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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special

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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special is a category at the Primetime Emmy Awards. It is awarded annually to the singularly best varietal, musical, or comedic special of the year.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special
Awarded for Outstanding Variety Special
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1959
Currently held by The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (2016)
Website emmys.com

The Kennedy Center Honors has won seven awards, including five consecutive wins from 2009 to 2013. It also won twice for Outstanding Variety Series when the two categories were combined.[1][2]

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1950sEdit

Year Program Producers Network
19581959
(11th)[3]
An Evening with Fred Astaire NBC
Art Carney Meets "Peter and the Wolf" NBC

1960sEdit

Year Program Producers Network
19591960
(12th)
Music Program
[4]
Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Moscow CBS
The Bell Telephone Hour
"The Music of George Gershwin"
NBC
Hallmark Hall of Fame
"The Green Pastures"
Young People's Concerts CBS
19611962
(14th)
Music Program
[5]
Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Japan CBS
The Bell Telephone Hour NBC
NBC Opera NBC
The Thief and the Hangman ABC
19621963
(15th)
Music Program
[6]
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall CBS
The Bell Telephone Hour NBC
Judy Garland and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet CBS
The Lively Ones NBC
NBC Opera
19631964
(16th)
Musical Program
[7]
The Bell Telephone Hour NBC
The Lively Ones NBC
New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts with Leonard Bernstein CBS
19651966
(18th)
Musical Program
[8]
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Dwight Hemion, producer NBC
The Bell Telephone Hour Barry Wood, executive producer NBC
The Bolshoi Ballet Ted Mills, producer Syndicated
Color Me Barbra Joe Layton and Dwight Hemion, producers CBS
New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts with Leonard Bernstein Roger Englander, producer
19651966
(18th)
Variety Special
[9]
Chrysler Presents The Bob Hope Christmas Special Bob Hope, executive producer NBC
An Evening with Carol Channing Bud Yorkin, producer CBS
Jimmy Durante Meets the Lively Arts Alan Handley and Bob Wynn, producers ABC
The Julie Andrews Show Alan Handley, producer NBC
The Swinging World of Sammy Davis, Jr. Stan Greene, producer Syndicated
19661967
(19th)
Musical Program
[10]
Brigadoon Fielder Cook, producer CBS
The Bell Telephone Hour
"Toscanini: The Maestro Revisited"
Gerald Green, producer NBC
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music – Part II Dwight Hemion, producer CBS
19661967
(19th)
Variety Special
[11]
The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special Jack Arnold, producer CBS
ABC Stage 67
"A Time for Laughter: A Look at Negro Humor in America"
Phil Stein, producer ABC
Chrysler Presents The Bob Hope Christmas Special Bob Hope, executive producer NBC
Dick Van Dyke Jack Donohue and Byron Paul, producers CBS

Outstanding Variety or Musical Program

Year Program Producers Network
19671968
(20th)
[12]
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
"Pilot"
George Schlatter, producer NBC
Chrysler Presents The Bob Hope Show Bob Hope, executive producer NET
The Fred Astaire Show Fred Astaire and Gil Rodin, producers NBC
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Dwight Hemion and Gary Smith, producers CBS
Lincoln Center/Stage 5 Jac Venza, producer NET
A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim Robert Scheerer, producer NBC
19681969
(21st)
[13]
The Bill Cosby Special Roy Silver, executive producer; Bill Persky, Sam Denoff and Bill Hobin, producers; Bill Cosby, star NBC
Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park Robert Scheerer, producer; Barbra Streisand, star CBS
Duke Ellington – A Concert of Sacred Music (NET Playhouse) Ralph J. Gleason and Richard Moore, producers; Duke Ellington, star NET
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing Ernest Chambers and Saul Ilson, producers; Frank Sinatra, star CBS
The Rite of Spring (NET Festival) Robert Foshko, producer; Zubin Mehta, conductor NET
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Paul Keyes and Carolyn Raskin, producers; Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, stars NBC
Vladimir Horowitz: A Television Concert at Carnegie Hall Roger Englander, producer; Vladimir Horowitz, pianist CBS

