“SCHITT’S CREEK” SWEEPS COMEDY AWARDS AT EMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Name your favorite TV comedy series – be it “Frasier,” “Modern Family,” or anything else – and it hasn’t managed to pull off the kind of Emmy history made last night. For the first time ever, a show has swept all the comedy awards in a single year. The honor goes to “Schitt’s Creek,” a Canadian-made show about a rich family trying to make a go of it it in a forsaken new town. The show earned wins as best comedy. Eugene Levy won best actor, Catherine O’Hara won for best actress, Annie Murphy won for best supporting actress – and Levy’s son Dan won Emmys for best supporting actor, writing and directing. The sweep comes as the series logs its sixth and final season.
ZENDAYA WINS EMMY FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS, YOUNGEST TO DO SO
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Youth was served big-time when it came to the Emmy Award for best lead actress in a drama series. It went to Zendaya for her work in “Euphoria.” With the win Zendaya, at 24, is the youngest to win a best drama actress Emmy. In her acceptance remarks, Zendaya said while it “seems like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she sees reasons for “hope in the young people.” She says while her show doesn’t make it seem that way, young people are “doing the work” needed to make things better. Meanwhile in the top drama category, “Succession” was the winner.
JESSE ARMSTRONG OF “SUCCESSION” GIVES HIS “UN-THANKS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We’ve all seen award winners run through a seemingly endless list of people to thank after receiving an honor. Last night, we saw what had to be the first person to offer a series of “unthanks.” It happened after “Succession” won the Emmy for best drama series. Creator Jesse Armstrong used his airtime to offer “un-thanks” to the coronavirus for keeping everyone apart and to President Trump for what Armstrong calls his “crummy” handing of the pandemic. He also un-thanked British leader Boris Johnson botching the handing of COVID-19 in the U.K.
RECORD NUMBER OF BLACK NOMINEES DOESN’T PAN OUT IN WINS AT EMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – This year saw a record number of Black nominees at the Emmys. But the wins were not as plentiful as expected. With the decidedly non-diverse “Schitt’s Creek” sweeping the comedy awards, folks like Anthony Anderson and Issa Rae went home empty-handed. And Anderson – who was up for “black-ish” – riffed on that when he presented an award later in the broadcast. He said he hoped this year’s awards would be “Howard University homecoming Black” – and got host Jimmy Kimmel to shout “Black Lives Matter.” Among Black winners in drama categories was Regina King for “Watchmen.” Other winners included “Watchmen” co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Uzo Aduba, who portrayed Shirley Chisolm in “Mrs. America.”
EMMY AND SOCIAL ISSUES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Since the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May, there have been calls for an end to police brutality and racism made by those in politics, sports and – and people on the streets. So it was no surprise those calls were echoed at the Emmys. During their screen time, winners Regina King and Uzo Aduba highlighted the struggle for social justice. Both wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the EMT from Kentucky who was shot to death by police in her home. King says she wore the shirt because the officers who shot her “haven’t been held accountable” – and that Taylor “represents…hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies.” For the final award of the night, Sterling K. Brown came on the Staples Center stage wearing a black T-shirt with a raised fist and BLM for Black Lives Matter” on the front when he presented. Meanwhile, host Jimmy Kimmel and others encouraged viewers to register and vote in the November elections.
JIMMY KIMMEL HANDLES HOSTING DUTIES W/O AUDIENCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For a while, it looked like the start of any other year’s awards show: host Jimmy Kimmel was doing a monologue, and celebrities packed into the Staples Center laughed at the punchlines But it wasn’t. After a while, Kimmel told anyone who hadn’t already figured it out that the “audience” – was made up of clips from previous shows. Kimmel added, “Of course, we don’t have an audience, this isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys.” Indeed, the Staples Center was empty, save for crews and the few celebrities who presented. Even with the potential for disaster with so many internet links, there were no big glitches. Emmys were delivered by car to the homes of the winners in the L.A. area. There was one technical mix-up, but it was at Saturday’s pre-Emmys. Ron Cephas Jones won for best guest actor, but Jason Bateman was incorrectly announced as the winner, instead. The goof was cleared up after a commercial break.
EMMYS: COMPLETE LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A list of winners from last night’s Emmys in Los Angeles:
Drama Series: “Succession”
Comedy Series: “Schitt’s Creek”
Actor, Drama Series: Jeremy Strong, “Succession?
Actress, Drama Series: Zendaya, “Euphoria?
Directing, Drama Series: Andrij Parekh, “Succession”
Writing, Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Actress, Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Actor, Comedy Series: Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Directing, Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, Andrew Cividino, “Schitt’s Creek”
Reality-Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “Watchmen”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much is True?
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Watchmen?
Writing, Limited Series: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, “Watchmen”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Writing, Drama Series: Jesse Armstrong, “Succession?
EMMY BROADCAST PRODUCES DONATIONS TO FIGHT CHILD HUNGER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It wasn’t just actors, writers and producers who were winners at this year’s Emmys; some needy children are now in a better position to fight hunger. Every Emmy Award came with a $100,000 donation to fight child hunger. Each network and streaming service on the Emmys pledged the amount for their wins. There were 23 awards and the Academy kicked in a half-million dollars, bringing the total to $2.8 million for No Kid Hungry, an effort to relieve child hunger brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
BOX OFFICE CONTINUES TO SUFFER AS MOVIEGOERS BALK AT RETURNING TO THEATERS
UNDATED (AP) – Some movies are there. So are the popcorn, soft drinks and candy. These days, the only thing missing from the nation’s theaters – are customers. While about three-quarters of the nation’s movie theaters are open, Americans are still leery about heading back to the multiplex in big numbers. The weekend box office champ is again “Tenet,” which earned $4.7 million in its third weekend. Disney’s “The New Mutants” was second with another $1.6 million in its fourth weekend in theaters.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN STRIPPPED OF U.K. MOVIE HONOR
LONDON (AP) – Harvey Weinstein has been “canceled’ – by none other but the Queen of England. Britain has stripped the disgraced American movie mogul of an honor for his contributions to the film industry in the U.K. Weinstein was given the honor in 2004. But since then he’s been accused of many cases of sexual harassment and assault – and earlier this year he was convicted and imprisoned for rape and sexual assault against two women. The official U.K. public record reports Queen Elizabeth has ordered that Weinstein’s award “shall be cancelled and annulled” – and his name be stricken from the register that contains the honor.
DANNY MASTERSON MAKES COURT APPEARANCE IN MULTIPLE RAPE CHARGES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The attorney who represented Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson in their sexual misconduct cases says his current client, Danny Masterson, is innocent of raping three women. The actor from “That ’70s Show” appeared with attorney Tom Mesereau in court Friday, where the lawyer said the charges against him are “politicized.” Masterson was arrested in June – and has been free on bail since. He didn’t formally enter a plea. Meanwhile, the trial judge has ruled media cameras can be in court, something Masterson objects to.