The Emmy Awards that we see on television are just 1/2 of the Emmys awards issued. This past weekend the vast majority of the awards were handed out to talented craftspeople who do the actual work of making TV.
It remains odd to me that this is not broadcast or streamed anywhere. With declining ratings for the main awards, it seems unlikely it'll ever happen.
Some notable winners:
- The late Chadwick Boseman won Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance for his voice work in Marvel's What If...?
- Peter Jackson deservedly won Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance for the Beatles doco series Get Back. The series also won for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
- New talent Barrack Obama won Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for his doco series Our Great National Parks.
The full list is available to read through here:
25 million for Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power
HBO's reported viewership for the first episode of Game of Thrones: House of The Dragon topped out at about 25 million. A similar number reported for the global opening weekend viewership of the new Lord of The Rings show on Amazon. That number will grow over the first week following what has been pretty decent word of mouth buzz.
These are apples and orange numbers - keep in mind that Amazon are talking global viewership here. HBO are only reporting North American viewership with the show available in many international markets via third-party providers.
Either way, both shows appear to be pretty big hits.
A $3 movie celebration
In an effort to drive attendees back to the cinema, US theatres over the weekend charged just $3 for tickets. The most watched films: Top Gun Maverick and Spider-Man: Home Is Where The Heart Is (or whatever the most recent one was called). It goes to show that cheaper tickets won't necessarily drive experimentation by seeing lower-profile films. Even at a lower price point, viewers are still looking to the cinema screen for spectacle.
- Rutherford Falls has been cancelled after two seasons by Peacock. I tapped out of the show pretty early in on account of it not being especially funny. I do suspect more people may have sampled it if the messaging around the show had more to it than "it has underseen representation." Sure, a plus - but that can't be all the narrative of a show has to it. Read: Variety
- The Crown has its William and Kate. Read: Deadline
- The naked baby from the Nirvana Nevermind cover has lost his lawsuit. Read: NYT
- Thanks to review bombers on the new Lord of The Rings show, Amazon is putting a three-day hold on all customer TV show and movie reviews. Read: The Verge
- Jane Fonda is currently undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read: THR
- Rob Delany is joining season 6 of Black Mirror. Read: Deadline
Nicholas Winding Refn's new TV series Copenhagen Cowboy debuts on Netflix later this year. Will the series be better received than Amazon Prime Video's Too Old To Die Young, which Amazon seemed to almost deny any existence of back in 2019.
10-episode Netflix series The Imperfects debuts Sept 8.
What a start to what will be an outstanding week. Join me for more confected positivity as the week goes on.