1970sEdit

Outstanding Single Program – Variety or Musical

Year Program Producers Network
19691970
(22nd)
Classical Music
[14]
Cinderella: National Ballet of Canada (NET Festival) Curtis W. Davis, executive producer; Thomas Slevin, producer; Leopold Stokowski, performer PBS
S. Hurok Presents James Krayer, executive producer; Roger Englander, producer CBS
Sounds of Summer: The Blossom Music Center with Pierre Boulez Craig Gilbert, executive producer; Jack Sameth, producer NET
The Switched-On Symphony Pierre Cossette and Burt Sugarman, executive producers; Jack Good, producer NBC
19691970
(22nd)
Variety and Popular Music
[15]
Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man Joseph Cates, executive producer; Martin Charnin, producer; Anne Bancroft, performer CBS
The Friars Club "Roasts" Jack Benny (Kraft Music Hall) Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Jack Benny, performer NBC
The Second Bill Cosby Special Roy Silver, executive producer; Bruce Campbell, producer; Bill Cosby, performer
Sinatra Frank Sinatra, executive producer/performer; Carolyn Raskin, producer CBS
The Sound of Burt Bacharach (Kraft Music Hall) Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Burt Bacharach, performer NBC
19701971
(23rd)
Classical Music
[16]
Leopold Stokowski (NET Festival) Curtis W. Davis, executive producer; Thomas Slevin, producer; Leopold Stokowski, performer PBS
Swan Lake (NET Fanfare) John Barnes and Curtis W. Davis, executive producers; Norman Campbell, producer PBS
The Queen of Spades (NET Opera Theatre) Peter Herman Adler, producer
19701971
(23rd)
Variety and Popular Music[17]
Singer Presents Burt Bacharach Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Burt Bacharach, performer CBS
Another Evening with Burt Bacharach Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Burt Bacharach, performer NBC
Harry and Lena Chiz Schultz, producer; Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne, performers ABC
19711972
(24th)
Classical Music
[18]
Bernstein on Beethoven: A Celebration in Vienna James Krayer, executive producer; Humphrey Burton, producer; Leonard Bernstein, performer CBS
Heifetz Bell System Family Theatre Lester Shurr, executive producer; Paul Louis, producer; Jascha Heifetz, performer NBC
The Peking Ballet: First Spectacular from China Lucy Jarvis, producer
The Trial of Mary Lincoln (NET Opera Theatre) Peter Herman Adler, executive producer; Peter Griffiths, producer PBS
19711972
(24th)
Variety and Popular Music
[19]
Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Joseph Cates, executive producer; Martin Charnin, producer; Jack Lemmon, performer NBC
The Flip Wilson Show
"Sammy Davis, Jr., Lily Tomlin and Ed McMahon"
Monte Kay, executive producer; Bob Henry, producer; Flip Wilson, performer NBC
Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center Joe Hamilton, producer; Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett, performers CBS
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
"Tony Randall and Honey Cone"
Allan Blye and Chris Bearde, producers; Sonny Bono and Cher, performers
19721973
(25th)
[20]
Liza with a Z Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb, producers; Liza Minnelli, performer NBC
Applause Alexander H. Cohen, executive producer; Joseph Kipness, Lawrence Kasha and Richard M. Rosenbloom, producers CBS
Once Upon a Mattress Joe Hamilton, producer

Outstanding Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Special

Year Program Producers Network
19731974
(26th)
[21]
Lily Irene Pinn, executive producer; Jerry McPhie and Herbert Sargent, producers; Lily Tomlin, performer CBS
Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments Martin Erlichman, executive producer; Gary Smith, Dwight Hemion and Joe Layton, producers; Barbra Streisand, performer CBS
The John Denver Show Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Al Rogers and Rich Eustis, producers; John Denver, performer ABC
Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra Howard W. Koch, producer; Frank Sinatra, performer NBC

