Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 7/23/21

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Old (Theaters) – Shyamalan on the Beach.

TV
Ted Lasso Season 2 Premiere (July 23 on Apple TV+)

Music
-David Crosby, For Free
-Jackson Browne, Downhill from Everywhere

Sports
-2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics (July 23-August 8 on the NBC family of networks) – Thousands of hours of athletics, hopefully not as many infections.

 

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 7/16/21

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Sexy Beasts (CREDIT: Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (Theaters)
Pig (Theaters)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (Theaters and HBO Max)

TV
McCartney 3, 2, 1 (July 16 on Hulu)
Schmigadoon! Series Premiere (July 16 on Apple TV+) – All episodes directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Sexy Beasts Series Premiere (July 21 on Netflix) – Looks like the dating version of The Masked Singer.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 7/9/21

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Wellington Paranormal (CREDIT: The CW/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Black Widow (Theaters and Premier Access on Disney+)

TV
Atypical Season 4 (July 9 on Netflix) – Final season alert!
The Patrick Star Show Series Premiere (July 9 on Nickelodeon) – He’s got his own show now.
-2021 ESPYs (July 10 on ABC) – Hosted by Anthony Mackie.
Wellington Paranormal Series Premiere (July 11 on The CW) – What We Do in the Shadows spinoff; already premiered in New Zealand.
Miracle Workers Season 3 Premiere (July 13 on TBS) – They’re on the Oregon Trail now.
Never Have I Ever Season 2 (July 15 on Netflix)

Music
-The Wallflowers, Exit Wounds

Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 4: Variety and Reality

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. Finally, on Day 4, we wrap things up with Variety and Reality.

Did you know that there’s a talk show hosted by an alien puppet on Disney+? If you didn’t before, you do now. And you’re going to want to watch all of it as soon as possible before you die. It’s called Earth to Ned, and it’s hilarious and boasts a lineup of fantastic guests. It’s got vibes of Jiminy Glick, but it’s much more kind-hearted. It’s a celebration of talk shows as an art form and general phenomenon, and that’s why I believe that it should win the Emmy for Variety Talk Series.

Variety Sketch Series is where the oddballs that don’t slot easily into any other category end up, and thus that’s where the inimitable How to with John Wilson deserves our love.

And as for Reality, my enthusiasm is much the same as it was last year, when I was demanding praise for the first season of mini-golf extravaganza Holey Moley while the second season was airing. And now this year, I’m demanding praise for Season 2 while we’re in the midst of Season 3.

KEY:
Bold=My winner

Variety Talk Series
Conan
Earth to Ned
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
WILMORE

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Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 3: Limited Series

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. For Day 3, Limited Series are on the docket.

Some years, I watch plenty of Limited Series (or “miniseries,” in the now-archaic parlance), and I have an abundance of requests on my Wish List. Last year was one of those years. This year, however, was very much not one of those years. Apparently, I watched two Limited Series in their entirety in the past 12 months (or at least, only two really worthwhile Limited Series). Luckily, those two shows are both richly deserving. One is among my favorite shows of 2021 thus far, while the other acquitted itself quite handsomely on my Best of 2020 coverage.

Elsewhere, Jessie Buckley manages to be my lone entrant from a different show.

KEY:
Bold=My winner
*=I have placed this nominee in a different category than the Emmy ballot.

Limited or Anthology Series
The Good Lord Bird
WandaVision

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Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 2: Drama

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. Today, it’s Drama’s turn.

My Drama Wish List this year is a tale of two shows whose two most recent seasons were nearly two years apart. But weirdly enough, they were both eligible last year, and they’re both once again eligible this year. One is resurgent, while the other is just as excellent as ever. I’m of course talking about The Handmaid’s Tale and Pose. The former was nowhere to be seen on my 2020 Wish List, while the latter was one of my favorites last time and is even more so this time, as it’s my top choice in Drama Series and ALL the main acting categories. (It’s also striking up plenty of heat in the Guest fields.)

I’d also like to send some love to Disney+’s winning basketball series Big Shot. Who knew that John Stamos coaching high school girls would be the cure for what ails us?! The more you know…

KEY:
Bold=My winner

Drama Series
Big Shot
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Mandalorian
Pose

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Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 1: Comedy

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. First up: Comedy and Animation.

Almost every single one of my Comedy Series preferences from last year is not eligible this year, whether because of series finales or longer-than-average breaks in between successive seasons. Luckily we have a plethora of streaming services to fill the gaps, and plenty of them are represented here. We’ve got Hulu! We’ve got Peacock! We’ve got Apple TV+! We’ve even got that dang HBO Max. There’s also some room for basic cable in the form of Syfy’s Resident Alien. And it looks like for the first time since I’ve been making Emmy Wish Lists, there is no broadcast network series making my cut (although one of my choices began as an NBC show and another is a reboot of an NBC show).

In the acting categories, it’s an absolute embarrassment of riches in the Lead Actress category, with every one of the ladies I’ve selected giving the performances they were born to play. That’s also true of Alan Tudyk, who’s my easy winner in the Lead Actor field. (He’s an alien … pretending to be a human! Can you imagine?!) Over in Supporting, it’s a mix of newbies and usual suspects, with plenty of sitcoms really making full use of their deep ensembles these days.

KEY:
Bold=My winner
*=I have placed this nominee in a different category than the Emmy ballot.

Comedy Series
A.P. Bio
Dickinson
Pen15
Resident Alien
Saved by the Bell
Search Party

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 7/2/21

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Still gossipin’ after all these years… (CREDIT: HBO Max/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Forever Purge (Theaters) – ABP: Always Be Purging
Summer of Soul (Theaters and Hulu)
Zola (Theaters)

TV
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Season 2 (July 6 on Netflix) – We’re all trying to find the guy who made this show!
The Good, the Bart, and the Loki (July 7 on Disney+) – Crossover short.
Gossip Girl Reboot Premiere (July 8 on HBO Max)
grown-ish Season 4 Premiere (July 8 on Freeform)

Music
-Lana Del Rey, Blue Banisters

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 6/25/21

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
F9 (Theaters) – Getting everyone back together.
Werewolves Within (Theaters)
No Sudden Move (July 1 on HBO Max) – Soderbergh on HBO Max again.

TV
Central Park Season 2 Premiere (June 25 on Apple TV+) – Still catching up on Season 1, though.

Music
-Lucy Dacus, Home Video
-Doja Cat, Planet Her
-Modest Mouse, The Golden Casket
-Tyler, the Creator, Call Me If You Get Lost

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 6/18/21

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Kevin Can F*** Himself (CREDIT: Jojo Whilden/AMC)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Luca (June 18 on Disney+)
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (Theaters)
The Sparks Brothers (Theaters)

TV
Physical Series Premiere (June 18 on Apple TV+) – Rose Byrne gets into 80s aerobics.
Evil Season 2 Premiere (June 20 on Paramount+)
Kevin Can F*** Himself Series Premiere (June 23 on AMC) – Annie Murphy hates sitcom clichés.
Rick and Morty Season 5 Premiere (June 20 on Adult Swim)
College Bowl Reboot Premiere (June 22 on NBC) – Peyton Manning hosts.
Card Sharks Season Premiere (June 23 on ABC)
Conan Series Finale (June 24 on TBS) – Headed to HBO Max.
The Good Fight Season 5 Premiere (June 24 on Paramount+)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6 Premiere (June 24 on Paramount+)
When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren (June 24 on ABC) – Something with animals.

Music
-H.E.R., Back of My Mind

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