prepares its Emmy submissions for 2019, one of its contenders is a bit of an outlier: Sacha Baron Cohen
’s “Who Is America?”
The seven-episode series, which premiered last July, mixes elements of comedy, satire, sketch, reality, talk and variety — making it the kind of hybrid that could be entered in several categories.
And that’s Showtime’s plan. Although there are unscripted elements to “Who Is America?” (such as the time Baron Cohen got Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio
to address the infamous alleged Donald Trump
“pee pee tape”), the network is following the precedent set by “Saturday Night Live
” in splitting its major submissions in both the comedy and variety/sketch categories.
“Who Is America?” will be submitted in the outstanding variety/sketch series category, where it would potentially face shows like last year’s winner “SNL,” and previous nominees such as “Drunk History
” and “At Home with Amy Sedaris