Outstanding Special – Comedy, Variety or Music

Year Program Producers Network
19741975
(27th)
[22]
An Evening with John Denver Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Al Rogers and Rich Eustis, producers; John Denver, performer ABC
Lily Irene Pinn, executive producer; Jane Wagner and Lorne Michaels, producers; Lily Tomlin, performer ABC
Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now Bob Wells, producer; Shirley MacLaine, performer CBS
19751976
(28th)
[23]
Gypsy in My Soul William O. Harbach, executive producer; Cy Coleman and Fred Ebb, producers; Shirley MacLaine, performer CBS
John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Al Rogers and Rich Eustis, producers; John Denver, performer CBS
Lily Tomlin Irene Pinn, executive producer; Jane Wagner and Lorne Michaels, producers; Lily Tomlin, performer ABC
The Monty Python Show: Wide World Special Ian MacNaughton, producer
Steve and Eydie: "Our Love Is Here to Stay" Gary Smith, executive producer; Dwight Hemion, producer; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, performers CBS
19761977
(29th)
[24]
The Barry Manilow Special Miles Lourie, executive producer; Steve Binder, producer; Barry Manilow, performer ABC
Doug Henning's World of Magic Jerry Goldstein, executive producer; Walter C. Miller, producer; Doug Henning, performer NBC
The Neil Diamond Special Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Neil Diamond, performer
The Shirley MacLaine Special: Where Do We Go from Here? George Schlatter, producer; Shirley MacLaine, performer CBS
Sills and Burnett at the Met Joe Hamilton, producer; Beverly Sills and Carol Burnett, performers
19771978
(30th)
[25]
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back Aaron Russo, executive producer; Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, producers; Bette Midler, performer NBC
Doug Henning's World of Magic Jerry Goldstein, executive producer; Walter C. Miller, producer; Doug Henning, performer NBC
The George Burns One-Man Show Irving Fein, executive producer; Stan Harris, producer; George Burns, performer CBS
Neil Diamond: I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Art Fisher, producer; Neil Diamond, performer NBC
The Second Barry Manilow Special Miles Lourie, executive producer; Ernest Chambers, producer; Barry Manilow, producer/performer ABC

From 1979 to 1989, the category was combined as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

1990sEdit

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special

Year Program Producers Network
19891990
(42nd)
[26]
Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration George Schlatter, producer; Jeff Margolis, Buz Kohan, Gary Necessary and Maria S. Schlatter, co-producers
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow Billy Crystal and David Steinberg, executive producers; Robert Dalrymple, producer; Carmi Zlotnik, co-producer; Jay Roewe, line producer HBO
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards Don Mischer, executive producer; David J. Goldberg, producer CBS
The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show Jerry Belson, James L. Brooks, Heide Perlman and Sam Simon, executive producers; Marc Flanagan, supervising producer; Richard Sakai, Ted Bessell and Dinah Kirgo, producers; Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky, co-producers Fox

In 1991, the category was combined as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Special)

Year Program Producers Network
19911992
(44th)
[27]
Cirque Du Soleil II: A New Expérience Hélène Dufresne, producer HBO
Comic Relief V John Moffitt, Pat Tourk Lee and Bob Zmuda, executive producers HBO
Unforgettable, with Love: Natalie Cole Sings the Songs of Nat King Cole (Great Performances) Dan Cleary and Jac Venza, executive producers; David Horn, producer; John Walker, coordinating producer PBS

