The Shows of the 2018 Emmys
RuPaul’s Drag Race
One of the most fun and positive TV shows on air today is RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality competition where drag queens from all around the United States compete in challenges designed to test their creativity, acting, and performance abilities. Each week, one queen is eliminated until just one remains, and the winner is crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
There have been 10 seasons, not including the three seasons of the spinoff RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. The show has already won several awards, including two consecutive Emmys for RuPaul for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, and he’s up for the same award again this year.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an HBO-produced program for people who need to be cheered up a little bit while watching the news. This late-night program is hosted by veteran talk show writer John Oliver, and each week he presents commentary on the news of the week, as well as a deep-dive into an interesting topic that may or may not be current front-page news. Past segments have included infrastructure, judicial elections, paid family leave, and FIFA.
This year, Last Week Tonight is nominated for a number of variety show awards, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show has had a rich history, first under Craig Kilborn, then for an extremely successful tenure under Jon Stewart, and now with young comedian Trevor Noah, who stepped in as host in 2015. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah describes itself as a “fake news program” and has been extremely popular with young adults since its conception.
This year, the show is nominated for three awards, which is a pretty good showing for a program in its 23rd season, with 3,100+ episodes under its belt.