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70th Primetime Emmys: Game Of Thrones, Assassination Of Gianni Versace, ‘Mrs. Maisel’, Henry Winkler Are Night’s Big Winners

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Last night in Los Angeles, the 70th Primetime Emmys were handed out.  The event featured several surprise winners, but without little drama throughout its 3-hour telecast that was hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che.

The awards kicked-off though finally honoring Henry Winkler, winning his first ever Primetime Emmy for his performance as Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for HBO’s Barry.

Winkler had previously won two Daytime Emmys.  First in 1995 for the Outstanding Children’s Special, CBS Schoolbreak special, All The Kids Do It, and in 2005 winning as Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Clifford’s Puppy Days.

The former Fonz of Happy Days reacted on stage to his first primetime award victory exclaiming: “Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god!

As the audience gave him a standing ovation Winkler added: “I wrote this 43 years ago.  Skip Brittenham (entertainment lawyer) said to me a long time ago: ‘If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you.’ And tonight, I got to clear the table.”

In another memorable moment, Glenn Weiss, who won for Outstanding Direction of a Special for “The Oscars” took his turn at the podium by honoring his late mother (she died two weeks ago) by proposing to his longtime girlfriend Jan Svendsen, on live television.

As Jan sat in the audience, Weiss began during his acceptance speech: “Jan, you are the sunshine in my life. And mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”  With that, walking to the stage with the roar of the crowd behind her was Svendsen as Weiss continued and pulled out a ring! “This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago. And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, O.K.?”   Jan said, “yes”, and the Emmy audience was thrilled.

As to the night’s big winners; check out the winner’s list below to see how your favorite nominated actors and programs fared!

Then let us know in the comment section below, who you were glad took home the gold and who you thought was robbed? As well, what did you think of the telecast? Thumbs down or thumbs up?

WINNERS

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Henry Winkler – Barry — WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Bill Hader – Barry

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Merritt Wever – Godless

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Jeff Daniels – Godless 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Regina King – Seven Seconds 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Matthew Rhys – The Americans 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Claire Foy – The Crown 

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones 

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Like many, the first award was the best! Fonzie FINALLY got an Emmy! Henry seems like such a nice guy and he is great in “Barry.” Its weird to hear the Fonz say the F word! The rest of the show, the hosts and all the cheap, UN-funny shots, flush the toilet!

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I liked the format; it’s the first time in years I wasn’t screaming from boredom. Some new winners was also refreshing (if I see Julia Louis-Dreyfus on an Emmy stage ever again, it won’t be pretty). I’d have preferred Alexis Bledel over foul-mouthed Thandie Newton, but Darren Criss, Regina King, and Claire Foy winning made my night. Some dreadful gowns (what were Tina Fey and Taraji thinking?) but overall, I enjoyed it. And I finally see why Scarlett Johansson likes Colin Jost so much…he’s really funny.

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Hello Soaphound:

Just a quick nod of agreement to you on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I’m sure she’s a lovely person and a great actress, but I like to see a variety of different people winning awards. The Emmy voters, in particular, are notorious for doling out repeat wins ad nauseam to the point of monotony. And I’m glad you like Colin Jost, too…

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That was one of the worst Emmy broadcasts I’ve ever seen.

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Well, the co-hosts are terrible on SNL and I figured they would ruin the Emmys as well!

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My only moment of nirvana happened as Matthew Rhys deservedly won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for The Americans. Bonus points for the writing win for The Americans.

Now for a moment of frustration: is it possible that, one day, broadcast networks will regain their mantle as the leaders in award wins and nominations? I believe there is still great work being done on broadcast networks, yet pay channels and internet services have taken over the award landscape.

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Oh, I agree, jamesj75. There seems to be a kind of snobbish attitude regarding cable vs. networks. Granted, networks have doled out dumbed-down shows for decades. But I have to say, other than British dramas, a lot of cable is dull, overly violent, and not memorable. To me, the average episode of SVU or THE GOOD WIFE is as good or better than most of what I’ve seen on cable. Granted, there are many worthy cable productions (love THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PIE PEEL SOCIETY) but I dislike the imbalance, too.

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Thanks for your reply, Soaphound! Yes, you identified the situation with the term “snobbish.” I think that’s largely what it is. And I am beyond thrilled that you mentioned Law & Order: SVU!!! I was actually going to mention it in my original post. It routinely offers up outstanding drama, scripts, acting. Watch what Mariska Hargitay does week in and week out. Her work is just as good, if not better, than that of any recent Emmy winner or nominee. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series over 10 years ago, and she has received… Read more »

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The Young and the Restless continues its 50th anniversary season with a special episode dedicated to the memory of the late Jerry Douglas, who portrayed the beloved patriarch of the Abbott Clan, John Abbott.