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special

Year Program Producers Network
19921993
(45th)
[28]
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years Linda Hope, executive producer; Nancy Malone, supervising producer; Don Mischer, producer NBC
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, executive producers; Paula Mazur, producer Showtime
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Great Performances) David Horn and Jac Venza, executive producers; John Walker, producer PBS
The 46th Annual Tony Awards Joseph Cates, executive producer; Walter C. Miller, producer CBS
19931994
(46th)
[29]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Don Mischer, producers CBS
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
Comic Relief VI John Moffitt, Pat Tourk Lee and Bob Zmuda, executive producers HBO
The 47th Annual Tony Awards Gary Smith, executive producer CBS
Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Allan McKeown, executive producer; Marc Flanagan, supervising producer; David Wimbury, producer; John H. Starke, line producer HBO
19941995
(47th)
[30]
Barbra Streisand: The Concert Martin Erlichman and Gary Smith, executive producers; Barbra Streisand and Dwight Hemion, producers HBO
The 67th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg George Stevens Jr., executive producer; Michael Stevens, producer NBC
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman George Shapiro, Howard West, Bob Zmuda and John Davies, producers; Michael Petok, co-producer
Eagles: Hell Freezes Over Irving Azoff and Joel Stillerman, executive producers; Carol Donovan, producer MTV
19951996
(48th)
[31]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Don Mischer, producers CBS
The 68th Annual Academy Awards Quincy Jones, executive producer; David Salzman, producer ABC
The Best of Tracey Takes On... Allan McKeown and Tracey Ullman, executive producers; Kevin Berg, Kim Fuller, Molly Newman, Jenji Kohan, Gail Parent, Tony Sheehan and Thomas Schlamme, producers; Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, supervising producers; Allen J. Zipper, coordinating producer HBO
Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane Dennis Miller, John Moffitt and Pat Tourk Lee,executive producers; Nancy Kurshner, supervising producer
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way George Schlatter, executive producer; Maria S. Schlatter, producer; Donn Hoyer, co-producer; Buz Kohan and Gary Necessary, supervising producers ABC
19961997
(49th)
[32]
Chris Rock: Bring the Pain Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg and Sandy Chanley, executive producers; Tom Bull, producer HBO
The 69th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer, executive producers; Marty Callner, producer; Bill Brigode, Douglas C. Forbes and Randall Gladstein, co-producer HBO
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy John Moffitt, Pat Tourk Lee, Stu Smiley and Brenda Carlin, executive producers; Kimber Rickabaugh, producer; Keiren Fisher, line producer; Nancy Kurshner, supervising producer
The 50th Annual Tony Awards Gary Smith, executive producer; Walter C. Miller, producer; Roy Somlyo, supervising producer CBS
19971998
(50th)
[33]
The 1997 Tony Awards Gary Smith, executive producer; Walter C. Miller, producer; Roy Somlyo, supervising producer CBS
The 70th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope Christopher Reeve, executive producer; Don Mischer, producer; Danette Herman, coordinating producer; Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer
Garth: Live from Central Park Garth Brooks, executive producer; Jon Small, producer; Douglas C. Forbes, supervising producer; Shelby Werwa, line producer; Tom Forrest and Randall Gladstein, co-producers HBO
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, David R. Ginsburg and Neil Meron, executive producers; Chris Montan and Mike Moder, producers ABC
19981999
(51st)
[34]
The 1998 Tony Awards Gary Smith, executive producer; Rosie O'Donnell, producer; Roy Somlyo, supervising producer CBS
The 71st Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
George Carlin: You Are All Diseased George Carlin and Jerry Hamza, executive producers; Kimber Rickabaugh and Rocco Urbisci, producers HBO
Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You for the Last Time" Jerry Seinfeld, executive producer; Marty Callner, producer; Jeff Thorsen, line producer
John Leguizamo's Freak John Leguizamo and Robert Morton, executive producer; David Bar Katz, co-executive producer; Denis Biggs, producer; Krysia Plonka, coordinating producer

