Monday, October 3, 2022

'The First Wave' wins three News & Documentary Emmy Awards


While I told my readers to "Stay tuned as I have more Emmy Awards coverage coming up," I didn't say which Emmy Awards I'd be covering, so I feel O.K. covering the News & Documentary Emmy Awards winners today, better than how I feel physically because I'm stuck at home with COVID-19. So far, it feels like a really nasty cold, but that's probably because my wife and I are vaxxed and boosted. If we hadn't done that, we'd likely be in much worse shape. Also, my wife and I got Paxlovid today. Here's to that helping us recover.

Because my wife and I are both at home recuperating, I've decided to blog about The First Wave, which earned seven nominations at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, and took home three statuettes for Best Documentary, Outstanding Editing: Documentary, and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary, tying it with "The Rescue" for most honored documentary at last week's ceremony. Watch The First Wave - Trailer | National Geographic.

With exclusive access inside one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s THE FIRST WAVE spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered.
Wow, powerful! I can see why it won.

For more, watch The First Wave: The Human Face of Covid-19 | Interview with Matthew Heineman from friend of the blog Factual America Podcast.

The National Geographic documentary "The First Wave" captures the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic as it played out in one of New York City’s hardest-hit hospital systems...

The National Geographic documentary The First Wave captures the harrowing first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic as it played out in one of New York City’s hardest-hit hospital systems.

Joining us is Matthew Heineman, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker who directed and produced this film. The incredible footage he obtained and shaped into The First Wave represents a testimony to the strength of the human spirit and how people come together in the face of crisis.

He shares how he gained access to the hospital at the beginning of the crisis, the heroes he filmed, and the inevitable emotional toll the production had on him and his crew.

“I saw an obligation to take this issue that was so relegated to stats, headlines, and misinformation, and try to put a human face to it.” - Matthew Heineman
Again, powerful. Congratulations to Matthew Heineman and his fellow producers, cinematographers, and editors!


Another News & Documentary Emmy Award winner covered the pandemic as well, the PBS FRONTLINE episode "Yemen's COVID Cover-Up," which won Outstanding Investigative News Coverage: Long Form. The entire episode is on YouTube. Watch Yemen's COVID Cover-Up (full documentary) | FRONTLINE.

Correspondent Nawal al-Maghafi reports from inside Yemen on how the coronavirus pandemic is worsening what the UN has called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: http://www.pbs.org/donate

Following six years of war between the Houthis, a rebel group backed by Iran, and a Saudi-led coalition, an estimated 2 million children in Yemen are suffering from starvation, and 3.5 million people have been internally displaced. In “Yemen’s COVID Cover-Up,” the Yemen-born al-Maghafi returns to her home country to investigate how COVID-19 has impacted these compounding crises.

She finds evidence of a far higher death toll than Houthi authorities in the country’s north are admitting, and reveals that the Houthi suspension of doctors' salaries, international aid cuts and the Saudi blockade have had a dire impact on Yemeni doctors’ ability to treat COVID patients.
“Lack of oxygen caused most of the deaths,” one doctor tells her.

As President Biden commits to ending U.S. support for Saudi offensives in Yemen, this documentary is a powerful look at the situation on the ground.
And I thought the U.S. had political problems with the pandemic! At least we don't have a civil war to make it worse.

Stay tuned for more Emmy Awards coverage.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

'SNL' returns after winning an Emmy Award

As I promised yesterday, "Saturday Night Live" returned last night, so I'm covering its season premiere and its one Emmy Award today. I was curious about the effects of losing a lot of established cast members on the show, which ManningCast Cold Open had as a premise.

Peyton and Eli Manning (Miles Teller, Andrew Dismukes) take a break from their ManningCast to break down what's happening on the premiere of Saturday Night Live.
*Snork* And, yes, Miles Teller is the co-star of "Top Gun: Maverick," so while he's not Tom Cruise, he's big enough for the season premiere.

While the cold open made fun of the new cast members, they haven't seemed to have a detrimental effect on Weekend Update with both anchors returning. Watch Weekend Update: Russia Annexes Parts of Ukraine, Hurricane Ian Hits Florida.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green's husband filing for divorce.
What has changed is the logo, which is growing on me already, the pace of the segment, which seems a lot faster and covers more stories, and the pointedness of the jokes, which sound sharper. I think Standards and Practices is letting more go though. Notice how the next segment, Weekend Update: CIA Launches New Podcast, Italy’s New Prime Minister, ends.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like the CIA launching a new podcast.
I'm not sure that exact language would have flown in past.

Now for the interview segments, beginning with Weekend Update: Michael Longfellow on Conservative Family Members.

New cast member Michael Longfellow stops by Weekend to talk about having conservative family members.
If the rest of the new cast members are like him, I'm not worried.

Now for two returning cast members in Weekend Update: Mitch McConnell and Herschel Walker on 2022 Midterms.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (James Austin Johnson) and Herschel Walker (Kenan Thompson) stop by Weekend Update to discuss the 2022 midterms.
It's hard for satire to be more ridiculous than reality these days, but this segment managed to do so.

I conclude with Weekend Update: A Spotted Lanternfly on Being an Invasive Species.

A spotted lanternfly (Bowen Yang) stops by Weekend Update to respond to people calling him an invasive species.
I couldn't resist a Bowen Yang segment about an invasive species. It showed that he's as funny and incisive as ever.

Follow over the jump for the categories won by SNL and "A Black Lady Sketch Show" that I covered in 'Saturday Night Live' earned ten Emmy nominations plus looks back at the 2021-2022 season.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

'Last Week Tonight' examines Jair Bolsonaro after winning three Emmy Awards

Happy October! I'm continuing my coverage of Emmy winners with "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," which returned to HBO with Bolsonaro after winning three Emmy Awards.

John Oliver discusses Jair Bolsonaro, how he’s run Brazil as president, how far he might go to maintain power after the upcoming election, and, of course, nunchucks.
This sounds familiar and not in a good way. Here's to hoping the Brazilian presidential election has less violence than ours in 2020 and 2021.

Oliver didn't acknowledge his show's Emmy in the clip above. For that, watch John Oliver Roasts the U.K.'s "Very Weird" 10 Days of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

John Oliver talks about his Emmy win for Last Week Tonight being presented by Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short; shares his reaction to the 10 days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth; and discusses turning down his offer for the Order of the British Empire.
I hadn't heard that Oliver turned down an O.B.E., but I'm not surprised. He'd then be "Sir John" and I have a feeling that would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance. Also, I think he's on to something when he called the cancellation of soccer games but not rugby or cricket matches a form of class warfare. As the snarky saying about soccer and rugby goes, "rugby is a rough game played by gentlemen, while soccer is a gentle game played by ruffians."

