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Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
60 Minutes staffers agreed to omit former boss Jeff Fager from Emmy acceptance speeches
The CBS News program recently won four documentary and news Emmys, with the winners opting not to mention the ousted longtime former 60 Minutes producer's name.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
Kenan Thompson jokes that Kanye West held SNL "hostage," reacts to losing the Emmy to Henry Winkler
Source: The A.V. Club
The longtime Saturday Night Live cast member explained to Seth Meyers what happened when Kanye West went on a pro-Trump rant after the show. “We’re all entitled to our own opinion — I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily, to hold people hostage like that,” he said on Late Night. “But hey, you know.” As for losing the best supporting actor in a comedy Emmy to Henry Winkler of Barry, Thompson said he was okay with it because the former Happy Days star was “a sweet little old Jewish gumdrop" who had waited 42 years for the award. Besides, Thompson won an Emmy for co-writing "Come Back Barack" for SNL.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
PBS comes out on top at the News & Documentary Emmys
PBS scored seven Emmy Awards at Monday's ceremony, edging out CBS and HBO, which tied for No. 2 with six apiece.
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 Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Thad Mumford, Emmy-winning black TV writer who blazed a trail writing for white shows in the 1970s, dies at 67
Source: The New York Times
Mumford wrote for M*A*S*H and Maude in the 1970s, when black writers in white writers' rooms were extremely rare. Mumford, who won an Emmy for The Electric Company, also wrote for black shows like Good Times and A Different World, as well as white shows like Coach and ALF. "I don’t want to be called a black writer or a black producer,” he once said. “I’m a producer and a writer who happens to be black.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Did Kristin Davis take a swipe at Kim Cattrall with throwback Sex and City Emmy photo?
Source: ET Canada
Davis posted an Emmys throwback photo of her, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker, prompting her followers to wonder why she left out "Samantha."
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 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 Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
#MeToo movement was glaringly missing at the Emmy Awards
Source: The New York Times
The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that were a big part of the Golden Globes and Oscars ceremonies earlier this year were almost completely missing at Monday's Emmy ceremony. "Unlike at previous awards shows this year, emblems of the movement weren’t pinned to lapels or sequined gowns. #MeToo was mostly absent from acceptance speeches and even from the monologue — except for fleeting jokes by the hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost," says Maya Salem. Even Les Moonves went unmentioned, while the words "Time's Up" were only mentioned once, by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino. ALSO: Les Moonves was to network television what Harvey Weinstein was to independent film, so why wasn't he brought up?
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Tom Arnold files a police battery report against Mark Burnett
“We can confirm a battery report was made at the West L.A. station. No arrest was made,” an LAPD spokesman tells Deadline. Arnold alleged last night that The Apprentice producer tried to choke him at a pre-Emmys party. Arnold says he has several witnesses, including Kevin Bacon and his actress daughter Sosie Bacon. Arnold has been targeting Burnett for months, even saying in an interview with Salon that he planned to confront Burnett at the Emmys. Arnold's new Viceland show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, premieres on Tuesday.
- An eyewitness tells ET that Arnold "basically ambushed" Burnett
- An eyewitness tells TMZ "Arnold came charging" at Burnett and Roma Downey and "pushed" Burnett." An altercation ensued, and Arnold ripped the crucifix off of Burnett's neck.
- Burnett's rep says he has "nothing to say at the moment"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of choking him at a pre-Emmys party
Alyson Hannigan was among those witnessed a physical altercation between Arnold and Burnett Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund in Century City. "Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!" she tweeted. "Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome." Variety reports "a source with knowledge of the situation said it involved shoving but it was unclear who made the first move." Arnold, whose Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes premieres Tuesday, has been publicly feuding with Burnett over unreleased Apprentice tapes of Trump allegedly making racist and sexist remarks. Arnold tweeted: "Mark Burnett just went apesh*t & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD." An hour later, Roma Downey posted a picture of her hand, tweeting: "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop." Arnold responded to Downey's tweet: "Bullsh*t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation." Arnold also tweeted there is tape of the incident. Burnett could not be reached by Variety for comment. ALSO: Arnold claims that The Apprentice tapes were handed to Ronan Farrow on Sunday.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Emmys don't get modern TV: The best new shows are almost genreless
Source: The Atlantic
In July, Emmys co-host Michael Che complained about the “anti-comedy comedy" of Hannah Gadsby's Nanette -- which he didn't watch -- calling it "standup tragedy." “I dont (sic) wanna have to ‘survive’ a comedy special,” Che wrote. “I wanna laugh. lets not make this what its (sic) not.” To which Sophie Gilbert responds that Che's definition of comedy wouldn't fit many shows that are considered comedies these days. "Has Che watched television recently?" she writes. "Putting aside live performance for a moment, does he consider Random Acts of Flyness to be comedy? Atlanta? Insecure? The End of the F***ing World? Succession? Or Barry, starring his former Saturday Night Live co-star, the comedian Bill Hader? Looking ahead to the 2018 Emmy Awards this Monday—which are presented by Che and his 'Update' co-host Colin Jost—the one quality that seems to define the best new shows on TV is an encroaching genrelessness. It’s an approach to television that prioritizes creative vision and voice over formulaic convention. If the 'sadcom' trend that flourished with Transparent and Louie and Girls saw half-hour shows fuse comedy and drama, hour-long shows are increasingly doing the same thing. The bleak satire of Succession and the tonal zaniness of Killing Eve, two recent longer shows that often feel impossible to categorize, prove how rich the results can be."
- The Emmys should be political: The ugly parts of Hollywood should be highlighted, too
- Michael Che and Colin Jost are the wrong hosts for the first post-#MeToo Emmys
- Che and Jost plan to work on their opening until the very last minute
- What makes a good awards show host in 2018?
- Broadcast networks need their own Emmys
- Dear Emmys: Stop putting SNL cast members in supporting comedy categories -- variety performer category should be reinstated
- Drones will be deployed to keep the Emmys secure
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
ABC developing Chinese-American comedy pitched as "Lazy Rich Asians" from Rick and Morty's Emmy-winning "Pickle Rick" writer
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Jessica Gao, who won an Emmy over the weekend for writing Rick and Morty's famous "Pickle Rick" episode, is developing the single-camera comedy revlving around Janet Zhao, "a first-generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she's spent her life trying to keep at arm's length." The untitled project is one of two Asian-American series in the works at ABC following the success of Crazy Rich Asians at the box office. ABC is also developing Ohana, a potential drama about four mixed-race Asian women in Hawaii.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Why Black Mirror's Emmy win for Outstanding TV movie is unfair
Black Mirror winning for best movie for its "USS Callister" episode marks the third straight year that a non-movie has won Outstanding TV movie.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Kenan Thompson wins his first Emmy, for SNL's Obama song
Thompson and three of his Saturday Night Live colleagues won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Come Back, Barack." Thompson is still up for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, which will be presented at the Primetime Emmys.