2000sEdit

Year Program Producers Network
19992000
(52nd)
[35]
Saturday Night Live: The 25th Anniversary Special Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Ken Aymong, supervising producer; Marci Klein and Michael Shoemaker, producers NBC
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards Michael B. Seligman, executive producer; Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck, producers ABC
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg and Sandy Chanley, executive producers; Tom Bull, producer HBO
Cirque du Soleil: Quidam Peter Wagg, executive producer; Rocky Oldham, producer; Frances Berwick, network producer Bravo
Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill Eddie Izzard, executive producer; Charlie Swanson and Lawrence Jordan, producers HBO
20002001
(53rd)
[36]
Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion Peter Wagg, executive producer; Rocky Oldham, producer; Frances Berwick, producer for Bravo Bravo
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City Jon Landau, George Travis and Bruce Springsteen, producers HBO
Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning Ellen DeGeneres and Joel Gallen, executive producers HBO
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Ken Aymong and Marci Klein, supervising producers; James Downey, producer NBC
20012002
(54th)
[37]
America: A Tribute to Heroes Joel Gallen, executive producer Syndicated
The 74th Annual Academy Awards Laura Ziskin, producer; Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer ABC
Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers Carol Burnett, John Hamilton and Rick Hawkins, executive producers; Jody Hamilton, producer; Mary Jo Blue, produced by CBS
Alegria: Cirque du Soeil Peter Wagg and Frances Berwick, executive producers; Rocky Oldham, producer Bravo
The Concert for New York City Gregory Sills and Fred Graver, executive producers; Paul Flattery, producer VH1
Opening Ceremony: Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Don Mischer and Dick Ebersol, executive producers; David J. Goldberg, Geoff Bennett, Kenny Ortega and David Neal, producers NBC
20022003
(55th)
[38]
Cher: The Farewell Tour Cher, Roger Davies, Lindsay Scott and Rocky Oldham, executive producers; Dione Orrom and Paul Morphos, producers NBC
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Jon Landau and Barbara Carr, executive producers; George Travis and Thom Zimny, producers CBS
Robin Williams: Live on Broadway Marsha Garces Williams and David Steinberg, executive producers; Marty Callner and Randall Gladstein, producers HBO
Rolling Stones - Licks World Tour, Live from Madison Square Garden Michael Cohl, executive producer; Marty Callner, Randall Gladstein, Steve Howard and Jake Berry, producers
The 75th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
20032004
(56th)
[39]
Elaine Stritch at Liberty Sheila Nevins, Richard Fell and Helen Asquith, executive producers; Scott Sanders and John Schreiber, co-executive producers; John Hoffman, supervising producer; Chris Hunt and Frazer Pennebaker, producers HBO
A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney in Red Square Delia Fine, executive producer; Mark Haefeli and Emilio Nunez, producers A&E
Chris Rock: Never Scared Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg and Joel Gallen, executive producers HBO
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now Ellen DeGeneres and Joel Gallen, executive producers
The 76th Annual Academy Awards Michael B. Seligman, executive producer; Joe Roth, producer ABC
20042005
(57th)
[40]
The 58th Annual Tony Awards Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, executive producers CBS
Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth Dave Chappelle, Stan Lathan, Kimber Rickabaugh and Jay Larkin, executive producers Showtime
