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The Emmy's almost got it right, this week's fall TV, and the Jimmy Fallon backlash.

Tuesday September 20th 2016
 

The Watercooler

The Emmy Awards were held on Sunday night and the theme of the night was apparently ruined Emmy pools. Tatiana Maslany won for Orphan Black! Rami Malek won for Mr. Robot! Kate McKinnon won for SNL and got congratulated by Hillary Clinton! Here’s the complete list of the night's winners.

Here’s the breakdown by show, and by network.

If you are suddenly more interested in watching Baskets, or The People v. O.J. Simpson, Decider has a list of where you can currently stream all of the shows that won.

Here’sVulture and TV Line’s picks for the best and the worst moments.

Here’s Vox’s picks for the 4 winners and the 4 losers.

Speaking of the worst, the ratings were the smallest ever. Maybe they all thought Modern Family and Downton Abbey were still going to win everything?

Matt Damon ate an apple and made host Jimmy Kimmel feel much better about his loss to Last Week Tonight.

The BeyHive is mad that Lemonade lost to Grease Live, and made their thoughts known on Twitter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was basically told to smile more–which in general makes me want to punch people–who hopefully all felt like total assholes minutes later when she won and talked about how she’d lost her father less than 48 hours earlier.

If you just watch for the clothes, or now that it’s a couple of days later and all the pictures are up, click here and here for excellent fashion commentary, and here for a slideshow of all the looks.

My favorite look was Kristen Bell’s flowery number, but I also love Sarah Paulson’s green beaded dress and great earrings. I would totally wear Yara Shahidi’s shirtdress, and I love Constance Wu’s black and blue dress that looks like curtains from a disco.

 

People Talking About TV

“I’ll confess that I find this line of reasoning persuasive, and yet still wonder where that leaves someone like Jimmy Fallon, a man allergic to the tough question. In this circumstance, Fallon is like the dog who, tail wagging, brings a suicidal America a loaded gun. A dog is gonna be a dog, even on the eve of Kristallnacht.” The Tonight Show had Donald Trump on as a guest last week, and then everyone turned on Jimmy Fallon after he did his usual and only asked him easy questions and messed up his combover. This take on it is actually less angry than most. Pajiba was so disappointed, that as a protest the site will not feature any clips from The Tonight show until after the election. Vulture suggests this is Fallon’s Jay Leno moment. Jimmy Fallon responded to the criticism by explaining that he’s never too hard on anyone. Samantha Bee and Full Frontal went further than blaming Fallon, and just blamed NBC’s long history of supporting Trump. At least The Roots got to protest his appearance in their own way.

“But part of it was also that there wasn't a whole lot I felt inspired to cover that exhaustively in September of 2015. That's not the case now, and I'm still figuring out what to do and how best to balance what interests me writing-wise, and what's realistic, schedule-wise. Donald Glover and Pamela Adlon are doing so many interesting things with, respectively, Atlanta and Better Things, for instance, that I imagine I could easily write long essays on both each week; it's just hard to find the time to do that right when there are so many new shows to screen, evaluate, and either recommend or warn you away from. And then there's always the issue of how best to cover a Netflix or Amazon show that releases all its episodes at once.” One of the reasons I started this newsletter was to highlight all of the great essays being written about TV, so it’s a bummer to think that all of the fantastic TV being made is actually making it harder for those essays to get written.

“Cop shows are a staple of television. And there's hardly any point even making a cop show if you're not going to put a sexy cop in it. But now that we've all had a chance to work our way through Season 2 of Narcos, surely we all agree that DEA agent Javi Peña is quite a bit sexier than the norm. But is he sexier than the longtime reigning sex cop champion known as Elliot Stabler of Law & Order: SVU? Let's examine the evidence.” Previously TV is the best.

 

The Business

Lady Gaga is going to need to find some longer shorts, as she’s been booked for the Super Bowl halftime show.

Casting: Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play an ex-con with a passion for competitive bridge on FargoAngela Bassett has booked a role on Master of NoneSarah Steele will return as Marissa on The Good Wife spin-off. Rita Wilson and Lyndsy Fonseca will guest star on FOX’s PitchSherlock’s Louise Brealey will star in Clique, a drama for the BBC about an “elite group of girls” at an English university. Dichen Lachman will play Roulette on Supergirl.

