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

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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.

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

Variety Talk Series
Conan
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/29/22

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Holey Moley Fore-Ever (CREDIT: Christopher Willard/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
Hatching (Theaters)
Memory (Theaters) – This looks like any other Liam Neeson action of the past ten years, but Martin Campbell is directing, so…

TV
Undone Season 2 (April 29 on Amazon Prime Video) – One of my favorite new shows of 2019 is finally back!
-White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (April 30 on C-SPAN) – Trevor Noah hosts.
Duncanville Season 3 Premiere (May 1 on FOX)
Ziwe Season 2 Premiere (May 1 on Showtime)
Holey Moley Season 4 Premiere (May 3 on ABC) – The Muppets join Joe and Rob.
The Chase Season Premiere (May 3 on ABC) – Featuring three new Chasers this season!
Girls5eva Season 2 (May 5 on Peacock)

Music
-Bloc Party, Alpha Games
-Miranda Lambert, Palomino
-Let’s Eat Grandma, Two Ribbons – I don’t think I’ve listened to this band before, but I pretty much have to now with a name like that.
-Willie Nelson, A Beautiful Time
-Rammstein, Zeit

Podcasts
Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show – Milana Vayntrub finally joins my regular podcast rotation!

Video Games
Rifftrax: The Game (May 5 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox One) – Now you can make monkeyshines at the picture show, too!

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:

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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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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 6/4/21

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Wow, Loki. (CREDIT: Marvel Entertainment/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 Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Theaters and HBO Max)

TV
Celebrity Family Feud Season Premiere (June 6 on ABC)
The Chase Season Premiere (June 6 on ABC) – “The Beast” joins Ken, Brad, and James.
To Tell the Truth Season Premiere (June 6 on ABC)
Loki Series Premiere (June 9 on Disney+) – Wow.

Music
-Liz Phair, Soberish
-Rise Against, Nowhere Generation
-Rostam, Changephobia
-Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend

That’s Auntertainment! Episode 27: The Chase and ABC Fun & Games (w/ Dave Coyle)

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The Chase (CREDIT: Ron Batzdorff/ABC)

The Chase is on! It’s on the telly, that is, if on a Thursday night at 9:00 you find yourself with Aunt Beth or Jeff or their special guest Dave Coyle.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 1/1/21

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The Chase; Celebrity Wheel of Fortune; The Hustler (CREDIT: Ron Batzdorff/ABC; Carol Kaelson/ABC; Christopher Willard/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
Pieces of a Woman (January 7 on Netflix)

TV
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (January 1 on BBC America)
Earth to Ned Season 1 Part 2 (January 1 on Disney+) – A delightful talk show hosted by an alien. I wrote about it on my newsletter.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Premiere (January 1 on VH1)
Call Me Kat Series Premiere (January 3 on FOX) – Starring Mayim Bialik and cats.
The Great North Series Premiere (January 3 on FOX) – New animated show with the voices of Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, and others.
-Alex Trebek’s last week of new Jeopardy! episodes (January 4-8, check local listings)
The Hustler Series Premiere (January 4 on ABC) – Another game show on ABC! This one’s hosted by Craig Ferguson.
History of Swear Words (January 5 on Netflix) – Hosted by Nicolas Cage himself.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Premiere (January 5 on NBC)
Name That Tune Reboot Premiere (January 6 on FOX) – Hosted by the one and only Jane Krakowski.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Series Premiere (January 7 on ABC)
The Chase Reboot Premiere (January 7 on ABC) – Jeopardy! all-time greats Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer square off against contestants. Sara Haines hosts.
Mr. Mayor Series Premiere (January 7 on NBC) – Ted Danson gets right back in the sitcom swing.