EMMY DAY — Netflix’s The Crown and Disney+’s The Mandalorian tied with the most nominations with 24 on Tuesday as the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were unveiled. The noms, which come for a TV season that took place amidst the global pandemic, were announced by the Television Academy in a virtual ceremony hosted by Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Among platforms, as usual the fight is between HBO and Netflix, with the combined HBO and HBO edging the streaming giant in total noms 130-129. Disney+ saw 71 noms today while NBC was fourth overall with 46, a strong showing for a broadcast network in the age of streaming.
The Crown, in its fourth season, is on an Outstanding Drama Series list with fellow previous nominee The Mandalorian as well as fellow Netflix buzz title Bridgerton along with The Boys, previous winner The Handmaid’s Tale from Hulu, HBO’s Lovecraft Countrywhich made news when it was not renewed for a second season, and previous noms Pose from FX and NBC’s This Is Us.
Pose’s Mj Rodriguez made history this morning, becoming the first transgender nominee in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category.
On the Comedy side, the series race is between Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, HBO Max’s duo The Flight Attendant and Hacks, (which got 12 nominations) ABC’s Black-ish, Netflix’ Emily In Paris, The Kominsky Method and upstart Cobra Kai, and Hulu’s Pen15.
There will be no repeats of both the Drama and Comedy series best-of categories, with last year’s winners Succession and Schitt’s Creek, respectively, not eligible this time around.
Multiple acting noms today include a couple of Saturday Night Live veterans, Kenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant, getting nominated for both SNL and their own shows Kenan and Shrill, respectively. Jean Smart scored twice, for HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s Mare of Easttown, the latter of which is part of a killer Limited Series race that includes HBO’s I May Destroy You, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, Amazon’s The Underground Railroad and Disney+’s first Marvel series WandaVision.
The Primetime Emmys will air live Sunday, September 19, on CBS and stream on Paramount+.
The Neighborhood star Cedric the Entertainer was just set to host the ceremony, which after a virtual 2020 ceremony will be held in-person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, featuring a limited audience of nominees and their guests.
Snubs? Of course: Where was Donald Sutherland (The Undoing); Chris Rock (Fargo); Jane Levy (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist); Nicole Kidman (The Undoing); The Undoing for Best Limited Series; Bill Camp (The Queen’s Gambit); For All Mankind for Outstanding Drama Series; Glynn Turman (Fargo); Jude Law (The Third Day) and Kathleen Turner (The Kominsky Method).
Check out the complete list of nominees here and below for the key categories:
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K Brown
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Michael K. Williams
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Helena Bonham Carter
Emily In Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
I May Destroy You
Mare of Easttown
The Queen’s Gambit
The Underground Railroad
Lead Actress in a Limited/Anthology/Movie
Anya Taylor Joy
Lead Actor in a Limited/Anthology/Movie
Leslie Odom Jr
Supporting Actor in a Limited/Anthology/Movie
Thomas Brodie Sangster
Supporting Actress in a Limited/Anthology/Movie
Renée Elise Goldsberry
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
ROBERT MILLER’S SHAKESPEARE GIG— Shakespeare & Company is thrilled to announce a benefit concert this summer, in Lenox, Massachusetts, featuring Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam — the rock, jazz, and Latin fusion band with a NYC groove The show takes place on August 17 at 8:30 p.m. at the Tina Packer Playhouse.
General admission tickets are $25, and a limited number of $250 sponsor-ships are available to secure a ticket to the concert, a post-show meet & greet and photo with the band, as well as a signed CD and handbook.
Project Grand Slam is led by acclaimed bassist/composer and longtime Stockbridge resident Robert Miller. The band, which has 10 celebrated albums (including a Billboard #1), has racked up over four million video views and over a million Spotify streams. Project Grand Slam has played festivals and concerts around the world, including appearances with Edgar Winter, Blues Traveler, Boney James, Mindi Abair, and more.
Adds Miller: “As a longtime resident of the Berkshires I’ve always wanted to have PGS play a major concert in the area. This benefit concert for Shakespeare & Company fulfills that wish and supports a very worthy cause.”
The show comes as Shakespeare & Company moves into an exciting 2021 season, opening this past Friday with King Lear featuring Christopher Lloyd (the inaugural production at The New Spruce Theatre, the new amphitheater on the Shakespeare & Company campus.
Tickets go on sale today: https://www.shakespeare.org/shows/2021/art
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36 years ago yesterday, Live Aid was held in Philadelphia and London, organized by Sir Bob Geldof. I was there and it was simply amazing. My favorites just had to be Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates and Mick Jagger and Tina Turner. I sat stage left, literally where they stopped hosing the crowd down. It was hot … very HOT. Estimated audience back then: 5 billion! Great memories for sure. I doubt whether there’ll ever be anything to rival it.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Dave Marken; David Geffen; Barry Diller; Sandy Gallen; Robert Lamm; Lush Ice; Tony King; Donna Quinter; Joel Diamond; Chris Hillman; Howard Bloom; Gary Gershoff; Steve Walter; Ray D’Ariano; Freda Payne; and, CHIP!