Carol Burnett may be returning to television in an ABC-purchased pilot executive produced by Amy Poehler.
Carol Burnett. Emmy winner Carol Burnett. Carol. Fucking. Burnett.
Multiple outlets report tonight that the iconic television star will star in an ABC comedy called Household Name. Executive produced by Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) and Michael Saltzman (Halt and Catch Fire), the comedy received a pilot order from the network. Burnett also serves as executive producer in addition to starring. The setup reads as such: a family wants to buy the house of their dreams, but they must live with the previous owner, a brassy actress played by Burnett.
Burnett received 22 Emmy nominations over her career, winning 6. She’s most famous for The Carol Burnett Show which ran 11 years. That show won best variety-comedy series Emmys three times. She excels for her tremendous take on Gone With the Wind. She also does a mean Gloria Swanson. Both skits are included below.
Joey Moser looks at the unveiled contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag Race Season 9 premieres March on Logo.
Our Drag Race Mother has delivered…again.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2 just ended in October, but we already have another batch of queens ready to fight it out for Drag Race Season 9 of the now Emmy Award-winning reality show. We don’t even have time to shop for a new lace front! There is one rule when watching these first glimpses: never judge a queen by her Meet the Queens video! Don’t be shady, be a lady.
There will be 13 queens this season, and there are some babies in this bunch! We also get a semi-British import from the show’s oldest ever contestant, Charlie Hides.
With all the bright colors and energy, it’s clear that they are keeping it light and bright this year. Ru even says at the end of the promo that this is the show we need right now. Amen! It looks like a CoverGirl advertisement with spokesqueens that actually want to be there.
Gawk at all the new queens from this season and let us know who you are rooting for this year, and then check out the first teaser for the season.
Absolutely love her. Big hair and a big heart? I’m digging her 60’s Raquel Welch vibe she’s giving out in this video. Guido Contini would try to sleep with her.
Sorry, Aja, but I’m not a fan of this. Give us something!
Confidence is key in a competition like this, sure, but maybe Miss Kimora Blac should serve a tinge of humility? And, yes, she is hot as a boy. The thirst is going to be major when the queens see him in the Werk Room for the first time. Brace yourselves.
First of all, I love her name. Secondly (and more importantly), she isn’t hiding that she is hungry for it. I can’t wait to see her on Snatch Game.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Charlie Hides?
I love how up front she is about her personal preferences (Farrah Moan is an awesome name), but that might put some people off. She’s got a kewpie doll face with a sexually forward attitude. Intrigued about this one.
Nina Bo’nina Brown
Dig the name. Dig the commitment. I love a lot about this. Check out some of her other pictures, however, and chunky makeup is the only thing I can see. Says the guy who has never applied anything to his face, so I should probably shut the hell up.
I wrote Sasha Velour off just from one picture, but look at those eyebrows. She’s going to be fun. Plus, she knows her stuff.
Classy and sassy? I’m listening…
Alexis Michelle may sound like a generic name (what’s in name…?), but she doesn’t seem like she’s going to be shaken by anyone anytime soon. The last time a helpful queen was vocal about being secure about herself, it was Bianca Del Rio. And we all know how that turned out.
Am I the only one distracted by her bedazzled headpiece?
What a warm presence Miss Peppermint exudes! Is she tough enough to survive the competition? Points for her Endora drag in this vid.
The color is nice, but that’s all I got. Blue blue blue. Who is Trinity Taylor again?
Season 9 Full Promo
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 will premiere in March on LOGO.
Where does Alec Baldwin stand in the 2017 Emmy race? Can he Trump-up a win?
Last weekend, Saturday Night Live announced that Alec Baldwin would host the upcoming 14th episode of the season after popping up throughout the season to impersonate Donald Trump. This will mark his 11th appearance of the season, and his 17th time hosting overall. Assuming this is another 21-episode season, the move completely changes the Emmy conversation considering the “less than 50% rule” the Television Academy implemented two years ago. Any performer appearing in 50% or more of a season isn’t eligible in the guest races. Alec Baldwin will now compete in the supporting actor race, an unprecedented move for someone who isn’t even member of the SNL cast.
