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  • Macbeth
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    I’m surprised no one has said anything about this yet.

    IFC has picked up (and renewed) a new show called Documentary Now!, which parodies famous documentaries and documentary series.

    The show is created by and stars Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers, and is hosted by Helen Mirren, and premieres on IFC next week.

    The first episode (technically the second episode of the series) already was released online. You should check it out if you haven’t, its hilariously brilliant, and if the Emmy voters see it, it will be hard for them not to nominate at least Hader. 

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    Riley
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    I saw many posters for this.  Looks great!

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    KyleBailey
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    This looks fabulous. Looks like a strong contender in Variety Sketch 

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    Macbeth
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    This looks fabulous. Looks like a strong contender in Variety Sketch 

    Its not a sketch series, as each episode is a self-contained story. It is more an anthology series.  
    It would serious category fraud if this went into Variety Sketch, when it really belongs in Comedy. 

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    KyleBailey
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    But I think that’s the same format that Drunk History has. I don’t watch it but I think that’s how they do it can someone confirm? I think it is their most reasonable Emmy categorization 

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    Macbeth
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    Well, Drunk History has three or four different “stories” per episode, which are technically sketches, which are simply short-form vignettes or segments contained within one episode. Documentary Now! has only one per episode, which technically makes it a comedy show. But yeah, its very confusing, and I can see it being chosen to be in either Comedy or Variety Sketch. If it does go Variety Sketch, it will certainly take the place of Key and Peele. 

    But of course, the easy winner of this category (if it premieres in time) will be Maya and Marty 

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    Atypical
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    Looking forward to seeing what this is all about. I’ve already set the DVR.

    Nothing’s going to replace “Key & Peele” in Variety Sketch Series with the stellar episodes airing right now that will be eligible at next year’s Emmys in its final season. “Drunk History” would be the most vulnerable next year if it returns.

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    Riley
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    Key & Peele is not vulnerable.

    It even has an acting nomination.

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    Macbeth
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    Damn, I made a mistake – I got confused and thought this past season was its last.  

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    Riley
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    Ohhhhhhhhhh.

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    Macbeth
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    Yeah, I really doubt one of the most hilarious and consisitently excellent shows is going to get snubbed in its last season. My mind doesn’t always work properly in these matters…

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    [quote=”KyleBailey”]

    This looks fabulous. Looks like a strong contender in Variety Sketch 

    Its not a sketch series, as each episode is a self-contained story. It is more an anthology series.  
    It would serious category fraud if this went into Variety Sketch, when it really belongs in Comedy. 
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    It’s a different kind of sketch series as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think it would make much sense in Best Comedy Series. The sketches may each be one episode long, but it’s still not a continuous story with consistent characters that I would consider the hallmark of a “comedy series.”

    “Inside Amy Schumer” did one complete episode around just her “!2 Angry Men” parody, and that was definitely a sketch This is just like that, except every week.

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    Macbeth
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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]

    [quote=”KyleBailey”]

    This looks fabulous. Looks like a strong contender in Variety Sketch 

    Its not a sketch series, as each episode is a self-contained story. It is more an anthology series.  
    It would serious category fraud if this went into Variety Sketch, when it really belongs in Comedy. 
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    It’s a different kind of sketch series as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think it would make much sense in Best Comedy Series. The sketches may each be one episode long, but it’s still not a continuous story with consistent characters that I would consider the hallmark of a “comedy series.”

    “Inside Amy Schumer” did one complete episode around just her “!2 Angry Men” parody, and that was definitely a sketch This is just like that, except every week.
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    Yes, but Inside Amy Schumer was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, not Outstanding Variety Sketch Episode. 

    Maybe this is a Variety Sketch series, but I don’t think it belongs there. It belongs there in the same way that Nathan for You and Review do – but no one predicts them for Variety Sketch series, do they? I know Andrew Daly and Nathan Fielder play continous characters, but that doesn’t really mean much, because Variety performers still get nominated for Outstading Performance in COMEDY SERIES. Each episode of Review and Nathan for You are different (except for a slight arc in Review), so the same should be applied to Documentary Now!

    But really, who cares? Its not like the Emmys are going to bite. They are occasionally intelligent enough to do something like separate the Variety shows into Talk and Variety…but then they snub The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which for the past decade has been the best talk show, other than The Colbert Report (if you can call that a talk show in essence), and they choose to nominate Jimmy Fallon and his vanilla, viral-pandering “show”. Emmy voters claim to recognize the best in television…then how come, for example, Ferguson received a total of ZERO nominations for his show? Next year it will get even worse – Letterman is gone, and only Stephen Colbert (in his new show pants) and John Oliver will keep some sanity in this category. You can probably expect to see Late Night with Seth Meyers (the worse talk show on TV at the moment – Seth has no charisma) to get in place of Letterman, and Trevor Noah, the most overrated comedian in the world, will probably get in for The Daily Show. I don’t see Colbert winning for his new show right now, and the most deserving candidate for an Emmy – John Oliver – is too polarizing. Kimmel can sit this one out again…which only paves the way for a Fallon victory next year. Its really unfortunate. Anyway, rant over!

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    Atypical
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    It was good in a peculiar way. I’ll have to see more episodes to see what they actually do to satirize and subvert the documentary genre, b/c all this first episode really did was have Bill Hader and Fred Armisen do their best Little Edie and Big Edie impersonations, respectively, which were spot on and funny, for what it’s worth. We’ve just seen them do all kinds of drag and characters similar to this in the past. I was sort of reminded of those “SNL” sketches that Kenan Thompson hosts with the lost TCM classics where he presents an absurdist “lost” gem of the begone golden age of film era that is a riff on classic films (the best one might have been with Melissa McCarthy falling down the stairs repeatedly and all of her suitors being gay men lol). I think I wanted more of that kind of spirit here. It’s also why I wanted to see more of Helen Mirren, who could have easily been included after each commercial break ended (I wonder how much she was paid to do maybe a day’s worth of work introducing these segments). The homicidal bent at the end with the shopper guy was cool and something I wanted to see more of, I guess. I just watched “The Skeleton Twins” recently, and it’s given me new insights into what Bill Hader’s capable of doing. It’s far more than what you would suspect. He could legitimately be an Oscar nominee one of these days. As far as this goes, there’s something here and room for growth. It could make the Emmys cut next year if “Drunk History” could manage it, but Comedy Central is a savvier Emmy campaigner than IFC is.

    Grade for “Sandy Passage”: B

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