by Tyler Glover and Julian Spivey
'Ted Lasso' for Basically Everything
The 20 total nominations for AppleTV+’s “Ted Lasso” are the most ever for a comedy’s first season and the show is certainly deserving as its freshman season was one of the funniest and most charming television seasons I’ve ever seen. Golden Globe-winner Jason Sudeikis was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy for his titular role and nearly the entire supporting cast of the series received nominations, as well, including a whopping four nominations in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy category with Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed and Jeremy Swift all being nomination. Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple were both nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Most importantly the series itself was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and must be consider the favorite by far to win. JS
'Bridgerton' for Drama Series
The identity of the mysterious Lady Whistledown may still be unknown to the ton of London but what is known is that “Bridgerton” is one of the best television shows of 2020! “Bridgerton” made its debut on Christmas Day on Netflix and became an instant hit. Millions became intrigued at watching the budding romance of Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings as well as trying to figure out who was writing the letters revealing all the secrets of the ton. “Bridgerton” is Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix entry after having enormous success with her ABC hit shows, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Private Practice.” If this is any indication of what we have to look forward to, there are tons of reasons to be excited. “Bridgerton” was a show that while it gained acclaim from viewers, I was worried it would be something the Emmys might look over and not “get” the buzz for but luckily, I was proven wrong. “Bridgerton” received a total of 12 Emmy nominations including Best Drama Series. I was also very excited for Rege-Jean Page for Best Lead Actor and for Julie Andrews to get nominated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her performance of Lady Whistledown. I am on the edge of my seat like at the end of one of these episodes to see if it will win. Hopefully, it will! TG
'The Queen’s Gambit' for Limited Series and Lead Actress in a Limited Series
It was really a no-brainer that Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” and its lead Anya Taylor-Joy were going to receive Emmy nominations. I’m still thrilled by it anyway as “The Queen’s Gambit” is likely the greatest limited series I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing. I am a bit concerned about its competition in this absolutely stacked category that features HBO’s “I May Destroy You,” HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,” Amazon Prime Video’s “The Underground Railroad” and Disney+’s “WandaVision.” Literally any of these five nominees could win. Taylor-Joy’s biggest competition will likely be Kate Winslet for “Mare of Easttown.” JS
'The Crown' for Best Drama Series
“The Crown” season four was the season that I was looking forward to the most when the show first premiered in 2016. Season four introduces Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, as well as Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Both actresses should win Lead Actress and Supporting Actress In A Drama Series in my opinion. Season four mostly covers Prince Charles meeting Diana, their marriage, and the beginning of the end of their relationship as well as all of Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister of Great Britain. This season was the most binge-worthy season of “The Crown” so far and season five, I’m sure will be just as brilliant. It was highly speculated that Olivia Colman, Corrin, Josh O'Connor, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anderson would reap bids, but it also excited me to learn of Emerald Fennell’s nomination for her portrayal of Camila Parker Boles. Fennell has had an incredible year. Earlier this year, Fennell won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her film, “Promising Young Woman.” TG
'Late Show with Stephen Colbert' for Variety Talk Series
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has been my go-to for variety talk show for a few years now as I believe it has the best mixture of comedy, politics (which is truly a must-have for the genre now) and interesting and informative interviews. I think it’s probably a long shot to win. HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” wins every single year and if it’s going to have its streak snapped many believe it could be by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” COVID-19 threw many of these variety talk shows a huge curveball and Colbert and his staff really knocked it out of the park. JS
'WandaVision' for Limited Series
“WandaVision” is the kind of limited series that gets me really excited to see where television will continue to take us. Upon watching the first episode, I really enjoyed it but was unsure of how this would fit into the Marvel universe and just exactly what was going on. Luckily, it intrigued me to continue to watch and I’m so glad that I did! As the episodes progress, we learn things are not as they appear, the secrets begin to unfold, and we become even more thrilled to learn that just because our lead characters think they know everything does not mean that they do. This is the best kind of television to watch! “WandaVision” successfully brings the superhero genre to a limited series in ways that I have not seen before. “WandaVision” was nominated for a whopping 23 nominations including for Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen and Kathryn Hahn. TG
