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  • Will
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    PBS Plans Broadcast of Angela Lansbury-James Earl JonesDriving Miss Daisy

    By Robert Viagas
    11 Jun 2015 

    An Australian production of Driving Miss Daisy starring multiple Tony Award winners Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones was taped for TV and will be broadcast in the U.S. July 17 by PBS.

    Presented as part of the “Great Performances” series, Alfred Uhry‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play (which was made into an Oscar-winning Best Picture) will be broadcast at 9 PM ET that day in the New York area. Check local listings.

    Another multiple Tony winner, Boyd Gaines, plays Lansbury’s son Boolie.

    Here’s how PBS summarizes Uhry’s play: “When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.”

    The play originated Off-Broadway in 1987 at Playwrights Horizons withDana Ivey and Morgan Freeman. After winning the Pulitzer Prize it went on to a 1,195-performance run. In 1989, after many regional productions it was made into a film starring Freeman and Jessica Tandy, and won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and, for Tandy, Best Actress. The show finally played Broadway in 2010 in a production with James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines and Vanessa Redgrave playing Daisy.

    Lansbury has won Tony Awards for her roles in Mame,Dear WorldGypsySweeney Todd and Blithe Spirit. Her most recent Broadway appearance was inThe Best Man in 2012. She recently completed a U.S. tour of Blithe Spirit. She was nominated for three Oscars for her film work, and enjoyed a long run with her TV series “Murder, She Wrote.”

     

    James Earl Jones won Tony Awards for The Great White Hope and Fences. His film work includes The Great White Hope (Oscar nomination), “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Hunt for Red October.” His familiar resonant voice can be heard as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” films and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King.”

    This production of Driving Miss Daisy was directed for the stage by David Esbjornson, and directed for the screen by Peter Ots.

    For further information, visit Great Performances Online. 


    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/pbs-plans-broadcast-of-angela-lansbury-james-earl-jones-driving-miss-daisy-351130
     
    Great news, but too bad it won’t be eligible for the Emmy consideration. Might have finally won Dame Angela an Emmy after all those years and 18 nominations. 
     

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    tennisfreak
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    Why isn’t it eligible? She was nominated for Sweeney Todd and wasn’t Cicely Tyson just nominated for Trip To Bountiful?

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    Will
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    Why isn’t it eligible? She was nominated for Sweeney Todd and wasn’t Cicely Tyson just nominated for Trip To Bountiful?

    It was released in cinemas prior its TV showing.  
    Trip To Bountiful was a made for TV movie, not a filmed stage production.  

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    24Emmy
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    Aww. I clicked on this thread because of the excitement that Angela Lansbury might finally win an Emmy. Oh well.

     

    Maybe PBS can bend the rules. Hey, other networks have.

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    Chris Beachum
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    It may be allowed to follow the same rules as other live productions (like “The Nance” and “Peter Pan Live” this year; “Sound of Music” last year). It must compete as a Special Class production, but its actors can compete in the movie/mini categories.

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    tennisfreak
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    No offense Will but I’m going to hope for Boomer’s equally nuanced take on the rules here but thanks for the explanation!

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    Will
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    Oh, this is fantastic news! I thought it would be eligible because it was shown in cinemas first.

    How fitting it would be for Dame Angela to win her first Emmy for a theatrical production. I’m sure she’ll get at least nominated. It one of the best roles she has played. James Earl Jones and especially Boyd Gaines are also wonderful in it. 

    Shame it wasn’t released earlier so it would compete at this year’s Emmys.

    Here’s the trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHXQ8EXtVUo
     

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    I wanted this year to be Audra’s shot for her theatrical performance as Lady Day but I guess Lansbury is the bigger name.

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    Will
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    Oh, Lady Day will be released in 2016? I’d say Audra McDonald has a better shot since she plays an icon real-life character and gets to showcase her sinning abilities. Plus it’s HBO.
    Emmys have never cared for someone’s overdue factor so I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. Even though Dame Angela will hopefully be 90 by that time and still Emmy-less.  

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    Oh, Lady Day will be released in 2016? I’d say Audra McDonald has a better shot since she plays an icon real-life character and gets to showcase her sinning abilities. Plus it’s HBO.
    Emmys have never cared for someone’s overdue factor so I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. Even though Dame Angela will hopefully be 90 by that time and still Emmy-less.  

    McDonald beating Lansbury again I’m sure would not make Angela happy. She already beat her record of most tony acting wins. 

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    Oh, Lady Day will be released in 2016? I’d say Audra McDonald has a better shot since she plays an icon real-life character and gets to showcase her sinning abilities. Plus it’s HBO.
    Emmys have never cared for someone’s overdue factor so I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. Even though Dame Angela will hopefully be 90 by that time and still Emmy-less.  

     

    HBO also has Elizabeth Banks, Viola Davis, Marisa Tomei, and Kerry Washington playing iconic real-life characters. I’m not sure how many will be in the mix for next year.

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    Atypical
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    When was this released theatrically, and in what capacity? I’d assume this would be given the same treatment as “The Nance” would for the Emmys. I’ll be sure to set my DVR for this!

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    Will
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    It was first released worldwide last year around May, including a limited engagement across North American.
    They also had a couple of encore presentations. Most recently on May 14.

     

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    Yeah it played at my local theater. Glad I didn’t go now that I can see it for free! 

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    How odd. I guess that was in selected markets, b/c this never arrived anywhere near my area. The Emmys seem a bit more lenient with eligibility rules than other places (like movies that were previously nominated for Oscars somehow being eligible for Emmys), so maybe this will be okay. Angela Lansbury finally winning an Emmy, and for a televised theater performance no less, would be both fitting and grand.

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