Thursday, September 7, 2017

Videos of Emmy-nominated episodes of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

That's it for this planned series, although I'm feeling like putting together a post with embedded video of all the nominated "Last Week Tonight" episodes that I haven't used yet for an encore.  Stay tuned.
So ended 'Saturday Night Live' tied for most Emmy nominations with 22, 24 counting its web series and interactive program.  After some thought and seeing that 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' leads variety talk shows at the Primetime Emmy Awards is the most popular entry so far this month with more than 2700 page views and counting, I've decided to follow through with this idea.

From the Television Academy (Emmy Awards) website, here are the nominated episodes and the categories in which they are nominated, beginning with Multilevel Marketing, which is nominated for Outstanding Direction for a Variety Series.

Multilevel marketing companies claim to be legitimate businesses, but some seem awfully…pyramid shaped. John Oliver and Jaime Camil demonstrate how they work.
Follow over the jump for videos of the other four nominated episodes.

Next, "F*ck 2016," which is part of President-Elect Trump and one of two episodes nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Variety Programming.*

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?
The other episode nominated for this category the Television Academy calls "Stoplight" (a pun on "Spotlight") but "Last Week Tonight" calls "Journalism."

The newspaper industry is suffering. That’s bad news for journalists — both real and fictional.
The Television Academy calls the nominee for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special "Sub-Prime Auto Loans," but HBO calls it Auto Lending.

Auto lenders can steer vulnerable people into crushing debt. Keegan-Michael Key and Bob Balaban help John Oliver show exactly how.
I embedded the next video for the next nominated episode in John Oliver and Vox examine gerrymandering.  Yes, the episode of "Last Week Tonight" for nominated for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series is Gerrymandering.

Lawmakers often reshape voting districts to shift the balance of political power. That's unfair to voters, even those of us with questionable judgment.
Those are five outstanding episodes, indeed!  Here's to my readers who watched all of them, learning a lot about our economy, politics, and government while being entertained.

Now I'm really done with politics at the 2017 Emmy Awards.  Stay tuned for all the speculative fiction nominees I haven't already mentioned.

*I seconded this emotion by using a screen capture from it in Farewell to 2016 on social media for New Year's Eve.


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