Last year, there was a tie in the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards’ talkshow host category, between Katie Couric “Katie” and Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show.”
It’s a dead certainty that double honor won’t be repeated, since “Katie” was canceled. Also, while Oz is still on the air, he spent his summer being grilled before a Senate committee over the promotion of questionable diet aids on his show. How voters handle the scandal remains to be seen.
As for the rest of last year’s nominees, syndication’s “The Rachael Ray Show” continues — with Ray often nominated but winless in the host category — along with “The Talk” on CBS.
ABC’s “The View” is a wildcard for a repeat nom after a rollercoaster year saw the retirement of Barbara Walters, exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, introductions of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and the highly touted return of former co-host Rosie O’Donnell followed by an equally dramatic departure.
Hosts of top-rated talkers “The Dr. Phil Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” no longer submit. So, who’s left?
While the syndicated “The Queen Latifah Show” was recently axed, NBCU’s “The Meredith Vieira Show” has been renewed for a second season. And, in early February, Warner Bros. picked up the younger-focused “The Real” for a second season based on promising ratings.
Previous nominee Steve Harvey remains a viewer fave, while never-nommed Wendy Williams’ popular talker has been renewed through the 2016-17 season.
Maybe voters turn to a familiar show with a fresh face. Back during the Regis Philbin years, “Live! With Regis and Kelly” took the top spot in 2012. That same year, former NFL great Michael Strahan was formally chosen as Philbin’s successor, sharing duties with Kelly Ripa.
Brad Adgate, senior vice president, research, for Horizon Media predicts “Live” will return to the nominees circle this year and also thinks this could be Ray’s time after six consecutive nominations. “She could (win), if the competition is not as stiff,” he says.
Sometimes it comes down to the particular episode that a host chooses to submit. Voters have to view the entries, so it’s not just about name recognition.
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences senior exec director David Michaels says, “Sometimes, someone will just have one killer show, and it just puts them over the top.”