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Emmy episode analysis: Kenan Thompson reprises fan-favorite roles in at-home ‘SNL’ installment

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Kenan Thompson picked up his second nomination in Best Comedy Supporting Actor as a repertory player on “Saturday Night Live.” He now has four nominations overall, winning two years ago for writing a song for the NBC comedy institution. For this year’s Emmys, Thompson is submitting the second at-home episode (titled “At Home #2”) to voters, which features the actor adapting many of his characters to a virtual setting.

Thompson’s first sketch is “What Up with That,” last seen on the 40th anniversary special in 2015. The sketch features Thompson as Diondre Cole, a talk show host who has an affinity for the show’s theme song, almost to a fault. He reprises his role as David Ortiz, aka Big Papi in a cooking show setup, typically seen behind the “Weekend Update” desk. He also stars in an O.J. Simpson sketch, giving the audience his unsolicited thoughts on the pandemic, and briefly appears in a Snapchat filter sketch.

So can Thompson win his first Emmy for acting this year? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

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PROS

“At Home #2” is one of the most unambiguously funny episodes in the category, and voters like to laugh when they are voting on comedy. The episode proved Thompson could be surprisingly consistent even without a live audience, as he expertly molded some of his fan-favorite characters into laugh-out-loud pre-taped sketches. His energy in every single segment is infectious, even giving Simpson a level of charm.

The Emmys have an enduring relationship with “Saturday Night Live,” collecting multiple wins every single year. Numerous actors have collected trophies for their work on the show, including Kate McKinnon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon and Dave Chappelle. Thompson may have an Emmy already, but it is possible that the acting branch could be itching to give the longest-tenured cast member in “SNL” history his proper due.

SEE Here’s the complete list of Emmy episode submissions

CONS

Among that group of actors who have won for “SNL,” only McKinnon was a main cast member at the time of her two victories. For as much as “SNL” has found success at the Emmys, especially over the past few years, voters have been hesitant to hand out trophies to the show’s regulars. Thompson also does not have a particularly strong narrative this year like McKinnon did as she played notable political figures like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.

It is also a very difficult category, especially with last year’s champion, Tony Shalhoub from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Dan Levy from “Schitt’s Creek,” the presumed comedy series front-runner, in the mix. The field also includes a pair of Oscar winners, Mahershala Ali and Alan Arkin, Emmy favorites Andre Braugher and Sterling K. Brown, and first-time nominee William Jackson Harper. All are in considerably newer shows in relation to 45-year-old “SNL” and could be more exciting options to voters. Thompson has been on the series since 2003, and voters don’t typically reward an actor in their 17th year on a show, though to be fair few actors spend 17 years on a show let alone are getting Emmy nominations for it.

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Demi Lovato Returns to Social Media in Wake of Max Ehrich Split, Seemingly Shades Her Ex

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Just a few days ago, Demi Lovato was set to exchange vows with Max Ehrich at some point in the near future.


Now, however, the singer may be exchanging some harsh words for her ex-fiance instead.


As previously reported, Lovato and Ehrich called off their engagement this week… a mere two months after agreeing to marry.


Neither the artist nor the actor verified the split, but numerous reliable outlets have confirmed this development, with insiders telling these same websites that trouble started to brew later this summer.


“Max is in Atlanta filming and Demi was with him there recently and had been supporting him, but he is just kicking off his career,” a source told Us Weekly, explaining that Ehrich is really focused right now on striking it big in Hollywood.


“Friends thought they were going to implode,” this same person says.

Max Ehrich and Demi Lovato Throwback


Are there are any hard feelings between the exes?


We can’t say for certain.


But Lovato posted a photo on her Instagram Stories account after news of the split went viral that has some people thinking she hurled a bit of shade in Max’s direction.


As you can see above, Demi was rocking a shirt that read “Dogs Over People” for this selfie.

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich on the Gram


This may have been a harmless and/or irrelevant statement on Demi’s part.


Plenty of people around the globe who have NOT just ended an engagement believe that dogs are better than people, you know?


However, it’s hard not to speculate here.


It’s hard not to wonder if Lovato is making a passive aggressive statement about dogs… and how they are especially loyal… and how Ehrich perhaps has not been.

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Together


To be clear, neither Demi nor Max has directly addressed the break-up just yet.


But while Lovato is talking about canines, Ehrich is focusing on a slightly higher being.


In the only post he’s published since splitting from Lovato, The Young and the Restless star simply wrote “Jesus loves you.”


Always a nice reminder.

jesus loves you


According to a variety of sources, Lovato and Ehrich grew very close in a short period of time because they quaratined together amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Of late, as they started to go out and work more and separate a bit, they realized that certain problems existed and they weren’t actually made for each other.


That’s quite a departure, of course, from what both halves of the now-former couple said after they got engaged on July 22.

Demi Lovato Engaged


“I’ve never felt so unconditionally loved by someone in my life (other than my parents) flaws and all,” Lovato wrote at the time, addressing Ehrich and adding:


“You never pressure me to be anything other than myself. And you make me want to be the best version of myself…


“I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!!!”


Ehrich, for his part, felt the same. Back then at least.

Demi and Max


“You are the most beautiful inside and out in the entire world & I couldn’t be more grateful God brought us together,” he wrote online.


“I LOVE YOU SO MUCH @ddlovato AND WILL FOREVER CHERISH YOUR PURE, BEAUTIFUL, INFINITE SOUL.”


Beautiful words on each side — but not long-lasting ones, we now know.


“It was a tough decision, but Demi and Max have decided to go their separate ways to focus on their respective careers,” People Magazine reports.


“They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together.”

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‘Auntie’ Taylor Swift sends Gigi Hadid’s newborn homemade blanket

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed their newborn daughter to the world last week. Several friends and family have reached out to the couple to celebrate her arrival, including “auntie” Taylor Swift.

The singer, 30, sent a homemade pink satin blanket to the infant, for which 25-year-old Hadid thanked her via Instagram. Swift also sent an embroidered blanket to new mom Katy Perry after she gave birth to daughter, Daisy Dove.

Hadid also thanked Donatella Versace for sending her baby girl some infant-sized Versace threads.

Malik, 27, confirmed late Wednesday that he and Hadid had welcomed their baby girl.

“Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful🙏🏽❤️to try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task,” he tweeted. “The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x.”

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Black Mirror Season 6: Release Date, Cast, And Are There Any Plans Drafting By Streaming Giant?

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What can we anticipate from Season 6 of Black Mirror? What are the updates? This is everything we know about the release date, the cast and, plot of this Black Mirror season.

Black Mirror Season 6: Release Date

The first season was released on October 21, 2016, and the next on December 29, 2017. The series began a series, which were then split to the third and fourth seasons. Each consists of six episodes. Black Mirror: The individual interactive movie titled Bandnerneach premiered on December 28, 2018. Season 4 ran through December 18, 2011, and premiered on December 4, 2011, one of the film’s seasons.

The season, comprising 3 episodes, was released on June 5, 2019. Netflix took over in September 2015, although the series aired on Channel 4. Black Mirror season 6 was in the news since season 5 was released. The series’ creation was halted due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The fans can expect the show to release in the year 2021.

The renewal status of the Black Mirror season 6:

Not yet, but given the success, the show has had since late last season (Bandersonch put it mildly, an event) if Netflix didn’t sign Brooker and Jones for more episodes. Then we will be surprised.

The cast members of the show:

  • Jesse Plemons
  • Cristin Milioti
  • