Your 2018 Emmys Crash Course

The 70th Primetime Emmys are just a day away, and the annual awards show has already made history with a slew of , which follows two black women as they navigate life and love in modern day Los Angeles. (In an interview with Julia Ioffe, Rae discussed the L.A. films and shows that have influenced her writing.)

Industry veteran Kenan Thompson is also finally being recognized for his work as the longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live (which wrapped a middling 43rd season this summer, as Sims wrote). Along with co-star Aidy Bryant, who is up for her first supporting actress award, Thompson was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace. (Chris Haston / NBC)

A Year of Reboots

What’s old is new, and this year’s Emmys is recognizing the number of rebooted shows which have adapted—successfully or not—to current cultural conversations.

Netflix’s Queer Eye, an updated take on Bravo’s early 2000s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, found massive popularity with its new Fab Five. The second season premiered in June (just four short months after the wildly successful first season), and won a Creative Arts Emmy last Sunday for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan’s early ’00s sitcom Will & Grace reemerged last September with Eric McCormack and Debra Messing reprising their titular roles. Season 9 maintains the NBC show’s “merrily slapstick and absurdly wacky” nature, as Megan Garber observes, but there’s a noticeably darker undertone as storylines reference Donald Trump and contemporary politics. Megan Mullally and Molly Shannon are both up for acting awards.

And then there was Roseanne. The ABC comedy was rebooted with the full cast in March, but a racist tweet from the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, ultimately led the network to cancel the series in May. At the time, David Sims argued that ABC knew it was taking a gamble with Barr, who had already made a number of racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic statements prior to the show’s reboot. Though the network is pursuing a different revival about the Conner family without Barr, Laurie Metcalf is still up for a supporting actress Emmy for her role as Jackie in the reboot.

The 70th Primetime Emmys, hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che, will air on September 17 at

Source:: The Atlantic – Culture


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