Follow over the jump for the awards won by "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" along with a revisiting of my calls from John Oliver examines inflation plus 'Last Week Tonight's Emmy nominations.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Lizzo made headlines and history playing James Madison's crystal flute after winning an Emmy

Lizzo, Time's 2019 Entertainer of the Year, made headlines and history this week when she played James Madison's crystal flute, first at the Library of Congress and again at her concert. The Washington Post featured her playing at both venues in Lizzo plays James Madison's flute at Library of Congress.

Lizzo played various collectible flutes in the Reading Room and flute vault at the Library of Congress's Great Hall on Sept. 26, including former president James Madison's crystal flute. She then dazzled a massive audience at Capitol One Arena that evening, revealing she had Madison's flute on stage with her.
This was the first time I'd heard Lizzo play any flute, let alone President Madison's crystal flute, and I was impressed. She's both expressive and technically proficient, a good combination for any musician.

Inside Edition explained more of instruments history in Lizzo Makes History Playing James Madison’s Crystal Flute.

Lizzo played a priceless 200-year-old flute at her Washington D.C. concert. She's now the first person in two centuries to perform with the crystal flute once owned by former President James Madison. At the concert, she gave a short history lesson about the historic flute. When the British burned down the White House during the War of 1812, the only two items that were saved was a portrait of George Washington and the crystal flute.
I'd heard about Dolly Madison saving Washington's portrait, but I only learned about the flute being rescued today. That written, an article on the Library of Congress website expresses some uncertainty about the claim, although it still finds the story likely to be true.

I'm sharing one more video about this story as WUSA9 explains How the Library of Congress made Lizzo's flute performance happen.

The renowned flutist gave Tuesday's audience at her Capitol One Arena performance quite the treat, when she surprised everyone by performing on a historical 200-year-old crystal flute. According to the Library of Congress, a French fluter made the ornate instrument in 1813 specifically for President James Madison in honor of his second inauguration.
I also didn't know that the Library of Congress had a flute vault until today. It's always a good day when I learn something new, and today I learned two new things.

I told my readers yesterday that I would return to television. Follow over the jump as I keep that promise by reporting on "Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" winning three Emmy Awards, including one for Lizzo herself.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

PBS Digital's Be Smart debunks 'The Biggest Myth About Climate Change'

I'm not done with environmental themes this week. Watch PBS Digital's Be Smart debunk The Biggest Myth About Climate Change.

You’ve seen it in the comment section before: “Climate change is natural. It’s happened before and it will keep happening”. In reality, comments like these are the newest kind of climate change denial. In this video we’re going to learn about all the reasons that Earth’s climate changes, natural and otherwise, and then how we know that modern climate change can’t be blamed on natural forces. Maybe we can finally put this biggest myth about climate change in the trash.
I have mentioned several times that I'm a paleontologist who studies Pleistocene fossils, particularly snails. What I don't mention is that I used data from the snails, clams, and plants of Rancho La Brea to reconstruct the late Pleistocene climate of southern California, so I'm quite familiar with natural climate change. That's why I was able to respond intelligently to Ed, the troll who was better than a spammer, when he snarked "Maybe you can tell us what the climate is supposed to be so we will know if it's changing too much."
Ed, actually, I can. The average temperature of the Northern Hemisphere should be almost two degrees Fahrenheit cooler than it is today based on the pre-1900 temperature trend, three degrees based on the progress of previous interglacials. If you want the reasoning and evidence, you will have to wait until I put together an entire entry with links; it will take more effort than a simple comment is worth. In the meantime, count your blessings that you stumbled onto someone who actually knows the answer to what you may have thought was a rhetorical question too hard to answer.
That was back in 2015. He persisted his climate change denial trolling for three more years, when he asked "What was the Climate Science Special Report in the years 1818 and 1918?"
Strictly speaking, there wouldn't have been any, as the document is a product of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which I mentioned in R.I.P. George H.W. Bush, the last Republican President I voted for. However, a 1818 report would have been written at the tail end of the Little Ice Age right after The Year Without a Summer, so it would have reported continued cold climate. As for 1918, would have been written after a brief warm spell that happened after another prolonged cooling trend. In both cases, a warmer climate might have been welcome. That's not the case now. It's warming up too quickly.
As I wrote, better than a spammer. Those, I just insult and delete. Ed at least sparked intelligent answers. Too bad I haven't seen him here since November 2, 2020, when I told him so.
By the way, not only are you better than a spammer, you provide a service; your comments tell me when my posts are linked over at Crooks&Liars. Thank you. Based on the comments, you apparently spend a lot of time hate-reading liberals. I know some liberals who do that with conservatives, but I don't understand the attraction beyond "know your enemy" and "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." If I don't like a person and don't like their ideas, I won't read them. I think it's a wasted of time.
Ed hasn't been back since.

Enough reality. Stay tuned as I return to television tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PBS Terra asks 'What Will Life Look Like as MAJOR Rivers Run Dry?'

There's something in the air, and it's not just water vapor that isn't condensing and precipitating to Earth. Since I posted Vox asks and answers 'Who's really using up the water in the American West?', PBS Terra posed its own version of that question, asking What Will Life Look Like as MAJOR Rivers Run Dry?

Rivers and reservoirs around the world are drying up this summer as record droughts rage on. Lake Mead along the Colorado, the largest reservoir in the nation, hit record lows. And experts fear the dreaded deadpool – where the reservoir can no longer provide water or hydropower to downstream communities – may only be a couple years away. The Yangtze river in China, the world’s 3rd largest by volume, got so low that Sichuan province experienced rolling blackouts as hydropower had to be severely rationed. And the Danube that runs through eastern Europe is currently at half its usual levels for this time of year.

So what does all of this mean? In short, it means that, as global warming continues, we are going to continue seeing record droughts and many places are, simply, going to have to live with far less water. But, more specifically, it means we are going to need to innovate both how cities and agriculture do business. In this episode of Weathered we discuss how the vast majority of water is actually used in agriculture and how the greatest gains in water use efficiency will have to come from irrigation.

Weathered is a show hosted by weather expert Maiya May and produced by Balance Media that helps explain the most common natural disasters, what causes them, how they’re changing, and what we can do to prepare.
PBS Terra presented a more nuanced set of solutions than Vox did, including using more efficient technologies for irrigation and showing how Las Vegas has done a surprisingly good job of water conservation — it's better for the city and its residents that they stop being in denial that they live in a desert — while Vox emphasized that beef is bad for the planet. PBS Terra didn't go that far, leaving that for its viewers to figure that out for themselves. Still, it pointed out that agriculture is the major user of water, showing a graph like the following.


