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Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
After proposing on the Emmys, Glenn Weiss to co-produce the Oscars with Donna Gigliotti serving as producer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Hidden Figures producer Gigliotti will helm the 91st Oscars, while Weiss, who directed the past three Oscars, will be elevated to co-producer. Weiss famously proposed to his girlfriend last month while picking up an Emmy for directing the 90th Academy Awards. “Donna Gigliotti has worked on some of the most celebrated films of our time and is uniquely qualified to bring her talent to the most anticipated awards show of the year,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement. “And, thanks to Glenn Weiss, we just experienced the most talked-about moment at the Emmys with his heartfelt onstage wedding proposal. We can’t wait to see how they top that at the Oscars.” ALSO: Could the new producing team design a radical makeover of the Oscars?
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 Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:16AM EDT
Director Glenn Weiss reunites with Jimmy Kimmel after proposing on the Emmys
Source: USA Today
Weiss, who won an Emmy directing Kimmel on the Oscars earlier this year, popped up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with his new fiancé Jan Svendsen from what appeared to be their bedroom -- but was later revealed to be Kimmel's studio. ALSO: Tracy Morgan visits Kimmel as "LaDonald Trump."
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
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 Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Why the Oscars should screw up more often
Source: via Twitter
"Last year’s Oscars screw-up was the most unforgettable moment in all my decades of awards show viewing," says Jason Gay. The Oscars, he says, "did something magical: They screwed up. They literally gave the Best Picture award to the wrong film (La La Land, not Moonlight), and more incredibly, they figured it out in real time, with everyone on stage, as if it were an episode of Scooby-Doo. It may have been mortifying to the show’s producers, not to mention the La-La-Landers who had to skulk off stage. But at home, I had a completely opposite reaction: Finally!" Gay adds that the debacle was "like inviting the wrong team to the Super Bowl—and it turned an utterly skippable TV event into something you’d wished you’d seen live. Why not market the potential for more of this? The greatest sensation any form of entertainment can sell is: You have no idea what’s coming next. The Oscars should embrace ineptitude and declare all bets off: Winners may become losers. Losers may win."
- Last year, Jimmy Kimmel looked like a safe hosting choice. This year, he brings a "political profile"
- Will we get an edgier Kimmel on Sunday night?
- Kimmel: "I don’t want this show to go exactly as planned. There have to be surprises"
- Why Kimmel's Oscar ad mocking the Best Picture flub featured Warren Beatty, but not Fay Dunaway
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss jokes he'll always be remembered for La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz's meme
- Marlon Brando is credited with bringing politics to the Oscars with his Sacheen Littlefeather moment in 1973
- PricewaterhouseCoopers is hoping for an uneventful Oscars -- unlike last year
- Corey Feldman is still angry about Corey Haim's "In Memoriam" snub
- 20 years ago: James Cameron's Titanic mania sparked the most-watched Oscar ceremony ever
- Recapping the 1998 Oscars, "the biggest Oscars ever"
- SNL uploads Oprah's 1986 monologue after she lost the Oscar for The Color Purple