Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Daily Show" adds to its trophy count; all the talk show Emmy results

If your office has an Emmy pool, remember the cardinal rule of Emmy-picking -- vote for whatever won last year. "Mad Men" and "30 Rock" were both repeat winners, and how about "The Amazing Race," which has won the Outstanding Reality Competition award about a zillion years in a row now.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" picked up yet another trophy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series -- its seventh in a row. It bested "Late Show With David Letterman," "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report."

In addition, "Daily" won its sixth Emmy in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program category (its last victory was in 2006). The other nominees were "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report." The Writing award is always an Emmy highlight -- gotta love Billy Crystal singing the names of the "Letterman" staff writers, and O'Brien "ignoring" his scribes' Facebook friend requests. Emmy powers-that-be, you've got to keep this award on the broadcast every year, because it's routinely the funniest 2 minutes on the entire show.

"Much Worse Things" from "A Colbert Christmas" had scored a nod for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, but it was beaten by the opening number for the Oscars. "Christmas" also lost for Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming category (the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and "American Idol" tied), as well as in the Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special (Single Or Multi-Camera) category (to Chris Rock's "Kill The Messenger" special).

"The Colbert Report"'s director Jim Hoskinson, Chuck O'Neil of "The Daily Show" and Jerry Foley of "Late Show with David Letterman" were nominated in the Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series category. They lost to "American Idol," which also claimed the Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) For Variety, Music Or Comedy Programming trophy over the lighting directors of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Show With David Letterman." "Idol" triumphed yet again in the Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series, beating "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Show With David Letterman."

Two "Daily Show" editors were nominated for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing, but the award went to another pair: it was a tie between the editors of "The 81st Annual Academy Awards" and "Stand Up to Cancer." "Daily"'s Correspondents feature on its web site lost the Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs category to "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," starring Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris (who did a great job, I thought).

In Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Nonfiction, the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" web site won the award over the "Top Chef" and "SNL" sites, while "Jay Leno's Garage" lost the Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Nonfiction Programs prize to Fox Movie Channel's "Writer's Draft."


  1. Anonymous said...

    I am little disappointed that the late show with David letterman did not win any awards yesterday although they were nominated in 5 different categories.
    I would give the writing category award to daily show but no way on hell -daily show is funnier than late show with david letterman.
    7 years in a row --i mean...come on??? Even late night with david letterman in 80's did not win 7 emmys in a row--which in my opinion was the best variety show in past 30 years & the show that changed television forever.
    Right now there is so much competition in variety shows unlike in 80's or 90's ---letterman, conan, kimmel, bill maher, leno, craig, jimmy fallon, carson daly, and hundreds of talk shows on cable.
    To give one show an award 7 years in a row --the show has to be crazy crazy crazy crazy good. I would give the daily show emmys in 2004, 2006, and maybe 2008 which were election years and they did really good on those years, but other years, the show is just about an average or boring.
    Can you tell me any memorial moments from daily show from last year--maybe the CNBC incident is one -but that's about it.
    As far as Late show with letterman--i can name quite a few--mccain incident, phoenix, rod blago, howard stern interviews and many more....also many top ten segments and other usual stuff.
    you get the point.

    So, I just wanna say 2 words to the emmy people--F&&& you.

  2. Anonymous said...

    I feel exactly the same

  3. Anonymous said...

    I partially agree with the above comment. To give a show an award for THAT many years in a row, doesnt make sense to me. Give others a chance for crying out loud.

    That said, from what I hear and lil Ive seen of Jon Stewart, he hosts a great show, with a humongoid following, so it makes sense its popularity and quality have brought it the award for so long and over and over again. But yeah...SEVEN years? In a ROW? come on.

    I admit I was disappointed when the Late Show didnt win anything, but (as cliche as it sounds), Im happy to know they are at least constantly nominated.