As I wrote yesterday, "It takes a lot of water to grow our food, especially in warm, dry climates like the western U.S."

I close today's post by repeating that this situation serves as an example for three of Commoner's Laws: Everything is connected to everything else, there is no free lunch, and nature knows best. Here's to finding a nature knows best solution to the problem that works for the most people.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Vox asks and answers 'Who's really using up the water in the American West?'

It's time for a story I tell my students as Vox asks and answers Who's really using up the water in the American West?

Hint: water scarcity in the Western US has more to do with our diets than our lawns.
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The Western United States is currently battling the most severe drought in thousands of years. A mix of bad water management policies and manmade climate change has created a situation where water supplies in Western reservoirs are so low, states are being forced to cut their water use.

It’s not hard to find media coverage that focuses on the excesses of residential water use: long showers, swimming pools, lawn watering, at-home car washes. Or in the business sector, like irrigating golf courses or pumping water into hotel fountains in Las Vegas.

But when a team of researchers looked at water use in the West, they uncovered a very different story about where most Western water goes. Their findings may hold the solution to dwindling water supplies in the West.
When I lecture about groundwater in geology and water use in environmental science, I point out that irrigation for agriculture is the number one use of water while showing my students this bar graph.


It takes a lot of water to grow our food, especially in warm, dry climates like the western U.S. The video does such a good job of depicting that I think I'll add it to my lecture.

In a different lecture, I tell my students to reduce meat consumption as part of The Sustainability Dozen. I usually point out how raising animals for meat requires more land than growing crops, increasing environmental impact and potentially reducing the ability to feed a growing population, to say nothing about how beef cattle contribute to climate change. Now I can add water demand to that list. Welcome to blogging as professional development.

Monday, September 26, 2022

I found an eighth Saturn Award nomination for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' in home entertainment


I told my readers "I plan on writing one more installment on the home entertainment nominees before I vote. Stay tuned" at the end of 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' in streaming science fiction at the 2022 Saturn Awards. Good thing I did, because I found an eighth nomination for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" in those categories, breaking the tie with "Nope" that Deadline Hollywood reported. Not only am I not surprised, I half-expected something like this would happen because Deadline Hollywood miscounted the nominations for "Knives Out" at last year's Saturn Awards. That movie also had a home entertainment nomination, although I don't know if that contributed to its miscount. Here, it did because of an extraneous comma that seems to have messed up search for the movie's name. I removed the comma from its title below.
4K Special Edition Film Release

Blood for Dracula (Severin)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (Lionsgate)
A Fistful of Dollars (Kino Lorber)
Flesh for Frankenstein (Vinegar Syndrome)
For a Few Dollars More (Kino Lorber)
The Great Escape (Kino Lorber)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kino Lorber)
I may still be voting for "Cruella" for Best Fantasy Film, but I'm voting for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" in this category.

Classic Film Release

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Criterion)
Master of the World (Special Edition) (Kino Lorber)
The Secret of the Blue Room (Kino Lorber)
Theatre of Blood (Kino Lorber)
Village of the Giants (Kino Lorber)
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (Warner Archive)
I have found memories of watching "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" but I don't know any of the rest of these, so I'm voting for it.

Film Collection Release

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Volume 2 (Universal)
The Ghost Ship / Bedlam Double Feature (Warner Archive)
Francis The Talking Mule 7 Film Collection (Kino Lorber)
The Godfather Trilogy 4K (Paramount)
Shawscope, Volume One (Arrow)
Universal Classic Monsters – Icons of Horror Collection 4K (Universal)
"The Godfather" is the best cinema of the bunch, so I'm voting for it.

'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards.

Television Series Release

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Season 1 & 2 (MPI Home Video)
Chucky, Season 1 (Universal)
Creepshow, Season 2 (RLJ Entertainment)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Complete Series (Kino Lorber)
Night Gallery: Season One (Kino Lorber)
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series (Shout Factory)
Horror dominates this category, with "Creepshow," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," and "Night Gallery" joining "Chucky." "The Six Million Dollar Man" is the sole science fiction nominee and the one I'm thinking of voting for. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" wins the "one of thesee things are not like the others" award. What kind of speculative fiction is it supposed to be, fantasy? Maybe as viewed 70 years later.
Still voting for Lee Majors.

With that, it's time to cast my votes. I'll report back when I have. Stay tuned.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' in streaming science fiction at the 2022 Saturn Awards



Yesterday, I told my readers "Stay tuned for the streaming science fiction nominees. Star Trek vs. Star Wars!" The Star Wars franchise leads as Deadline Hollywood reported "Lucasfilm and Disney’s Star Wars franchise also scored big with 10 nominations overall, behind series’ like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Star Wars: The Bad Batch." Star Trek trails with six total nominations for "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," "Star Trek: Discovery," and "Star Trek: Lower Decks."

Now for the two franchises' nominations in nine categories.

Science Fiction Series (Streaming)

The Expanse (Amazon)
For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
Lost in Space (Netflix)
The Mandalorian (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
The Orville: New Horizons (Hulu)
Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+)
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" has four nominations, the most of any streaming science fiction series, followed by "For All Mankind," "Lost in Space" and "The Mandalorian" with two each, and one each for "The Expanse," "The Orville: New Horizons," and "Star Trek: Discovery." I consider "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" the favorite based on total nominations, but it has a very tough field to beat. "Star Trek: Discovery" won Best Science Fiction Television Series and "The Mandalorian" won Best Television Presentation (under 10 Episodes) at last year's Saturn Awards while "The Expanse" won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Also, both "For All Mankind," which I think is finally correctly classified as science fiction, and "Lost in Space" have more nominations than any of the three previous award winners. I suspect the Saturn Award voters will choose "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," but I'm voting for "The Mandalorian."

That written, I think one of the reasons a lot of other Saturn Awards voters will pick "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" is its balance of innovation and nostalgia, something I've seen a lot of in drum corps. Gold Derby captured that in its interviews of the show's creators and cast, beginning with Christina Chong ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds'): 'How amazing... to inspire younger generations'.

Christina Chong ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds'): 'How amazing it is... to inspire younger generations.' As a prequel to "Star Trek," the series follows Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn). Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria hosts this webchat.
Chong and Licuria focused on innovating within a tradition. So did Nami Melumad ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' composer): 'Feels like going home for me as a Trekkie'.

