FROM Mary McNamara
TV Roundup: Super Bowl Edition Beyonce performed during the Super Bowl half-time show yesterday – but she didn’t just sing. She also got political. This week in our regular Monday television roundup, we talk about the biggest day in sports and television.
Monday Night Emmys The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades that the event is held on any day other than a Sunday. Up for awards this year: old favorites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. But can an upstart like Orange is the New Black or Silicon Valley take home the prize? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul in Emmy Promo Video: “Barely Legal Pawn”
Reality Hits Hollywood in More Ways than One Network and Cable TV used to be totally separate worlds. Now NBC is part of the same company as USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi—and Viacom owns both CBS and Showtime. Both networks are now looking to cable to help fill prime time.
Studios Try to Influence Oscar Voters Tomorrow's the last day of voting for this year's Oscars , which will be given out Sunday. In an attempt to curtail campaign spending, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has shortened the season between nominations and Oscar night. Has it worked? What is the role of the Internet? Film critics? Are certain genres more likely to win than others? We hear the latest buzz from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times and Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and president of the National Society of Film Critics.
Comey firing: What we know now, where the FBI goes from here President Donald Trump is now contradicting his own letter to James Comey, and saying that he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation from his deputy attorney general. Also, how has all this news been affecting agents within the FBI?
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.
Uber at the LA Times, Preserving LA, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Uber moves into the Times Mirror Square complex in downtown LA. Preservationists want Frank Gehry to incorporated a mid-century bank into his mixed-use project on Sunset. And Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale uses color and costume to make a dystopian story visually stunning.
Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent' Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.