Emmys take baby step to nonbinary future
And the TV hit is dead
What to know
The Emmys will now allow actors and actresses to be recognized as “performer”… While this is progress, all performers will still have to be funneled into the actor or actress categories. Baby steps as we head for a future without gendered categories. 🏆
The TV hit is dead… Really interesting piece from the Washington Post about the death of the monocultural TV hit. It’s true, the days of everyone uniting around one show are gone. Thankfully, that has given rise to much more diversity and representation. TV is becoming like music: there’s something for everyone. 📺
WB drops new Suicide Squad trailer as YouTube ad first… Whether intentional or not, WB marketing built buzz this morning by first releasing the new Suicide Squad trailer as a pre-roll YouTube ad. This forced fans to seek it out by luck. It’s possible the WB people just mistimed the rollout, but this could be a clever new marketing strategy. 🎞
Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson team for time-travel rom com Meet Cute… At first I thought this pairing was odd, then I remembered every woman Davidson has dated in real life 💏
Kate Mara and Bryan Tyree Henry to star in futuristic crime thriller limited series for FX… sign me up 🤖
Rachel Zegler is your live-action Snow White… catch her this winter in West Side Story 👸🏼
Transformers 7 gets Rise of the Beasts subtitle… what that means? Beasts me 🐻
Dropping this week:
The Good Fight s5 premiere — June 24 on Paramount+ | Drama series | RT
Central Park s2 premiere — June 25 on Apple | Animated musical series | RT
False Positive — June 25 on Hulu | Horror film | 78% RT
F9 — June 25 in theaters | Action film | 66% RT
What to watch
TV Trailer: I Think You Should Leave season 2 — Netflix July 6
Unless you’re a pretty hardcore comedy nerd, you might only remember Tim Robinson from his brief stint as an SNL cast member from 2012-2014. You also might not. Since then, Robinson has become something of a cult icon among comedy fans thanks to Detroiters on Comedy Central and the beloved gonzo sketch series I Think You Should Leave on Netflix. It turns out Robinson was far too weird for SNL, but his madcap, surreal sense of humor is a perfect fit on Netflix. The title best sums up how this series operates: “I think you should leave” is a meta commentary on the point in most comedy sketches where the straight man asks the troublemaker to go. Many of Robinson’s sketches fit the “I think you should leave” mold but then comment and play with it as a construct, often devolving and evolving into absurdity. I Think You Should Leave is out there, but it captures the energy of basement improv shows and late-night laughs with friends in spectacular fashion. That’s something you can’t really say about Tim Robinson’s former employer these days. It’s a true joy.
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