Even while appearing in a single sketch per episode, his presence in popular culture has been stronger than all seven of last year’s nominees combined. Whether through a simple sniff or his pronunciation of “China,” Baldwin became the viral hit of SNL. That coupled with the real-life Twitter jabs between Baldwin and Trump turned the performance into a major talking point on every news program from Fox to MSNBC. Also, Baldwin’s status as an awards industry staple (16 Emmy nominations with 2 wins) probably makes him both a strong threat for a nomination and a strong contender to win.
If nominated, he would become the sixth Saturday Night Live performer in a supporting category, but he would make Emmy history as the first SNL guest to compete in a bigger race. After eight years of continuous losses, SNL finally won its first supporting award. Opening up the Academy’s voting procedures ushered in Kate McKinnon’s win. That type of popular vote might propel Alec Baldwin into frontrunner status. That’s especially possible if enough voters want to use their ballot as a small form of protest and send a message to the 45th President.
A Brief History of SNL Politics at the Emmys
Emmy voters have always been partial to SNL political impersonators. The Academy rewarded Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and rewarded Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton by breaking the cast member Emmy curse. At least ten nominated performers have been recognized parallel to some iconic portrayals over the years, and although it’s debatable whether to credit their nominations solely to their presidential caricatures, one can’t deny the lasting impact they have had. From Chevy Chase’s constantly stumbling Ford to Tina’s signature “I can see Russia from my house,” these Emmy-nominated performances dictated how audiences viewed these figures.
1976 – Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford*
1978 – Dan Ackroyd as Jimmy Carter
1984 – Joe Discopo as Ronald Reagan
1989-1993 – Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush*
1994 – Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton
2001 – Will Ferrell as George W. Bush
2009 – Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton
2009 – Tina Fey as Sarah Palin*
2016 – Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton*
2016 – Larry David as Bernie Sanders
* Indicates Emmy Winner
Which of these Emmy nominated performances is your favorite? Is Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump strong enough to last throughout the Emmy season? Sound off in the comments below!
Jalal analyzes Sunday’s 2017 SAG Awards, including Team ADTV’s predictions.
The 23rd Annual SAG Awards arrive this Sunday. For the first time this season, the guilds will begin to give clues on what shows will make it all the way to this year’s Emmys. SAG voters are notorious for obnoxiously rewarding the same performances year after year, most recently having the same set of TV winners for the past two years with the exception of William H. Macy/Jeffrey Tambor. This year, voters made strides to switch things up by embracing fan-favorite genre shows like Westworld and Stranger Things over typical awards contenders like House of Cards, Maggie Smith, and Viola Davis as well as surprise nomination for cult favorite Black Mirror. How will the 2017 SAG Awards fall? Here’s what we’re thinking.
Frontrunner: Game of Thrones Contender: Downton Abbey Dark Horse: Stranger Things
The Downton Abbey cast won the drama ensemble award the past three out of four years. However, it’s been over a year since the final season premiered, and it runs the risk of being forgotten by voters in a category filled with fresher shows. It also for the first time has to compete for votes with another popular costume drama, The Crown. Instead, the fifth time might just be the charm for Emmy winner Game of Thrones. After years of being dismissed as a fantasy show, Thrones comes across as the most prestigious drama in the group. While Game of Thrones might not suffer from genre bias, it does have to compete against a slew of sci-fi hits (Westworld, Stranger Things). In the end, the two newcomers might struggle to earn the votes of most voters. There is no precedent for a nominee like Stranger Things,and although it doesn’t seem like a real contender, it might just be able to ride the wave of 80’s nostalgia (and child SAG voters) to the biggest upset of the night.
Frontrunner: Orange is the New Black Contender: Black-ish
The Orange is the New Black ensemble should never be counted out at the SAG awards simply because of its massive size (larger than three other nominees combined) and diversity. Many voters will continue checking off the ensemble without taking a second look at any of the other nominees including The Big Bang Theory, black-ish, Modern Family, and Veep. With the show’s popularity diminishing, there is a chance that a new show takes the crown, and the obvious choice would be Veep. The show’s previous four seasons did fail to turn its Emmy success into major SAG success. Instead, any voter looking for an alternative might turn to black-ish which probably has the most accessible comedy in terms of humor as well as accessibility which always helps with a voting body of 160,000 members.
