The Second Annual Pandemmys

How many thought last year’s pandemic Emmys, where the beloved Schitt’s Creek swept every major comedy award (Note: Including, at last, one for the beloved Catherine O’Hara), and in turn launched tens of thousands of Halloween/gay pride costume ideas, was a one-time thing?

Well, it only sort of was.

Shiny happy Moiras!

Yes, SC is no longer with us, leaving this year’s comedy trophies likely to come down to a battle between Apple’s Ted Lasso and HBO’s Hacks.  But do you know what else IS still with us?

Envelope, please –

THE PANDEMIC!!!

Woo hoo?

So live from coast to coast on CBS for three hours plus on Sunday night beginning anywhere from 5:00-8:00pm, depending on your time zone, is

Drumroll, please —

THE PANDEMIC EMMYS!!!!

Prepare the “Ted Lassos the Emmys” headlines

Yes, it’ll still take place at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown L.A., where many of us in L.A. haven’t been since, oh, pre-pandemic days.  But instead of getting perennial awards show host Jimmy Kimmel, this year CBS is trying something different.  They’re giving us –

CEDRIC the ENTERTAINER!!!

Now truly, he happens to be a funny guy.  And he’s the star of the CBS series The Neighborhood which certainly has nothing to do with this year’s Emmys except that, well, it is on CBS.

There better be good hats!

But let’s not digress.

You might be saying to yourself right about now: Chair, why do I give a flying fig about the best on television when the world is falling apart and I haven’t received my COVID booster shot yet because I’m nowhere near as old and connected as you are????

Well, the reason is:

You’ve freakin’ been doing nothing BUT watching TV most weekends this year (Note: Because you’re still alive) so OF COURSE you’re going to care!!!!!

Don’t act like this is not you!

That being the case, please join both The Chair and Holly on Tuesday as we unpack the SECOND ANNUAL PANDEMIC EMMYS on THE FIRST ANNUAL EMMY EPISODE OF —

POD FROM A CHAIR!!

We will recap what promises to be yet another strange awards evening, among so many strange evenings in the last 18 months; applaud and hiss the winners and losers and snubbed; and perhaps even politically incorrectly dish a couple of the outfits, especially among any perceived anti-vaxers.

Of course, none of that is as important as JEAN SMART winning for BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY for her career-topping performance in HACKS but, then again, what could be???  #IfSheLosesItsRigged.

Jean and the Emmy Technicolor Dreamcoat

The only thing we could think of is getting the vaccine, masking up AND having a few laughs.

Stay tuned.  And see you soon.

Let it Go – from Ted Lasso

Summer Pod-a-palooza!

Join the Chair and Notes exec editor Holly Van Buren for this week’s special TWO-PART EPISODE OF Pod From a Chair where we unpack the answer to that pressing question on everyone’s mind:

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, READING AND LISTENING TO THIS SUMMER????

(Note: For OUR answers click on the links at the end of this post).

The Chair’s summer vacation

It’s August of our SECOND COVID SUMMER and yeah, we’re all trying to keep healthy and sane.  Part of that is preoccupying your brain and entertaining yourself enough so you don’t have the following kinds of thoughts running through YOUR MIND on a loop:

I don’t know about you but if I see one more group of people at a town hall in a red state who aren’t going to get the FREE Pfizer or Moderna vaccine that half the world is begging for so THEY DON’T HAVE TO DIE OF COVID, I’m gonna…..

Not do anything. 

Because that’s not the way to bring people around to take the vaccine, right?  And we want them to take the vaccine so next summer isn’t our THIRD COVID SUMMER and we aren’t talking about the 12th variant that’s 112 times worse than the Delta.

Right? 

Unless it affects just the…..

Yup, that’s a bit how it goes out here in L.A. (Note: aka fire country) and in Staten Island (Note: The borough with the lowest vaccine rate in NYC). 

Where’s my pipe?

We stop ourselves mid-sentence and say:

But I’m late for the next episode of ______________, or the new or old movie with __________________ or the next chapter of _________________ or the new song by _________________________  so no time to continue that thought.

Not a perfect strategy but certainly an entertaining and effective one.

So listen in as we dissect such shows as HBO’s White Lotus; Apple’s new musical limited series Schmigadoon! as well as its second season (so far) of Ted Lasso; and Netflix’s season two of Never Have I Ever. There’s also talk of binging vs. single episode devotion, as well as…well, you’ll see.

And that’s only part one.

Double the fun!

Part Two tackles the Olympics; the dreaded last year of Donald Trump in the new bestseller I Alone Can Fix It; why neither of us is going near the new films Black Widow and Jungle Cruise but are instead revisiting classics like Palm Beach Story, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Exorcist and Snowpiercer; and how Billie Eilish’s new and riveting Happier Than Ever album/cd (Note: Do they even call them that anymore?) must be listened to with headphones.

There’s all that and more.  A lot more.  (Note: The latter to be said in a slightly snide tone, in case you needed reminding).

Okay, click below and feel free to snidely comment back, to disagree, and to pass it on anywhere you see fit.

Until next week……

Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish