of "Saturday Night Live."

This year the Stewart team has submitted much better material with a December episode featuring guest Mike Huckabee. In the program, Stewart is visibly and vocally upset at Congress gumming up the works for a healthcare bill to benefit 9/11 relief workers. Weeks later, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York visited the show and gave Stewart credit for helping the bill become law. A ninth Emmy for best variety series might be his reward.

As for the other 2011 competitors, most are familiar faces with great submissions once again. "The Colbert Report" competes for the sixth time and entered a good episode from January with guest Cornel West. NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comes out swinging with its best episode of the season, featuring musical guest Lady Gaga and Emmy nominee Justin Timberlake hosting.

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Can Jimmy Kimmel snag the Emmy from Jon Stewart? [video]

Jimmy kimmel jon stewart"I don't know if there's anything that can be done," Jimmy Kimmel sighs when I ask him how he thinks Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" can be stopped from winning the Emmy for best variety series for a ninth consecutive year. Desperate times call for desperate actions, perhaps? Why not try something diabolical?

"Jon's great, obviously, and, if we were to try and poison him, he'll probably get the sympathy vote," Kimmel says. "He'd end up winning posthumously and mocking us all."

I have an idea for Kimmel, whose late-night show has not yet been nominated in the category. If "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" breaks in this year, he might conspire with the folks at "Top Chef," who figured out how to stop "The Amazing Race" from winning best reality-competition show last year for an eighth time.

"I would consult with a bunch of chefs?" Kimmel asks. "It'll be like a Justice League meeting and we'll figure this out?" Hmmm … he agrees that that's a very interesting scheme.

Kimmel is also in the running for a second Emmy. On the ballot is a song he wrote with his staff by taking Kanye West's outrageous tweets and stringing them together with melody. Josh Groban came on Kimmel's show in January to perform the tune, which got replayed more than 2 million times on YouTube.

"Unwillingly, Kanye may get nominated for an Emmy," Kimmel adds. "I don't think he has any idea he's on the ballot. Kanye really wrote most of it, so it would be fantastic if Kanye were to win an Emmy!"

Kimmel is no stranger to Emmy glory. Back in 2004, he won a Daytime Emmy along with Ben Stein as co-hosts of the game show "Win Ben Stein's Money." We discuss all that in our webcam chat below.

-- Tom O'Neil

Left photo: Jimmy Kimmel. Credit: ABC

Right photo: Jon Stewart. Credit: Comedy Central

The highs and lows of the Emmy races: The five most predictable categories

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It's often difficult to predict which show or performance will win an Emmy. That's what makes the awards ceremony so exciting. But sometimes, in some categories, the results are a gimme. Here's a look at the five most predictable categories.

Best variety series: Last year, “The Daily Show” won best variety series for an eighth consecutive year even though it submitted a ho-hum episode to Emmy jurors. Surprisingly, it beat such fierce competition as Conan O’Brien’s farewell on the “Tonight” show and “The Colbert Report’s” visit to a U.S. Army base in Iraq where President Obama appeared via satellite. Forget it. “Daily Show” can’t lose.

Guest drama actress: Speaking of unstoppable winning streaks, “Law & Order: SVU” seems to have a lock on the guest drama actress category. It has won for the last four years (Leslie Caron, Cynthia Nixon, Ellyn Burstyn, Ann-Margret) and offers a lot of top candidates this go around: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maria Bello, Joan Cusack, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christine Lahti, Debra Messing and Rita Wilson.

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Emmy voters receive Comedy Central DVD screener

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Comedy Central just shipped its Emmy DVD mailer to the 14,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The disc inside includes these episodes:

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" -– Dec. 16, 2010. Guests: 9/11 first responders and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"The Colbert Report" -– Jan. 18, 2011. Guest: Cornel West.

"Tosh.0" -– Jan. 25, 2011. Web redemption by rapper who got hit by an ice cream truck singing "I'm Gipper."

"Workaholics" -– Episode 3: "Office Campout"

"Colbert" and "Tosh.0" compete for best variety series against "Daily Show," which has won for the last eight years. "Workaholics" competes for best comedy series.

Compare this year's DVD mailer to the double-disc campaign boxes sent by Comedy Central to Emmy voters in 2010 and 2009 and the five-disc box in 2008. For a larger view of this year's mailer, click on the photo above.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Tom O'Neil / For The Times

Jon Stewart demands apology from Ricky Gervais for Golden Globes

Ricky_Gervais_golden_globes_newsWhen Ricky Gervais visited "The Daily Show" on Thursday, former Oscar host Jon Stewart took Gervais to task for his recent job emceeing the Golden Globes.

"Here's what you have to apologize about for the Golden Globes," Stewart harrumphed. "Making people like me -- who've also hosted these events -- feel inadequate by being that funny. It hurt my self-esteem, and I think you do owe me an apology."

"This is what I think I should apologize for about the Golden Globes," Gervais replied, then uttered an obscenity bleeped out of the racy telecast. "If they ever came to my standup, their heads would explode. That was toned down, that was daytime TV. What did I say that was so bad?"

On David Letterman's show, Gervais recently said about his Globes gig: "I didn't think I did anything wrong. They were just jokes. I did nothing wrong, and I wouldn't apologize for it. ... These people are the most privileged, richest people in the world. If you can't joke about them, what can you make a joke about?"

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. Credit: NBC


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