Male Actor in a Drama Series
Frontrunner: John Lithgow, The Crown Contender: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Dark Horse: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
For the past two years, Kevin Spacey channeled his status as a renowned Oscar winner on a prestige Netflix drama into SAG success, but now that the House of Cards popularity is on the decline his reign as the best male actor in a drama might be over. This year, he faces stiff competition in 9-time SAG nominee John Lithgow for a performance as Winston Churchill in The Crown, a show voters liked enough to reward with three nominations. The other contenders are all previous Emmy winners, but the most popular one (and most likely to upset) is Sterling K. Brown who voters loved enough to nominate twice this year. As the charming and relatable brother on This Is Us, he might just be able to stand out enough in a category filled with flashy, over-the-top roles.
Out of all the categories this year, the female actor in a drama race might be the most up for grabs. Past winners like Viola Davis, Maggie Smith, Juliana Margulies, and Claire Danes were either tossed out or ineligible resulting in a race filled with sci-fi newbies and political leaders. Thandie Newton gives the most nuanced performance of the five nominees, and voters might look at someone they are discovering they are a robot physically the most award-worthy. Stranger Things is the breakout hit of the year, and if Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown weren’t in direct competition with each other they might be more formidable contenders. Claire Foy received a strong visibility boost from her Golden Globes win earlier this month, but The Crown still might be too new (a little over two months) to win a plurality with a group as big as SAG-AFTRA. More voters had more time to see Robin Wright on House of Cards than any of the other nominees and their respected shows but she is the only one without an ensemble nomination.
Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Frontrunner: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Dark Horse: Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Jeffrey Tambor won his first SAG award last year for his groundbreaking work on Transparent, and he appears pretty unstoppable when it comes to winning his second consecutive award. Some contenders are simply too obvious to bet against, and Tambor is one of them. If any actor has momentum to upset this year, Anthony Anderson fits the bill pretty well as an actor working in Hollywood for the past 20 years on top of starring in the most popular show of the five nominees.
Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Frontrunner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Contender: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
For the past two years, Uzo Aduba stood out in a category filled with television icons, but as Orange is the New Black‘s popularity diminishes, she might become less of a strong contender. Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the other hand only grows stronger as Veep cements itself as one of the best comedies of the 21st century. She has had trouble in the past winning over SAG voters (she’s only won once for Veep), but a television icon like herself will surely stand out to voters as they fill out their ballots. As veteran actresses, Grace & Frankie stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will easily earn the support of a lot of voters but in the end will likely be hampered by competing against each other. The inclusion of Ellie Kemper proves that voters are watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but there isn’t enough buzz for the actress to overcome the popularity of Aduba and Louis-Dreyfus.
Male Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Frontrunner: Bryan Cranston, All the Way Contender: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Earlier last summer, Emmy voters were able to celebrate the acting achievements in The People v. O.J. Simpson without splitting the vote. Now that the two Emmy-winning performances are going head to head they might cancel each other out. Bryan Cranston on the other hand benefits from being the most recognizable name competing against two sets of costars (the other two nominees are The Night Of stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed), so even if All The Way isn’t awards worthy his name alone might easily bring him to a third SAG award.
Female Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Frontrunner: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson Dark Horse: Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror
After years of unsung work on American Horror Story as well as multiple roles in major Oscar players 2016 is finally the year voters started honoring Sarah Paulson. There isn’t much to say about her work as Marcia Clark that hasn’t already been repeatedly said and voters know how good she is. Good will towards Paulson as well as a lack of a real alternative makes her one of the more obvious locks of the night. Kerry Washington seemed to be a viable contender earlier in the year but after failing to find success at the Emmys or Golden Globes it’s hard to imagine her pulling off an upset here. As the apple in a bag of oranges Bryce Dallas Howard potentially benefits from a wave of Black Mirror love if enough voters suffer from TPVOJS fatigue, as unlikely as that may seem.
2017 Emmy Host Stephen Colbert will lead the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Late Show host Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, according to host network CBS. This marks Colbert’s first major awards show hosting gig. This announcement as 2017 Emmy Host puts Colbert in great company. Fellow late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and James Corden all host recent or upcoming awards shows. Colbert’s Emmy haul amassed 27 nominations and nine wins.
“We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment EVP of specials, music and live events. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 17, on CBS beginning at 8pm ET.
NBC is moving forward with the Will & Grace reboot. Rejoice all!
Now THIS is some good news to offset all that crappy inauguration crap!
It’s been reported that NBC has officially given the go to continue the beloved bestie comedy Will & Grace. It’s been rumored for months that the gang would be returning to television after they produced a 10-minute scene about the 2016 election. More fuel was added to the flame when Leslie Jordan unofficially confirmed the reunion, but then star Debra Messing denied anything was set in stone.
NBC released the following statement about the 10-episode revival:
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back. This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”
The presidential episode felt very much in the same vein as the original show, so naysayers (Megan) shouldn’t be too worried. The show originally ran from 1998-2006, and it’s one of the only shows to earn Emmys for each of its leads. The series totaled 83 Emmy nominations over its career run, winning 16 trophies.
ADTV looks at the impact of the recent TV guild awards announcements on the Emmy race.
Six months from now, Emmy voters will sit down and begin to fill out their nominating ballots for the 69th Emmy Awards. However, the various guilds just gave us the first clues on what shows are popular within the television industry and what former favorites voters are beginning to move on from. Seven years ago, guild awards were the first major hint that Modern Family was massively popular with industry voters and just a few years ago the first season of Homeland was popping up at the guild awards before eventually winning Best Drama at that year’s Emmys. Below are nine shows with varying degrees of success.
Six months ago, I would have laughed at anyone who brought up Stanger Things in the Emmy conversation. Yet, after dominating the guild awards, wooing over the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice, and even earning two Grammy nominations, not only is the supernatural throwback in the conversation it might even be a front-runner. Only second to Game of Thrones in terms of guild nominations, Stranger Things racked up recognition from the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, the Costume Designers Guild, the Art Directors Guild, and double nominations from the Writers Guild and Editors Guild. The most noteworthy nominations (and maybe the biggest hint that Emmys will follow suit) are from SAG-AFTRA voters. Not only did the nominating committees recognize Winona Ryder, but they included Millie Bobby Brown and the entire ensemble. I can’t think of a single show (drama, comedy, or limited series) that was snubbed by Emmy voters after completely commanding the attention of just about every guild, so after premiering as a simple pop culture phenomenon the show has somehow become the most unprecedented Emmy front-runner in a very long time.
Donald Glover has had an absolutely stellar past four months with the premiere of Atlanta, his show becoming the best reviewed comedy of 2016, two Golden Globe wins, a Critics’ Choice award, AFI recognition, and a surprising amount of guild support. Atlanta was nominated by the PGA, the DGA, and even received three WGA nominations for Comedy, New Series, a individual episode nomination for Streets On Lock. There really is no recent precedent for a show with a PGA, DGA and WGA trifecta being left out of the Emmy comedy race which makes it essentially a certainty once Emmy season is upon us. The only recognition that would make the show even stronger is from SAG voters, but the nominating committee has a fickle history with small first season shows in the past so Atlanta’s shutout with SAG-AFTRA isn’t that surprising.
Black Mirror entered the US as a small cult phenomenon on Netflix, and over the course of three seasons the anthology series has grown into a streaming hit. Even with all of that success, very few people thought that popularity would translate into awards potential. The guilds didn’t unanimously celebrate BlackMirror, but the third season popped up in some surprising places: the PGA, the Art Directors Guild, and even an individual SAG nomination for Bryce Dallas Howard. These nominations aren’t a straight ticket to the Emmys for the little British import, but they are signs that there is buzz for the show throughout Hollywood. Six months from now, Netflix might be able to leverage that popularity and create a campaign for their first major Limited Series contender.
