BuddyTV 2008 Emmys Preview: Best Variety/Comedy Series and Best Reality-Competition Series
Is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the most important news show in America?  That may sound like a cynical question, but think about it.  There's so much competing noise these days in the cable news world that The Daily Show probably is, at least on cable, as formidable in the news world as Bill O'Reilly or Keith Olberman.  The Daily Show has won the Emmy for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series for five straight years.  There's no reason it won't happen again, but the competition isn't anything to sneeze at either.  The Emmys are only two days away, folks.  Below we'll take a look at the Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series category, as well as the Best Reality-Competition Series category. 

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series

The Longshots

The Late Show with David Letterman

Letterman is one of the most important figures ever in late-night comedy.  Unfortunately, the man is over a decade past his prime.  It's just nice that Dave got nominated over his hack counterpart Leno. 

Saturday Night Live

The SNL haters are ubiquitous.  I am not one of them.  I've always supported the show, through its bad times and its good, and have found merit in each and every season of the show.  Last year was a solid one for SNL, but it was nowhere near the explosive return needed to compete in this category. 

Real Time with Bill Maher

I love Bill Maher, and I'm sure that a lot of those Hollywood liberal Emmy voters do as well.  Unfortunately, the two favorites basically do the same sort of political humor that Maher does, but only better.  Also, conservatives would go insane if Maher took home the Emmy. 

The Favorites

The Colbert Report

Could this be the year that the apprentice becomes the master?  Probably not, but if The Daily Show doesn't win, Colbert is the likeliest to take his former co-worker down.  Colbert is consistently funny, but will always be in the shadow of the original Comedy Central political talk show. 

The Daily Show

It's an election year, and still no one does political satire than Jon Stewart and his Daily Show team.  If it won the last five years, it should win this year. 

Best Reality-Competition Series

The Longshots

Top Chef

Not enough people watch it, the buzz isn't there, and it's going up against some of the industry's giants.  It's just not going to happen. 

Dancing with the Stars

It may be popular as all hell, but Dancing with the Stars isn't that great of a series.  I don't know how, for instance, that it was nominated in this category over So You Think You Can Dance, a far better dancing reality show.  If Dancing with the Stars wins this category, I will eat my shoes. 

The Dark Horses

American Idol

Love it or hate it, American Idol is an expertly produced series.  It's a massive undertaking every season, yet the live shows always go off seamlessly.  However, since American Idol is kind of the biggest show in the history of the universe, those snooty Emmy voters probably aren't going to give Idol any love just out of principle.

Project Runway

I don't watch Project Runway, but people certainly seem to love it.  It's critically-acclaimed and for the high-class viewer.  If The Amazing Race doesn't win the award, Project Runway is the likely replacement. 

The Prohibitive Favorite

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race has won the award every year the award has existed.  It will win again.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of Comedy Central)