Jmunney’s 2022 Emmy Wish List, Part 4: Variety and Reality

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CREDIT: Netflix/Screenshot

Fun (or Frightening?) Fact: this year’s Emmy ballot includes nearly 3000 performers. We’ve all known for several years now just how overwhelming television has become, but somehow it still had room to launch into another level. So for my personal wish list, I decided not to think about it too hard. I’ll just include however many or however few selections per category I’d like to. I’ve probably forgotten some worthy contenders, but I won’t stress about it too much. We’ll find out what the TV Academy thinks when the nominations are announced on July 12!

When will Holey Moley become “The Multiple Emmy Award-Winning Holey Moley”? Hopefully very soon!

I was a little surprised to see Conan on the ballot again, as our orange-topped late night legend wrapped his TBS run over a year ago. But I suppose he did last into June, and the Emmy eligibility period does begin in the previous year’s June, and I’m certainly not going to complain about honoring our boy Conezy one more time!

And finally, hopefully How to with John Wilson can shine through in the weird category it’s been submitted in.

Bold=My winner
*=I have placed this nominee in a different category than the Emmy ballot.
**=Not on the Emmy ballot

Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Variety Sketch Series
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson*
Whose Line is it Anyway?


The 77 Best TV Shows of 2021

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CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Screenshot, Netflix, Screenshot, Screenshot

For the Year of Our Screens 2021, my list includes all the shows that I would recommend to my fellow viewers as “worth watching.” So that’s 77 shows! There’s a lot of TV nowadays, and a lot of it’s also pretty good.

I utilized a self-imposed rule in which I had to watch at least 50% of a show’s 2021 output for it to be eligible. However, there were some noteworthy shows that I watched less than 50% of, so I’ve spotlighted those in an honorable mention section:


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.

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

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)

-Lana Del Rey, Blue Banisters

The 53 Best TV Shows of 2019


CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Amazon; Disney; Pamela Littky/FOX; Rhys Thomas/IFC

Under the known laws of physics, it is currently impossible to watch every TV show (or even just every good show) airing new episodes in a given year. But for those of us who treat televisual consumption as a transcendent pursuit, we do our best to fit in as many programs as possible, which means that there are more than ten or even twenty shows worth recognizing in an annual best-of list. So this year, I decided to rank as many shows as I thought were worthy of recognition and provide blurbs for the ones where I really needed to say something.


Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/19/19

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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.

The Curse of La Llorona (Theatrically Nationwide) – I have to watch all the horror!
Hail Satan? (Limited Theatrically)
Little Woods (Limited Theatrically)

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Premieres April 23 on Netflix) – This looks crazy.

-Cage the Elephant, Social Cues