Cancellations: Proving, along with Winyl (typo, and it stays) and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll that making a show about rock stars is hard, Showtime has decided to not order a second season of Roadies. Amazon’s Hand of God will not be back after the upcoming second season.

Dysfunctional family drama Flowers has been picked up for a second season.

In Development: John Stamos is developing a drama about his life as a 1980s soap star. Would watch.

 

What To Watch

Two big network show arrive this week, so it’s official, the fall TV season has really begun.

First up is NBC’s This Is Us, which starts tonight. It’s about four characters with the same birthday, and if these reviews from the New York Times and The Atlantic are anything to go by, bring tissues. If you miss normal people problem shows like Parenthood, thirtysomething, or Friday Night Lights, this is the show for you. Variety’s Sonia Saraiya, which if I’ve understood anything from reading her reviews over the years, is about as sentimental as I am, so we are probably going to feel more manipulated than tearful. So, you know, YMMV. Here's the trailer.

ABC’s Designated Survivor, about the sole surviving cabinet member after a bombing kills everyone from the President on down during the State of the Union address, arrives tomorrow. This review calls it “reliably engaging, wholesome, and just this side of silly.” It also points out that once again, Kiefer Sutherland has landed a role that has its finger on the nation’s pulse. I am at least going to watch the pilot. I am too curious to see how they make that premise into an actual show.

FOX’s reboot of Lethal Weapon, which hit theaters 29 years ago, so it’s kind of amazing that this isn’t the fourth reboot of it on TV, hits the small screen tomorrow. Alan Sepinwall called it “a harmless action hero reboot.” I will probably end up watching it on Hulu when this season’s cold inevitable hits me and I am stuck on the couch.

One of my favorite shows, the very silly Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to FOX tonight, and I am quite looking forward to seeing more of Peralta and Captain Holt’s life in Florida.

Also returning to FOX tomorrow is Empire, which promises more Cookie screentime this season.

I finally caught a couple of episodes of Fleabag, terrible name, on Amazon and it’s a keeper. Here’s The Atlantic’s excellent review. It covers a lot of the same territory as Girls, but with an equally messed up, but likable lead, and unlike on Girls, you don’t want to constantly reach through the TV to give everyone on it a good shake. Watch it, it’s fantastic.

This is a pretty convincing argument for using the most recent Independance Day episode of Halt and Catch Fire as the episode to watch to see if the show is for you, instead of the pilot. It’s mostly a standalone episode, so you might not catch everything that’s going on, but you’ll get a better feel for what the show has become.

Maureen Ryan at Variety has her picks for the 10 shows to look forward to this fall. Vox made a handy tool for choosing your new favorite fall show. Also, here’s the calendar again of all the premiere dates.

Here’s a list of the top 25 shows available right now on Amazon. It’s from Uproxx, so I am amazed that Justified isn’t in a higher spot than #6. (Personally, I would have moved #3 to the back of the list.)

Syfy has released an uncensored version of The Magicians, a show I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I was going to (as a book reader). It will be on demand or Syfy.com until December. It’s basically a cross between Harry Potter and the Narnia books, but doesn’t leave out how messed up you’d be if you suddenly discovered magic was real.

Almost every episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast is available right now for free. What an awesomely weird show.

 

Odds and Ends

Vox looked at all of the many, many jobs that Homer Simpson has had over the 600 episodes of The Simpsons, and despite occasionally becoming the power plant’s CEO, or an astronaut, the Simpson family is still upper lower middle class.

The Narcos trailer with dogs instead of people– Barcos!– is adorable.

Trailers: Morgan Spurlock’s Rats is filmed more like a horror movie than a documentary, which depending on your feelings about toilet rats, is fitting. Amazon released a trailer for The Grand Tour, the new show from the old hosts of Top Gear. Superman has arrived in this trailer for the second season of SupergirlBased on this promo for the upcoming season of Arrow, I missed a lot when I stopped watching halfway through last season. Syfy’s Channel Zero has a real trailer, and it’s only a little less creepy than the ones with the teeth guy.

According to this Buzzfeed quiz, my hatred of Friends has made me 13 years older than my actual age.

They are already filming season three of Poldark, so if you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if Ross had an iPhone, click here. (He has such great hair.)

 

Thursday’s edition will have a super sized version of What To Watch, because I am going on an actual vacation until the end of October, and I’m not taking a laptop. (Very excited!) Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier


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