HBO’s answer to the upcoming conclusion of Game of Thrones cemented itself in the Emmy race and with at least ten nominations across the guilds. There is an obvious hunger for another sweeping fantasy epic on television. Westworld is bound for Emmy glory in most of the below the line races (although it was surprisingly snubbed by the Art Directors Guild), and it will be interesting to see if the show can pull off wins including a well-deserved statue for Thandie Newton. HBO essentially perfected the Emmy campaign strategy. With so many drama races wide open, it will be interesting to watch just how strongly they parade Westworld and its star-studded cast around for the next six months.
The Night Of
The Night Of premiered so early in the Emmy season (late last summer) that many (including the ADTV team) thought that Emmy voters would eventually forget about the show once other high profile Limited Series entered the conversation. Since then, a promising strong amount of support from the PGA, DGA, WGA, ACE, ASC, and two SAG nominations turned The Night Of into a front-runner in the Limited Series race. Nothing is certain until reactions come out towards series like Big Little Lies and Feud, but The Night Of had such a strong attendance throughout the guild awards that it’s hard to imagine the crime thriller completely shut out of the Emmy race.
Better Call Saul
A show that in the past has struggled to find its own identity besides a small spinoff of Breaking Bad has certainly come into its own with a heavy string of guild support. On top of the show’s second PGA nomination, it also earned three ACE nominations and four WGA nominations (including three individual episode nominations). The popularity of Better Call Saul especially among writers proves that the show is likely to continue to reap Emmy recognition if the third season is consistent with the rest of the show. AMC should also take note of the WGA support as a hint that they need to be more strategic about their episode submissions if they don’t want to be shut out of the Emmy writing race once again. The only notable shutout from the guilds would be Bob Odenkirk not making the cut at the SAG awards, but that could easily be because of stiff competition.
Emmy voters were obsessed with Downton Abbey for six long seasons, and now that the show is over it has been automatically assumed that those same voters will heavily embrace Netflix’s The Crown. As a sweeping costume drama produced by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, the show at first seemed unstoppable. Although the show’s technical achievements are still some of the strongest locks of the Emmy season, the first season of the show had a rocky start throughout the various guild groups. The PGA, DGA, and WGA all skipped over The Crown, but it did earn an ACE nomination and more importantly 3 SAG nominations. The acting branch clearly has a lot of power at the Emmys and, mixed with the boost it received from the Golden Globe wins, the show will still likely be an Emmy contender.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt vastly under-performed at the Emmys last summer, and the tepid response to the Tina Fey-produced comedy was a sign that it might all out disappear from the awards conversation in the future. Surprisingly, the season then had a resurgence throughout the winter season with a shocking win for Jane Krakowski at the Critics’ Choice awards, three WGA nominations (including two individual episode noms), and two SAG nominations. We’ll have to wait and see how the third season pans out when it premieres this spring, but at least we know industry voters are paying attention and maybe that overwhelming support from the Writers Guild will turn into the show’s first writing Emmy.
For the past two years, Transparent charged through the comedy races at the Emmys racking up 21 nominations with 8 wins (including two for Jill Soloway and two for Jeffrey Tambor). In the show’s recent third season, the Amazon hit continued on with its critical success although it took a major hit from guild snubs. Transparent missed the PGA, DGA, and SAG Ensemble races, but at least it managed to stay in WGA’s good graces. Jeffrey Tambor did earn a second consecutive SAG nomination. After the initial excitement over the groundbreaking show simmered down, a conversation started around the fact that Transparent was taking up space in the comedy race even though the show is a drama at heart. The growing resentment around that fact just might be catching up with voters.
ADTV has been following the interesting response to the sophomore season of Mr. Robot. The lukewarm reactions began while the show was airing and continued into the show being left out of the Outstanding Drama race at the Golden Globes (an award it won just last year). The shut out continued at the PGA, DGA, WGA, and ACE guild awards and the show once looked at as the future of television is now unfortunately looking like the most vulnerable drama in contention.