Take out the cookies for ‘Ted Lasso’
I take a break from chasing gold (although at this point I’m happy with a piece of agate), wondering if there will be any local teams left in the NBA playoffs afterwards. this week-end. Otherwise, I guess I’ll have to console myself with those blueberries growing on my porch. Does anyone have a good blueberry cocktail recipe to drown my sorrows?
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Plus, it’s June, which means voting on Emmy nominations will begin in a few weeks. I’m Glenn Whipp, awards columnist for the Los Angeles Times, host of the Envelope Friday newsletter. And if the Lakers get kicked out this weekend, I’m going to need some award-worthy comedy to get me through the next week or two. Fortunately, there is no shortage of candidates. So let’s go.
Emmy Comedy Predictions, ‘Ted Lasso’ Edition
“Schitt’s Creek” made history last year, winning every Emmy comedy distributed during the prime-time airing. The pace of cheering eventually became so insistent that series co-creator Dan Levy felt the need to apologize after winning his the third Emmy of the evening. “The internet is about to turn against me. I’m really sorry! ”Said Lévy.
This revolt did not take place, of course, because who did not like the sweet comedy of the idiot and sweet “Schitt’s Creek”? He probably didn’t deserve all of the Emmys he won last year, but the show always made us smile and that meant a lot in 2020.
And luckily, just as we were saying goodbye to the Rose family, another aggressively sweet comedy arrived to warm our hearts. And while “Ted Lasso” probably won’t repeat the “Schitt’s Creek” love party at the Emmys – how could he? – the moving figures from the series who will dominate this year’s ceremony. I broke down the Emmy race comedy series as well as the four categories of actor in a recent column, while spending an inordinate amount of time deciding which “Cobra Kai” star might win a nomination. (Why not the two of them?)
Be smart and Emmy
As I noted in the column, Jean Smart should have won an Emmy last year for “Watchmen”. But at least voters will have the chance to get it right as smart figures to be nominated twice this year – for the comic book ratings she added to “Mare of Easttown” and for her starring role in. “Hacks,” in which she plays Deborah Vance, an old-school Vegas comedian forced to team up with a young writing assistant (Hannah Einbinder).
“I read it and I just said, ‘This has it all. It could be so awesome, ”the 69-year-old actress told The Envelope. “It’s so funny, and it’s balanced with those dark moments. If I could pick a dozen of my favorite parts that I’ve done, on stage or in front of the camera, and put them inside a person’s body, I would feel like [Deborah] is an amalgamation of a lot of my favorite things.
“I’ve always had a late bloomer, but that’s ridiculous! She added, laughing at her good fortune, which is also our good fortune, as Smart improves every show in which she participates. (Except maybe for “Superintelligence,” but, hey, she made a compelling president.)
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Find the funny
“People needed to laugh,” says Wanda Sykes, who stars in the new Netflix family series “The Upshaws”. “I know I needed it.”
Sykes was one of many comedy stars attending The Envelope’s recent Comedy Roundtable, joining Robin Thede, Anna Konkle, Jane Krakowski, Kenan Thompson and Michiel Huisman. It’s a great range, isn’t it? And they didn’t disappoint, Times television critic Lorraine Ali asking them serious questions about being funny while filming amid a global pandemic.
“It was weird to pretend that everything was sort of back to normal on camera,” noted Huisman, a star of “The Flight Attendant”. “But also rather nice?” “
“I think it saved us, especially the actors,” Thede added. “To be free and be these crazy characters and just be with each other. And luckily with the nature of the show, it’s all weird, so we can kind of use it. But I can’t imagine anyone filming serious drama at the height of the pandemic. “