'This Is Us' for Best Drama Series
“This Is Us” is still the best drama on network television five seasons in and it’s the only network drama to continue to receive love from Emmy voters. As happy as I am for the show receiving Emmy love I feel the love went to many of the wrong people on the show. Phylicia Rashad received a nomination for Guest Actress (which she has no shot at winning after her disgusting pro-Bill Cosby being released from prison tweet recently – voting for nominations finished before her tweet). The performance on “This Is Us” by Jennifer C. Holmes was much more worthy of nomination anyway. I was shocked to see Chris Sullivan nominated for Supporting Actor when Justin Hartley (who I don’t understand why is consider a supporting actor on this series and not a lead like Sterling K. Brown) had maybe the best performance on the show in season five. Griffin Dunne also would’ve made for a better nominee in the category than Sullivan. But it’s great to see the show still getting love, especially in the Outstanding Drama category, where it’ll probably lose to “The Crown” from Netflix. JS
Kaley Cuoco for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for 'The Flight Attendant'
Kaley Cuoco has been an actress I have admired and enjoyed for many years. Her portrayal of Penny on “The Big Bang Theory” criminally went unrewarded and did not manage to get her an Emmy nomination. It is not like “The Big Bang Theory” was not on the Emmys’ radar either. Cuoco’s co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik were all nominated, and the series was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series several times. Luckily, the Emmys decided to make up for the past and nominated her for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for HBO Max's “The Flight Attendant.” Cuoco also received a second nomination as an executive producer of the show for its’ nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. “The Flight Attendant” follows Cassie Bowden as she tries to solve the murder of a man, she spent the night with and found dead the next morning. The series is surprisingly very funny for a whodunit and Cuoco manages to balance the comedy and drama perfectly. Hopefully, she will win at least one of these bids but thankfully, Cuoco is at least an Emmy nominee now! TG
'black-ish' for Outstanding Comedy, Lead Actor in a Comedy and Lead Actress in a Comedy
It’s amazing that ABC’s comedy “black-ish” is still so strong in its seventh season and it’s big Emmy nominations prove the voting body hasn’t given up this many years in. “black-ish” was the only network comedy show nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category out of eight total nominees (the other seven are all on streaming services). I was also thrilled to see Anthony Anderson nominated for his seventh consecutive Emmy for his performance, though at this point he’ll likely be one of the most nominated actors for a single role all-time to never win which is unfortunate. I also liked to see Tracee Ellis Ross nominated for the fifth time for her performance on the show. JS
'Friends: The Reunion' for Variety Special
“Friends” is my favorite television show of all-time. I have watched the show so many times that there are episodes I can almost quote line for line. When I learned they were doing a reunion, I was so ecstatic to learn that the friends were going to be there for me one more time. The special turned out to be almost perfect and getting to see Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer back together was everything we could have wanted it to be. The main reason I am excited for this nomination is for Cox. During the initial run of "Friends," Aniston, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry and Schwimmer all reaped Emmy bids (with Aniston and Kudrow each winning once). However, Cox was the one cast member that never received an Emmy nomination during all 10 seasons. Cox, along with the rest of the cast, served as an executive producer of the special. Therefore, Cox finally received an Emmy bid for “Friends” after 17 years of being snubbed. I am so glad the Emmys were finally there for this friend! TG
Best Drama Series: "This Is Us" (NBC)
This is the third win in this category for "This Is Us" (2018, 2019)
Best Comedy Series: "black-ish" (ABC)
This is the third win in this category for "black-ish" (2016, 2017)
Best Variety/Talk Series: "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (CBS)
This is the third win in this category for "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (2018, 2019)
Best New Drama Series: "Clarice" (CBS)
"Clarice" received three Broady nominations for its first season (Best New Drama, Best Actress in a Drama, Best Drama Episode)
Best New Comedy Series: "Mr. Mayor" (NBC)
"Mr. Mayor" received five Broady nominations for its first season (Best Comedy, Best New Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Best Actor in a Drama: Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
This is Justin Hartley's second Broady win. He won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama last year for "This Is Us."
Best Actress in a Drama: Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
This is Mandy Moore's third win in this category (2018, 2019).
Best Actor in a Comedy: Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
This is Anthony Anderson's second win in this category (2017).
Best Actress in a Comedy: Sara Gilbert (The Conners)
This is Sara Gilbert's first win in this category. It's her third Broady nomination.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Neil Brown Jr. (SEAL Team)
This is Neil Brown Jr.'s first win in this category. It's his third Broady nomination.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Allison Miller (A Million Little Things)
This is Allison Miller's first win in this category. It's her third Broady nomination.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
This is Kenan Thompson's first win in this category. It's his fourth Broady nomination.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Lecy Goranson (The Conners)
This is Lecy Goranson's second straight win in this category.
Best Guest Actor in a Drama: Griffin Dunne (This Is Us)
This is Griffin Dunne's second straight win in this category.
Best Guest Actress in a Drama: Jennifer C. Holmes (This Is Us)
This is Jennifer C. Holmes' first Broady win on her first nomination.
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy: Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
This is Dave Chappelle's first win in this category. It's his second Broady nomination.
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy: Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live)
This is Maya Rudolph's first win in this category and her second Broady win overall. She previously won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy in 2012 for NBC's "Up All Night."
Best Drama Episode: "Birth Mother" (This Is Us)
This is the third win in this category for "This Is Us" (2017, 2019). "Birth Mother" was directed by Kay Oyegun and written by Eboni Freeman and Kay Oyegun.
Best Comedy Episode: Season 46, Episode 6 - Host: Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
This is the second straight win in this category for "Saturday Night Live." The head writers for "Saturday Night Live" are Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Colin Jost and Kent Sublette. The show is directed by Don Roy King.
Hall of Fame Legend: Norman Lear
Norman Lear not only shaped the television landscape with his groundbreaking sitcoms like “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude,” he was a pioneer for reflecting modern culture. Sitcoms like “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Brady Bunch,” while entertaining, portrayed an idyllic family-life where the biggest problems centered around a lost watch or a broken nose. Yes, escapism is important in television. But some TV shows have a greater calling -- to educate the audience about the “other” that they may not be faced with in their own life. The “other” could be issues of race, war, poverty, equal rights. We give more access to TV characters into our living rooms and lives than most will ever give to strangers. It’s why moments like music icon Sammy Davis Jr. kissing TV’s bigoted Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the cheek matter. When reality can be depicted on the small or big screen, it can have a lasting impact on how we view each other in society. Lear’s style is echoed in any modern sitcom that takes a “risk” in what they portray. He didn’t just change TV, he changed the hearts and minds of viewers with a backdrop of laughter. - Aprille Hanson-Spivey
Hall of Fame Show: Gunsmoke
In the late ‘50s through the mid-‘60s network television’s primetime was dominated by Westerns. “Gunsmoke” was the most successful of this period and did so well it lasted 20 seasons from 1955-1975 on CBS. The show featured James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon, deputies played by Dennis Weaver and Ken Curtis at different times during the run, Milburn Stone as Doc Adams and Amanda Blake as barmaid Kitty Russell, but what was really interesting about the show is it would often push the cast to the backburner for many episodes and essentially act as an anthology series telling the story of different characters featuring a litany of guest stars. Unlike a lot of television series from its era episodes of “Gunsmoke” still hold up today and this anthology-like aspect of the show leads to things not getting boring overtime – which is important as the show aired a record for a primetime drama 635. When “Gunsmoke” ended in 1975 it was eulogized by Los Angeles Times critic Cecil Smith with: “’Gunsmoke’ was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the West. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp Western as romanticized by [Ned] Buntline, [Bret] Harte and [Mark] Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend.”
by Julian Spivey
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 13. Instead of just doing a top-10 list of actors I’d like to see nominated this year I’m going to pick one for each of the major acting categories I would like to see nominated. Some of these actors are certain to be locks to be nominated, while others are probably long shots and in at least one category a “never going to happen.”
