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Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Who played Teddy Perkins on the Emmys? Jay Pharoah? Eric Andre? Danny Pudi?
SNL alum Pharoah, who was originally reported as playing the Atlanta character, denies it was him. "Even when I don't do characters I get pegged for doing characters that's GOAT level I guess," he tweeted. So the Teddy Perkins mystery persists.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Vetran showrunners are in hot demand to help guide untested TV show creators
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"As a crush of fresh (and green) voices turns to television, execs are scrambling to find proven writer-producers to keep big-ticket investments on track," according to The Hollywood Reporter. These veteran showrunners don't get the glory of the big-name creators. They are the "guy behind the guy," but they're earning a lot of making making sure shows are kept on track. They include NewsRadio creator Paul Simms, who has helped Donald Glover run Atlanta after helping guide Girls and The Flight of the Conchords. "Showrunners don't just fall out of the sky, they're grown," says CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. "There are so many shows now that the talent pool is thinner and people are getting opportunities maybe before they should be."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Donald Glover had to speak to Stevie Wonder to use a song on Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins" episode
“Donald had to get on the phone with Stevie and we were all very intrigued about what went on on that phone call,” says co-music supervisor Jen Malone of the Stevie Wonder song used over a particularly disturbing scene. “But we ended up getting the song and it was just such a perfect musical moment.”
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Check out "The Philosophy of Atlanta"
Source: The A.V. Club
A YouTube video essay delves into how Donald Glover's FX series balances reality and surreality.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Does Katt Williams deserve Emmy recognition in the #MeToo era?
The comedian, who was nominated for an Emmy for his guest role on Atlanta, has a history of allegations of abusive and violent behavior, including against women. "Williams is far from an industry heavy-hitter, but a role on a popular show like Atlanta brings him back into the cultural conversation in a different way, and the Emmy nomination is evidence of that," says Rob Dozier. "Does a strong performance earn an actor a pass from having to explain past bad behavior? I thought we had already answered that question with Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from House of Cards after Anthony Rapp and others accused him of sexual misconduct, but apparently we have not. So in the case of Williams and his Emmy nomination, who bears the responsibility for giving a man with such a troubled history a platform for acclaim?"
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
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, Netflix, American Vandal, Atlanta, Barry, Big Mouth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Gay of Thrones, GLOW, Grey's Anatomy: B-Team, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Queer Eye, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, Seven Seconds, Twin Peaks: The Return, Will & Grace, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Henry Winkler, John Legend, Jonathan Van Ness, Mark Frost, Megan Mullally, Rachel Bloom, Regina King, Sarah Drew, Tim Rice, Yvonne Strahovski, Emmys
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
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield expresses regret for posting a homophobic rap video
Stanfield used anti-gay slurs in a freestyle rap video he posted this week to Instagram, for which he later apologized in another post. “I’m really disheartened by the fact that people are being affected by it,” he told BuzzFeed News, “that people are feeling sad or anger or any of these negative feelings about the things I’ve done, because that wasn’t my intention at all, to hurt people.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Atlanta Season 3 will tell more female-centric stories
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen,” said Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover, Donald Glover's younger brother, at an Emmy For Your Consideration event. “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Donald Glover says Atlanta Season 3 will be like Kanye West's "Graduation" album
“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover said at an Emmys For Your Consideration event. “I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
FX renews Atlanta for Season 3 to air in 2019
“Atlanta is phenomenal, achieving and exceeding what few television series have done,” FX original programming president Nick Grad said in a statement. “With Atlanta Robbin’ Season, Donald (Glover) and his collaborators elevated the series to even greater heights, building on the enormous success of their award-winning first season. We’re grateful to the producers and our extraordinary cast and crew for achieving this level of excellence, and we share the excitement with our audience about the third season knowing they will continue to take us to unexpected and thrilling places.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Atlanta's only female writer describes her situation as "a really bittersweet thing"
“It’s a bummer,” says Stefani Robinson. “It’s a really bittersweet thing, I think. I’m so happy to be the woman in the space, because I think that it’s so rare in Hollywood for a woman, especially a woman of color, to exist in these spaces. So on the one hand, I’m grateful and I think it’s so important and I feel so blessed. But on the other hand, you always wish there was more than one.”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Atlanta's Hiro Murai: "I love David Lynch movies, and I like Haruki Murakami books. I like absurdist aesthetics"
Source: The New York Times
"There’s something about dream logic that’s really fascinating, how it interweaves with narrative," Murai says in discussing his direction on the Donald Glover FX series and on Childish Gambino's "This Is America." Murai says of Atlanta being an experimental show: "When we did the pilot, there were a lot of discussions about which way the show could go. But I knew that my favorite part of the show was the more enigmatic and freewheeling stuff. There’s a strange scene in the pilot where a guy in a bow tie makes Earn take a bite of his sandwich. It was always on the chopping block with the network because it didn’t really serve a narrative purpose. But that was our favorite scene." ALSO: "This is America" and Atlanta are two parts of a whole.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Check out a timeline of the history of TV's working-class sitcoms
The Honeymooners, The Flintstones, Taxi, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Simpsons, Mom and Atlanta all have the same working-class storylines in common.