Here’s Your New THIS IS US Fix
With Emmy campaigns in full swing, I get a lot of fun FYC (For Your Consideration) goodies for various TV contenders. Just received this wonderfully weepy This is Us promo video, wrapping up the entire last season. Yes this show, even two minutes of it, still brings tears to my eyes. How ’bout you?
Check Out the Winners of the Critics Choice Real TV Awards 2020
Well I didn’t vote for all the winners, but I was happy to see that Cheer and Queer Eye leach took home two awards – Cheer for Unstructured Series and Male Star of The Year Jerry Harris, and Queer Eye for Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show and Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series. The Culinary Show category resulted in a tie, with both Chopped and Top Chef honored. If that whets your appetite to see the rest of the winners, click here.
The Bachelorette Cast Goes Full Quarantine
So much for the saying that “You can’t hurry love.” Bachelorette fans will not just have to wait any longer, as shooting is about to commence on Clare Crawley’s season on a quarantined set—a private resort somewhere in Southern California but outside of LA County, which is experiencing a COVID-19 surge. The cast and crew will be tested prior to arrival and consistently throughout the shoot. No glamorous dates on exotic islands, producers will have to get really creative. Look for high drama in close quarters. Betcha Clare gets sick of them all.
Daytime Emmys Go Prime Time
None of the shows aired on network prime time, but the awards show honoring them did. The 47th annual Daytime Emmys, a special quarantine adaptation, was shown on CBS Friday night, emceed by the hosts of CBS’ The Talk: Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond, who were in their respective homes.
Big winners were CBS’ The Young and the Restless, which took home the top prize of best drama series; Jeopardy! and host Alex Trebek for best game show and best game show host; and Kelly Clarkson won best entertainment talk show host. NBC’s Today won best morning show and ABC’s The View was named best informative talk show.
Por Fin! HGTV en Español
It’s about time! Discovery U.S. Hispanic just announced the launch of Hogar de HGTV, a new network offering food and home content to Spanish-language audiences. Set to debut on Tuesday, June 30, the network will first be available to Cox Communications’ Contour TV customers, followed by Charter Communications’ Spectrum subscribers by Saturday, August 1. It’s going to combine the best of HGTV and the Food Network, with advertisers including Walmart, Mondelez, Sprint, Boost, Little Caesars, Daisy and Burlington. In case you don’t know Spanish, this is a brilliant way to learn!
Watch This Fabulous New Mrs. Maisel Video, Produced Remotely
If you, like I, are constantly craving more Midge, you will thank your lucky stars and Netflix that producers came up with this truly remarkable video, sewing together the home efforts of a legion of talent, plus clips from the show, to come up with a favorite show fix like you wouldn’t believe! Get details and watch the video here.
A Sneak Peek at Hamilton on Disney+
Last night, as part of the 2020 ESPYs, Disney+ debuted the trailer for Hamilton, the filmed version of the original Broadway production, ahead of its global premiere on the streaming service on July 3. I’ve reposted it here, to tide you over until then. It looks absolutely astounding.
Video: The Latest Round of Jimmy Kimmel Vs. Matt Damon
Just in case you missed his announcement, Jimmy Kimmel is taking a break. “I’m taking the summer off to spend even more time with my family,” Kimmel announced. “My family is healthy, I’m healthy. I just need a couple of months off,” he explained. But during his from-home announcement, his “arch nemesis” Matt Damon, appearing to be clad only in a bathrobe and socks, stepped in. See how it all went down below:
A Great Way to Celebrate Juneteenth
If you haven’t had a chance to see Spike Lee’s exceptional and riveting new film, Da 5 Bloods on Netflix, tonight is an ideal time to do it. It follows four African-American Vets and one of their sons, as they return to Viet Nam to recover the remains of their beloved fallen squad leader, and search for a chest of gold they had previously buried in the jungle. It stars Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Jonathan Majors. Lindo’s performance will go down in history, a slam dunk for an Oscar nod.
Hulu Does It Again — This Time With Michael Keaton
How can Hulu go wrong with Michael Keaton, Barry Levinson and a riveting bestseller? You can be damn sure I’ll be watching when they drop the new series Dopesick, based on the book by Beth Macy, about an old school doctor (Keaton) who finds himself embroiled in the opioid crisis. Levinson will direct the project, with Danny Strong (Empire) and Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale) producing. If you haven’t read the novel yet, there’s plenty of time before the series premieres on a to be determined date.