In the Reality Competition Series, the most obvious contender is The Amazing Race which has won this category so many times, betting on it won’t even net you a profit. With reality TV dwindling, its competition has all seen better days. The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, American Idol, and Survivor could all net a nomination, but none of them could make a compelling case for a win. A bold choice would be RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Emmy voters have never been bold. A new wildcard, Masterchef Jr could stake its claim in the race this year.
For Reality Host, Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night is a favorite, alongside Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance and Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn for Project Runway. Outside chances for RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ryan Seacrest for the fading American Idol (he’s never won), but the final two slots are more likely to go to Tom Bergeron for Dancing With The Stars (even though he’s not the only host), and Carson Daly for The Voice.
For the newly retitled Variety Talk Series, your nominees are likely The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Colbert Report, Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and either a honor toss to Late Show With David Letterman, or the last slot goes to either Jimmy Kimmel or Conan.
In the Variety Sketch Series category, a new category, SNL is guaranteed a nomination with Inside Amy Schumer, Key and Peele, Portlandia, and either Drunk History or Comedy Bang Bang taking the last spot.