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UPDATED: August 19, 2022



It finally came true. After eight years on the air, Seth Meyers’ late-night talk series nabbed its first nom for outstanding variety talk series. While some may feel the nom is the reward, he could be the one to finally unseat John Oliver after his winning run. Either way, the NBC frontman could be working towards a future winning moment.

John Oliver’s weekly series has won this category every year since 2016, and with five noms overall this year, and it’s in a position to do it once again. But how much can it win before it’s “too much?” Comparing his weekly show to everyone else who is delivering daily content, gives a significant advantage in the race.

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Nabbing its fifth consecutive nomination in this category, Trevor Noah continues to highlight the bewildering topics of today, with a biting edge. Not sure it looks like the year it can finally unseat John Oliver or any of the other contenders.

Nominated each year since 2012, the ABC stapled late-night host still manages to have some of the best opening monologues on television. This category marks its sole nom so a win could be out of reach this time around.

Once a fixture at the Emmys with his previous talk show, Stephen Colbert has yet to win this category with his CBS late show. With five noms this year, and six consecutive mentions in this category, could he be the spoiler to John Oliver?

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The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

2021 category winner: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)


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And The Nominees Are:
Rank Show Network Key Facts and Producers:
1 “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” HBO Key facts:
John Oliver, Tim Carvell and Liz Stanton, executive producers; Jeremy Tchaban, co-executive producer; Catherine Owens and Christopher Werner, supervising producers; Laura L. Griffin, Kate Mullaney, Matt Passet, Marian Wang and Charles Wilson, producers
2 “Late Night with Seth Meyers” NBC Key facts:
Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Sal Gentile, Sarah Jenks-Daly, Henry Melcher and Kevin Miller, supervising producers; Alex Baze, Hillary Hunn, Eric Leiderman, Haleigh Raff and Jen Sochko, producers; Mike Shoemaker, produced by; Seth Meyers, host
3 “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” Comedy Central Key facts:
Trevor Noah, Jennifer Flanz and Jill Katz, executive producers; Justin Melkmann, co-executive producer; Ian Berger, Max Browning, Pamela DePace, Ramin Hedayati, David Kibuuka, David Paul Meyer, Zhubin Parang and Elise Terrell, supervising producers; Dan Amira, Jocelyn Conn, Jeff Gussow, Brittany Radocha, Shawna Shepherd and Beth Shorr, producers
4 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” CBS Key facts:
Stephen T. Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell and Jon Stewart, executive producers; Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Barry Julien, Opus Moreschi and Denise Rehrig, co-executive producers; Aaron Cohen, Paul Dinello, Emily Gertler, Jay Katsir, Matt Lappin, Bjoern Stejskal and Sara Vilkomerson, supervising producers; Michael Brumm, Paige Kendig, Jake Plunkett, Jon Batiste, Ballard C. Boyd, Ariel Dumas, Adam Wager and Gabe Gronli, producers
5 “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ABC Key facts:
Jimmy Kimmel, executive producer/host; Erin Irwin, David Craig, Molly McNearney and Jennifer Sharron, executive producers; Doug DeLuca, co-executive producer; Gary Greenberg, Tony Romero, Josh Weintraub, Seth Weidner and Danny Ricker, supervising producers; Ken Crosby, Josh Halloway, Patrick Friend, Nancy Fowkes and Craig Powell, producers

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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized 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 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.