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
Jason Sudeikis is not only a lock to be nominated for his wholesome and hilarious performance in AppleTV+’s “Ted Lasso,” but also the favorite to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. “Ted Lasso” was truly the surprising critical hit of 2020 and while I’m not sure how many have gotten a chance to see it on one of the lesser-used streaming services, but every one I know who has has fallen in love with it and a lot of that has to do with Sudeikis’s charm as the titular character, an American small school college football coach who’s hired to coach a Premier League soccer team in England.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Jean Smart (Hacks)
I think Jean Smart will likely be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as aging stand-up comedian Deborah Vance in the HBO Max original series “Hacks,” but it’s a show that debuted right before the end of the Emmy eligibility deadline, so might not be a show many folks had gotten around to by voting time. However, the Emmys love Smart, and this performance was made for her.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: David Boreanaz (SEAL Team)
This is the pick I was referencing at the top as a “never going to happen” selection. “SEAL Team” on CBS just isn’t the type of show that receives Emmy nominations these days as it’s not considered “prestige” television. But David Boreanaz has been doing terrific work as Navy SEAL team leader Jason Hayes on the show for four seasons, and his best work was arguably the most recent season that saw him conflicted between being a leader or men and a friend to his brothers in arms.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Mandy Moore has been nominated once before for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rebecca Pearson in NBC’s “This Is Us,” but it seems some of the love for the show has waned in recent years. There’s a thought that fewer shows airing during the COVID-19 pandemic could throw some more love the show’s way this year. According to golderby.com though Moore is probably on the outside looking in when it comes to being nominated for her essentially dual role as younger and older Rebecca on the show.
Lead in a Limited/Anthology/Movie: Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit)
Had the nominations come out a few months ago Anya Taylor-Joy would’ve been the runaway favorite for this award for her performance as chess champion Beth Harmon in Netflix’s excellent limited series “The Queen’s Gambit.” She’s certainly a lock for the nomination – and I’d say probably still the favorite to win – but she’ll have some heavy competition from Kate Winslet in HBO’s recent limited series “Mare of Easttown.” Taylor-Joy was just mesmerizing in the role of Harmon, truly one of the greatest character studies I’ve ever seen from a television production.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
There are a handful of great supporting actor roles on AppleTV+’s “Ted Lasso,” there’s Brendan Hunt as the rarely talks, but each time he does it’s a belly laugh Coach Beard, Nick Mohammed as the charming kitman (basically water boy) Nate and Jeremy Swift as the “yes man” to the team’s owner Rebecca. But of all the supporting acting roles it’s the curmudgeonly veteran Roy Kent, played by Brett Goldstein, that’s my favorite. Goldstein is also the most likely of the four actors mentioned to receive a nomination, according to goldderby.com, but don’t be shocked to see a couple of performances from this series nominated in this category.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)
Hannah Waddingham plays a character you should hate the entire time you’re watching the first season of “Ted Lasso,” but you just never do, and that has a lot to do with the excellent writing of the show, but also Waddingham’s performance that allows you to understand her reasonings for wanting to ruin her ex-husband’s soccer club and, unfortunately, Ted Lasso with it. She’s probably a lock to be nominated and may even be the favorite at this point, with her biggest competition likely being multiple-time winner Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live.”
Supporting Actor in a Drama: Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
Let me get this out of the way first … why is Justin Hartley considered a supporting actor on “This Is Us,” but co-stars Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia considered leads? Hartley is the only member of the Pearson family core five to not yet receive a nomination for an Emmy Award, so hopefully this will be his year. I felt like Hartley’s performance as Kevin Pearson was the best overall on the NBC drama during the show’s fifth season that saw him struggling between his career and his family. He’s probably a long shot to be nominated though. Hartley is only the 13th most likely to be nominated in this category, according to goldderby.com, and is even ranked behind his co-star Chris Sullivan, which is kind of a head-scratcher as Sullivan didn’t have the meatiest of roles on the most recent “This Is Us” season.
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Gillian Anderson (The Crown)
Gillian Anderson is a lock to be nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown,” which is expected to be the most nominated drama series overall at the Emmys this year. She’s also likely the favorite to win the award. Anderson simply inhabited Thatcher for the role, that saw her often butting heads with the hoity-toity Royals.