Nami Melumad ('Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' composer): 'It feels like going home for me as a Trekkie because I love the original series.' As a prequel to the legendary 1960s series, it follows Captain Christopher Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One. Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria hosts this webchat.
I may not be voting for "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," but I would not be upset if it won.

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — streaming video with updates from 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards and 'Severance' vs. 'Stranger Things' at the 2022 Saturn Awards.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

'Severance' vs. 'Stranger Things' at the 2022 Saturn Awards


I closed 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards by telling my readers "Stay tuned as I resume with streaming horror/thriller nominees as both "Severance" and "Stranger Things" tied with six nominations and are competing against 'Squid Game.'" Deadline Hollywood has their nominations.
Horror / Thriller Series (Streaming)

Creepshow (Shudder)
Evil (Paramount+)
Servant (Apple TV+)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Squid Game (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
As I wrote above, "Severance" and "Stranger Things" tied for second among television shows at the Saturn Awards with six nominations each. Only "Creepshow" has another nomination, while "Evil," "Servant," and "Squid Game" have only this one. I voted for "Evil" last year, but it wasn't competing against "Severance" and "Stranger Things" then. Instead, I'm picking the more entertaining of the two top series, "Stranger Things." Watch Making of 'Stranger Things': Lively roundtable chat with 7 Emmy nominees behind Netflix series from Gold Derby.

Making of 'Stranger Things': Lively roundtable chat with 7 Emmy nominees behind Netflix series. Guests are casting director Carmen Cuba, music supervisor Nora Felder, prosthetics designer Barrie Gower, hair department head Sarah Hindsgaul, stunt coordinator Hiro Koda, production designer Chris Trujillo and editor Dean Zimmerman. Gold Derby senior editor Daniel Montgomery hosts this 42-minute webchat.
While it's my choice and I suspect it may be the choice of a plurality of other Saturn Awards voters — remember, electorates matter — "Stranger Things" may not be the entertainment professionals choice. I suspect they would more likely to vote for "Severance." Watch Making of 'Severance': Our fun, lively roundtable panel featuring Ben Stiller, Adam Scott and more from Gold Derby.

Making of 'Severance': Our fun, lively roundtable panel featuring director and producer Ben Stiller, lead actor Adam Scott, showrunner Dan Erickson, cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagne and casting director Rachel Tenner. Gold Derby editor Denton Davidson hosts this special event for 2022 Emmy contenders.
The show may not have been as fun as "Stranger Things" but the round table sure was.

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — streaming video and 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards.

Friday, September 23, 2022

'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards



I promised my readers that I would return with more about television after the Autumnal Equinox. Deadline Hollywood provided a handy list when it reported that "The Walking Dead" was one of four series with six nominations, tying it for second behind "Better Call Saul." Since horror is the one category I haven't covered yet for linear (network and cable) television and I like to wrap things up before moving on, that's what I'm writing about today. Here are the series nominees.

Horror Television Series: Network / Cable

American Horror Story: Double Feature (FX)
Chucky (SyFy / Universal)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
From (EPIX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
As I wrote above, "The Walking Dead" leads horror television series with six nominations, followed by "Chucky" with four, "Fear the Walking Dead" with three, "From" and "What We Do in the Shadows" with two each, and "American Horror Story: Double Feature" with just this one. I'm sure "The Walking Dead" will win this category for its final season; it's won whatever TV show category the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nominated it in since its first season. That's what brought the Saturn Awards to my attention seven years ago. I voted for it as recently as 2019, but not this year. My vote goes to "From" on Epix.


That written, I think the entertainment professional choice would be "What We Do in the Shadows," winner of Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes at the 2022 Emmy Awards, nominee for 16 other Emmy Awards and, as the image above shows, winner of Best Cable Series, Comedy at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards. Gold Derby's interviews reflect this, beginning with Yana Gorskaya ('What We Do In the Shadows' producer): 'Being stupid in a smart way is our magic'.

Yana Gorskaya ('What We Do In the Shadows' producer): 'Being incredibly stupid in a smart way is our magic.' The FX comedy, which has now aired its third season, is a vampire mockumentary based on the movie of the same name. Gold Derby editor Matt Noble hosts this webchat.
"Being stupid in a smart way" reminds me of what I called "Gilligan's Island" for decades — a stupid show by smart people, which is not the same as "Big Bang Theory," a stupid show about smart people.

Television is more of a writers' medium than movies, so I'm sharing Paul Simms ('What We Do in the Shadows' showrunner) wishes there was a category for best ensemble.

Paul Simms ('What We Do in the Shadows' showrunner) is grateful for the Emmy love, but wishes there was a category for best ensemble. The series' third season scored seven Emmy nominations, including in the Best Comedy Series lineup and two nominations for writing. Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria hosts this chat as part of a 'Meet the Experts" panel.
Both Simms and Licuria rightly praise the costumes and the acting ensemble, one of whom earned a nomination here. I'm embedding his interview after the jump.

"Chucky" also earned a nomination in one of the home entertainment categories.

Television Series Release

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Season 1 & 2 (MPI Home Video)
Chucky, Season 1 (Universal)
Creepshow, Season 2 (RLJ Entertainment)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Complete Series (Kino Lorber)
Night Gallery: Season One (Kino Lorber)
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series (Shout Factory)
Horror dominates this category, with "Creepshow," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," and "Night Gallery" joining "Chucky." "The Six Million Dollar Man" is the sole science fiction nominee and the one I'm thinking of voting for. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" wins the "one of thesee things are not like the others" award. What kind of speculative fiction is it supposed to be, fantasy? Maybe as viewed 70 years later.

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 2 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — network and cable television with updates from 'Better Call Saul' leads television series at the Saturn Awards with seven nominations.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Hobbit Day and Rhino Day on the Autumnal Equinox

Happy Hobbit Day on the Autumnal Equinox! As I did last year, I open with National Day Calendar's Hobbit Day | September 22.

The novels The Hobbit and the trilogy The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, bring to life the world of Middle-Earth. According to the stories, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the years 2890 and 2968 respectively. Translated to Shire-reckoning, Bilbo was born in 1290 and Frodo in 1368.

Reading the book or watching movies are other ways to enjoy the day. Create a celebration worthy of a Hobbit.
A bunch of Tolkien YouTubers have put together a Hobbit Day 2022 Tolkien YouTubers Collaboration Playlist to create "a celebration worthy of a Hobbit." I particularly recommend Clans of the Hobbits | Hobbit Day 2022, which ties into "Rings of Power" on Amazon Prime.

On a more serious note, today is also World Rhino Day. Watch the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo video explaining its significance.

