Small Screen: Award wins and nomination snubs; see what’s new on Netflix
This is a big week for the acronym TCA. The Teenage Choice Awards gave out its surfboard awards July 31 and the Television Critics Association will host its own awards ceremony August 6. From Kevin Hart to Constance Wu, these ceremonies have honored and will honor entertainers of color. Check out the nominations below. Also, check out the full list of movies and TV shows by creators of color added to streaming services this month and any other TV news from this week.
Network: Kevin Hart hearts the Teen Choice Awards. The comedian took home two surfboards from FOX’s July 31 ceremony, including best summer movie actor for Central Intelligence and best comedy for Ride Along 2, which he starred in with Ice Cube. Also taking home a much-coveted surfboard? Janel Parrish from Pretty Little Liars for best TV villain and web star Lilly Singh, better known as ||Superwoman||, for best female web star and best comedy web star. Zendaya also took home the board for best female style.
Speaking of awards, the 2016 Television Critics Association Awards will be held August 6 and features a slew of talent. Hosted by Jane the Virgin’s Jamie Camil, the ceremony has nominated the Rami Malek lead drama Mr. Robot for four awards which tied with The People Vs. OJ Simpson for most nominations. Aziz Ansari and Constance Wu are facing off for best individual achievement in comedy for their shows Master of None and Fresh Off the Boat, respectively.
In ratings news, the John Quinoñes hosted What Would You Do? had a slight uptick in viewership, landing ABC one of the top Friday night audiences July 29. The show secured a 0.8 in adults 18-49 which was up from 0.7 the previous week. Pulling in 3.46 million viewers, the show, in its fifth season, is holding its own against the likes of summer ratings staple America’s Got Talent, which matched with a 0.8.
Cable: In other awards news, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht is shrugging off a lack of Emmy nominations. Despite glowing reviews and breaking viewership records last week, drama Power and comedy Survivor’s Remorse came up empty-handed. “It’s all silly,” Albrecht said. He said Starz is “not on a level playing field” with other networks.
Outside of the awards bubble, TNT is playing its cards right. The channel has ordered The Race Card, an unscripted discussion show hosted by NBA legend Charles Barkley. The show, set to air in 2017, will follow Barkley as he travels across United States and challenges “like-minded” views on pressing national issues. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo,” Barkley said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Nicole Byer, star of MTV’s comedy Loosely Exactly Nicole, spoke out about stereotyping casting directors this week at the Television Critics Association. Byers said she saw through what directors meant when they asked her to be “more urban” or “bring more edge” at auditions. One casting director even told her, “I need you to be as black as possible.” Byers said she would encounter the same racism at every audition she went to. “But look at me now,” she added.
TBS has greenlit a pilot for World’s End, a dark comedy starring Wanda Sykes. The show follows Sykes as a mental institution shrink who looks after a charismatic but unstable high school teacher, played by co-star Hamish Linklater. Currently guest starring on Black-ish, this will be the first show Sykes has headlined since the 2009 single season of The Wanda Sykes Show.
Online: The start of every new month means two things; it’s time to pay rent and it’s time to see what’s new on Netflix. August will see the release of the Netflix original series The Get Down, which breaks several television records. First, it’s prolific director Baz Luhrmann’s first television series. Second, it’s the most expensive Netflix show to date and one of the most expensive in history.
After two and a half years of troubled production, the show’s first six hours will debut on Netflix August 12. The hip hop-centered musical drama will follow a group of musical teenagers running wild in the Bronx in the late 70s. Its huge cast is packed with talent: it includes Shameik Moore from Dope, Skylan Brooks from The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, and Giancarlo Esposito, who needs no introduction, just to name a few.
To hold you over before August 12, here’s a full list of content to be added to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now created by or starring people of color this month. Pause whatever you’re binging and check it out:
• Critical Condition, 1987 comedy
• Destination: Team USA, 2016 documentary
• The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006 thriller
• Final Destination 3
• Isis: The British Women Supporters Unveiled, 2015 documentary
• Memoria, 2015 drama
• Sleepy Hollow, FOX drama series
• The Wedding Planner, 2001 rom-com
• T-Rex, 2015 documentary
• The Get Down, 2016 musical drama
• The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, 2016 fantasy/mystery
• Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV, 2015 comedy special
• Septembers of Shiraz, 2015 drama
• Blue is the Warmest Color, 2013 romance
• The Others, 2001 thriller
• How She Move, 2007 drama
• Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, 2003 thriller
• House of Lies, seasons 4 and 5
• 13 Assassins, 2010 thriller
• Brown Sugar, 2002 comedy
• The Bucket List, 2007 comedy/drama
• Detras de la Verdad (Behind the Truth), 2014 thriller
• El Negocio, season 3 premier
• Felices 140 (Happy 140), 2015 comedy/dram