ViacomCBS Scores 83 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Jul 28, 2020
By ViacomCBS Staff

ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group Earns 41 Nominations, Led by “Schitt’s Creek” on Pop TV (15); “RuPaul’s Drag Race”on VH1 (13); and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”on Comedy Central (6)

CBS Television Network, CBS All Access and CBS Television Studios Receive 34 Total Nominations; Multiple Emmy Nods for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Picard”

SHOWTIME® Picks Up Four Nominations, Including Lead Acting Nod for Don Cheadle in Comedy Series “Black Monday” and Sixth Directing Nod for Lesli Linka Glatter for “Homeland”

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ViacomCBS earned 83 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 72nd Primetime Emmy Award nominations across its combined portfolio.

Brands from the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group landed 41 Primetime Emmy nominations.

  • Comedy Central scored 12 nominations for its programming. “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” led with six – the most since 2014 – including a third straight nod for Outstanding Talk Variety Series, plus Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. “Drunk History”earned three nominations, including its sixth straight for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and “Crank Yankers” scored its first-ever Emmy nomination. Additionally, Comedy Central Productions garnered two nominations for “Reno 911!”.
  • Pop TV’s flagship comedy “Schitt’s Creek”scored a staggering 15 nominations, sweeping all major categories, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the second consecutive year.
  • VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” winner of the 2019 and 2018 Emmys for Outstanding Competition Program and for Outstanding Host, earned 13 nominations this year, including a fifth straight for RuPaul in the latter category.

The CBS Television Network, CBS All Access and CBS Television Studios together received a total of 34 Primetime Emmy nominations.

  • CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – the #1 late night talk show on television – received three nominations, including its fourth straight for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
  • CBS All Access picked up six nominations, including five for original series “Star Trek: Picard” and one for “Star Trek: Short Treks.”
  • CBS specials scored 10 nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for the “The 73rd Annual Tony Awards” and multiple nods for “The 62nd Grammy Awards.”
  • CBS Television Studios received 23 nominations, among them an Outstanding Comedy Series nod for “Dead to Me” (4) and an Outstanding Limited Series nod for “Unbelievable” (4). Short-form series “Most Dangerous Game” and “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” were also nominated.

SHOWTIME garnered four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

  • For his starring role in “Black Monday,” Don Cheadle was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while “Homeland” executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter earned her sixth Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. “Shameless”and “VICEeach received a nomination.

Additionally, Nickelodeon received an Emmy nomination for live-action kids’ series “Henry Danger.” Paramount Television Studios also earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for “Defending Jacob” and one for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”

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Justin Dini
Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, ViacomCBS