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Notes On The Season: Will ‘The Conners’ Revival Help Emmy Chances For ‘Roseanne’?; ‘Sharknado’ Goes For Gold; Carol Burnett Looks Back

A column chronicling conversations and events on the Emmy season awards circuit. The Television Academy sends out daily reminders to the 22,000, maybe more, eligible voters to get their act together and vote before online polls close on at 10 PM PT Monday night. I got one today that said just “three days left to vote." I got through my ballot on Wednesday, but I can see why many leave it to the last possible minute. There is simply too much content to even fathom, much… Read

Emmys: It’s Deadline Vs Gold Derby In A Prediction Smackdown In The Lead Comedy Acting Categories – Who Takes The Prize?

Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again in a new series of Emmy prediction smackdowns beginning today with the contenders for Comedy Lead Actor and Actress. As we discuss in the video (click the link above to watch) the race for Comedy Lead Actress is going to hit some new ground this year as Veep took the year off so six time in a row winner Julia Louis Dreyfus won’t be a factor this time around. What does that mean?  O’Neil and I disagree on that, as Tom seems… Read

Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute

Keala Settle, co-star of the smash movie musical The Greatest Showman, hit the stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Wednesday night to sing a killer rendition of the iconic Disneyland theme, “It’s a Small World," the kickoff to a magical night as Oscar celebrated the writers of that tune: Disney legends Richard M Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. So the lyrics might have said “it’s a small world," but the lines outside the… Read

Millie Bobby Brown Addresses Bullying During MTV Movie & TV Awards Acceptance Speech

Millie Bobby Brown won the award for Best Performance in her role as Eleven in Stranger Things. The actress wasn’t at the ceremony, but accepted the award via a taped acceptance speech where she thanked the show creators and castmates. She also took the opportunity for a special message about bullying. “Since I know there are many young people watching this — and even for the adults — they could probably use the reminder that I was taught. If you don't have anything nice… Read

MTV Movie & TV Awards Winners: ‘Black Panther’, ‘Stranger Things’ Among Top Honorees – Full List

Black Panther

It was all about Wakanda and the Upside Down during tonight’s ceremony for the MTV Movie & TV AwardsBlack Panther and Stranger Things were the top winners of the evening, taking four trophies each. Black Panther won for Best Movie and star Chadwick Boseman nabbed Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero. Stranger Things won for Best Show while Millie Bobby Brown won for Best Performance in Show and Noah Schnapp won for Best Frightened Performance. Ceremony host Tiffany… Read

Barbra Streisand’s TV Concert Specials & Special Edition Of 1976’s ‘A Star Is Born’ To Launch Friday On Netflix – Update

UPDATED, 6:38 PM: Netflix said tonight that the “special edition” of Barbra Streisand’s 1976 film A Star Is Born and all of her TV concert specials will start streaming Friday, June 15. PREVIOUSLY, June 10: Barbra Streisand and Netflix announced a new content deal tonight at the closing Netflix FYSee event in which the superstar appeared in conversation with Jamie Foxx at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on behalf of her concert special Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The M… Read

Tony Awards Review: Theater Geek Culture Is Celebrated During Lively, Emotional And Politically Lite Ceremony – Except De Niro

After last year’s Kevin Spacey-hosted Tony Awards, the annual award show honoring the best of Broadway needed a palette cleanser for obvious reasons. With Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban as hosts, they certainly reset vibe of the 72nd annual Tonys with a positive energy and humor as they let their theater geek flag fly, making the telecast a celebratory night that was heavy on love and support of the theater community — and one very blunt politically-charged moment… Read

Robert De Niro Hurls F-Bombs At Donald Trump In Tony Awards Outburst; CBS Calls It “Unexpected – Update

UPDATED with CBS statement: Robert De Niro, who appeared at the Tony Awards to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s performance of a contemplative, piano-accompanied version of “My Hometown,” burst out with two bluntly profane blasts aimed at President Donald Trump. “I’m just going to say one thing,” De Niro said, wearing a scowl worthy of Jimmy Conway in GoodFellas: “F-ck Trump!” When the astonished audience broke out into a mix of laughter and gasps, he paused for a few… Read

Parkland Students’ Tony Awards Performance Melts Radio City Crowd

Students from Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the Radio City Musical Hall stage to deliver a rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent that brought the audience to tears and drew a thunderous ovation. (Watch full video below.) Seeingng a full-tilt performance at the Tony Awards from students who survived the February 14 shooting at the school had audience members on the edge of their seats. CBS cameras caught many of the celebrities in the… Read

Bruce Springsteen Delivers Concise Tony Award Speech: “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Welcome On The Block”

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but Bruce Springsteen did amble onstage and accept a special Tony Award recognizing the commercial powerhouse that he has been presenting in recent months, Springsteen on Broadway. The musician got a brief and businesslike introduction by Billy Joel, who noted that an original 8-week run has now been extended to what will be well north of 200 performances by the time the show wraps in December. “The Boss is working hard,” Joel… Read

Notes On The Season – Emmys: Campaigning Tops All Other Years; Janet McTeer On Her Superpowers; Will Angela Lansbury Finally Get A Break?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the Emmy season awards circuit. If you are a member of the Television Academy, as I am, it seems like this Emmy campaign season is never going to end. But Phase One finally will start to phase out beginning Monday, when voting goes live for two weeks for this year’s 70th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations. That means the campaigns that have been going full throttle since even before the Oscar season ended (the TV… Read

George Clooney Receives 46th AFI Life Achievement Award In A Night Where Wife Amal Stole The Show

Presenter of the  46th Annual  American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Shirley MacLaine  told recipient George Clooney on Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre gala that ,yes, maybe he was too young to get a “lifetime achievement award” but that she observed he was a very “old soul”  so it was okay. As someone who has purported to have several lifetimes of achievement (including the  2012 AFI Honor) we should listen to her. Clooney just turned 57 last month but he is… Read