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UPDATED: Aug 26, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Titular “Conan” host Conan O’Brien bookends his long-running cable show with a pair of Emmy noms. He got attention in this category for the first season in 2011 but not again until this one, which is his swan song. A swell of nostalgia stands to boost this series’ profile, inching it closer to knocking the incumbent John Oliver off his throne.

In the context of the pandemic, Trevor Noah had the strongest year of any of the late-night hosts, adapting brilliantly to the remote format and still gaining a high viewership and producing click-worthy clips. He’s only managed a single Emmy win in his career thus far (short-form variety for “Between the Scenes”), but with his fourth consecutive nom headlining “The Daily Show,” he’s due.

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Veteran comedian Jimmy Kimmel has been nominated in this category every year since 2012. He’s won two Emmy Awards during his career, including last year as one of the executive producers for the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” variety special. However, he may have to wait a bit longer for his turn in this race.

Nominated consecutively since 2015, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” has won this race every year since 2016. As the reigning champ, the premium cable show could easily pick this up again, giving host Oliver half a dozen trophies for his mantle. An outpouring of supportive sentiment for Conan O’Brien and Trevor Noah, however, may prove to be larger hurdles for Oliver to overcome than in past years.

All nine of Stephen Colbert’s Emmys thus far have been for his previous late-night series, “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” His broadcast program, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” on the other hand, has been nominated for 13 Emmys across years and categories but has yet to win once. With five more chances this year, it stands a shot at taking home some gold, just likely not in this race.

The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting beginning on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PT until Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. PT.

Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.


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2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes - Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.