Friday, September 16, 2011

2011 Primetime Emmys, Part 4: Variety & Reality

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

In the last part of what has been an eight-part series (the first four were for the Creative Arts Emmys) in predicting the 2011 Emmy Award winners, we're taking a look at the Reality categories and the Variety, Music, Comedy categories. Not my shining sections, but we'll see how I do! Once again, feel free to tell me who you're rooting for!

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live- I have a really difficult time enjoying late-night shows. I've given most of them a chance before, and maybe I should again... but at the moment, I'm picking based on clips I've seen and recaps I've read. Conan for the win.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live

- I hear that the jokes are the best on The Colbert Report. And writers write the jokes!
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
Long Story Short: Colin Quinn, Colin Quinn
Hilarious: Louis C.K., Louis C.K.
Night of Too Many Stars - An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education
The Real Women of SNL
64th Annual Tony Awards

- I'm pretty sure that many of my friends would agree with my selections: 64th Annual Tony Awards. I especially loved seeing a behind-the-scenes clip on the writing of the ending rap that Neil Patrick Harris gave! And let's not forget the Spider-Man jokes!

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series
American Idol "Episode 1024/1025A" by Greg Gelfand
The Colbert Report "Episode 6112" by James Hoskinson
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart "Episode 16048" by Chuck O'Neill
Late Show with David Letterman "Show 3333" by Jerry Foley
Saturday Night Live "Host: Justin Timberlake" by Don Roy King
- Again with the episodes that are purely numbers. I know I complained about that last week but it's just uber-annoying to me. Ergo, I'll boycott and select one with a name! Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake it is.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special

83rd Annual Academy Awards by Don Mischer
53rd Annual Grammy Awards by Louis J. Horvitz
Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden by Laurieann Gibson
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (Great Performances) by Lonny Price
64th Annual Tony Awards by Glenn Weiss
- I don't want Lady GaGa to win, though I know she's a viable contender. I thin that the Tony Awards should win this one, too.

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D-List
Undercover Boss
- And here I stand at the crux of choosing the show that stands out most to me, or the show that I think others will select. Let's see how Undercover Boss does...

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
- If you are a regular reader, you know I can't stand four of these. The other two I can stomach, and even watch if someone else has them on. I've heard a ton of great things regarding Top Chef this year, but something makes me want to push for The Amazing Race.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Jeff Probst, Survivor
- I love a good host. I think it makes the show in many cases. Or at least in game shows it does! I'm not thrilled with choosing any of the above, but let's say The Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan?

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