Today is #WorldRhinoDay! We're in Encounter Africa with #CMZoo senior lead keeper, Annie, to raise awareness for the five remaining rhino species left in the wild. Black rhinos, like our 17-year-old Jumbe, are critically endangered, along with Javan and Sumatran rhinos. White rhinos are considered near threatened and greater one-horned rhinos are vulnerable to extinction. Annie tells us how coming to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo can help wild rhinos, and what you can do to support Jumbe's wild relatives.
I'm continuing the conservation theme in The First Day Of Fall | September 22, 2022 from CNN 10.

It's officially fall and today we're explaining the science behind the autumnal equinox. We're also traveling to Australia to learn about a scientist using a network of sound recording devices to track an endangered species of bird. And finally, our own Coy Wire chats with two sports icons about their secrets to success.
Science and technology in the service of studying and helping preserve biodiversity!

As I promised yesterday, I plan on returning with more television tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

'Better Call Saul' leads television series at the Saturn Awards with seven nominations


I told my readers to "Stay tuned for television" yesterday, so I'm following through by quoting Deadline Hollywood: "In the TV world, it was AMC’s Better Call Saul that led the list with seven mentions..." Without any further ado, here are the nominations for "Better Call Saul" and its fellow nominees on the small screen.
Action / Thriller Series: Network / Cable

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Big Sky (ABC)
The Blacklist (NBC)
Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
Dark Winds (AMC)
Outlander (Starz)
Yellowjackets (Showtime)
As Deadline Hollywood reported, "Better Call Saul" leads all television series at the Saturn Awards with seven nominations. Its closest competitors in this category are "Big Sky," "Dexter: New Blood," and "Outlander" with four nominations apiece. "The Blacklist" and "Yellowjackets" both have two nominations and "Dark Winds" has just this one. I expect "Better Call Saul" will repeat in this category, but I'm voting for "Outlander."

Since the image I used at the top left out "Big Sky," I'm sharing its promotional image from Twitter so that all four top shows have representation.


Again, I'm glad to see the studios and TV networks promote their shows for the Saturn Awards. Last time, I saw only Starz put together one for "Outlander."

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 2 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — network and cable television.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

'Top Gun: Maverick' vs. 'RRR – Rise Roar Revolt' for Best Action/Adventure Film at the Saturn Awards


I told my readers "I plan on finishing the movie nominees next" to conclude 'The Black Phone' vs. 'A Quiet Place Part II' and 'Last Night in Soho' for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards, then promised them "I plan on having more awards show coverage tomorrow. Stay tuned" at the end of 'Our Flag Means Death' and Stede Bonnet for Talk Like A Pirate Day. Here are the nominated films in the final three movie categories from Deadline Hollywood.
Action / Adventure Film

RRR – Rise Roar Revolt (Sarigama Cinemas / Variance Films / Potentate)
Death on the Nile (20th Century Studios)
F9: The Fast Saga (Universal Pictures)
No Time to Die (United Artists Releasing)
Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)
West Side Story (20th Century Studios)
If this were a normal year, I'd say the contest for this award woul be between the latest entries in the James Bond and Fast and Furious franchises. This is not a normal year. "Top Gun: Maverick" is the top grossing movie of 2022 so far and is still in theaters, where it was number four at the box office this week after falling from first last week. It's also the leading nominee in this category, with five total nominations. I'm planning on voting for it, even though "West Side Story" is a better overall film, I don't think it belongs here. Its main competition isn't either of the usual suspects. Instead, it's the Indian film "RRR – Rise Roar Revolt," which is nominated for three total awards, including the next category.

International Film

RRR - Rise Roar Revolt (Sarigama Cinemas / Variance Films / Potentate)
Downton Abbey: A New Era (Focus Features)
Eiffel (Blue Fox Entertainment)
I'm Your Man (Bleecker Street)
Riders of Justice (Magnolia / Magnet Releasing)
Silent Night (RLJE Films)
Normally, I'd vote for "Downton Abbey: A New Era," but its box office was a bit disappointing and this is its only nomination at any awards show. On the other hand, "RRR - Rise Roar Revolt" has three other nominations, two here and one for Best Picture at the Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards. That's enough to convince me to vote for "RRR."

Independent Film

Alice (Roadside Attractions/Vertical)
Dream Horse (Bleecker Street)
Dual (RLJE Films)
Gold (Screen Media Films)
Mass (Bleecker Street)
Watcher (IFC Midnight)
"Mass" is by far the most nominated movie in this category at other awards shows, including the BAFTA Awards, so it has my vote.

Follow over the jump for the other nominations for these movies in categories I already covered in Part 1 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — movies and 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' vs. 'Cruella' and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' for Best Fantasy Film at the Saturn Awards with updates from 'Nightmare Alley' leads Thriller Films at the Saturn Awards and 'Nope' vs. 'Dune' for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2022 Saturn Awards.

Monday, September 19, 2022

'Our Flag Means Death' and Stede Bonnet for Talk Like A Pirate Day


Arr! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day! For this year's celebration, I'm sharing the comedy pirates from Our Flag Means Death | Official Trailer | HBO Max.

The unique new comedy is loosely based on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate, Stede Bonnet, played by Rhys Darby. After trading in his comfortable life for one of a buccaneer, Stede becomes captain of a pirate ship, but struggles to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew. Stede’s fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard, played by Taika Waititi.
Yes, Stede Bonnet was a real person, who Biographics examined in Stede Bonnet: The Gentleman Pirate.


Stede Bonnet sounds like Stephen Bonnet, a pirate villain in Outlander. This is not a coincidence: "While Stephen Bonnet of the Outlander series is fictional, Diana Gabaldon has said that it is possible he is illegitimately descended from the real historical figure, Stede Bonnet." I'll add the fictional Bonnet and Blackbeard to Anne Bonny as future subjects of Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I conclude with a meme.


It helps that today actually is Monday.

That's it for today's look at pirates, both real and fictionalized. I plan on having more awards show coverage tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

'The Black Phone' vs. 'A Quiet Place Part II' and 'Last Night in Soho' for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards


I finished 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' vs. 'Cruella' and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' for Best Fantasy Film at the Saturn Awards by telling my readers "Stay tuned as I plan on examining horror movie nominees for the Sunday entertainment feature." Here are the horror movie nominees from Deadline Hollywood.
Horror Film

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures)
The Black Phone (Universal Pictures)
Last Night in Soho (Focus Features)
The Night House (Searchlight Pictures)
Scream (Paramount Pictures)
X (A24)
"The Black Phone" edges out "A Quiet Place Part II" by one nomination, five to four. "Last Night in Soho" sits in third with three nominations, while "Scream" has two and "The Night House" and "X" have one each. Based on the number of nominations, "The Black Phone" has the nominal edge, but I'm voting for "A Quiet Place Part II," the Best Horror Film of 2021 at the Critics Choice Super Awards.


