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Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
The Tony Awards gets 2019 air date
CBS will broadcast next year's ceremony from Radio City Musical Hall on June 9.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 10:21AM EDT
Janet Jackson to receive MTV Europe Music Awards' Global Icon Award
Jackson is expected to perform a medley of her greatest hits on the Nov. 4 Bilbao, Spain award show.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Hailee Steinfeld to host MTV's Europe Music Awards
MTV made the EMAs announcement via a Facebook Live sketch video. "The EMAs are a show where anything can happen," says Steinfeld, who will also perform at the Nov. 4 award show. "I can't wait to host a night filled with incredible artists, performances, some surprises of my own–let's do this, Bilbao!"
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
American Music Awards gave Aretha Franklin a proper tribute
Source: The Muse
After the MTV VMAs' Madonna debacle of a tribute to The Queen of Soul, the American Music Awards had nowhere to go but up in honoring Franklin. "This could have been bad," says Rich Juzwiak. "It could have been Imagine Dragons doing 'Freeway of Love.' It could have been Post Malone standing onstage and farting. It could have been Ariana Grande doing '(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,' again. But instead, it was a group of furiously talented gospel and R&B acts—Gladys Knight, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Ledisi, and Mary Mary—pouring their hearts into a selection of songs from Franklin’s landmark 1972 album Amazing Grace. If you told me yesterday that Mary Mary, a successful and respected gospel act that has had exactly one pop Top 40 hit of their own in their 20-year career, would close out this awards show that aired on a Big Three network and leave the audience on their feet and in rapture, I simply would not have believed you. I still can’t believe it. I can’t believe this!" ALSO: Why music director Ricky Minor mined "Amazing Grace" for his AMAs Queen of Soul tribute.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
American Music Awards hits a new all-time ratings low
About 6.5 million viewers tuned in last night, down 29% from the 9.2 million viewers who watched the ABC award show last year. The AMAs were moved this year from a mid-November Sunday timeslot to a mid-October Tuesday timeslot.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
ABC will run six-second live-action ads during tonight's American Music Awards
The ads for Subaru’s new Ascent aim to grab the attention of DVR viewers.
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Alan Alda to be honored with SAG Life Achievement Award
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The six-time Emmy-winning former M*A*S*H star will be honored for his work on the SAG Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, on TNT.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
American Music Awards sets an Aretha Franklin tribute
Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans are among the performers honoring The Queen of Soul on the Oct. 9 award show.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
How to fix awards shows in wake of the Emmys debacle
Source: Rolling Stone
"Let it be a mess," says Rob Sheffield, offering some suggestions for shaking up the award show format. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler showed during their three-year run on the Golden Globes that a messy award show is a great award show. "A simple formula: celebrities plus live TV plus free champagne equals a few hours of insanity," says Sheffield. Another suggestion: Get a star to host. "A few years ago, the network bosses got a silly idea in their gullivers — the idea that an award show’s job was to promote the in-house late-night franchise," says Sheffield. "So every fete began to get hosted by the network’s resident late-night straight white guy. Hey, what a crazy coincidence: This is when ratings cratered. Sure, Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job hosting the Oscars. That’s not the problem. The problem is he does an equally fine job five damn nights a week — so do Colbert, Fallon, Myers, Corden. It’s just not a big deal to see these guys put on a suit and tell some jokes. So they’re a fatal glamour drain — as Colbert’s former alter ego might have put it, they kill the eventiness. When LL Cool J hosted the Grammys, it was a must-see every year. But ever since Corden took over, the ratings have been fading faster than Canibus in a rap battle. So it’s simple: bring back LL. Mama said knock you out!"
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Could the Oscars end up on a streaming service a decade from now?
