Unless you spend 30 hours per day watching TV and are spending a small fortune on streaming services, there’s no way you can be familiar with all the nominees that were announced for the 2022 Emmy Awards. The TV critics know who they are, but the viewers don’t.
There is a way to create interest in the awards show, even if you’re honoring shows that the mass audience isn’t familiar with — by having a big-name host preside over the festivities.
The Emmys need someone who can make us laugh, someone who can ad-lib. The event needs an entertainer that everyone will be talking about on social media.
It looked like the Emmys were headed in the right direction when they went after Chris Rock, and then Dwayne Johnson. Both said they had something else to do on Sept. 12 and turned the Emmy producers down. Apparently, so did everyone else.
The nominees were announced Tuesday, but the name of the host is still a mystery.
There might not even be a host, which is a lot like having a symphony orchestra without a conductor. There’s no one to keep things running smoothly.
There could be a reason why the Emmy producer can’t find a host — because no one wants to be associated with a low-rated telecast.
If the ratings tank, which they probably will, the host will take part of the blame.
But it’s difficult to blame the host if you don’t have one. So that’s why everyone is staying away.
Besides, even a potential host might not recognize all of the nominees.
A new version of “Jersey Shore” has hit a dead end, thanks to the stars of the old “Jersey Shore.”
According to the New York Post, MTV was getting ready to launch a new version of “Jersey Shore.” perhaps the most popular reality show in the network’s history.
The network also announced that the show would have a brand-new cast, a news item that didn’t sit well with the original cast, claiming it was disrespected.
Apparently, the words from the former stars mattered as filming for the new series never started.
“Jersey Shore” made its debut 13 years ago and created instant celebrities out of most of the cast, including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Deena Nicole Cortese.
The alumni had an interesting take on the issue. They claim that MTV was struggling when “Jersey Shore” started and that the original cast, which opened up their hearts on camera, was responsible for an MTV resurgence.
The cast is still part of the MTV family, appearing in the sequel, “Jersey Shore Vacation.”
Here’s the bottom line — MTV may be looking for a fresh reboot by hiring a new cast. On this show, however, the old cast is locked in people’s memories. There will be comparisons between the old and the new, and it’s doubtful that the new will come off looking good. That’s why most sequels fail.
Besides, who knew the original guys had veto power?
While MTV wanted a new cast for its reboot of “Jersey Shore,” “Criminal Minds” is heading in the opposite direction.
The show will be resurrected with 10 new episodes on Paramount Plus, with six members of the original cast on the payroll. Even the executive producer is a veteran.
Viewers who will be tuning in for the revival will know who the stars are.
Not every actor who was on board during parts of the show’s 15-year run will be back for the new episodes, but some big stars will be returning, including Joe Mantegna, Adam Rodriguez, AJ Cook, Aisha Tyler, Paget Brewster and Kirsten Vangsness. It wasn’t until producer Erica Messer agreed to come back, however, that the wheels were put into motion for a new version.
According to TV Line, the 10 episodes will be serialized and there will be just one storyline.
Considering the show’s past, the plot should be pretty good.
“Criminal Minds” was one of the most successful procedurals in CBS history, lasting for 15 seasons and racking up high ratings. The cast changed numerous times during the show’s run, but it never had a ratings drop.
Granted, because of the grotesque nature of the show, “Criminal Minds” could be rough to watch at times.
If a show is going to be revived on Paramount Plus, however, it might as well be one of the best crime dramas in CBS history.
Matt Buckler is television and radio editor of the Journal Inquirer.