Follow over the jump for the other nominations for these movies in categories I already covered in Part 1 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — movies and 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' vs. 'Cruella' and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' for Best Fantasy Film at the Saturn Awards with updates from 'Nightmare Alley' leads Thriller Films at the Saturn Awards and 'Nope' vs. 'Dune' for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2022 Saturn Awards.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' vs. 'Cruella' and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' for Best Fantasy Film at the Saturn Awards


I opened and closed 'Nope' vs. 'Dune' for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2022 Saturn Awards with my plans for today's post.
Deadline Hollywood mentioned the two movies it counted as tying for third: "Also getting noms are A24’s indie hit Everything Everywhere All at Once and Jordan Peele’s Universal thriller Nope with seven mentions apiece." I plan on covering "Everything Everywhere All at Once" next for fantasy.
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The next one should be about fantasy and animated films. Stay tuned.
Here are the nominees in those two categories.
Fantasy Film

Cruella (Walt Disney Studios)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
The Green Knight (A24)
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Lionsgate)
As Deadline Hollywood reported, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" has seven nominations followed by "Cruella" with five, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" with four, and one each for "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," "The Green Knight," and "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." My wife and I watched "Cruella," "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," and "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and our favorite is "Cruella." Pencil that in for my vote until we watch "Everything Everywhere All at Once" and "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." I expect we'll like the former more than the latter, but my wife might enjoy Nicholas Cage and Pedro Pascal more than I'll enjoy Michelle Yeoh. That's not the important issue; it's whether I think either of them are better than "Cruella."

Animated Film

The Addams Family 2 (United Artists)
Encanto (Walt Disney Studios)
Lightyear (Pixar / Walt Disney Studios)
Luca (Pixar / Walt Disney Studios)
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (A24)
Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal Pictures)
Only "Luca" earned a second nomination, but "Encanto" won the Academy Award, so I'm voting for "Encanto."

Younger Actor in a Film

• Noah Jupe, A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures)
• Madeleine McGraw, The Black Phone (Universal Pictures)
• Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures)
• Mason Thames, The Black Phone (Universal Pictures)
• Jacob Tremblay, Luca (Pixar / Walt Disney Studios)
• Finn Wolfhard, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
The two fantasy film nominees are Jacob Tremblay, the second nomination for "Luca," and Finn Wolfhard. The first is voice-acting nomination and the second reminds me that the acting committe snubbed McKenna Grace, who I thought was the real star of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," not Wolfhard. I'm not voting for either of them. Instead, I'm voting for Millicent Simmonds reprising her role in "A Quiet Place Part II."

Follow over the jump for the other nominations for these movies in categories I already covered in Part 1 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — movies with updates from 'Nightmare Alley' leads Thriller Films at the Saturn Awards and 'Nope' vs. 'Dune' for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2022 Saturn Awards.

Friday, September 16, 2022

'Nope' vs. 'Dune' for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2022 Saturn Awards


After two days of reality, I'm returning to fantasy (actually science fiction) by resuming my series about the Saturn Awards. Deadline Hollywood mentioned the two movies it counted as tying for third: "Also getting noms are A24’s indie hit Everything Everywhere All at Once and Jordan Peele’s Universal thriller Nope with seven mentions apiece." I plan on covering "Everything Everywhere All at Once" next for fantasy. Today, I'm blogging about the science fiction movie nominees.
Science Fiction Film

Crimes of the Future (Neon)
Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Free Guy (20th Century Studios)
Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jurassic World Dominion (Universal Pictures)
Nope (Universal Pictures)
The two most nominated films in this category are "Nope" with seven and "Dune" with five. They are followed by "Crimes of the Future" with three and "Free Guy," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and "Jurassic World Dominion" tied at two each. "Nope" may have more nominations at these awards, but "Dune" won six Oscars and the Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation - Long Form, so I'm voting for it. I'm betting "Nope" won't do as well at next year's Academy Awards and WorldCon.

Follow over the jump for the other nominations for these movies in categories I already covered in Part 1 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — movies with updates from 'Nightmare Alley' leads Thriller Films at the Saturn Awards.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

International Day of Democracy


Happy International Day of Democracy!
The United Nations has marked September 15th as the International Day of Democracy. On this day the UN urges all governments to promote and uphold the principles of democracy.

Democracy is a form of government in which citizens exercise power by voting. Democracy is built on a foundation of inclusion. Equal treatment and participation are also important components. Democracy is also a building block for peace and human rights. Countries with democracies have a constitution, which helps to create an environment of protection for its citizens. Democratic states also are less likely to breed terrorists. They are also more active in the global economy.

True democracy gives power to the people. It involves dialogue between civil societies and political classes. This dialogue should influence policymaking decisions. In many countries throughout the world human rights defenders and government officials are under attack. Women remain underrepresented.

Because of these threats, it’s more important than ever to embrace democracy and the global freedoms it provides. It’s also of utmost importance to assist in the formation of new democracies.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfDemocracy
On the International Day of Democracy, organizations around the world hold various events to promote democracy. These events include discussions and conferences with keynote speakers. These speakers are usually leaders or educators that support democratic governments. Information is disseminated that discusses the link between democracy and freedom of expression. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organizes public opinion surveys about democracy.

Some ways for you to observe include visiting your state’s capitol building and learning more about the legislative process. Use the Internet to find countries that don’t have a democracy. Learn about how this affects the citizens. Some non-democratic countries include Qatar, Cuba, United Kingdom [I tell my students that the U.K. is a democracy in a constitutional monarchy, so I disagree with its listing here], North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Talk to your kids about democracy. Make a commitment to vote in the next election.

Take time to reflect on what democracy means to you. Write your thoughts down in the form of an essay, poem, or blog post. You can also post your thoughts on social media. When doing so, share it with #InternationalDayOfDemocracy.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY HISTORY
On November 8, 2007, the UN general assembly made September 15th the International Day of Democracy. The assembly invited individuals and organizations to commemorate the day. It also called on governments to share experiences of promoting democracy. The first International Day of Democracy was celebrated in 2008 by 46 national parliaments. This date marked the 20th anniversary of the first International Conference of New or Restored Democracies.

Every year the UN creates a new theme for the International Day of Democracy. Past themes have included: “Strengthening Voices for Democracy,” “Engaging Youth on Democracy,” and “Inclusion and Participation as Foundations of Democracy.”
The United Nations Democracy Fund on YouTube features this year's theme in the video description of UN Secretary-General message on 2022 International Day of Democracy.
On the International Day of Democracy, UN Secretary-General stresses the importance of media freedom to democracy, peace, and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The upload on the United Nations main YouTube channel has subtitles and a transcript of the speech.

"Today marks the 15th anniversary of the International Day of Democracy.

Yet across the world, democracy is backsliding.

Civic space is shrinking.

Distrust and disinformation are growing.

And polarization is undermining democratic institutions.

Now is the time to raise the alarm.

Now is the time to reaffirm that democracy, development, and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Now is the time to stand up for the democratic principles of equality, inclusion, and solidarity.

And stand with those who strive to secure the rule of law and promote the full participation in decision-making. This year, we focus on a cornerstone of democratic societies – free, independent, and pluralistic media.

Attempts to silence journalists are growing more brazen by the day – from verbal assault to online surveillance and legal harassment – especially against women journalists.

Media workers face censorship, detention, physical violence, and even killings – often with impunity.

Such dark paths inevitably lead to instability, injustice and worse.

Without a free press, democracy cannot survive. Without freedom of expression, there is no freedom.

On Democracy Day and every day, let us join forces to secure freedom and protect the rights of all people, everywhere.

Thank you".
I agree with António Guterres, Secretary-General to the United Nations: "Without a free press, democracy cannot survive. Without freedom of expression, there is no freedom." Also, it's up to all of us to protect democracy. As I wrote in Representative Adam Schiff tells Stephen Colbert 'Our Democracy Is Even More Vulnerable Today Than It Was On Jan 6': "It's up to the people to protect democracy. If they don't care, they will lose a functioning democracy." Let that be a challenge to all of us.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

PBS Terra asks 'What Will Earth Look Like When These 6 Tipping Points Hit?'

I'm taking a break from entertainment by returning to reality today with PBS Terra asking What Will Earth Look Like When These 6 Tipping Points Hit?

A “tipping point” is when a system, with just a small amount of additional energy, is pushed from one stable state to another suddenly and dramatically. This can be a chair falling backwards. Or it can be a major earth system collapsing.

The IPCC recently identified 15 potential climate-related tipping points that scientists have grown increasingly worried we are getting close to crossing due to global warming. In this episode of Weathered, we look at 6 of the major candidates, how they are all interconnected and influence each other, and what it would mean if they were triggered. These tipping points or tipping elements are the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the Amazon rainforest, global monsoons, the AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation) and the earth’s permafrost and coral reefs.

The consequences for any of these systems being pushed over the edge would be truly catastrophic and would encompass everything from massive droughts, loss of biodiversity, increased flooding, heat waves, large scale climate migration, food shortages, and much more.
Watching all that reminds me that none of these threats are new, so my reaction isn't either.
First, welcome to the 400 ppm world. Second, are you scared enough by climate change? My readers should be.
Hey, I'm an environmentalist; I recycle.

I'll see if I can resume my awards show coverage tomorrow or if it's easier to stick to reality. Stay tuned to find out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

'Nightmare Alley' leads Thriller Films at the Saturn Awards

I told my readers "I plan on cycling back to movies in my next post of this series. Stay tuned" at the end of Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — streaming video. Deadline Hollywood mentioned the second most nominated movie at the Saturn Awards in the second paragraph of Saturn Awards Nominations: ‘The Batman’, ‘Nightmare Alley’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Better Call Saul’ Top List" "Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley from Searchlight Pictures is close behind with 10 nominations including Best Thriller Film, Best Direction (del Toro), and Writing (del Toro and Kim Morgan)." Time to list its nominations and their prospects.

Thriller Film

Ambulance (Universal Pictures)
Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)
The Northman (Focus Features)
Old (Universal Pictures)
The Outfit (Focus Features)
Pig (Neon)
"Nightmare Alley" has ten nominations, "Ambulance" has two, and the remaining four have one each. In addition "Nightmare Alley" had four Oscar nominations while the rest had none. I don't have to watch any of them to know I'm voting for "Nightmare Alley."

Follow over the jump for the nominations for "Nightmare Alley" and "Ambulance" that I covered in Part 1 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — movies.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — streaming video


I told my readers "Speaking of the Saturn Awards, I'll see if I can fit in another installment tomorrow. Stay tuned" to conclude 'Succession' leads drama Series nominees at the 2022 Emmy Awards. It's time to follow through with Part 3 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards. Here are the streaming superhero nominees from Deadline Hollywood.
Action / Adventure Series (Streaming)

Bosch: Legacy (FreeVee)
The Boys (Amazon)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Leverage: Redemption (FreeVee)
Peacemaker (HBOMax / DC)
Reacher (Amazon)
Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
The most nominated streaming superhero show is "The Boys," which earned four Saturn Award nominations for Action / Adventure Series (Streaming), Actor in a Streaming Series for Antony Starr, Actress in a Streaming Series for Erin Moriarty, and Guest Performance in a Streaming Series for Jensen Ackles. That ties it with more traditional action/thriller show "Leverage: Redemption," which has nominations for Actress in a Streaming Series for Beth Riesgraf, Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series for Aleyse Shannon, and Guest Performance in a Streaming Series for Levar Burton in addition to this category. The other superhero nominees in this category are "Peacemaker" with three nominations and "Umbrella Academy" with two. The non-superhero action/adventure nominees are "Bosch: Legacy," "Cobra Kai," and "Reacher," each with one nomination. While I'm personally inclined to vote for "Peacemaker," I think the rest of the members of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will vote for "The Boys."

Fantasy Series (Streaming)

Loki (Disney+ / Marvel)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
WandaVision (Disney+ / Marvel)
The Wheel of Time (Amazon)
The Witcher (Netflix)
When I wrote "superheroes, like horror, span the space between science fiction and fantasy, and some show more affinity for one over the other," I was making a point about the superheros that have science fiction origins. Here, the nominated superhero shows star a Norse god and a witch, so they're fantasy. Both of them also have two acting nominations for their stars and acting nominations for supporting and guest roles for a total of three each, making them the most nominated shows in this category. The rest of the nominees, high fantasy series "The Wheel of Time" and "The Witcher" and modern fantasies "Russian Doll" and "Schmigadoon," earned just one nomination each. That leaves the two Marvel shows as co-favorites. Between the two, I'll likely vote for "WandaVision," the professional choice that earned three Creative Arts Emmy Awards and eighteen other Emmy nominations over "Loki," the show that had six Emmy nominations but did not win any of them.

