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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
Did Hannah Gadsby "subtweet" Michael Che during the Emmys?
Source: Vanity Fair
Emmys co-host Che has obliquely criticized Gadsby's Nanette while emphasizing repeatedly that he's never actually seen her critically acclaimed Netflix standup comedy special. On the Emmys, Gadsby seemed to fire back at her harshest critics, who apparently include Che and Norm Macdonald, who also has never seen the special. “What are jokes these days?” Hannah Gadsby asked during her time on stage. “We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are, but especially not men. Isn’t that right, fellas?”
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 Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Ellen has Emmy hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che re-create SNL's "Weekend Update" on her show
Ellen DeGeneres wanted to do a daytime twist on her favorite Saturday Night Live segment.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
NBC is confident that Michael Che, Colin Jost and their SNL pals will help boost Emmy ratings
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt points to the success of the Golden Globes as proof that the Peacock can handle awards shows differently. Che and Jost will be accompanied by several Saturday Night Live alums on Monday's Emmys broadcast, including Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. SNL alums Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon have also pitched in with their ideas. “We take the awards shows very seriously,” says Greenblatt. “They are really hard to pull off and make fresh in today’s world. We have all seen so many of them.” Will the show focus on politics? “It’s kind of hard to avoid it. It’s in the front of everybody’s brains,” says Che. Greenblatt adds: "There will be things mentioned that are about politics and that sort of thing. But I think the emphasis will be on television and pop culture.”
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Next season, SNL will have only three co-head writers instead of four
Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kent Sublette will continue serving as co-head writers on Saturday Night Live, while the fourth co-head writer Bryan Tucker steps down to become a senior writer.
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
SNL's Michael Che defends Louis CK: "I do believe any free person has a right to speak and make a living"
Source: The Daily Beast
“What’s interesting to me about these articles against Louis CK performing again, is how important fame is to people,” the Emmys co-host wrote on his Instagram Stories in defending CK's surprise performance at Comedy Cellar Sunday night. “A lot of what I read says that CK shouldn’t get to be a ‘famous’ comedian anymore. Because to them, he’s still winning. Isn’t that strange? Meaning he can be shamed, humiliated, lose millions of dollars, lose all of his projects, lose the respect of a lot of his fans and peers, and whatever else that comes with what he did, but since he can still do a comedy set for free at a 200 seat club a year later, it means he got off easy. THAT’s how coveted fame is.”
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Michael Che and Colin Jost get "political" in their first Emmys promo
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"This year we decide who wins," Che says, prompting Jost to respond: "No, it's still the voters." Che adds, jokingly: "Yeah, we know how that works out...Uh, oh! Political!"
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Emmys co-host Colin Jost roasted for his "Eh" opinion of award shows: "It’s adults getting trophies"
The SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor was dragged on Twitter over a Los Angeles Times interview published Tuesday in which he and fellow Emmys co-host Michael Che were asked, "Are you fond of awards shows generally?" Jost responded by downplaying award shows and complaining that "good, fun things" don't win awards: "Eh," he said. "I think most of the time they’re way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about. At the end of the day, it’s adults getting trophies. Why should that be taken seriously? And remember when movies like Gladiator won Best Picture? Why can’t good, fun things win and not just good artsy things? They’re both good and the fun ones are sometimes a lot harder to make." Jost was immediately criticized, with critics pointing out that the Emmys honors hit shows like Game of Thrones. They also slammed him for being the target audience of the Academy Awards' new "popular film" award. Another critic, Sam Adams, pointed out another part of the interview where Jost said he was "flabbergasted that Kyle MacLachlan was not nominated for best actor in a Whatever-That-Category-Is-Called" for Twin Peaks. Adams said of Jost's complaint: "Man Colin Jost is gonna be so mad when he hears about Colin Jost." Meanwhile, Che responded to the hubbub by coming to his Emmys co-host's defense: "lol yo, i had no idea white people took award shows so seriously," Che wrote on his Instagram Stories. "i may have seen 4 award shows in my entire life, TOTAL. these emmys are gonna be maaad fun. watch!"
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost plan an Emmys ceremony that's "less political than normal"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost tells Vanity Fair. “The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time.”
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Michael Che seems to be knocking Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, but he insists he's never seen it
The co-host of SNL's "Weekend Update" and this year's Emmys decried all the "anti-comedy comedy" that happening these days, referring to it as "standup tragedy" on Instagram. He also said rape stories aren't funny, and denounced the use of telling stories instead of jokes with punch lines.. Che seemed to be taking shots at Nanette. But when asked if he's seen it, Che responded: "no, i havent. stop asking me." Che kept repeating othat he has not seen Nanette.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Read an oral history of SNL's "Black Jeoaprdy" sketch
SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker says of his sketch that debuted in 2014: "I’ve been writing at SNL for 13 years, but 'Black Jeopardy' is probably the sketch I’m most proud of. I am white, but during the formative times in my life, the comedians that I really enjoyed were always black." Fellow co-head writer Michael Che adds: "It worked because, well, Tucker’s not a typical white writer. He’s worked on a lot of black shows. He gets that humor, so a lot of it was us just making black jokes that we knew to be true." ALSO: Kenan Thompson hopes SNL gets former President Obama to do Black Jeopardy.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
NBC boss: "We want to make it feel like SNL has hijacked the Emmys"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Weekend Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the Emmys, but they won't be the only SNL stars up on stage in September. "We're going to have appearances from some of the other castmembers and shoot some video like they do on SNL," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. "Lorne (Michaels) hasn't produced an Emmy show since the '90s, and I was at Fox as a young executive when he did. It was a complete change of pace for the show." As for whether Alec Baldwin should be back on SNL as President Trump, Greenblatt says: "I can't imagine somebody else doing it at this point, but that's something for Lorne to handle."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
NBC taps SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che to co-host the Emmys
The "Weekend Update" co-anchors will co-host this year's ceremony and their boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer, NBC announced this morning. This is a change for NBC as the network's four previous Emmy broadcasts have been helmed by the host of Late Night (Seth Meyers in 2014, Jimmy Fallon in 2010, Conan O'Brien in 2006 and 2002). “We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact," Jost and Che said in a statement, alluding to the 1999 Emmy awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “Along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.”