TV News Flash
Steve Carell is returning to the small screen (and after Welcome to Marwen, can you blame him?) to star in a Netflix comedy called Space Force, based on Trump’s curious demand for a military branch dedicated to protecting our interests in outer space.
Carell is teaming up with Greg Daniels again. The two were driving forces behind The Office.
Here’s some more info from the teaser: “On June 18, 2018 the federal government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States armed forces. “The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’ or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.
Sounds like the perfect follow up project after The Office.
Hollywood’s biggest night of the year occurred for me and my critic colleagues last night — the Critics Choices Awards, which, like the Golden Globes, awards both TV and film. Here’s a brief rundown of the TV winners. For all winners, including film and some stellar moments, go here.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home three awards, including Best Comedy Series for the second consecutive year. Its leading lady, Rachel Brosnahan, was also a repeat winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein. The Americans earned three trophies as well including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in A Drama Series for Matthew Rhys, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Noah Emmerich. Sandra Oh received Best Actress in a Drama Series honors for Killing Eve, with Best Actor in a Comedy Series going to Bill Hader for Barry.
It’s Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) last season on Showtime’s Shameless, one of my all-time favorite dramadies. The second half of Season 9 premieres Sunday, January 25, at 9pm, and I’m not going to lie, I’m worried about girlfriend hitting bottom, and possibly not bouncing back up before she leaves the show. I’d love to see at least one Gallagher claw his or her way out.
The future looks marginally promising for some, however. Check out a little taste of what’s in store here:
Following Julia Roberts (Homecoming), fellow A-List actor Al Pacino is making a foray into episodic TV, by starring in a 10 episode season of the Amazon drama series The Hunt, which revolves around a band of New York City Nazi hunters in 1977. Pacino will co-star with Logan Lerman.
The show is also a big deal because it’s executive produced by Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele, who couldn’t be hotter at the moment.
The Sandra Bullock apocalyptical thriller Bird Box is raising a lot of eyebrows, not because it’s so harrowing (which it is), but because so many are watching this feature film, and not in the theater. Netflix reports a record-setting 45.3 million of its 137 million accounts watched at least 70% of the movie in the first week of its release. That makes theater owners nervous.
The movie’s budget was a modest $30 million, and while you can’t really calculate box office numbers, Bird Box attracted almost 26 million U.S. viewers in its first seven days. That’s a big deal for Netflix, and might portend some interesting things for the rest of us — we can now watch first run movies at home.
See our review of Bird Box here.
A host who’s hunky yet refined, and has plenty of live stage experience? What more could you ask? I’m sure you can imagine the brilliant shade of pink I was tickled when the official announcement was made that the lovely and talented Taye Diggs will be hosting the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, to be broadcast on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13th from 7 – 10 p.m. ET (delayed PT).
In case you didn’t know, Diggs is currently starring in The CW drama All American and was recently seen in the romantic comedy Set It Up. He was recently seen on season four of Empire as Angelo Dubois.
His television credits also include Private Practice (NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor), Rosewood, The Good Wife, Daybreak, Kevin Hill (NAACP Image Award for Best Actor– Television), Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Ed, The West Wing, New York Undercover and Law & Order.
This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards are shaping up to be the best ever!
Either I think like a producer, or producers think like me. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their television nominations for the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac, and I couldn’t agree more with their choices.
Find out who wins on Saturday, January 19, when the awards will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In the meantime, here are some highlights from their official list of nominees. See the rest here.
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama:
“The Americans” (Season 6)
Producers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Chris Long, Graham Yost, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stephen Schiff, Mary Rae Thewlis, Tracey Scott Wilson, Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand
“Better Call Saul” (Season 4)
Producers: Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Nina Jack, Diane Mercer, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock, Ann Cherkis, Bob Odenkirk, Robin Sweet
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 2)
Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Mike Barker, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Kira Snyder, Yahlin Chang, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Dorothy Fortenberry, Margaret Atwood, Ron Milbauer
“Ozark” (Season 2)
Producers: Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, David Manson, Alyson Feltes, Ryan Farley, Patrick Markey, Matthew Spiegel, Erin Mitchell
“This Is Us” (Season 3)
Producers: Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charles Gogolak, Jess Rosenthal, Steve Beers, KJ Steinberg, Kevin Falls, Julia Brownell, Vera Herbert, Bekah Brunstetter, Shukree Hassan Tilghman, Cathy Mickel Gibson, Nick Pavonetti
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy:
“Atlanta” (Season 2)
Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*
“Barry” (Season 1)
Producers: Alec Berg, Bill Hader, Aida Rodgers, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff
“GLOW” (Season 2)
Producers: Jenji Kohan, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Tara Herrmann, Mark A. Burley, Nick Jones, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Leanne Moore
“The Good Place” (Season 3)
Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, David Hyman, Jen Statsky
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 2)
Producers: Amy Sherman‐Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert, Sheila Lawrence
See the rest of the TV nominees here.
If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to find out when the third season of Stranger Things premiers, at long last your respiration can return to normal. July 4, 2019 is the magical date. Knock yourself out.
I’m thinking I’m the only viewer in the world who is not a fan. I find it overrated, under-produced, and derivative of most of the otherworldly coming of age movies of the ’80’s. I know that’s intentional, but it doesn’t work for me. At least season three appears to be original. Season 2 was a mirror image of season 1. And yes, I realize that was intentional too. Again, doesn’t work for me.
Realizing I’m in the microscopic minority, for all the more avid Stranger Things fans, here’s a sneak peek:
I watch a lot of home improvement TV, and often get paid to do it. So when I see something that grabs me by the throat and sends me galloping into my bedroom to sort out my jeans drawer, it really means something.
Such is the case with the new Netflix reality show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, in which the mild mannered Japanese organization expert uses her cleaning super powers to fix up the homes and lives of our fellow Americans.
I’m telling you, it was all I could do to sit through the first episode without wanting to rip everything out of my kitchen drawers and throw all the little used items in the trash (or at least in the garage sale box).
Sure, she encourages people to do odd things like thanking that old ripped t-shirt before you throw it out. But when you think about it, what’s wrong with showing a little gratitude? She also encourages us to thank our houses for providing shelter and a safe environment.
So thank you house, and thank you Netflix for airing this one. Unburdening myself and getting more organized are a couple of resolutions I can handle, with Marie Kondo showing me the way.
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