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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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Emmys: Fans react to nominations

Commenters in our forum are delighted about top Emmy nominations for new TV shows such as "Game of Thrones." They're furious over the snubs of "Fringe" and "Sons of Anarchy" and flabbergasted that last year's winner for drama actress, Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), was booted out. Below, sample comments. See more here.

DS0816: Glad for Melissa McCarthy. She really earned it! And so did Martha Plimpton.
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sweetboroguy: I actually cut off a piece of my hat and ate it this morning because I am a man of my word. "Parks" was nominated for Best Comedy and so I ate the hat.

24Emmy: I'm glad Louis C.K. made it, but poor Joel McHale.

blueprint: Brenda Strong for voice over on "Desperate Housewives"?! How cool is that?

JJA91: All 6 cast members of "Modern Family" get in!!!

MadScntst: Thrilled for Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins, and Timothy Olyphant from "Justified" and Peter Dinklage and "Game of Thrones." Disappointed that Katey Sagal is not there, and downright xxxxed that John Noble is not there.

Marvelous Mr. Maker: No Kyra Sedgwick... Can't believe this...

AM_092: Martha Plimpton! Though not enough love elsewhere for "Raising Hope"

PaulHan: The Emmys ... where you need a federal court order to evict shows like "Mad Men" and "Dexter" and Hugh Laurie + Mariska Hargitay from the lineup.

Atypical: No Neil Patrick Harris? They can't get enough of Jon Cryer I guess ... Jimmy Fallon makes the cut in variety series over Letterman. Didn't expect that.

SkyLight: Go Kate Winslet! Get that Emmy!

Hybrid87: "SYTYCD" + Cat Deeley made me very happy. Disappointed though that Emmy voters can't seem to connect with "Parenthood" because Krause, Emerson, Graham and Whitman would have all made their categories stronger.

Sasha: January Jones, you silly blonde ... Had you gone supporting, you would have been nominated and had chance at winning.

Benito Delicias: "Community" ZERO, "Cougar Town" ZERO, "Weeds" ZERO. These people don't know comedy AT ALL.
Turtle: Poor Harry Shearer. At least he was nominated once (in TWO DECADES). But his continual snub is up there with yet another baffling Katey Sagal omission: How good do they have to be?!

oscarnutlen: same old boring names over and over again.

rp557: All the "Game of Thrones" love makes my day (though I would have liked more acting nominations), Well done, ATAS.


Emmys: Best comedy nominees

Emmys: Comedy actor, actress nominees

Emmys: Comedy supporting actor, actress nominees

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC

Stephen Colbert declares Emmy war on Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy-fallon-stephen-colbert-friday"Jimmy, how could you?" gasped Stephen Colbert on his Comedy Central TV show Wednesday night. "We're competing in the same category!"

Colbert roared at Jimmy Fallon for the fact that a photo of the duo appears in the for-your-consideration DVD package sent to TV academy members by Fallon's team. Both "The Colbert Report" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" compete at the Emmys in the variety categories for series, writing, directing and crafts work.

"Including my picture sends the subliminal message that Stephen Colbert thinks Jimmy Fallon should have an Emmy," he argued. "I do not think that."

Clearly, Colbert strives for a victory by his own show in the top race for best variety series, but that seems unlikely considering "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" has won for eight years in a row.

"Do you think I appear on magazine covers, collaborate with my musical heroes and hobnob with billionaires and presidents because I like this?" he asked his TV viewers, appearing exasperated. "No, I keep pulling 70-hour workweeks and forgetting the names of my children in the hopes of one day I might win the electroplated hand of a goddess siren of prime-time achievement."

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: After Stephen Colbert appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to sing "Friday" in order to raise money for a school charity organization, Fallon used a photo of them together to hype his bid for Emmys in the variety categories. Credit: NBC.

Emmy voters receive Comedy Central DVD screener

Comedy central emmy box

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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