Jmunney’s 2020 Emmy Wish List, Part 4: Variety and Reality

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The 2020 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 28. As per annual tradition, I have assembled a Wish List for as many categories as I have something to say about. There is no minimum or maximum number per category, nor is there any strict adherence to official Emmy rules. And of course, there is the necessary caveat that I have not seen everything. Even with much of the country shut down for the past few months, that’s impossible.

Now that I have made my way through the avalanche of award-worth Dramas, Comedies, and Limited Series, it’s time to get a little silly with the Variety shows. And this year, I decided to also talk about Reality, as there are enough competition shows that I plainly love to be able to fill out a ballot.

Conan is my top choice among the talkies, as Mr. O’Brien and company adapted quite naturally to the new reality of at-home production and Zoom interviews. The Soul Train/American Bandstand homage that is Sherman’s Showcase is the easy choice in Sketch Series; seriously folks, you gotta check this show out. And while I don’t always include SNL in the field, it earned a spot this year thanks to the resiliency demonstrated in its at-home episodes.

Moving on to Reality, where my Competition Program picks are dominated by game shows, naturally enough. At the top of the heap is the mini-golf showcase Holey Moley, one of the most purely fun and positive shows on the air right now. And Joe Tessitore and Rob Riggle are the perfect silly/serious M.C. pair to present the whole shebang.

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Variety Talk Series
CONAN
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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That’s Auntertainment! Episode 11: Who Wants to be a Millionaire

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Aunt Beth and Jeff have heard that some of you enjoy listening to their podcast, but they’ve got one thing to ask you … is that your FINAL answer? That’s right, it’s time to get in the hot seat and revisit Who Wants to be a Millionaire, as Jeff and Aunt Beth discuss their favorite contestants of all time and spill their thoughts on the new celeb version hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Also, Aunt Beth reveals some stories about her own time as a Millionaire contestant.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/3/20

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

TV
Community on Netflix (Started streaming on April 1) – The greatest show of the 2010s is finally streaming on the biggest streamer around.
Jeopardy! College Championship (April 6-17, Check local listings)
The Last O.G. Season 3 Premiere (April 7 on TBS)
Modern Family Series Finale (April 8 on ABC)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Revival Premiere (April 8 on ABC) – Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel!
The Good Fight Season 4 Premiere (April 9 on CBS All Access) – I’m still a few seasons behind, though.