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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Why do the Emmys keep snubbing Late Night with Seth Meyers?
Meyers' late-night talk show only earned one nomination this year, for writing. But it has never been nominated in the outstanding variety talk show category. "Late Night’s absence from the nominee list feels wholly unjust," says Laura Bradley. "Of all the comedians currently putting America to bed with humor, Meyers has been one of the most consistently insightful and funny. Like any show, Late Night took a little time to find its footing following its debut four years ago—but soon enough, Meyers emerged as perhaps the one true successor to Jon Stewart at a time when such bold, insightful voices were scarce in the genre." Plus, she adds, Meyers is on the most vocal consistently vocal male comedians in the wake of the #MeToo movement, who has handed his mic over to his female writers.
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
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 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
James Corden beat Seth Meyers for the first time in a year
The Late Late Show drew more viewers last week thanks to Corden's second London trip. In fact, the last time Corden topped Late Night with Seth Meyers was during the week of last year's London trip.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Late Night with Seth Meyers writers tout the benefit of having a diverse staff
Writer/performer Amber Ruffin says "it's just impractical today" to have an all-white writing staff. Fellow writer/performer Jenny Hagel adds: “If you have 14 identical people in a writer’s room you’re going to get 14 identical jokes off that headline. But if you have people with all different backgrounds, different ages, different genders, ethnicities, people are going to see a different way into that story or have a different reaction. So I think you just get a wider variety of jokes.”
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Inside Seth Meyers' Late Night writers' room
The Washington Post spent a day with Meyers and his staff as they crafted everything from a "Closer Look" to jokes about the Trump presidency. “We do want to just make jokes about what’s happening on any given day,” says Meyers. “And he just happens to be the thing that’s happening on every given day.”
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Seth Meyers reunites former Office colleagues Mindy Kaling and Ellie Kemper
Kaling and Kemper, who were booked on Late Night to promote separate projects (Ocean's 8 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) back-to-back, reminisced about their Office past and their girl group Subtle Sexuality.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
NBC to launch a podcast network featuring The Good Place -- Seth Meyers will do special Friday shows this summer
NBC's podcast network will roll out with podcasts devoted to The Good Place and American Ninja Warrior. Marc Evan Jackson will host The Good Place podcast. Meanwhile, Late Night with Seth Meyers will add a fifth show each week, dubbed "Summer Fridays."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
David Letterman "gifts" Seth Meyers a tick
“I got something for you, buddy,” said Letterman, before pulling out a Ziplock bag and giving his Late Night successor a tick.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
David Letterman to Seth Meyers: "Your show is nothing like my show"
Letterman, returning to the Late Night show that he hosted from 1982 to 1993, told Meyers: "My show was lumpy and viscous. And your show is crisp and smart and contemporary." When Meyers asked Dave if he'd be covering Trump if he still had a daily show, Letterman said: "I tell you, after watching the opening of your show, there would be no point in doing it, because you have it covered."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Whitney Cummings departs as Roseanne's co-showrunner for Season 2
The comedian, who said she "became the PC police" on Roseanne while helping shepherd the revival, "is going to be too busy" for next season, according to her fellow co-showrunner Bruce Helford. He adds that "Whitney is always a member of the family of the show but she's got so much going on. I don't know how she had time to work on the show in the first place. I don't think she'll be able to join us in the capacity she was joining us in this first season." Cummings, who co-created 2 Broke Girls, was working with Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner of Carsey-Werner when he proposed that she help lead the revival. Cummings said when Werner “called me and he said, ‘We’re doing this. Do you want to be a part of it?’ … I canceled everything I had going on and made myself available, if anything just to go in and learn from these writers.” Helford also said Roseanne will bring in a group of new writers for Season 2: "We have a lot of new voices, younger voices, which I think is important on the show. I'll be showrunning next season. We run a democratic room, almost nobody has a stronger voice than anybody else; everybody's input is there. I'm excited because there are a lot of new voices and because I believe we've got the best of the voices who have been part of it continuing." UPDATE: Cummings confirms her exit on Twitter: "Due to work commitments and my tour schedule, I'm gonna have to watch the Conner's from the sidelines next season."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
David Letterman to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers for the first time
Letterman's May 23 visit to his old stomping grounds will mark his second appearance on late-night TV since retiring three years ago. He previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last fall. "It's Dave's show and we are just borrowing it," tweeted Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
At NBC Upfronts, Seth Meyers jokes about reviving The Cosby Show, the Matt Lauer scandal and the Peacock's Chicago obsession
The Late Night host -- who was joined on stage by Andy Samberg -- also mocked the late Friday pickup of Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “I have to say, for NBC this upfronts week got off to a dramatic start when NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine after Fox canceled it," he said. "Yeah, fantastic news for a great show. But it still feels a little bit like NBC is Fox’s deadbeat friend. ‘Hey, uh, you gonna finish that? Can I have it?'”
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Michelle Wolf pokes fun at her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in her return to Late Night
“It went great and every single person loved it,” Wolf joked to former boss Seth Meyers. “Across the board. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called me and was like, ‘I loved it so much. I got every joke.’”
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Seth Meyers wouldn't want Trump on his show, says Jimmy Fallon might be best equipped for the post-Trump era
The Late Night host was asked by The Atlantic why Fallon keeps serving up "such apolitical mush" on The Tonight Show? Meyers responded that "there are people who still want to watch late-night shows, but don’t want cutting political opinion pieces. I respect that. When you’re watching television at 11:30 or 12:30 at night, it’s fair for people to want something relaxing as opposed to something that amps them up and puts them in a terrible mood. I don’t think that we are living in a permanent political moment, and when this comes to a close, people like Jimmy will be very well suited to go back to what they did before, which is just to be really entertaining." As for not wanting to interview Trump, Meyers said: "There’s this idea that if only people asked Trump X, Y, and Z, we’d get to the bottom of something. But if we’ve learned anything, it’s that he’s the constant; he’s resolute in his belief that he’s right, that he’s a victim, and that the last thing he heard is the truth, provided it’s something positive about him. No variable is going to change what he is."
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 4:32PM EDT
Seth Meyers: Donald Trump sent Michael Cohen to demand an on-air apology for my White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes
On Politico's Off Message podcast, Meyers recalled running into Trump at SNL's 40th anniversary special in February 2015, four months before he launched his presidential campaign. Meyers tried to patch things up and invited him on his show after mocking him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2011. So Trump sent his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to negotiate a Late Night appearance. But Meyers says Cohen had a non-negotiable demand that he make an on-air apology for his White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes.