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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Michael Che and Colin Jost get "political" in their first Emmys promo
"This year we decide who wins," Che says, prompting Jost to respond: "No, it's still the voters." Che adds, jokingly: "Yeah, we know how that works out...Uh, oh! Political!"
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Emmys co-host Colin Jost roasted for his "Eh" opinion of award shows: "It’s adults getting trophies"
The SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor was dragged on Twitter over a Los Angeles Times interview published Tuesday in which he and fellow Emmys co-host Michael Che were asked, "Are you fond of awards shows generally?" Jost responded by downplaying award shows and complaining that "good, fun things" don't win awards: "Eh," he said. "I think most of the time they’re way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about. At the end of the day, it’s adults getting trophies. Why should that be taken seriously? And remember when movies like Gladiator won Best Picture? Why can’t good, fun things win and not just good artsy things? They’re both good and the fun ones are sometimes a lot harder to make." Jost was immediately criticized, with critics pointing out that the Emmys honors hit shows like Game of Thrones. They also slammed him for being the target audience of the Academy Awards' new "popular film" award. Another critic, Sam Adams, pointed out another part of the interview where Jost said he was "flabbergasted that Kyle MacLachlan was not nominated for best actor in a Whatever-That-Category-Is-Called" for Twin Peaks. Adams said of Jost's complaint: "Man Colin Jost is gonna be so mad when he hears about Colin Jost." Meanwhile, Che responded to the hubbub by coming to his Emmys co-host's defense: "lol yo, i had no idea white people took award shows so seriously," Che wrote on his Instagram Stories. "i may have seen 4 award shows in my entire life, TOTAL. these emmys are gonna be maaad fun. watch!"
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Samantha Bee lobbies to present the Emmys' In Memorium reel
The Full Frontal host released a video showing just how she'd handle the In Memoriam reel: "Tonight we honor the men we lost, who made television the indelible and respected art form it is," she says. "And, the women who worked harder, made way less money and were still pissed off about it when they died."
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost plan an Emmys ceremony that's "less political than normal"
“It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost tells Vanity Fair. “The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time.”
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Fox will counter-program the Emmys with a Charles Manson true-crime documentary special
Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes will air Monday, Sept. 17, opposite NBC's broadcast of the Emmy Awards.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Report: Meghan Markle turned down NBC's Emmy Awards invitation
The Duchess of Sussex and former Suits star and Prince Harry "politely turned down" NBC's invitation to appear at the Emmy Awards in September, according to The Sun. "We had hoped Meghan would attend as a way of saying goodbye to her Suits fans and colleagues," a source said. The Sun reports Markle was drawing "a line in the sand" between her life as a royal and her entertainment career.
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
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
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.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
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Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
More people of color were nominated for Emmys this year than ever before
Source: TV Guide
According to TV Guide's tally, 38 people of color were nominated in the top categories, form Lin-Manuel Miranda to Sandra Oh to Trevor Noah. That's nearly double from 2016, when 21 people of color were nominated. ALSO: Sandra Oh and Darren Criss' nominations show the two ways to diversity casting.
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Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
TV Academy is working to make the Emmys more entertaining amid declining viewership
ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are on the verge of signing an eight-year deal that would keep the Emmy Awards on broadcast TV for the next eight years, rotating between the Big Four broadcast networks. But before the deal can be made official, the TV Academy is working to streamline the broadcast, "to package differently some categories during the main Primetime Emmys telecast to free up time for more entertainment content," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. While it was proposed last year that the number of awards during the ceremony be trimmed, says Andreeva, "the TV Academy and the networks can’t force a reduction of the categories awarded during the main telecast, and I hear that is not something being pursued. Instead, I hear the TV Academy has been discussing with the guilds — as well as TV networks — changes that would keep the number of categories the same, getting all guild members recognized, while presenting some more efficiently to help make the telecast more entertaining and commercial." The problem, as Andreeva points out, is that the process is very political. The Writers Guide of America and the Directors Guild of America have threatened steep fees for use of show clips if writers and directors are excluded from the broadcast. Yet the TV Academy and the networks feel like something has to be done since the last two Emmy broadcasts were tied for all-time low viewership.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
NBC boss: "We want to make it feel like SNL has hijacked the Emmys"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Weekend Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the Emmys, but they won't be the only SNL stars up on stage in September. "We're going to have appearances from some of the other castmembers and shoot some video like they do on SNL," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. "Lorne (Michaels) hasn't produced an Emmy show since the '90s, and I was at Fox as a young executive when he did. It was a complete change of pace for the show." As for whether Alec Baldwin should be back on SNL as President Trump, Greenblatt says: "I can't imagine somebody else doing it at this point, but that's something for Lorne to handle."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
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Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
NBC taps SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che to co-host the Emmys
The "Weekend Update" co-anchors will co-host this year's ceremony and their boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer, NBC announced this morning. This is a change for NBC as the network's four previous Emmy broadcasts have been helmed by the host of Late Night (Seth Meyers in 2014, Jimmy Fallon in 2010, Conan O'Brien in 2006 and 2002). “We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact," Jost and Che said in a statement, alluding to the 1999 Emmy awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “Along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.”