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The Emmy Win By ‘The Daily Show’ Suggests Late Night Won’t Change Anytime Soon

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The Daily Show took home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series on Sunday, marking the Jon Stewart-led program’s 11th Emmy win in the tightly contested category. Considering the show’s monumental impact on late-night television, it wasn’t all that surprising, especially because Stewart retired from hosting duties in August. Then again, if either The Colbert Report or The Late Show with David Letterman had won, no one would have been surprised, either. Both programs in their current form recently came to an end, with Colbert leaving his Comedy Central show to take over for Letterman, who retired in May.

In other words, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Week Tonight didn’t stand a chance. The category was stacked too high against them. Three beloved hosts were leaving their acclaimed programs, and Emmy voters were beside themselves to try and honor them as equally possibly. How could the other nominees even begin to cope with this trifecta of nostalgia? The answer is, obviously, they couldn’t.

Maybe this means that late night talk shows will be able to reinvent themselves in 2016. This is not to say that the three outgoing programs were outdated, but they did represent almost 50 years of television programming combined. That’s a lot of coverage for just three shows, so why not shine the spotlight on others? Besides, with the recent splitting of the main variety award into three distinct categories — talk series, sketch series, and special — later broadcast and additional cable programs may finally get...  Read More

Andrew Husband

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