Everybody Loves Raymond: The Laugh Laugh Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal, Stu Smiley, Rory Rosegarten, Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Mark Herzog and Mark Cowen, executive producers; Tom Caltabiano, Leslie Caveny and Lisa Helfrich, co-executive producers; Jonathan Buss, Holli Gailen and Ken Ornstein, producers CBS
The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad - Opening Ceremony Dick Ebersol, executive producer; David Neal and Jim Bell, producers NBC
The 77th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
20052006
(58th)
[41]
The XX Olympic Winter Games - Opening Ceremony Dick Ebersol, executive producer; David Neal and Molly Solomon, producers NBC
Bill Maher: I'm Swiss Bill Maher and Marc Gurvitz, executive producers; Michael Drumm and Andrea Allen, producers HBO
George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing George Carlin and Jerry Hamza, executive producers; Kimber Rickabaugh and Rocco Urbisci, produced by
McCartney in St. Petersburg Paul McCartney, executive producer; Andrey Boltenko, executive producer, St. Petersburg; Mark Haefeli, producer A&E
The 78th Annual Academy Awards Gilbert Cates, producer ABC
20062007
(59th)
[42]
Tony Bennett: An American Classic Danny Bennett, John DeLuca and Rob Marshall, executive producers; Jodi Hurwitz, producer NBC
The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Joel Gallen, executive producer; Rick Austin, producer Comedy Central
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr., producer CBS
Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed Lewis Black, JoAnne Astrow, Mark Lonow, Kimber Rickabaugh and Paul Miller, executive producers HBO
A Tribute to James Taylor (Great Performances) John Beug, David Horn, Gary Borman and Barry Schulman, executive producers; Katie Campbell, supervising producers; Rose Granatt, Kristi Harman, Tim Swift and Dana Tomarken, producers PBS
Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired Wanda Sykes and Liz Stanton, executive producers; Michael Drumm and Andrea Allen, producers HBO
20072008
(60th)
[43]
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Mike Richardson, Robert Engelman, Larry Rickles and John Landis, produced by HBO
Bill Maher: The Decider Bill Maher and Marc Gurvitz, executive producers; Benn Fleishman, supervising producer; Pat Tourk Lee and John Moffitt, produced by HBO
George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya! George Carlin and Jerry Hamza, executive producers; Kimber Rickabaugh and Rocco Urbisci, produced by
James Taylor: One Man Band (Great Performances) Sydney Pollack and Michael Gorfaine, executive producers; Don Mischer, producer PBS
Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell Sandy Chanley, Kathy Griffin, Cori Abraham, Frances Berwick and Amy Introcaso, executive producers; Tom Bull, supervising producer; Scott Butler and Keith Truesdell, producers Bravo
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
20082009
(61st)
[44]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger Chris Rock, executive producer/performer; Marty Callner and Randall Gladstein, produced by HBO
Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch Kathy Griffin, Kimber Rickabaugh, Paul Miller, Cori Abraham, Andy Cohen and Jenn Levy, executive producers Bravo
Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special Ricky Gervais, executive producer/performer; Ben Fleishman, supervising producer; Pat Tourk Lee and John Moffitt, produced by HBO
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush Will Ferrell, executive producer/performer; Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum, executive producers; Marty Callner and Randall Gladstein, produced by

