Tuesday, October 2, 2018

'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' explains how Facebook moves fast and breaks things after winning four Emmy Awards

Last year, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" won four Emmy Awards, Outstanding Talk Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Interactive Program.  This year, it won the same four awards.  Nothing like consistency.  Speaking of which, I called all four wins.  I wasn't so lucky with the other Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards — follow over the jump for two of my misses.

Enough bragging.  Watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Wins Outstanding Variety Talk Series at the 70th Emmy Awards.

The award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series goes to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Congratulations to John Oliver, his writers, picture editors, and interactive show creators!

In the first episode after the Emmy Awards, Oliver and his writers described how Facebook moved fast and broke things, especially in Myanmar.

Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.
This fits in perfectly with Vox explaining how social media contributes to polarization and promotes trolls, conspiracy theorists, and fake news.  It isn't just the U.S.; the problem is worldwide.  One would think that a company that knows your political affiliation and much more would know better.  Nope.

Follow over the jump for one hit and two misses involving my predictions regarding James Corden at the Emmy Awards.

I only thought Corden would win one of the following three awards.
Now for the main Carpool Karaoke series' nominations, beginning with Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple Music)
Creating Saturday Night Live (nbc.com)
The Daily Show — Between the Scenes (thedailyshow.com)
Gay of Thrones (FunnyOrDie)
Honest Trailers (YouTube)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Cover Room (nbc.com)
Corden sings, Corden dances, Corden tells jokes, Corden acts - he's versatile, but I don't think he's going to win this category, as "The Daily Show — Between the Scenes" is the returning winner.  Also, this is only nomination for "The Tonight Show."

Now for the last of Corden's nominated projects, "James Corden's Next James Corden," which has two nominations beginning with Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
aka Wyatt Cenac (TOPIC.com)
An Emmy for Megan (anemmyformegan.com)
Grey's Anatomy: B Team (abc.go.com)
James Corden's Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)
The Walking Dead: Red Machete (AMC.com)
Sorry, James, but I'm rooting for the zombies (this is the only nomination for "The Walking Dead" franchise) while expecting "aka Wyatt Cenac" to win.

Corden himself is nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
James Corden as James Corden on James Corden's Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)
Alexis Denisof as Glenn on I Love Bekka & Lucy (Stage13.com)
Melvin Jackson Jr. as Melvin Jackson Jr. /Eddie Murphy on This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours (Youtube)
DeStorm Power as Himself on Caught The Series (Youtube)
Miles Tagtmeyer as Liam on Broken (Vimeo)
He might win this on name recognition alone.
He won all three.  I have to admit, I am O.K. with being wrong.  Just for that, I'm modifying what I wrote about him to read "Corden sings, Corden dances, Corden tells jokes, Corden acts - he's versatile and he just won three Emmy Awards!"  Congratulations!

I'll continue with more winners of the Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards tomorrow, but I make no promises about which shows and genres.  Stay tuned.

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