Mulaney Knocks Colbert Out of TCA Awards Contention

John Mulaney’s talk show may be over (for now), but it continues to wield influence in the late-night landscape—and apparently to the detriment of one veteran host.

Everybody’s in LA reasserted itself as a serious awards contender on Monday when it received a nod from the Television Critics Association, which just announced its 2024 TCA Award nominees. The TCA nominated six shows for Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch: The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, and Mulaney’s limited-run show. 

Absent among the nominees this year is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That marks only the second time the show hasn’t been nominated since the category originated in 2018. (It was also left out in 2020.)

Mulaney’s entry into the category is notable given the developments in this year’s late-night Emmy races. In a year where the pool of potential Emmy nominees seemed particularly small, both Hot Ones and Everybody’s in L.A. wound up qualifying to compete against the major networks’ late-night offerings in the Outstanding Talk Series category.

As for the TCA Awards: Last Week Tonight has taken home this particular award three times in the category’s six-year history. It’s lost to I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson the past two years, and A Black Lady Sketch Show in 2020. Oliver’s show also won in 2015 in the News & Information category, making it a four-time overall winner at the TCA Awards.

Everybody’s in L.A. has proven remarkably influential for a series with just six episodes. Beyond its effect on the awards circuit, it also connected David Letterman to comedian Luenell, prompting the two to begin developing a show with Jimmy Kimmel.

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