2010sEdit

Year Program Producers Network
20092010
(62nd)
[45]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong Bill Maher, executive producer/principal performer; Marc Gurvitz, executive producer; Benn Fleishman, supervising producer; Pat Tourk Lee and John Moffitt, produced by HBO
Hope for Haiti Now George Clooney and Joel Gallen, executive producers [note 1]
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction David Steinberg, executive producer; Marty Callner, produced by; Randall Gladstein, Mason Steinberg and Robin Williams, producers HBO
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Jann Wenner, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Joel Gallen and Joel Peresman, executive producers
Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me Wanda Sykes, executive producer/performer; Liz Stanton, executive producer
20102011
(63rd)
[46]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On Bette Midler, executive producer/produced by/performer; Seanne Farmer, produced by HBO
Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Carrie Fisher, performer; Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, produced by
Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden Lady Gaga, executive producer/performer; Troy Carter, Vincent Herbert, Jimmy Iovine and Mo Morrison, executive producers
The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway Paul Reubens, executive producer/performer; Bonnie Werth and Kelly Bush Novak, executive producers; Marty Callner and Randall Gladstein, produced by

Outstanding Variety Special

Year Program Producers Network
20112012
(64th)
[47]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Brad Lachman, Jon Macks and Steve Ridgeway, executive producers; Bill Bracken, producer NBC
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker Kathy Griffin, Kimber Rickabaugh, Paul Miller, Andy Cohen and Jenn Levy, executive producers Bravo
Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again Andrea Grossman, executive producer; Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca, producers; Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett, performers HBO
Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances) Danny Bennett, executive producer; David Horn, executive producer for Great Performances; Jennifer Lebeau, producer; Tony Bennett, principal performer PBS
20122013
(65th)
[48]
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, producers CBS
Louis C.K.: Oh My God Louis C.K., executive producer/performer; Blair Breard, Dave Becky and Mike Berkowitz, executive producers HBO
Mel Brooks Strikes Back! with Mel Brooks and Alan Yentob Mel Brooks, executive producer; Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca, produced by
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (Part One) Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Ken Aymong, supervising producer; Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward and Alex Baze, producers NBC
12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief James L. Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes, executive producers; Michael Dempsey and Dan Parise, producers [note 2]
20132014
(66th)
[49]
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks Bob Gazzale, executive producer; Cort Casady, supervising producer; Chris Merrill, producer; Martin Short, performer/host TNT
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays Billy Crystal, executive producer/performer; Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and David Steinberg, executive producers; Des McAnuff and Alan Zweibel, co-executive producers; Benn Fleishman, supervising producer HBO
Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Rob Crabbe and Jim Juvonen, supervising producers; Gavin Purcell, producer; Josh Lieb, produced by; Jimmy Fallon, host NBC
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, produced by CBS
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles Ken Elrich and R.A. Clark, executive producers; Renato Basile, producer
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Sarah Silverman, executive producer/performer; Heidi Herzon, Mike Farah, Anna Wenger, Betsy Koch and Amy Zvi, executive producers; Stephanie Meurer, producer HBO
20142015
(67th)
[50]
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Lorne Michaels, executive producer; Ken Aymong, supervising producer; Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle and Rhys Thomas, producers; Steve Higgins and Erik Kenward, produced by NBC
Bill Maher: Live from D.C. Bill Maher, executive producer/performer; Marc Gurvitz and Troy Miller, executive producers; Benn Fleishman, supervising producer HBO
The Kennedy Center Honors Bill Urban, Danette Herman and Sara Lukinson, co-executive producers; George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, produced by CBS
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store Louis C.K., Blair Breard, Dave Becky and Mike Berkowitz, executive producers; John Skidmore, produced by LouisCK.net
Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen Mel Brooks, executive producer/performer; Kevin Salter, Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca, producers HBO
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, David Horn, Danny Bennett and Bobby Campbell, executive producers; Mitch Owgang, producer PBS
20152016
(68th)
[51]
The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston, executive producers; Mike Gibbons, co-executive producer; Sheila Rogers, Michael Kaplan, Jeff Kopp and Josie Cliff, supervising producers; James Corden, producer/host CBS
Adele: Live in New York City Lorne Michaels, Adele and Jonathan Dickins, executive producers; Paul Chagares and Ken Aymong, supervising producers; Lindsay Shookus and Erik Kenward, producers; Matt Roberts, Erin David and Rhys Thomas, produced by NBC
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Amy Schumer, executive producer/performer; Jimmy Miller, Mike Berkowitz, Tony Hernandez and Steven Ast, executive producers; Kim Caramele and Kevin Kane, producers; John Skidmore, produced by HBO
The Kennedy Center Honors Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, executive producers; Robert Paine, supervising producer; Stephen Colbert, host CBS
Lemonade Beyoncé Knowles Carter, executive producer/performer; Todd Tourso, Erinn Williams, Dora Melissa Vargas, Steve Pamon and Ed Burke, executive producers HBO
20162017
(69th)
[52]
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe, executive producers; Amy Ozols, co-executive producer; Josie Cliff, Sheila Rogers, Michael Kaplan, James Longman, and Jeff Kopp, supervising producers; James Corden, producer/host; Diana Miller, producer CBS
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner Samantha Bee, executive producer/host; Jo Miller, Jason Jones, Tony Hernandez, and Miles Kahn, executive producers; Alison Camillo, co-executive producer; Pat King, supervising producer; Kristen Everman, produced by TBS
Louis C.K. 2017 Louis C.K., executive producer/performer; Dave Becky, Mike Berkowitz, and Tony Hernandez, executive producers; Ryan Cunningham, producer; John Skidmore, produced by Netflix
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Sarah Silverman, executive producer/performer; Amy Zvi, Nicholas Veneroso, and Daniel Kellison, executive producers; Mickey Meyer, co-executive producer
Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? Stephen Colbert, executive producer/host; Chris Licht, Tom Purcell, and Jon Stewart, executive producers; Barry Julien, co-executive producer; Denise Rehrig, senior supervising producer; Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Liz Levin, Opus Moreschi, Emily Gertler, Aaron Cohen, supervising producers; Paige Kendig, producer Showtime

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hope for Haiti Now was simulcast on dozens of television stations across the globe. The Emmys listed no individual network with this nomination.
  2. ^ 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief was simulcast live on 39 U.S. television stations and more than 25 websites. The Emmys listed no individual network with this nomination.

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