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Showbiz Sandbox 374: Streaming Services Rack Up 2017 Emmy Nominations

July 18, 2017 · 1 Comment 

When this year’s primetime Emmy nominees were announced HBO still lead the way with 111 nominations, including 22 for “Westworld”, but streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are quickly gaining ground with their own popular shows. Even Hulu managed to push their way into the Emmys for the first time with 13 nominations for “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

The only thing that remained the same about the Emmys from previous years is that some shows were nominated that shouldn’t have been, while others weren’t nominated but should have been. Don’t get us started on the TV episode that was somehow nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

One series that wasn’t nominated for an Emmy was “Hawaii Five-O”, the hit CBS show which had two of its main actors depart after a contract dispute that became a flashpoint over the salaries and casting of minority talent.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why a major Chinese entertainment company is taking a hit on the stock market after criticism from government officials, Tyler Perry signs a producing deal with Viacom and Quincy Jones sues the Michael Jackson estate over royalty payments.

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Showbiz Sandbox 373: Is the Academy’s Diversity Fix Misguided?

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment 

After a controversy that faulted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for being too white, too male and too old, the organization has made great strides to broaden the diversity of its membership over the past two years. During that time the Academy invited over 1,450 new members to join its hallowed ranks, […]

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Showbiz Sandbox 372: Firing Movie Directors Has Become A Complicated Business

June 26, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood history is littered with tales of filmmakers being replaced on projects in the middle of production. But when LucasFilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the stand-alone Han Solo project with just a few weeks before principal photography was completed, it raised a host of questions that needs to be addressed by […]

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Showbiz Sandbox 371: Apple and Facebook Get Serious About Original Content

June 19, 2017 · Comments Off on Showbiz Sandbox 371: Apple and Facebook Get Serious About Original Content 

Both Apple and Facebook made headlines this week as details of their plans to produce original television content began to emerge. Apple announced the hire of two well-respected development executives to head up their efforts to participate in the golden age of TV, while Facebook closed deals on their first two shows. It’s a good […]

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Showbiz Sandbox 370: Tony Awards Prove Unnecessary For Some Broadway Shows

June 12, 2017 · Comments Off on Showbiz Sandbox 370: Tony Awards Prove Unnecessary For Some Broadway Shows 

Historically winning a Tony Award can make a big difference in the financial success of a Broadway production. This year’s awards were handed out on Sunday, but some shows may not need to win a Tony to win on Broadway. Ticket sales for “Anastasia”, “A Bronx Tale” and “Come From Away” have been doing just […]

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Showbiz Sandbox 369: When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Comedy

June 5, 2017 · Comments Off on Showbiz Sandbox 369: When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Comedy 

Kathy Griffin and HBO’s Bill Maher learned first-hand last week just how easy it is to cross the line wherein one’s jokes and antics go from being humorous to offensive. But after apologies are issued and near-term financial repercussions are suffered, should the careers of boundary pushing comedians really come to an end because of […]