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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 Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Seth Meyers visits Michelle Wolf on Netflix's The Break
Meyers and former Late Night writer Wolf taped a segment in which they complained about the World Cup and each other.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Samantha Bee strikes a defiant tone in apologizing on Full Frontal for her C-word controversy
Bee addressed the brouhaha over calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" at the top of her TBS show Wednesday night, saying she's used the C-word many times on her show because she's "hoping to reclaim it. This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line, I regret it and I do apologize for that." She added: "The problem is, that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of thelr lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed. They want it gone. And, I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz. Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that." Bee said she hates that the C-word overshadowed her message about immigrants in detention being separated from their children. "I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy," she said, adding: "I’m really sorry that I said that word. But, you know what? Civility is just nice words, maybe we should all worry little bit more about the niceness of our actions."
- Bee also introduced four stoic men in suits as "our mandatory censors who will be with us from now on"
- Seth Meyers weighs in on Bee's C-word controversy: "I think anybody who said things like that, there would have been a reaction. We love reacting."
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 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 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 9:39PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy gift that woudn't have survived as long in another TV era
"I’m going to miss the series, which over its run probably gave me more pure pleasure than anything else airing concurrently anywhere on the dial," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "And I’m so grateful that we got as many episodes of it as we did." She points out that Brooklyn Nine-Nine wouldn't have made it to 112 episodes with its low ratings in another television era. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, she says, "was a model for what pop culture can do when it is committed to showcasing a wider range of characters and their stories." It was diverse in a unique way. There were two black cops, instead of one. Two Latina cops, instead of one. Two non-straight cops, instead of one. "None of those characters ever had to carry the weight of representing those entire communities," says Rosenberg. She adds: "While Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy about cops, it approached the actual work of policing with seriousness and moral rigor. It was a task that might have doomed a lesser show, especially one that aired during a period when police killings of unarmed black Americans spurred a national movement. Brooklyn Nine-Nine tried to model what good policing could look like at a time when even that act of idealism sometimes seemed like a farce ... Brooklyn Nine-Nine was never solely an issue show, but its commitment to approaching policing from an ethical place was fundamental to its sense of decency, a quality which was itself fundamental to the series."
- Could Brooklyn Nine-Nine find a new home? Hulu is the most likely destination, followed by TBS (whose president developed the show)
- NBC and Netflix could also potentially revive Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Internet is losing its mind over the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancellation
- Why the Internet freakout for a show averaging fewer than 2 million viewers?
- Is Tim Allen to blame? Fox's comedy bloodbath comes amid talk of a Last Man Standing revival
- Seth Meyers calls the cancelations of his former SNL colleagues' shows a "double gut punch"
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor tweets: "#brooklyn99 fans are the best fans in the world"
- Melissa Fumero: "These last 5 years have been incredible"
- Stephanie Beatriz: "What a gift this series has been: it’s been my honor. Your sadness is noted"
- Joe Lo Truglio: "I’m so very lucky, so deeply thankful to have been part of a show that has brought so much joy to so many"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda wants fans to fight for the show: "I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS ... THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS"
- Mark Hamill: "Be forewarned @FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I'm known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time"
- Backstreet Boys: "Thanks for the memories, #Brooklyn99"
- Sean Astin: "They earned the right 2 have a final season victory lap where I could emotionally prepare"
- Guillermo del Toro: "The world is better with this show in it. I love these characters and the healing good energy B99 brings"
# TOPICS: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX, Hulu, TBS, Dan Goor, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Lo Truglio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, Melissa Fumero, Sean Astin, Seth Meyers, Stephanie Beatriz, Tim Allen, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
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.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Michelle Wolf revealed that Washington journalists don't get political satire
"Satirists are not appearing simply for journalists' amusement," says Jeffrey Jones and Caty Borum Chattoo. "Satirists," they say, "want to impart one very specific truth: Comedy is not vulgar; politics is." Jones, the executive director of the Peabody Awards, and American University professor Chattoo have each written academic books on comedy and satire. They say the journalists complaining about Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance don't understand political satire. "Satire is a verbal assault that passes judgment on those who have violated communal norms," they explain. "And there is a function inherent in comedy that bears reminding; since Aristotle's time, and in the present day, comedy allows a way into cultural criticism that can spark conversation. That satire allows a bit of scrutiny is easy to swallow, of course, when the object of criticism is politicians, especially norm-flouting ones like President Donald Trump. But journalists don't get a free pass just because they are journalists. Washington television journalists, in particular, are participants in power, not just witnesses to it. Satirists are intent on telling Washington journalists that they exhibit a too cozy relationship to power, as Wolf pointed out by noting that not only did journalists create Trump, they still profit from him — as corporations, but also personally."
- Wolf has already topped Seth Meyers as the C-SPAN's YouTube channel's most-watched WHCD host
- The Wolf hoopla reveals all the worst tendencies of comedy controversies in Trump era
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom: "I definitely think Michelle Wolf is getting more criticism because she’s a woman"
- Meet the Press' Chuck Todd: "I don’t think Michelle Wolf deserves any criticism. She was hired to do a job"
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
John Mulaney's Kid Gorgeous Netflix special is a milestone in his comedic development
The best part about Mulaney's new special is that he looks like a kid, but his observations are like those of an old man. "A lot of his complaints about modern life are the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from somebody like Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David, comedians in their 60s who have clung defiantly to a 20th-century mindset," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "The incongruity of Mulaney’s relative youth and the long, white beard on his mentality is the source of a lot of his best stuff. It’s fun to pinpoint the nexus of a comedian’s obsession, and he’s showing it to us here, which is why Kid Gorgeous might later be seen as a milestone in his artistic development. It’s the special where he tells us what his Rosebud is, often adopting a weathered voice and hunched-over old man posture reminiscent of Mr. Bernstein delivering his monologue about the girl on the ferry in Citizen Kane."
- Mulaney is unmatched at building his dissection of ludicrousness
- Mulaney delivers one of the year's best pieces of comedic writing
- Mulaney recalls his SNL writing past with Seth Meyers
- Meyers calls Mulaney "the funniest person in America. He’s this combination of great writing and great performing you so rarely see"
- Will Mulaney's Netflix deal change his approach to doing standup?