Creative Arts Emmy Winners and Miscellaneous TV tidbits…

The picture you see in this post is of multi Grammy nominated musician Greg Phillinganes, who won an Emmy over the weekend for Outstanding Music Direction for CBS’s “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All Star Grammy Salute.  I am extremely happy he was rewarded for his work on that show.  That special was one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time.

Also, at the Creative Arts Emmys…HBO’s Bessie starring Queen Latifah took home the Outstanding TV movie Emmy and Actor Reg E. Cathy won for his portrayal of Freddie Hayes on the Netflix series “House of Cards.”    There will be more Emmy’s awarded when the big ceremony airs on Fox later this month.

In other news, Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America Pagent as Lead Judge this weekend. In addition to performing a song to open the festivities, she was given an apology from the Miss America Organization.  Below is what CEO Sam Haskell said on live TV…

I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years. You have lived your life in grace and dignity and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned. Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams. I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be.

I am not naive enough to think this was not orchestrated to boost ratings for the 95 year old competition, but considering how people are becoming famous for deliberately leaking skanky behavior to the public, this apology was long overdue.

Saying Goodbye...

Key and Peele ended their show on Comedy Central last week.  They are both moving on to working in various TV and film projects.  Look for Jordan Peele on the CBS Series “Life In Pieces” and Keegan Michael Key is appearing in USA’s Playing House and a host of other projects.

We also bid farewell to the hilarious Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force after 11 seasons.  The animated series featured the adventures of a meatball, a container of fries and a shake.  Maybe you’re thinking…um…why are you talking about a show featuring something you might order from Burger King?  Because it was completely absurd and silly and I enjoy ridiculous TV sometimes.

BET’s “The Game” aired it’s last episode a few weeks ago.  Good riddance, I say.  That show sucked as soon as it landed on BET.  The premise changed from a comedy to a dramedy and the results were horrible in my opinion.  Established characters were replaced with newbies and the ones who remained became exaggerated caricatures of themselves.

Sadly, I must report that NBC cancelled Mr. Robinson but renewed “The Carmichael Show”.  Executives said Carmichael’s show is “a breath of fresh air that fearlessly tackles issues that are significant in the world today.”

Coming soon…

Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run are hosting a relationship talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network next year.  I guess if Steve Harvey can make money giving relationship advice, why not these two?  The only reason I’m giving it a chance is because it’s on Oprah’s network.  I don’t like all of what that network has to offer (ie Living Lozada), but I think this show will be held to a standard that will appeal to the audience Oprah targets.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is coming to music channel Fuse with “Fluffy Breaks Even”  which is a show that features Iglesias and tour mates Martin Moreno and Rick Gutierrez as they travel to new cities, meet fans.  Iglesias says it’s a comedy of consequences.  If Fluffy’s crew decides to eat a high-calorie meal, we get to see how they work to “break even” the next day burning those calories.  I don’t know how that’s gonna work for TV but I love his stand-up so I’m going to give his show a chance.

Finally, there’s buzz that comedian Loni Love might be the host of a newly revived “Love Connection”.   If anyone could breathe life and energy into that show, she is the one.


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