The 69th Annual Emmy Awards airs on CBS this Sunday, September 17th. It’s my Superbowl. I’ll have my snacks and cheer loudly at the TV when someone I like wins. I’ll hate most of the speeches, but some folks I will be rooting for are: Brian Tyree Henry, Titus Burgess, Neal DeGrasse Tyson, Angela Bassett and Aziz Ansari for “Master of None” and Ron Cephas Jones. If Leslie Jones wins for “SNL“ that would be amazing.
BET’s most recent try at a Late Night talk show, “The Rundown with Robin Thede” is executive produced by comedy veteran Chris Rock who knows a thing or two about producing a late night talk show. (remember Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell?) Thede is a comedian and was head writer on “The Nightly Show“, something few if any black women can say. ‘The Rundown’ is described as a fast paced half hour look at the week’s headlines, celebrity news makers, social media buzz and pop culture trends. I can’t say Thede stood out as a performer on “Nightly”. Perhaps comedian Mike Yard would have been a better choice to host The Rundown. We’ll see October 12th.
It was surprising when SNL fired Jay Pharoah after six years. He quickly bounced back, landing the lead role in Showtime‘s new comedy “White Famous“. Produced by Jamie Foxx, Pharoah plays young comedian Floyd Mooney, who must navigate tricky situations while staying true to himself and his credibility – as he strives for a career that makes him, in the words of his agent “white famous.” Pharoah says he “connected immediately to the material”. It premieres October 15th.
Craig Robinson guest starred on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I correctly guessed Fox would cast him in a new series. “Ghosted” premiering October 1st, is a paranormal buddy comedy, spoofing Sci-Fi shows like “The X Files”. Robinson plays a former detective turned mall security guard who is forcibly recruited to join the “Bureau Underground” and investigate unexplained activity. Adam Scott co-stars as an astro-physics professor turned bookstore employee who becomes his partner. Scott totally ruined the movie Hot Tub Time Machine II for me and I have a feeling he will ruin this show too. I hope I’m wrong.
Shemar Moore returns to TV in a reboot of SWAT. Premiering November 2nd, Moore explained to E News, “This is the same name from the ‘70s show, it’s the same theme song…Those are the only similarities…we’re taking on real life,” Moore said. “It’s just what’s happening today…It’s not just black vs. blue…it’s fear, racism, terrorism, subject matter of today.” Honestly? I see enough of that on the news. I’ll be checking for how Shemar looks in that SWAT uniform. Don’t judge me.
Fresh from “The Carmichael Show, David Alan Grier hosts game show “Snap Decision” on GSN and syndication. Contestants are asked to make snap judgements about three random strangers. “Face Value” on BET has the same premise. It’ll be interesting to see if both shows survive. Meanwhile, Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios premieres “Funny You Should ask” featuring comedians who give hilarious answers to questions asked by contestants. Jon Kelly, formerly of Extra TV hosts.
Finally, congratulations to “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell“, winning best unstructured reality program, at this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Dave Chappelle won his very first Emmy for hosting “SNL” last November. Bandleader/musician Rickey Minor won outstanding music direction, Andre “RuPaul” Charles, for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah“ won the Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Emmy.