Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
On a night marked by a slew of upsets at the 65th Primetime Emmys, perhaps the biggest was The Colbert Report dethroning The Daily Show With Jon Stewart after a record 10 consecutive wins in the outstanding variety series category. No series in any category has won as many in a row. The last time a series other than Daily Show took home the statuette was 2002, when Late Show With David Letterman was the victor. This year, Colbert won not only for variety series but for writing as well, making it the most triumphant night ever for the faux news series on Comedy Central that follows Daily Show every late-night. As might be expected, Stephen Colbert was positively beaming as he met the press backstage, a clown car crew of 16 fellow Emmy winners following him onto the stage. Colbert credited the victory to “a lot of jokes,” adding, “I think we had a really good year.” He also figured it didn’t hurt his show’s Emmy chances that Stewart took the summer off during the voting period to make a movie, leaving the Daily Show hosting duties to John Oliver. “Not that Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever,” he said. “But maybe that helped, I don’t know.”
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Ah, to be victorious—at losing. Susan Lucci was famous for it. So was Angela Lansbury. But the dubious crown of distinction now graces Bill Maher, host and executive producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, the reigning champ with 29 Primetime Emmy nominations and 0 wins. Both Real Time (15 total Emmy noms, 0 wins) and its predecessor, ABC’s Politically Incorrect (8 variety series noms, 0 wins), have garnered noms every single year they’ve been on the air, going back to 1995. But they’re in good losing company. In what’s become an odd phenomenon in the variety series category, Real Time annually goes neck and neck with Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the newer fake newsguy, The Colbert Report (which also has received consecutive nominations since 2006)—only to see The Daily Show sweep the Emmys for a solid decade. Read More »
John Oliver begins his stint as guest host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Monday, June 10 at 11 PM. Deadline broke the news in March that Stewart would be taking a 12-week hiatus to direct his first feature film Rosewater and Oliver would be filling in for eight weeks of original episodes during Stewart’s absence. Stewart will return on Tuesday, September 3. Scheduled guests during Oliver’s first week include Seth Rogen, Armando Iannucci, Mavis Staples and Fareed Zakaria. Oliver performs stand-up around the US and his one-hour special Terrifying Times debuted in April 2008. His stand-up series, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show premiered on Comedy Central in January 2010 with the fourth season slated to air in late summer. Along with Andy Zaltzman, Oliver also writes and stars in a weekly podcast, The Bugle: Audio Newspaper For A Visual World. The Daily Show is exec produced by Jon Stewart and Rory Albanese, with Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz and Adam Lowitt serving as co-exec producers. Supervising producers are Tim Carvell, who also is head writer, Pam DePace, Tim Greenberg, Hillary Kun and Stuart Miller. Jill Katz is producer and Executive in Charge of Production. Kahane Cooperman serves as Production Executive. Chuck O’Neil directs.