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Jul 17, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, we talk about the return of Game Of Thrones, which kicked off its penultimate season on Sunday night. Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us. In our second segment, we review the final installment of the “Planet of the Apes” movies, “War For The Planet Of The Apes.” Smith super loves this series. Was he happy with how it all ended? Well, you’ll have to listen and find out. And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week, which is basically just the Emmy nominations. 

Topic 1: Game of Thrones Season 7 Opener

Unless you’ve attending dinner parties at House Frey, you know that Game Of Thrones kicked off its 7th season on Sunday, the first of seven new episodes. Next year, its season 8 and final season will have six episodes. Every episode since the show first aired in 2011 has been leading up to these final two seasons. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have masterfully set up the game board for what is sure to be an epic conclusion. Joining us to talk about Sunday night’s Game Of Thrones is Peter Brown from Assignment X.

Topic 2: War for the Planet of the Apes and What Makes Great Trilogies

That brings us to our review of War for the Planet of the Apes, and a larger discussion of just what is so great about a movie trilogy. There’s nothing quite like a great movie trilogy. Why is that? And does this recent Planet of the Apes trilogy rank among them?

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final movie in the prequelish trilogy of Apes movies which began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s great Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, the lab ape-come-Moses-figure to a tribe of intelligent apes living in California after a plague has wiped out 499 of every 500 people, and Woody Harrelson as a human soldier trying to clutch onto the human control of Earth as a second wave of plague might be finishing off humans for good, War has been widely praised and renewed talk of how the Oscars might honor work like Serkis’ here… performances which are not all CGI and not all human.

 

What makes a great trilogy? Why do we care about trilogies?

Star Wars Trilogy

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Toy Story Trilogy

Mad Max Trilogy

Alien Trilogy

Spider-Man Trilogy

Dark Knight Trilogy

Back to the Future Trilogy

Bourne Trilogy

Dollars Movies Trilogy

Godfather Trilogy

Matrix Trilogy

Indiana Jones

What We're Dorking Out About

The Emmy nominations …. We keeping hearing that we’re in the Platinum Age of Television, but when it comes to the Emmy nominations it’s just business as usual. The Emmys seem to take a giant leap forward last year, nominating criminally overlooked shows like “The Americans,” and giving Emmys to the leads of Orphan Black and Mr. Robot, neither of which are nominated this year, just like “The Americans.” Instead the Emmys took two steps back with nods for shows that are kinda played out like House Of Cards and Modern Family and honoring “movie stars” like Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey, and Liev Schrieber for their TV work even if the performances are not the best TV has to offer. I’m not sure “Westworld” really deserves to be in the Best Drama category. I feel like that nomination is more the result of HBO’s big Emmy marketing budget. And I don’t want to even get into how much I hate that “Sherlock” is nominated for anything, because it was terrible.

There are some bright spots. I was happy to see all the Emmy nominations for A Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Stranger Things and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I’m glad to see so many SNL actresses nominated for supporting actress. Smith, what did you think of the Emmy nominations?

Emmy Nominations

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-emmy-nominees-list-nominations-1202494465/

Big Categories:

Drama Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Actress
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

Comedy Actor
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Comedy Actress
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)
Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Limited Series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“Genius” (National Geographic)

Limited Series Actor
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

Limited Series Actress
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Reality Competition
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series
“Billy On The Street” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

 

We’ve Got a New Doctor Who

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40626224

 

Martin Landau Died at 89

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-landau-dead-ed-wood-811318

 

George Romero Died at 77

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

 

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