Thursday, October 28, 2021

Emmys swear ‘good times’ after bleak year; The ‘crown’ can rule

by Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Emmy Awards hosted Cedric the Entertainer and the show’s producers promised it would be a celebration for everyone. But for some it can be too rewarding, even historical.

Including the Netflix drama “The Crown” and the Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso.” Each is considered a leading Sunday for top series honors in their respective categories, and their cast received armloads of nominations.

The show will benefit more. Wins in both the Best Drama and Comedy Series categories will mark a first for the streaming services and cement their growing dominance, much to the dismay of the contestants.

But the TV industry overall, including the broadcast network, which still airs the popular show but is largely eclipsed at the Emmys, will be honored, which is in charge of the program airing at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.

“Sometimes, programs that might be called ‘niche’ kick off with awards and a lot of people…. going, ‘What the hell is that?'” Reginald Hudlin along with ceremony executive producer Ian Stewart said. “So we’ve been really mindful of that, and bring in big stars that everyone knows and loves.”

Ellen Pompeo, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) of “Grey’s Anatomy”, and LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) are among the presenters.

The ultimate goal of the makers is to have a function that excites and acknowledges the importance of TV during the pandemic and its lockdown.

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“When we first sat down with Cedric, we all quickly agreed on the idea of ​​the celebration,” Hudlin said. “The fact is, television is probably the best ever… and boy, do we ever need it.”

It’s got us “through some really tough times,” Hudlin said.

“We’re going to have a good time,” Cedric said. He’s been bingeing on recent and old seasons of the eponymous show — retro-watching, as he dubbed the latter — to make sure he was ready with equal-opportunity.

Top nominees include the British royal drama “The Crown” and the Star Wars-universe derivative “The Mandalorian”, which each received a major 24 nominations.

On the comedy side, the feel-good comedy “Ted Lasso” is competing with “Black-ish”; “Cobra Kai”; “Emily in Paris”; “Hacks”; “the flight attendant”; “The Kominsky Method” and “PEN15.”

Other drama series contenders include past winners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Lovecraft Country”, which were canceled after one season, but cast members Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Ajonew Ellis and the late Michael K. Williams, who died in September. 6. 6.

They are part of a diverse field of nominees. Of the 96 acts for drama, comedy and mini-series, about 44% – a total of 42 nominations – went to people of color. Their increase reflects a change in the US population, with the number of people white shrinking for the first time in census history.

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For more information on this year’s Emmy Awards, visit: www.apnews.com/EmmyAwards

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