I’m been going from one Emmy FYC (For Your Consideration) screening to another. Doug is a member of the TV Academy and I’ve been his plus one guest. It’s always fun but the plethora of television shows on major networks and cable is overwhelming. How is it possible to keep up, especially if you’re addicted to the news like me?
We have basic cable, so we depend on our screener copies and screening events to see most of the shows. Every day the doorbell rings with huge boxes of screeners. (Click on images to view full-size)
Our mail person must hate us! Some of the DVD sets are quite unique. Check out this package for Mindhunter. It’s so clever!
. . . and the Emmy swag! It’s insane!
The best part for me is the actual screenings and reception afterward. Each network tries to outdo themselves to garner Emmy votes. I don’t mind at all. I’d rather eat Wolfgang Puck than make dinner although now, I’m afraid to step on the scale.
Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite Emmy FYC parties so far.
Our screening was held at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and a tea was hosted by Ahmad tea. We each received a huge swag bag of tea, cookies and a DVD set of the show. The highlight was the Q & A. Angela Lansbury was there sitting about 6 feet away from me. She’s still incredible at age 92 and plays Aunt March in the show. You have to see it. It’s a wonderful limited series, well-acted and photographed. Check out the shot I got of Maya Hawke (daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) who plays Jo, Angela Lansbury and Kathryn Newton who plays Amy.
This show gets the top prize for best after screening party. It stars Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl, and Luke Evans. The story takes place in Old New York during the Gilded Age. It’s a dark psychological thriller that captures the sordid slums and the criminal element that was present during that era. It’s written by Caleb Carr. Psychologists during that time were called “Alienists” because they studied people who were considered to be abnormal. It was filmed mostly in Budapest.
Our screening took place at the Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills and a theatrical performance followed the Q & A. After that, we all convened on the patio for the reception They brought in a New Orleans style band, had fake snow, costumes, set designs and projected Old New York on the walls. We all went home with a copy of the book.
This is Us
I loved that the “This is Us” screening was held at the historic United Artist Theatre – Ace Hotel in downtown LA. We were greeted at the door and handed a steel lunchbox filled with dinner and enjoyed cocktails from the bar. The Q & A was amazing with almost the entire cast except for Sterling K. Brown who appeared via Skype. He was in New York promoting a film. It was hysterical watching everyone walk to the parking lot with their lunchboxes in hand. It looked like we were on the way to work at a factory.
We got to see the finale of the show which ends after this season. I won’t give away the ending. It’s a fabulous show that hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves mostly because there are so many high-quality television shows on the air right now. If you can watch the series, I recommend it, especially with all the Russian meddling going on right now. Matthew Rhys and Kerri Russell are now a “real” couple. He’s incredibly funny and has a deep Welsh accent.
Netflix always goes all out. They have an entire stage at Raleigh Studios with a display of all their shows. We’ve also been to individual screenings like my favorite “The Crown.” It was also fun to see Glow, which is about a guy trying to make a TV show about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. That was a real thing in the 80s. In fact, I met the real guy at the Emmy reception for “The Americans” because he was sitting at our table. What cracked me up about that show was that I starred in a movie during the 80s that was about wrestling and some of the GLOW wrestlers were in it. Other shows featured included Godless, Lost in Space, Altered Carbon, Grace and Frankie and One Day at a Time.
We got to see Samantha Bee being interviewed by Molly Ringwald at the Writer’s Guild Theater. She’s hilarious. One woman came to the mike and thanked her for making her laugh as an alternative to watching the news. Sorry, Samantha, you shouldn’t have said the “C” word even though a certain first daughter was clearly out of touch with the moment.
This show is hysterical. I can’t believe I hadn’t watched it before our screening. It was at Paramount Studios and I didn’t want to Q & A to end because the actors were so funny. Then, there was a fabulous reception following. It’s about a tech startup in Silicon Valley (of course) and really keys in on the competition and what it takes to get rich in that arena.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
This is a bizarre period show about a girl’s finishing school that is set in the Australian Outback. It’s also based on a novel. The costumes are astounding and apparently, Hanging Rock has some strange energy even to this day.
Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in this Lifetime feature about the story of Griselda Blanco. She was a drug runner who was in cahoots with the Medellín Cartel. They called her the Queen of Narco-trafficking and you wouldn’t want to meet her in person. She was mean, nasty, and murderous. I was chilled when I found out she once stayed in Tustin, California hiding out from the Feds. Zeta-Jones is excellent as Griselda but I hear others like Jennifer Lopez may be doing her own version of the story.
. . . and speaking of Jennifer Lopez
She showed up at the TV Academy to promote her new show, “The World of Dance.” It was thrilling to see her along with Derrick Hough talk about the show. Apparently, she showed up at the Met Gala just days later in full regalia.
And so many more
We went to a bunch of other Emmy FYC events as well and still have a week left as of this post. Some have included “The Rundown with Robin Thede,” “Black Lightning,” “The Looming Tower,” “Life Below Zero,” “Waco,” “Trust,” “Insecure,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Outlander,” and “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G,” “Star Trek Discovery” and “Will and Grace.”
And last but not least
Our Emmy FYC screening season ended with none other than Barbra Streisand. She made a film about her most recent concert tour (which I saw at the Staples Center) and afterward she came out and talked to us with Jaime Fox. What an amazing woman!
The TV Academy now has over 24,000 members. Every time an FYC evening is announced Doug’s phone alerts him and he has to jump to sign up because it will fill up within 10 minutes. We’ve missed a few great shows like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but believe me, we have the DVD. I have another week to go of partying so I may be adding more pics.
What shows do you love to watch on TV? What do you binge on? Please leave a comment below.