Lead in a Limited/Anthology/Movie: Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton)
Supporting in a Limited/Anthology/Movie: Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)
Supporting in a Limited/Anthology/Movie: Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)
I’m going to throw all my “Hamilton” love together. It’s up in the air right now as to how much love “Hamilton” will receive from the Emmy Awards. Even though it was a filmed production of a Broadway musical that was done more than half a decade ago now, it’s eligible for Emmys because it premiered on Disney+, but that was even more than a year ago at this point. Basically, will Emmy voters consider it worthy – basically will they view it as a television program – and will it still be in their memory after more than a year. Gold Derby seems to believe Lin-Manuel Miranda has a better shot at being nominated for Lead Actor than Leslie Odom Jr., even though Odom had the Tony-winning performance, because people just love Miranda. The website also has Goldsberry on the outside looking in for Supporting Actress. The most likely of this trio to be nominated is Daveed Diggs for his dual role as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
What are the Broady Awards?
More than a decade ago when we began The Word we realized that the tide had changed on television, especially when it came to award shows like the Emmys and Golden Globes in which shows on premium networks or cable channels (and in today's case streaming services) were winning almost all of the awards. There are still a lot of quality shows on network TV that we thought deserved some added attention, so we created a TV awards solely for shows on the broadcast networks (those that you could put an old school antenna up and still watch). Twelve years later the Broadys are still going strong...
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 14!
Best Drama Series:
The Blacklist (NBC)
The Resident (Fox)
The Rookie (ABC)
SEAL Team (CBS)
This Is Us (NBC)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Best Comedy Series:
The Conners (ABC)
The Moodys (Fox)
Mr. Mayor (NBC)
Best Variety/Talk Show:
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Best New Drama Series:
All Creatures Great and Small (PBS)
Atlantic Crossing (PBS)
Best New Comedy Series:
B Positive (CBS)
Home Economics (ABC)
Mr. Mayor (NBC)
Best Lead Actor - Drama:
David Boreanaz (SEAL Team)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Nathan Fillion (The Rookie)
Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
Nicholas Ralph (All Creatures Great and Small)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Best Lead Actress - Drama:
Megan Boone (The Blacklist)
Rebecca Breeds (Clarice)
Sonia Helin (Atlantic Crossing)
Jane Levy (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Katey Segal (Rebel)
Best Lead Actor - Comedy:
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Ted Danson (Mr. Mayor)
John Goodman (The Conners)
Walton Goggins (The Unicorn)
Denis Leary (The Moodys)
Kenan Thompson (Kenan)
Best Lead Actress - Comedy:
Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive)
Sara Gilbert (The Conners)
Caitlin McGee (Home Economics)
Elizabeth Perkins (The Moodys)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
Tika Sumpter (mixed-ish)
Best Supporting Actor - Drama:
Neil Brown Jr. (SEAL Team)
A.J. Buckley (SEAL Team)
Andy Garcia (Rebel)
Titus Makin Jr. (The Rookie)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Simon West (All Creatures Great and Small)
Best Supporting Actress - Drama:
Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam)
Mekia Cox (The Rookie)
Aisha Hinds (9-1-1)
Allison Miller (A Million Little Things)
Mary Steenburgen (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist)
Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us)
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy:
Jay Baruchel (The Moodys)
Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live)
Jay R. Ferguson (The Conners)
Don Johnson (Kenan)
Bobby Moynihan (Mr. Mayor)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy:
Christina Anthony (mixed-ish)
Lauren Ash (Superstore)
Lecy Goranson (The Conners)
Holly Hunter (Mr. Mayor)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live)
Best Guest Actor - Drama:
Michael Angarano (This Is Us)
Griffin Dunne (This Is Us)
Chris Geere (A Million Little Things)
Vien Hong (This Is Us)
Reg Rogers (The Blacklist)
Brandon Routh (The Rookie)
Best Guest Actress - Drama:
Genevieve Angelson (This Is Us)
Jennifer C. Holmes (This Is Us)
LaChanze (The Blacklist)
Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)
Laila Robins (The Blacklist)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Prodigal Son)
Best Guest Actor - Comedy:
Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
Laurence Fishburne (black-ish)
Keegan-Michael Key (Saturday Night Live)
John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live)
Best Guest Actress - Comedy:
Candice Bergen (The Conners)
America Fererra (Superstore)
Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live)
Rosa Salazar (B Positive)
Katey Segal (The Conners)
Natalie Zea (The Unicorn)
Best Drama Episode:
Achilles Heel (Clarice)
Anne (The Blacklist)
Birth Mother (This Is Us)
Consequences (The Rookie)
Elizabeth Keen (The Blacklist)
God of War/Forever War (SEAL Team)
Konets (The Blacklist)
Lockdown (The Rookie)
One Small Step (This Is Us)
Rakitin (The Blacklist)
Requiems and Revivals (The Resident)
Saving Grace (911: Lone Star)
The Last Weekend (Prodigal Son)
Best Comedy Episode:
All Sales Final (Superstore)
Dave Chappelle/Foo Fighters (Saturday Night Live)
Episode 2.4 (The Moodys)
Hair Show (Kenan)
Keep on Truckin’ Six Feet Apart (The Conners)
Pizza Hero (Blackish)
Please, Baby, Please (Blackish)
Urban Legend (Blackish)
Hall of Fame Show:
To Be Announced
Hall of Fame Legend:
To Be Announced
by Julian Spivey
Summer of Soul – Hulu – Friday, July 2
Did you know that Harlem in New York essentially had its own Black Woodstock in the summer of 1969? Many didn’t because, unlike with Woodstock in upstate New York that same year there wasn’t a documentary about the event … that is until now. TV producer Hal Tulchin has shot footage of the event with the hopes of turning into a television series, but seemingly nobody wanted it at the time, despite the Harlem Cultural Festival – as it was billed – featuring major African American artists at the time like Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and more. Thankfully, Amir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer for The Roots, became aware of the footage and created the documentary “Summer of Soul,” premiering tomorrow on Hulu, out of it. It may be more than a half century late, but it’s certainly better than never.
Schmigadoon! – AppleTV+ - Friday, July 16
Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong were all I needed to see to get me on board with this potentially kooky comedy-musical coming to AppleTV+. “Schmigadoon!” is a comedy about a couple, played by the aforementioned Key and Strong, about a struggling couple who finds themselves trapped in the town of Golden Age Hollywood musical and find they can’t leave until they find true love. The title and the concept of the show is a parody of the 1947 Broadway musical “Brigadoon,” but the look of the series from the trailer also gives me “The Good Place” vibes. “Schmigadoon!” features an awesome looking supporting cast of Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and more.
Space Jam: A New Legacy – HBO Max – Friday, July 16
I watched the original “Space Jam,” starring NBA legend Michael Jordan, as a child and enjoyed it, but don’t have the reverence for it as an adult that many of my friends do. It was a fun kid’s movie, but I’m not very nostalgic about it or feel like taking it seriously. That being said, I am interested in seeing how modern NBA superstar LeBron James’s take on the story of a basketball star playing hoops with Looney Tunes characters goes. It’s honestly not a film I would’ve paid money to see in theaters, but thanks to the deal HBO Max worked out with Warner Bros. at the end of 2020 to debut films on the streaming service simultaneously with theaters I don’t have to worry about that.
McCartney 3,2,1 – Hulu – Friday, July 16
A six-episodes docuseries on the life and career of legendary musician Paul McCartney debuts on Hulu on Friday, July 16 and will feature an in-depth one-on-one interview between the Rock Hall of Famer with super-producer Rick Rubin. The documentary will go deep into the influences, songwriting and personal relationships that helped create McCartney’s nearly 60 years of classic records from his days with The Beatles, Wings and solo outings.
Ted Lasso: Season 2 – AppleTV+ - Friday, July 23
The first season of the AppleTV+ original comedy series “Ted Lasso,” which premiered last August, was one of the most delightful seasons of any television show I’ve ever seen about a folksy American college football coach tasked with being at the helm of a major English Premier League team. I had hoped the show would be funny, and it is in spades, but wasn’t prepared for how heartwarming it would be. “Lovely” is the best way to describe not only the show “Ted Lasso,” but the character Ted Lasso, as played by Jason Sudeikis. The supporting cast of the show is wonderful, as well. When season one ended, we’re left with our beloved AFC Richmond being relegated to a lower division, so we’ll see if Lasso is just as rosy about life in season two.