Limited Event Series (Streaming)

The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
Hawkeye (Disney+ / Marvel)
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Ms. Marvel (Disney+ / Marvel)
Moon Knight (Disney+ / Marvel)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
Now for the limited series nominees, which "WandaVision" could have qualified for as well. While this installment focuses on superheroes, they're not the subject of the most nominated show, "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which has five nominations to three each for "Hawkeye" and "Moon Knight" and two each for "Midnight Mass," "Ms. Marvel" and "The Book of Boba Fett." I'm voting for "Obi-Wan Kenobi" and I think the rest of the Saturn Awards electorate will as well.

Animated Series

Arcane (Netflix)
Blade Runner: Black Lotus (Crunchyroll / Adult Swim)
The Boys Presents: Diabolical (Amazon)
Invincible (Amazon)
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+ / Lucasfilm)
What If? (Disney+ / Marvel)
Three of these nominees are about superheroes, "The Boys Presents: Diabolical," "Invincible," and "What If...?" While "The Boys Presents: Diabolical" is the fifth nomination for the franchise and serves as a tiebreaker with "Leverage: Redemption," it almost certainly won't win. Instead, I think the Saturn Award will go to one of "Arcane" (the professionals' choice), "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" (continuing the tradition of Star Wars animation winning at the Saturn Awards), or "What If...?" with "Star Trek: Lower Decks" as a potential spoiler. I'm planning on voting for "Arcane."

Follow over the jump for the acting categories.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

'Succession' leads drama Series nominees at the 2022 Emmy Awards

For today's Sunday entertainment feature, I am wrapping up my Emmy predictions with the drama series nominees, as I promised yesterday. Watch 74th Emmy Nominations: Drama Series.

The nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are Better Call Saul, Euphoria, Ozark, Severance, Squid Game, Stranger Things, Succession, and Yellowjackets.
I'll be a good environmentalist and begin my reaction by recycling. First, "My interest in covering entertainment awards consists mostly of covering shows that portray history, government, politics, and other social issues, like diversity and representation, or are speculative fiction." Second, "the drama series [nominees] best demonstrate my emphasis on looking at portrayals of politics and government in entertainment." All of the nominees qualify under least one of my criteria, including "Yellowjackets," which begins in a public high school — public education is part of government — and is enough of a horror series that it has two Saturn Award nominations. I'll write more about it, "Better Call Saul," "Severance," "Squid Game," and "Stranger Things" when I resume my series about the Saturn Awards.

The favorite is "Succession," which won this category two years ago. The show has the most nominations at this year's awards with twenty-five and is the top pick among Gold Derby readers and editors, who picked it unanimously. It's my choice, too. Next!

Now watch 74th Emmy Nominations: Lead Actor In A Drama Series.

The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series are Jason Bateman, Brian Cox, Lee Jung-jae, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Scott, and Jeremy Strong.
There is more disagreement among Gold Derby editors about the winner for this category, with a bare majority of seven predicting Lee Jung-jae from "Squid Game" and three each forecasting Brian Cox from "Succession" and Bob Odenkirk from "Better Call Saul," while the readers are picking Lee Jung-jae. I'm rooting for Cox, but I wouldn't be surprised if Lee Jung-jae won.  Odenkirk will have to wait for the Saturn Awards to get a better chance at winning an award.

Next, 74th Emmy Nominations: Lead Actress In A Drama Series.

The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series are Jodie Comer, Laura Linney, Melanie Lynskey, Sandra Oh, Reese Witherspoon, and Zendaya.
Both the editors at Gold Derby and their readers think that Zendaya from "Euphoria," who won two years ago, will return to the stage to accept her Emmy tomorrow night, with nine editors picking her to win. The dissenters split between Melanie Lynskey from "Yellowjackets" with three, including Joyce Eng, forecasting her win and my personal favorite Laura Linney from "Ozark" with one lone editor choosing her. Mostly likely Zendaya.



Kieran Culkin from "Succession" is the favorite both among readers and editors at Gold Derby with eight top picks, followed by three for Oh Young-soo from "Squid Game" and one each for Matthew Macfadyen from "Succession" and John Turtoro from "Severance." Since Culkin is my personal favorite, I'm happy to pick him.



Unlike Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, the Gold Derby editors have no clear favorite among nominees in Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Two-time winner Julia Garner from "Ozark" has six top picks, Jung Ho-yeon from "Squid Game" has four, and Patricia Arquette from "Severance," Rhea Seehorn from "Better Call Saul," and Sarah Snook from "Succession" each have one. Since I'm rooting for Garner to three-peat, I'm glad to report that the Gold Derby readers are picking her. Arquette and Seehorn will have to wait for the Saturn Awards, where they are in different categories, to get a better chance at an award.



Both the readers and the editors at Gold Derby are predicting "Squid Game" to win with ten editors forecasting it winning. "Severance" is the second choice with two editors picking it, including Eng, and "Succession" winning with one. I'll go with "Squid Game."



"Succession" is the clear leader with twelve of the thirteen Gold Derby editors and the site's readers picking it to win. "Severance" only has one editor thinking it will take home the Emmy.

I have three videos from Gold Derby to share, beginning with Editors' Emmy slugfest: Can 'Succession' 'hold on to its front-runner status'?

Is "Succession" in danger at Monday's Primetime Emmys? HBO's family drama has long been the favorite to win Best Drama Series for a second time, but at this past weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, it only won a single trophy for Best Drama Casting. Gold Derby's Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery and Denton Davidson discuss this hot topic as well as make their final drama predictions for the acting, writing and directing races in their latest Editors' Emmy slugfest.
Next, a quick rundown of all the categories being awarded Monday in Emmys predictions slugfest 2022: Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria debate all 25 categories in 25 minutes.

Emmys predictions slugfest 2022: Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria debate all 25 categories in 25 minutes. It's an annual tradition going back at least 15 years. Some of the toughest to pick are Comedy Series (Abbott Elementary, Barry, Hacks, Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso?), Drama Actor (Lee Jung-jae, Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox?) and Limited/Movie Actress (Amanda Seyfried or Lily James?).
That was the short version. Emmy Experts slugfest: Our final 2022 winner predictions is the long version.

Gold Derby editors and Experts Christopher Rosen and Joyce Eng share their final picks for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Will "Ted Lasso" rebound after getting zero wins at Creative Arts or will "Abbott Elementary" parlay its casting victory into a series win? And can anything usurp "Succession" and "The White Lotus"?
I've mentioned Joyce Eng several times, so it's only appropriate I finally feature her for the first time since 'Abbott Elementary' wins four Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year.

Follow over the jump for the awards that drama series have already won at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.