70th Primetime Emmy Awards – Comedy (Writing, Directing, Guest Actor and Guest Actress)

And now comedy! Probably my favourite genre!

But first, in case you missed it, go check out my first installment in this 70th Emmy Awards series! It’s Limited Series, Variety and Reality

Let’s go!



Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

  • Altanta “Alligator Man”, written by Donald Glover
  • Atlanta “Barbershop”, written by Stefani Robinson
  • Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”, written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader
  • Barry “Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going”, written by Liz Sarnoff
  • Silicon Valley “Fifty-One Percent”, written by Alec Berg
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot”, written by Amy Sherman-Palladino

This is really hard. These shows are all amazing. “Barbershop” is so well-written and it holds the tention until the last seconds, both episodes of Barry are devastatingly scary and yet hilarous;

and Amy Sherman-Palladino! COME ON!

Alec Berg is nominated for two different shows! That definitely says something! I might have to go for Barry. It’s such a new and innovative show and it deserves recognition!

2017 Winner: Master of None “Thanksgiving”, written by Lena Waithe

My Winner: Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”, written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader



Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

  • Altanta “FUBU”, directed by Donald Glover
  • Atlanta “Teddy Perkins”, directed by Hiro Murai
  • Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”, directed by Bill Hader
  • Glow “Pilot”, directed by Jesse Peretz
  • Silicon Valley “Initial Coin Offering”, directed by Mike Judge
  • The Big Bang Theory “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”, directed by Mark Cendrowski
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot”, directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

Sorry Bill, I love you and you were amazing as director but…

Teddy Perkins directed by Hiro Murai.

2017 Winner: Atlanta “B.A.N.”, directed by Donald Glover

My Winner: Atlanta “Teddy Perkins”, directed by Hiro Murai



Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

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I can’t decide between Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph.

Wanda Sykes, Tiffany Haddish, Jane Lynch and Molly Shannon were great in their roles but they didn’t leave me with an Emmy worthy impression.

Tina was phenomenal as always but Maya’s role as the judge in “The Good Place” was unforgettable.

Sorry Tina, I love you. Like, a lot…

2017 Winner: Melissa McCarthy, SNL

My Winner: Maya Rudolph, The Good Place



Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

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I’m sorry Donald, I’m sorry Bill, I’m sorry Lin-Manuel but…

STERLING K BROWN “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” FOREVER BITCHES!!!

2017 Winner: Dave Chappelle, SNL

My Winner: Sterling K Brown “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”



Aaaaand it’s done!

Next up: Writing, Directing, Guest Actor and Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Follow me on Twitter! From September 10th, you’ll be able to vote in the polls and let me know who YOU think should win!

xxx

Georgia

 

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“Rise” Season 1 Review

I talked about “Rise” when it premiered, around 12 weeks ago.

It’s about a teacher, some drama students and their production of the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

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I wasn’t too positive in my review. I praised some great elements, like the diverse cast, the LGBTQ+ representation (especially the transgender one) and the overall themes of the series.

The acting and some choices that were made didn’t really sit well with me. As well as the dialogue.

It felt stiff and unrealistic. Like when Ted (I can’t remember his nam… Lou? Well, the guy played by Josh Radnor) tells his son: “You’re my boy” in a weird, kind of gangster way… He sounded like Schmidt from New Girl.

I looooove the message they were trying to send: you can’t censure art, you can be whoever you want to be, people can’t put you in a box, high school is hard but you have to be strong… They are all wonderful and empowering messages but the final product had glitches: the acting, the dialogue, the acting again… It felt off.

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Towards the end, it got better, or maybe I got accustomed to it. I don’t know. But I was sad it got cancelled. (NBC I still love you. You saved Brooklyn99. You da best.)

Not surprised. But sad.

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I would have probably watched another season, if they had made some changes and improved a little bit.

The songs got stuck in my head, by the way. And I definitely want to see the complete musical, but I think the adjective that sums it up and perfectly describes it, is stiff.

Something wasn’t clicking and despite the super positive and important messages, it didn’t make the cut.




Did you see “Rise”? Did you like it? Have you ever heard of “Spring Awakening”, because now I am intrigued!

Let me know! You can find me on Twitter, Goodreads and Tumblr!

xxx

Georgia

“We’re Gonna Rise up” – Rise – First Impression Review (Pilot)

“Rise” aired right after a quite cheesy and easily predictable finale of “This is us”. I won’t go into it. I still haven’t processed it and it’s been more than a week since then.

The first impression I got from “Rise” was of a scrappy, not at all polished cinematography. Which is exactly what I look for in a TV show.

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Josh Radnor stars as an High school English professor who takes over the theatre department. For the first 10 minutes you kind of get the idea of who the main characters are going to be.
Auli’i Cravalho plays Lilette, a shy girl who wants to get out of the town and make it into the world. (You might recognise her from “Moana”, because she was Moana. DUH.)

Damon J. Gillespie plays Robbie, one of the best athlete on the football team who also has an interest in theatre.

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Doesn’t this remind you of anyone? I’ll tell you later.

They get cast as lead in the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

A nice surprise was hearing “Alexander Hamilton“ by the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton. At first, I started dancing on my bed like a crazy person and then I thought crept into my mind: how can they afford to put Hamilton into this NBC TV show? Is Lin-Manuel Miranda producing it? Did he just give them the song? The scene itself looked like a very explicit product placement. But does Hamilton need publicity at all? Then I figured it out: it’s about theatre and the lead actress worked with Lin-Manuel: that’s the connection. I connected the dots a million years later.

*insert sarcasm*

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So Ted (it’s going to take some time before I can see Josh Radnor and not think of Ted Mosby. Sorry.) holds auditions for a musical and he decides not to go with the obvious choice and keep the two actors that have done several productions. Instead he casts as main characters Lilette and Robbie.
And they are really bad at it.
And then of course, after a poetic montage, they show emotions and some shit. I’m like, seriously?!

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And this keeps going on! 3/4 into the episode there is a another montage of the kids are rehearsing the play and in the blink of an eye, they are talented actors and singers.

That I find quite stupid and unrealistic.

Something that I truly appreciated and liked about this pilot was the transgender representation, which is something that it is usually not dealt with in cable TV. Great job, Rise!
#RepresentationMatters

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Now let’s go back. I asked you if these characters reminded you of anyone or anything. Did you guess what? Let’s see.

As I’ve told you before, my brain was basically half asleep because all of a sudden, I have this realisation: this is High School Musical.
The girl with the pretty dark hair, the football player who is also a gifted singer and rapper. Well actually, a diverse High school musical with rap…. so YAY!

Aside from it resembling a little bit “High School Musical”, I’m quite interested in it and I am sure that I will keep watching it.

I’d rather watch 20,000 pilots instead of being subjected to the pile of shit that is the 14th season of a certain medical drama. (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m talking to you.)

xxx

Georgia