Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/20/22

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The American Rescue Dog Show (CREDIT: Maarten de Boer/ABC)

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

Movies
Downton Abbey: A New Era (Theaters)
Men (Theaters)
Emergency (Theaters and on Amazon Prime Video May 27)

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 Premiere (May 20 on Paramount+) – It’s the Winners Season!
Don’t Forget the Lyrics Series Premiere (May 23 on FOX) – Another music game show?!
Beat Shazam Season Premiere (May 23 on FOX)
-The American Rescue Dog Show (May 25 on ABC) – Hosted by the Holey Moley guys.
That Damn Michael Che Season 2 (May 26 on HBO Max)

Music
-Flume, Palaces
-Harry Styles, Harry’s House
-Lykke Li, Eyeye

Sports
-147th Preakness Stakes (May 21 on NBC)
-French Open (May 22-June 5 on Tennis Channel and NBC)

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

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CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot

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 4/30/21

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines (CREDIT: Sony Pictures Animation Inc.)

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

Movies
22 vs. Earth (April 30 on Disney+) – Prequel short to Soul.
Limbo (Theaters)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (April 30 on Netflix)

TV
Pose Season 3 Premiere (May 2 on FX) – Final season alert!
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Series Premiere (May 4 on Disney+)
Girls5eva Season 1 (May 6 on Peacock) – A 90s girl group tries to make a comeback…
That Damn Michael Che Series Premiere (May 6 on HBO Max)

Music
-Royal Blood, Typhoons

Sports on TV
NBA Special Edition: Marvel’s Arena of Heroes: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans (May 3 on ESPN) – An NBA game with Marvel superheroes mixed in.

Podcasts
The Deep Dive with Jessica St. Clair and June Diane Raphael – Jessica and June and friends talk about what it’s like to be a woman.