It’s hard to say what will happen at the Emmy Awards this Sunday. First of all, Andy Samberg will host, but given the number of awards that are handed out, we probably won’t see much of him. The Emmies, which used to honour the best in network television, are now given to shows that are just as likely to be watched on cable or online. The lead contenders are HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, and AMC’s Mad Men, as well as Amazon’s Transparent. Is this year going to be the one where Jon Hamm finally gets his Best Actor nod? Will a black woman finally win a Best Actress in a Drama award – because that’s never happened. (Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder and Taraji P Henson for Empire). Will Modern Family win Best Comedy for the 6th year in a row? Will Letterman beat out John Oliver for best variety show? Will Amy Schumer say something rude and shocking but very very true?
Speaking of David Letterman, he has a new gig. He’s going to India with the National Geographic Channel to examine how that nation is trying to bring solar power to its entire population within the next decade. It’s a high profile series, with Jack Black, Ty Burrell, James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a lot of other top names looking at climate change. The project is the first Letterman has announced since leaving “The Late Show” on CBS last May.
This October will mark 26 years since Pamela Anderson first appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine, She went on to do the same another dozen times, most recently in 2011, and at 48 years old, she’s not quite done. She appears stripped down on the cover of Flaunt magazine. Her body actually cover the first two letters of the magazin’s title, which certainly got my attention, – what magazine name ends in “UNT”? until I realized it was probably ‘AUNT” magazine