Source: Vanity Fair
ABC holds the rights to the Academy Awards through 2028, but some members of the Academy are quietly pushing to have the rights to the annual ceremony sold to a streaming service. “Here is the problem, as evidenced in the ratings for the Emmys,” an Academy board member tells Vanity Fair. “TV is going nowhere. So why don’t we just get our money (from a streaming deal), not worry about ratings, and call it a day?”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Glenn Weiss is known for cutting off Tony Award speeches, so his Emmys proposal rubbed some in the Broadway community the wrong way
Source: Page Six
Weiss, who won an Emmy for directing the Oscars, has directed the Tony Awards telecast 18 times. In fact, he met his new fiancé at the Tonys in 2001. "Glenn has produced and directed the Tonys for CBS for many years, and is known as an unforgiving stickler when it comes to keeping acceptance speeches to the allotted 45 seconds," a "theater pro" tells Page Six. One theater exec said “every year, Glenn gives this pompous speech to all the nominees, lecturing everyone about how the clock starts the second your name is called and that going long is unfair to your fellow nominees because it eats time for everyone whose categories come later in the evening.” Weiss did admit last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that his proposal was ironic knowing how directors like to cut off award show speeches.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards looked like the worst Emmys ever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 10 years ago featured the debacle of five reality TV hosts co-hosting, but this year's ceremony was much worse. "It was," says Tim Goodman, "the worst Emmys telecast I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. (Maybe there was a telecast as bad when I was a teenager and wasn't paying attention?) It was lifeless, it was dull, it was poorly produced, terribly written and it had hosts who should not have been hosting (they aren't well-known enough and, last night, were not funny enough and not engaging enough). The pairing of presenters was ill-conceived. The material given them was pathetic. Nearly every 'bit' in the show imploded upon itself. The staging looked like it came from 1978. People looked like they didn't want to be there. The fact that the television industry, on a night when it is supposed to celebrate its own achievements, can't actually make a TV event that is interesting is really pathetic." Goodman blamed the Television Academy. "It needs more oversight," he says. "It can't just let Lorne Michaels and NBC take over the Emmys and bore the life out of the country.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to be the first person to win the writing and directing Emmy in the same year
- ESPN boasts that Monday Night Football beat the Emmys -- even though MNF had its worst Week 2 ratings ever
- #OscarsSoWhite creator pushes for Emmys diversity: "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night?"
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry stars won because Emmy voters love shows about show business
- Hannah Gadsby's brief appearance was a welcome detour from the pre-chewed and inoffensive banter of SNL
- Black-ish's Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the red carpet to show her support for Colin Kaepernick
- Pre-taped categories robbed viewers of hearing celebrities mispronounce nominee names
- Angela Bassett responded to The New York Times mistaking her with Omarosa with an Olivia Pope GIF
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ESPN, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Angela Bassett, Hannah Gadsby, Jenifer Lewis, Award Shows, NFL, Ratings
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Is the red carpet show dying?
Source: The Atlantic
E! Live From the Red Carpet seemed to be unsure how to cover this year's Emmys red carpet. It tried to engage fans by having celebrities draw fan questions from a jar, but that didn't work. As Megan Garber notes, "it is perhaps an apt metaphor for this moment—in awards shows, in entertainment, in American culture—that red carpets don’t seem to be sure what they are anymore, or what they should be. A platform for serious conversation? An opportunity to talk about social issues? A place of communion between celebrities and audiences? A lighthearted presentation of clothes? It might be all of the above—or it might be none."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Emmys ratings fell to a new low with 10.2 million viewers, dropping 11% from last year
While it was slightly in the demo ratings, last night's broadcast had as many total viewers as last week's America's Got Talent episode. The Emmy's ratings are part of an overall trend of award show viewership declining.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Maybe the Emmys should adapt the "Popular Award" that the Oscars proposed
Sure, a hit show like Game of Thrones won the top drama award last night. But as Peter Rubin points out, "trophy after trophy went to the most prestigious of prestige TV: Netflix's Queen Elizabeth II bio-series The Crown; FX's Cold War domestic espionage cat-and-mouse The Americans; Amazon's upstart comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; HBO's ... everything. No question, these were deserving shows and performances. Henry Winkler? Still a treasure, even if his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Barry came at the expense of Atlanta's far more deserving Brian Tyree Henry. Meanwhile, some of the television series I've had the most conversations about it—the good kind, the morning-after-Slackathon kind, the "oh, you've gotta watch this" kind—got overlooked... All of which makes me wonder if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences might have been on to something with its proposed-then-scrapped idea to introduce a 'outstanding achievement in popular film 'Academy Award category—not for the Oscars, but the Emmys."
- Emmys allowed Lorne Michaels and his SNL stars to run wild, forgetting that they're supposed to be the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players"
- The Emmys did break diversity records, but it was during the Creative Arts Emmys
- Why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is deserving of its Emmys sweep
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss and his new fiancé met at an awards show: The Tonys in 2001
- Ryan Murphy says he feels like he's "in the club" after his American Crime Story directing Emmy win
- New York Times to issue a correction after mistaking Angela Bassett for Omarosa in an Emmys caption
- Henry Winkler says winning his first Emmy "feels unbelievable"
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Angela Bassett, Glenn Weiss, Henry Winkler, Lorne Michaels, Omarosa Manigault, Ryan Murphy, Award Shows, Diversity, Oscars