Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites
The Emmy nominations announced Thursday showed that "the industry and its members are still broadening their scope in terms of the voices and types of shows they recognize, which counts as progress," says Jen Chaney. "But there’s also still a repetitive quality in the nominations that has been endemic to the Emmys basically since forever and hasn’t quite gone away." Modern Family was finally dropped from the outstanding comedy series category, but every outstanding drama series contender this year has been nominated in the category before. "While most if not all of them are deserving, that speaks to a long-standing trend of carbon-copy voting," she says. She also points out that the same seven reality competition series were also re-nominated from last year. The outstanding variety talk series remained nearly identical from last year, too, with the exception of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah replacing Real Time with Bill Maher. The rubber-stamping is especially flagrant in the outstanding animated series category, which has often featured South Park and The Simpsons since the 1990s -- while rejecting groundbreaking animated shows like BoJack Horseman (Rick and Morty earned its first nomination in that category on Thursday). "I said this last year, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably say it again at roughly this same time in 2019: the television landscape is enormous and the Emmy nominations recognize only a fraction of it," says Chaney. "That’s inevitable to an extent. There’s simply too much to nominate everything that’s deserving. But while Emmy voters are recognizing more of the breadth of quality viewing that exists, they could still do even better. More than anything, they need to be more daring, something that is, admittedly, hard to do when a persistent chunk of your voting block leans toward old favorites."
- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on his groundbreaking day: "I’m most happy that the nominations were spread out among 40 different shows"
- Freshman comedies had their best showing in two decades, while no freshman dramas were nominated for outstanding drama series
- Late-night hosts react to Emmy nominations: Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at ABC while celebrating his show's two noms
- This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is honored to have the only network show up for best drama series: "To be popular and well-regarded by fancy people is exciting because it means we’re threading a very fine needle"
- This was the last chance for Emmy voters to pay proper respect to The Americans, and they did the bare minimum
- Comedy has benefitted the most from Peak TV, and TV Academy is starting to recognize that
- Winners and Losers: Comedy was the big winner this year, Drama was the big loser
- Ozark was a big disappointment because Netflix sunk a lot of money into its Emmy campaign, expecting it to become the next big awards competitor
Samantha Bee is grateful for Full Frontal's seven Emmy nominations in the aftermath of her C-word controversy
Hours after her TBS late-night show earned seven nominations, Bee told The Hollywood Reporter that the Ivanka Trump C-word controversy "affected me a lot. I've been thinking a lot about it," adding: "I think we handled it well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve." In another interview with Deadline, Bee added: “I think that’s the kind of world we’re living in now, and I won’t be surprised when it happens again when I strike a nerve and cause some reaction." Bee said she will be “better prepared for it emotionally” next time. “You can’t make the show from a place of fear and intimidation,” she said, adding: “I don’t think it means changing the job; it’s just something to have in the back of my mind at all times."
The Big Bang Theory earned another nomination after the TV Academy learned of an error
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A new Emmy rule states that the best comedy series directing category must contain at least one single-camera show and one multicamera show. The six nominees announced Thursday morning were all single-camera shows. The TV Academy announced hours later that The Big Bang Theory director Mark Cendrowski was inadvertently left off the Emmy nominations announcement.
Sacha Baron Cohen's victims are sure doing a good job promoting Who Is America?
"So far, the comedian has been promoting Who Is America? with videos parodying Trump University and asking Dick Cheney to sign a 'waterboard kit,'" says Marissa Martinelli. "He needn’t have bothered, though, because the best advertisements for the show so far are very public complaints by conservatives like Sarah Palin, Roy Moore, and Joe Walsh, all of whom admit to having being duped by his latest characters."
- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is "pissed" at Cohen, who duped him as a Trump-loving Finnish comedian
- Conservative radio host Austin Rhodes: I was duped last summer when Cohen's people pitched me on a CBS show called Bridging the Divide
- Cohen has created his own Infowars-style conspiracy website for his show
Kathy Griffin pitches a New Year's Eve show starring her and Stormy Daniels
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Griffin told Jimmy Kimmel she has become good friends with the adult film star, even texting her after she was arrested for stripping this week. Griffin calls Daniels her Thelma to her Louise. Griffin told Kimmel: "I was thinking Kathy Griffin, Stormy Daniels, Live, New Year's Eve. Networks, call us?"
TCM to salute Tab Hunter
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The 1950s movie heartthrob and gay icon, who died this week at age 86, will be honored with an eight-film marathon on Friday, July 20.
An Emmy for Megan's Megan Amram wasn't surprised by her two Emmy nominations
"I truly — going into this morning, if I had to bet, I would've put money on myself," said The Good Place writer, who was nominated twice for her Emmy-seeking web series, as an actress and executive producer. She even tweeted on Wednesday night, "I go to bed tonight my last night ever as a non-Emmy nominee. I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate my
#AnEmmyForMegan noms tomorrow. See you all soon." How will she campaign to win an Emmy? "I have a lot of really fun, really expensive marketing tools cooking," she said. "Definitely looking into a billboard in a more trafficked area. Mine was in Hollywood, and it was great, but I'm thinking more Times Square or something like that. I also am considering a pop-up shop where maybe I can sell off-brand Emmy trophies so you can all have 'an Emmy for Megan' too. I am looking into skywriters. I am just gonna be calling in a lot more favors from celebrities. Julianne Moore already has filmed a little video in support. I'm thinking maybe the cast of Game of Thrones can start marketing for me rather than their show."
YouTube TV offers one week of free service after its World Cup outage
“To help make this right, we’d like to offer you a week of free service,” according to an email sent to YouTube TV subscribers. “You’ll receive another email soon, confirming your account has been credited.”
- Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites