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The 73rd edition of the Nighttime Emmys will air on Sunday, despite attracting a record-low 6.1 million viewers last year, what most agreed was an impressively resourceful virtual ceremony. Although there was a slight hand on that number, it later served as a warning for over 50 percent ratings by the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars.
The pandemic and being virtual certainly played a role in this. The mournful state of the world not only made Hollywood even more unimportant to pat the back, but robbed the events of red-carpet glamor and “Who wore it best?” The fashion debates that drive these shows go beyond who wins or not.
Nevertheless, the ratings of coronavirus award-shows have plummeted in the past as well. Part of this has to do with the challenges of an industry in transition, evolving from the broad appeal of the earlier days of a TV to a different audience choosing their own pay-to-view menu.
The Emmys, in particular, have wrestled with copious amounts of material, fragmented to the point where most people haven’t heard, much less eagerly watched, the many nominees.
Everyone, naturally, has an explanation for why award-show ratings have plummeted, starting with the ready availability of clips that obviate the need to tune in live. Conservatives put the blame on Hollywood politics and outspoken liberal stars—a factor, sure, but not one in itself that can account for the pace of loss, especially since those dynamics are hardly new.
Of course, award shows serve a purpose that goes beyond ratings, denoting career-topping achievements in Hollywood for those eager to receive such recognition from their industry peers. But they are also commercial ventures for the networks that broadcast them and the organizations behind them, which derive most of their revenue from TV fees.
The Emmys will run as the Oscars and Grammys. Thanks to the appetite for web traffic, they will be covered and analyzed by media outlets, seeing how dim those lights are.
The truth at this point is that a problem with so many moving parts can’t be fixed. All the network is about is to strive to make these productions engaging, and hopefully enough to stop the bleeding.
Failed to crack the ‘code’
After two films based on Dan Brown’s books starring Tom Hanks, “The Da Vinci Code” character Robert Langdon gets a bland series spin for streaming service Peacock. By casting Ashley Zuckerman in the central role of Harvard symbologist, “The Lost Symbol” gets young (don’t they always?)
Basically, the first few episodes feel like the TV version of the franchise someone might have made in the 1990s, which is fine, but not really streaming stuff. Forced to put it in Langdon’s terms, the emoji for the show — which premiered on Thursday — would be a shrug or a thumbs down, take your pick.
Casting of ‘Lullarich’ miniseries
It’s been 15 minutes since the cast of “Tiger King”. The public’s latest documentary obsession is Amazon’s “Lullarich.” CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez shares her dream cast for the inevitable miniseries.
“Continuing the story of multilevel marketing company Lularo, ‘Fair Fraud’ directors Jenner First and Julia Willoughby trade stories about Sad Cheese Sandwiches about Hamburger Crotch Leggings. The result, the opposite of the foodie idea above , was delicious.
It took Mark Stidham, one of the company’s founders, about 10 minutes — “out of our 14 kids, two of them are married” (to each other!) — to decide it needed to be made into a miniseries. .
For anyone interested in taking this on (paged Adam McKay?), I’ve done some casting work for you:
Mark and DN Stidham, CEO and President/Founder of Lularo: Woody Harrelson and Katy Mixon. These roles demand people who can pull off the homespun charm that both of these actors have in spades. Mixon is young enough for the role and will require a physical transformation, but her experience playing a mother-in-charge on “American Housewife” makes her particularly qualified to portray such a woman. Who has made a billion dollar company by saying his word. Language: Hindi.
Sam Schultz, DN’s nephew and former director of events: Chris Sullivan. Sam is a big figure and the ‘This Is Us’ alum has taken a lot of practice to do exactly that. Also, for a brief moment when Sam was introduced in the documentary, I thought it was Sullivan.
Ashley Lutaha, one of the first Lularo retailers who says she was married when she was in hard times, suggested she read ‘the proper care and feeding of husbands’, which is ‘tailored towards being humble’ : Alexandra Breckenridge. The ‘Virgin River’ star will play this no-nonsense mom.
LaShae Kimbrough, former Home Office employee who called the company’s lack of diversity: Patosha Story from the BET series ‘Tyler Perry’s The Oval’ and ‘Empire’; Kimbrough was one of my favorites in the documentary, if for this quote alone: ’You guys should be held accountable whether you’re sued or your story told because remember you started in the trunk of your car . So you never forget you were just selling skirts, sweetheart, out of your car trunk, and now look at you. So the least you can do is show the people who put you where you have some respect. Story is an actress who can deliver a burst of truth with the grace usually seen only in those who read poetry.”
I wish more people were talking about ‘On The Verge’
CNN’s Megan Thomas shared that she watched the entire first season of “On the Verge” as “Lullarich” almost like “a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at 5 p.m. Friday.”
Julie Delpy, the Gen X heroine of the ‘Before’ franchise, helped turn a long conversation between two men into three beautiful films. Her latest project, ‘On the Verge,’ is a conversation between four women, friends whose Dealing with stressful marriages, career changes, and parenting.