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Last year, the first for the variety sketch series category, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, the only sketch show nominated on a regular basis when that format had to share a category with variety talk series, got a nom but lost to the third season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Both shows likely will be nominated this year, but a different outcome is possible. Schumer has acknowledged her overexposure, and her fourth season has received less buzz and attracted fewer viewers. SNL, meanwhile, thrives in election years, and this season is no exception, with uncanny impressions by Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump, Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and notably Larry David as Bernie Sanders.
CC’s departing Key and Peele is a potential spoiler, as voters may want to send it off with some love, especially following a season in which it dealt with weightier-than-usual material (see: “Negrotown“) — but it’s been off the air since last September and isn’t exactly top of mind. If one chalks up a spot to 2015 nominee Portlandia, what will claim the fifth and final slot? Last year it was CC’s Drunk History, but this year I’d look out for truTV’s cult favorite Billy on the Street, now eligible in this category after garnering previous daytime and short-format Emmy noms. Host Billy Eichner manages to provoke those laugh-out-loud moments that Emmy voters seem to be looking for.
‘Billy on the Street’ could be an Emmy wild card.
This story first appeared in the June 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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