Can upstart Comedy Central shows such as "@Midnight" and "Inside Amy Schumer" make a showing this year? It all hinges on how Academy voters vet these repeat contenders.
'The Arsenio Hall Show'
Pro: The 1980s icon came back! And he devoted an entire episode to his pal Prince.
Con: Despite a stellar launch, the show was canceled May 30.
'The Colbert Report'
Pro: He (finally!) won his first variety series trophy last year and is David Letterman's highly anticipated heir apparent for 2015.
Con: Voters already might have moved on.
Pro: The youth-skewing show was renewed through 2018. And he aced it as host of the MTV Movie Awards.
Con: He was snubbed by Emmy in 2013.
'The Daily Show'
Pro: The 10-time winner is cable's late-night ratings king.
Con: His fake-news shtick becomes less compelling as more see it as a legitimate news program.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Pro: His celebrity-BFF shenanigans have helped him earn nearly 3 million viewers.
Con: Fallon's debut has been the category's splashiest ever.
'Key & Peele'
Pro: The clever, viral-friendly series won a prestigious Peabody Award this year.
Con: The duo's edgy, race-centric sketches might be a turnoff to some voters.
'Late Show With David Letterman'
Pro: He's buzzier now than he's been in two decades …
Con: … because he announced he was leaving at year's end. And he hasn't won in 12 years.
Pro: The sketch series had hilarious, hip cameos from Steve Buscemi and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Con: Few shows break through the race after four seasons.
'Real Time With Bill Maher'
Pro: The 32-time Emmy nominee offers the sharpest (and dirtiest) news and culture commentary.
Con: Voters might prefer celeb beer pong.
'Saturday Night Live'
Pro: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston and Madonna all made killer cameos in a star-heavy season.
Con: Head writer Seth Meyers left, and critics called the season uneven at best.
'Late Night With Seth Meyers'
Pro: The likeable SNL vet scored with big stars (Jon Hamm, Jennifer Lawrence) this season.
Con: Critics have been mixed about his emcee acumen.
'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon'
Pro: His Tonight Show lures more than 4 million viewers -- the most of any.
Con: Voters might feel Fallon's short first season doesn't qualify him for gold.
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