EMMY NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
UNDATED (AP) – Many of us turned to TV to help us ride out the pandemic. And now, TV fans are turning to the Emmys to see which shows and movies will be rewarded for doing so. Emmy nominations are out this morning – and among the shows expected to get nods are “The Crown” and “Ted Lasso.” “The Crown” honed in on more contemporary events as it portrayed the courtship and marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin. It’s expected they’ll both get acting nods. It may also be a chance for Netflix, which airs “The Crown,” to finally win an Emmy for top series. It was nominated three times before.
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER TO HOST EMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cedric the Entertainer will host when the Emmy Awards are held this fall. The comedian has been named by the TV academy to handle the live telecast after last year’s Emmys were a virtual affair because of the pandemic. While they will be done in person, the Emmys will have a limited audience of nominees and guests. The show is set for Sept. 19 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles – and will be on CBS.
FORMER STAR OF NICKELODEON SHOW “DRAKE & JOSH” SENTENCED IN SEX CASE
CLEVELAND (AP) – The former star of the Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh” has been sentenced to probation. Jared Bell, who played Drake, got the sentence yesterday after pleading guilty last month to charges of felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charges of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The charges relate to a girl Bell met online – and who later accused him of sexual contact after she attended his concert when she was just 15. A judge in the Cleveland area sentenced Bell to serve probation – and do 200 hours of community service in California.
“BLUES CLUES & YOU” MOVIE SEQUEL IN WORKS
NEW YORK (AP) – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the original Nickelodeon show “Blue’s Clues.” And the company is celebrating by making a movie based on the TV show. It will follow Josh and Blue as they travel to New York to audition for a Broadway musical. The movie starts production later this summer.
DAN AUERBACH WILL DIRECT FILM ON DR. JOHN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys will direct his first movie — a documentary about his late friend, Dr. John. Auerbach says in a statement the film will introduce Dr. John in a way he has not been seen before. Dr. John died in 2019. Auerbach has partnered with production company RadicalMedia to make the documentary. It’s the same company that backed Questlove’s first film, “Summer of Soul.”
DUA LIPA TAKES MOVIE ROLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dua Lipa will make her acting debut in a movie called “Argylle.” The Hollywood Reporter reports Lipa also will provide music for the title track and for the score. The movie is a spy thriller that also stars Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Catherine O’Hara. Filming is set to begin next month in Europe.
THE DOORS’ ROBBY KRIEGER WRITES AUTOBIOGRAPHY
NEW YORK (AP) – Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is writing his life story as a series of anecdotes. According to publisher Little, Brown and Company, among the stories Krieger will tell in the book “Set the Night on Fire” are “run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk.” Krieger will reminisce about buying his first guitar from a pawn shop, getting busted for drugs as a teen, and The Doors’ first gigs where hardly anyone showed up. “Set the Night on Fire” will come out Oct. 12.
CMA SUMMER JAM CONCERTS WILL RUN AS ABC SPECIAL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Carrie Underwood, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley and Florida Georgia Line are among the musicians who will perform at a concert in Nashville later this month that will be taped for a TV special. The CMA Summer Jam concerts will be held July 27 and 28. It will air as a three-hour primetime special on ABC later this summer. Other artists who will perform include Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Mickey Guyton, Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen and Brothers Osborne.
BACKSTREET BOYS PLAN VEGAS RESIDENCY AT END OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – The Backstreet Boys will do a residency in Las Vegas to celebrate the holidays. They will do 12 shows titled “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino starting Nov. 11. These will be their first holiday shows ever. They had previously done a Las Vegas residency in 2017 and 2018.