ADTV celebrated our official 100th podcast by tripping and stumbling down memory lane. We revisit some of our very favorite podcast (or in some cases website) moments over the past two years. Yup, it’s a clip show! Then, we look forward to next year and make a bold prediction or three around Emmy 2017. What shows will make it big? What will be the next shocking omission? How will Joey cope with the Limited Series actress category that could possibly contain Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Michelle Pfeiffer?
Before that, we talk about two current events: the recent revelation of the American Horror Story: Roanoke Big Twist and a particular Saturday Night Live skit that we feel owes us a writing credit. (Podcast)
Clarence takes a look at the new Gilmore Girls trailer and wonders what, if any, awards traction the “event” series will have in 2017. (Gilmore Girls)
Fall awards season can make or break a new TV show, especially on network TV. Just last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and critics shockingly awarded an unknown Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, giving the little-seen musical enough buzz to be saved from cancellation. The year before, Gina Rodriguez had her “a star is born moment” and was then almost immediately cast into the Star Wars universe. Ten years ago, SAG and the HFPA gave Desperate Housewives the top award long before it even competed at the Emmys.
However in 2016 network TV hasn’t brought us any huge successes besides continuing the trend of giving aging 90’s stars uninteresting material (Matt LeBlanc, Damon Wayans, Kevin James) instead of creating a new star. 2016 may not have given us the next Shondaland hit or a FOX camp classic, but there are some new shows worth mentioning even if it’s becoming increasingly unlikely for the guild awards or the Emmys to throw a bone network TV’s way. They haven’t honored a network show in its premiere year since Grey’s Anatomy and Lost for dramas and Glee and Modern Family for comedies. At least the HFPA and BTJA are much more likely to open their arms. These are the four broadcast shows to keep an eye on this awards season. (Awards Tracker)
Tracey Ullman’s Show provides further evidence that Tracey Ullman is an international treasure. More than just an impressionist, Ullman often creates odd and ultimately sympathetic portraits of her characters. This new series, airing on HBO after premiering earlier on the BBC, follows the same formula as her previous efforts. It affords Ullman the opportunity to continue to mass produce endearing portraits of female (and sometimes male) oddities. Based on the pilot, the show falls into the mostly amusing category if not outright hilarious. (Review)