The standalone episode will air on on Thursday June 22nd on the CBS daytime drama.

The episode is said to be filled with classic flashbacks and includes a special appearance by the late actor’s wife, author and television personality, Kym Douglas.

Look for Kym to take on the role of  Zelda Wilford who shares a special connection to the Abbott family.

Jerry Douglas passed away at the age of 89 following a brief illness in November of 2021.  The character of John Abbott was killed-off Y&R in 2006, but made many return appearances as a ghost, especially in scenes with his son, Jack, played by Peter Bergman.

Will you be tuning-in to see Y&R’s special episode to John Abbott? Comment below.

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Chris Licht OUT at CNN After Morning Show’s Failure to Grab Audience, Don Lemon Firing & Donald Trump Town Hall

Chris Licht, who attempted sweeping changes to the programming line-up and more has been let go as CNN’s CEO after just one year in the position.

Warner Bros. Discovery, CEO David Zaslav informed the CNN staff on their daily editorial call on Wednesday. During the informative call, Zaslav acknowledged that Licht’s leadership at CNN was ‘not successful; and that he takes ‘full responsibility’ for it. Prior to Licht, Jeff Zucker led the charge at CNN, and their styles were in sharp contrast to each other.

CNN’s interim leadership team was announced as: Amy Entelis, head of talent and content development, Virginia Mosely, head of editorial, plus programming executive Eric Shearling, and David Leavy, the just announced new COO.

 

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During his tenure, Licht attempted to launch a newly reformatted morning, CNN This Morning with Poppy Harlow, Don Lemon and Kaitlin Collins, only to not only see it do poorly in the news/morning show ratings, but the trio is no longer together. Currently, Harlow remains with fill-in co-anchors.

Lemon was fired by Licht back in April after 17 years as part of the key anchors of the news network. Collins, has ascended to her own primetime show, and hadsbeen put in the position to lead key ‘Town Halls:, which recently included one with former President and now Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

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It is said that one of the reasons for Licht’s dismissal was his decision to give Trump the airtime with Collins.  The now former CEO received swift backlash from viewers and staff. Many felt it was a desperate move by Licht as declining ratings and reworked programming were not turning things around. Licht eventually apologized to the staff for his decision on a Monday editorial call.  The scathing article in The Atlantic entitled, “Inside the Meltdown at CNN” really didn’t do Licht much favors, either.

In addition, there have been so many anchors/reporters/personalities switched around on their primetime line-up, (other than Anderson Cooper) that it became hard to know when to tune-in to see who … you almost needed a scorecard to follow.

So, what do you think of Licht’s departure from CNN? The missteps in programming decisions? A new CEO will eventually be named, but the network says it will takes its time to find the right replacement.  Comment below.

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‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Tells Audience to Stop ‘Booing’ Republican Senator Tim Scott

During a bizarre couple of segments of Monday’s episode of The View, Republican presidential candidate, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, was the special guest.

The conversation between the conservative politician and The View co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro took some uncomfortable and tense turns.

At one point, Goldberg posed the question to Scott, as to why the Republican Party was trying to “stop the progression that people are making.” Scott started answering and said that his political party was doing a “fabulous job at making progress” with social issues. Hostin  asked him to elaborate on that point.  It was then, that the senator turned his back to Goldberg, which promoted Whoopi to interject “That was me talking to you …. shall I come next to her?”

Goldberg then stood next to Hostin as Scott continued to face away from the other co-hosts and address the two.  After proving her point, Whoopi went back to her seat a The View table.

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Then, production signaled Goldberg to toss to break, but Scott was continue to speak.  So instead of interrupting him, someone else from the production staff walked on camera and told Scott they were going to break.

However, when the show returned, and Ana Navarro asked her question, if the senator thought the ‘Republican Party had gone too far’ in introducing legislature against the LGBTQ+ community, including Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, plus Floria governor and Republican presidential candidate, Ron DeSantis’ feud with Disney, Scott’s response drew ire from some in the live audience with many booing the guest.

Next, Goldberg shut down the ‘boos” scolding the audience with: “Not here. I’m sorry sir. Do not ‘boo’. This is The View. We accept … we don’t have to believe everything people say, but you cannot “boo” people here, please. You cannot do it.”

Watch the ‘daytime drama’ on The View below, and then let us know what you thought of Tim Scott’s appearance on the ABC daytime talk show via the comment section.

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