Paulie’s Perspective: Entertainment News & Notes

Hey kids – Paul Bernardo here and this week was quite eventful with the Emmys and a lot more tidbits to share. Join me here every week for the good news in entertainment. 

END OF THE DARK CRYSTAL

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has been cancelled by Netflix after only a single season. 

“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” said Lisa Henson, executive producer. “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant. We are so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to realize this ambitious series; we are deeply proud of our work on Age of Resistance, and the acclaim it has received from fans, critics and our peers, most recently receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program.”

In other words, Lisa Henson is saying – “I suck, I’m nowhere near as good as my brother Brian Henson, and he sucks too. Sorry”

Yes I saw the show, and yes I hated it. It had no heart and no joy and felt like a big money machine turning about. Nothing about it was interesting, even though the puppets looked exactly like the movie, as did Augra and the sets, but that’s about all it had in common with Jim Henson’s vision. 

Once again, either it’s Disney or Henson’s family – they are trying to duplicate the magic of Henson without having a clue what his work was about or what it stood for. Like i said about Star Wars, it’s amazing how many people can get it wrong. 

SCHITT’S CREEK IS MOVING

Pop TV belongs to the family of ViacomCBS, and so ViacomCBS is going to air the program on the more visible sister channel, Comedy Central. After it’s historic sweep at the Emmy’s, Schitt’s Creek is moving on up to take it’s bow in the limelight. 

EMMY WINNERS

Ok, so viewership of the Emmy’s was down this year – it’s the year of Covid – nobody showed up, what did you expect? Anyway it’s not about viewership points – it’s about Schitt’s Creek – sweeping their category and winning 9 Emmy’s, the most ever for a comedy series. The show does have two legends at the helm who have been at it for a very long time and are amazing collaborators. Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy have been winning awards and making people laugh since the day TV was invented. Eugene’s son Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy round out the winners along with best writing, best casting, best costumes, best directing and maybe a few more. 

John Candy was a big fan and collaborator with Eugene and I sure wish he were alive to see this amazing triumph from his best friend. Still breaks my heart that big kahuna is gone. 

Anyway – HBO wins 30, Netflix 21, Apple TV gets 2 as does Quibi, so that’s embarrassing. Adult Swim gets 4, NBC 8, Disney+ 8, ABC 5, CBS 2. No big surprises, except CBS getting 2, that’s kind of really bad. 

Euphoria gets 3 wins, Watchmen 11, Succession 7, Mandalorian 6. SNL 6, Last Week Tonight, 4.  No Bill Mahr, and he is slipping for sure. I thought Mandalorian would get more since it has revolutionized how tv is shot and made with it’s 3D movie studio – but maybe next year people will realize what it’s done. It’s so good it’s like Led Zeppelin, people really aren’t ready to embrace it or understand it yet. 

Eddie Murphy won an Emmy for hosting SNL after 30 years of being away. That’s more like a “please come back again” nod from the industry. I am proud of Euphoria because it took so many chances and pulled off all those risks very well with maturity and artistry and honesty. I am glad the show got rewarded for it. 

Watchmen was a huge undertaking by HBO. The movie by Zack Snyder was put under a microscope since the comic book is so dearly loved. Honestly, HBO put a huge amount of thought into it, the story was amazing, and heavy hitting as we expect from such a wealth of profound and heavy material.

Regina King was sublime in it, as was Jeffrey Irons and the rest of the cast. I loved everything about it from the costumes to the plot to the dialogue to how everything unfolded brilliantly until the very end. On one hand you hope it continues – but on the other hand the ending was so good- you kind of don’t want it to continue. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race won again, 6 times. I think this is the fifth year Rupaul won an Emmy for his show. I mean, the category is reality competition shows – so the bar is not exactly set high, but still – glad he continues on his winning streak. 

This year snubs really weren’t snubs for me – they were just series that were long in the tooth and have had their time. Curb Your Enthusiasm just didn’t work in the Trump Era – already too much hate in the world to find Larry David funny right now. Ms. Maisel was shut out, she had her time in the sun when streaming platforms were new and exciting. Dead To Me, Kominsky Method, What We Do In The Shadows and The Good Place were also all shut out. Again, they all had their day and now with so much material coming out at such a face pace, they were just simply yesterday’s news. 

PRE-GoT NEWS!!

During this Emmy thing – we got some news about the prequel to GoT!! It is called House of the Dragon, and casting is underway. That’s it – but isn’t that enough?! Let’s hope they don’t botch this one up!!

The Hulk Wins An Emmy!

Mark Ruffalo won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie with his role in I Know This Much is True which aired on HBO. He played two roles, brothers Dominick Birdsey and Thomas Birdsey. Mark gave them subtle but very noticeable differences and played them both brilliantly. Another actor in this show that I thought was fantastic was Rosie O’Donnell who played their social worker. Rosie brought a pain and a seriousness to a role that rivaled Mark’s characters. She was amazing and I just wish she got recognized somehow for doing an amazing job in a tough role, in a very serious and tragic series. 

MICHAEL JORDAN SHOOTS AND SCORES!

Michael Jordan wins his very first Emmy with the amazing documentary The Last Dance. Jordan beat out The Tiger King to win Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Tiger King was extremely popular, even had actors begging on Twitter to be cast in it, but Jordan as always, wins out. 

Jordan has always had a thing with winning, and what he accomplished in the NBA is unmatched, unparalleled and simply historic. 6 Championships, taking a year off to go play baseball, then come back, get back into shape, and win some more rings. Players feared Jordan, even in practice, if you did not give it your all, he would hound you and make your life miserable. Jordan and his talent, his motivation and his desire to win and pull a team up to join him, may never be seen in sport again, let alone in the NBA. 

What that man did has never been done before or since. You can do a series on Magic, Larry, Bill Russell, Iverson, Kobe, anybody – and Jordan’s story, will to win, and accomplishments will continue to reign above them all, just like he did on the court. 

Thanks for reading – see ya next Thursday!