For 15 years, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" has been a fixture on Emmy nominations day. That streak was broken this morning in a reflection of the still-bumpy transition that remains in progress since longtime host Jon Stewart retired and "The Daily Show" moved on with new host Trevor Noah.
While Noah's difficulties with finding his footing have been well documented, what's more surprising is the diminished profile among Emmy voters for the alumni of "The Daily Show" as well. Apart from John Oliver, whose HBO series "Last Week Tonight" earned multiple nominations, former "Daily Show" correspondents Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore and Stephen Colbert failed to make the cut in the variety/talk series category. Instead newcomers James Corden and Jerry Seinfeld's former short-form nominee "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" received honors, alongside usual suspects Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher and Jimmy Fallon.
The omission of Colbert, who earned multiple Emmys during his run with Comedy Central's "Daily Show" spinoff, "The Colbert Report," stands as more evidence of his troubles since taking over for David Letterman's slot with "The Late Show" on CBS. Though Colbert's new show frequently draws better numbers than the Emmy-nominated "Jimmy Kimmel Live," it's been handily beaten by late-night's current ratings champion — the viral video-friendly "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."
We caught up with "Mr. Show" co-creator Bob Odenkirk after he received his second Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work as Jimmy McGill (a.k.a. Saul Goodman) in "Better Call Saul." This is Odenkirk's second nomination in as many years for the role.
How would you say the role of Saul has changed you?
I take myself so seriously now. I’ve started to interpret Shakespeare -- I hope he doesn’t mind I like to put swear words in there. I have a whole bunch of fans I never had.
Jul. 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Once we started to drill into the story, and all of the shootings of black Americans started happening across the country, we started realizing we’re not writing a period piece. We’re dealing with stories torn from the headlines. If anything we started amplifying those ideas and started exploring it to make if feel like it was a story relevant to people today. I think that’s what engaged everybody and caught everyone by surprise. It became a show that could become a talking point.
Scott Alexander, who was nominated for writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"
Jul. 14, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
Words cannot express how grateful and humbled I feel. Working on 'House of Cards' alongside so many great talents has been one of the highlights of my career, and it brings me so much joy to see the show continually recognized by everyone. Thank you to the academy for this tremendous honor.
Mahershala Ali, who was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his work on "House of Cards"
The past couple of years have been tumultuous for Tracy Morgan following a horrible car accident that left him massively injured and his close friend dead. But an Emmy nomination for his stint hosting "Saturday Night Live" has him in good spirits. He released the following statement Thursday:
"Oh my God. I am just so happy and want to share this with so many people and am nominated with some extraordinary company. I love you guys. I just want to thank everyone who helped me and my family after that horrific night and the months after. Lorne and everyone at SNL for having me come home. The Doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital who saved my life. The staff at JFK Medical Center who got me back on my feet. The first responders who helped me and my friends that fateful night. My AMAZING wife and kids. Lira, who helped my wife. My father, who is looking down on me right now. I feel like Cuba at the end of Jerry Maguire! But most importantly…this is for you Jimmy Mac. I love you. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
The controversial campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which aired on CNN despite threats of legal action and questions about its reporting, received two Emmy Award nominations.
The movie was nominated in the category of "exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking“ and in the song category for the Oscar-nominated “’Til It Happens To You.”
“The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dirk and produced by Amy Ziering, generated heated public discussion before it was released in cinemas last year and aired on CNN. Questions surrounding the movie’s accuracy arose after lawyers representing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston claimed that the documentary is defamatory.