'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'
“Dad has left…and now we have a stepdad. And he’s black”.
Trevor Noah decided to explain how he got the job. It was offered to Americans and women and since they rejected it, it is now covered by an immigrant. Just like all other American jobs.
He discussed the Pope, John Boehner and water being found on Mars. Topical.
He focused quite a bit on taking over from Jon Stewart, but as long as this is the only time they do it this hard, I think it worked well.
His report with the audience and his confidence on camera is proving that he is adequate to take over from Jon Stewart. Considering they’ve kept many of the same writers, the tone of the show remains and he delivers it as well as he possibly could. I’m impressed, and looking forward to more.
67th Primetime Emmy Awards REcap
Amy’s Poehler and Schumer presented the first award of the evening, which was obviously a dream team we never knew we needed.
Ricky Gervais also presented and continued to be a weirdo who tries to be funny but it never quite works.
Jimmy Kimmel had one of the best bits of the night where he actually ate the name in the card before announcing who won so he could give it to whomever he wanted to.
Jeffrey Tambor had one of the best speeches (and is also the oldest Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner, ever) with this line alone: “I was told to act like my life depended on it. I’ve been given the chance to act because people’s lives depend on it” SO MANY TEARS.
The fact I found most interesting from the night was that over 40 nominees have worked under Lorne Michaels. Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg gave him a World’s Best Boss mug for all his hard work (even though Shonda Rhimes technically won the mug).
Amy Poehler wore a hoodie and sunglasses for her category, giving off serious Taryn Manning a la Orange Is The New Black vibes.
Jon Oliver took the Emmys to town for calling things a ‘limited series’ (all series are technically limited - except Jeopardy!).
Samberg parodied the end of Mad Men by doing a commercial saying he wants to give the world an Emmy, but it ended in some bloodshed.
There was a cute bit where Tatiana Maslany and Tony Hale were looking for goods on the red carpet but only found a can of beans.
Then they did the worst thing a show about how great television is could do: they honoured the shows that ended this year with a bunch of clips from the final episodes, which was basically two minutes of straight spoilers. Like, really, Emmys? REALLY? No matter what you’ve done to avoid spoiling these very recent shows you were screwed if you watched this dumb two minute clip. We won’t forgive for this one, Emmys.
Jon Hamm got a standing ovation for finally winning after EIGHT attempts. Thank you Academy, finally. (Also best walk up to the stage).
Viola Davis also had one of the most powerful speeches, speaking out about women of colour and their struggles in the industry. She's the first black woman to win a Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there” THANK YOU, VIOLA.
Tracy Morgan made a surprise appearance at the end to present Best Drama, his first appearance since his accident 15 months ago. He (obviously) received a standing ovation, and gave a very moving speech.
Congrats to all the winners tonight! See you next year - as long as the Emmys doesn’t spoil any more shows, but I guess bravo for keeping it in the allotted 3 hours. Win some, lose some.
Ferrell Takes the Field
Of course this was all filmed, and it aired tonight on HBO.
It was surprisingly sentimental, as the whole point was to raise money (one million dollars, to be exact), for his good friend's charity, Cancer for College. This money will go to scholarships for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, so that they can have a future.
The program was entertaining to watch, and Ferrell just being himself is funny and charming, and something you can't help but enjoy watching.
He was also surprisingly not terrible playing on the major league level (especially for a 47-year-old). If you have 50 minutes to spare and have HBO, I highly recommend checking it out.
'Fear the Walking Dead' Premiere
For one, they still don’t know what these things are. Plus, we get to see normal life in this world for a little bit, which is so weird to see, but also refreshing.
The show revolves around one family in LA, the daughter in high school, the son a drug junkie, who opens up the episode by finding his girlfriend eating someone else’s face (women, amirite?), the dad is a divorced teacher and has a kid from another marriage, while the mom works as a counsellor at the same school, where a child tries to tell her about the oncoming apocalypse.
The girlfriend from the first two minutes of the show is actually only one of three zombies we see in the whole episode. The second showing up in a video of someone getting shot over and over and not dying, and the third being a drug dealer that the son shoots and obviously also does not die.
Overall, the episode was a little dull, for what it’s supposed to be, and definitely a setup episode. I was still entertained, and the characters and family are interesting enough that I want to know what happens to them and how it will turn up. The end is just beginning, and it’s off to a slow start, but I’ll keep watching, that’s for sure.
'Orange Is the New Black' Is Back
Out on early release for good behaviour.
Netflix released the third season of Orange Is the New Black earlier than expected Thursday evening (as if we weren't all gonna stay up late and watch anyways, baby).
The season starts off fairly happy-go-lucky, with mother's day taking over Litchfield as kids come in and visit their mothers (that ends quickly when you then have to see them leave, I'm still recovering).
All of our favourite characters are back behind bars (except for Jason Biggs and Pornstache - although we do meet Pornstache's mother [Mary Steenburgen]).
Without giving too much away, the loose ends from season two are tied up fairly quickly, with some incoming drama by the end of the second episode.
Within the first few episodes we got our requisite cat fights, drug smuggling, steamy hide-away sex sessions and a bed bug outbreak. We also saw a book funeral that we can only hope every book that passes on gets.
You can stream the entire third season on Netflix now.
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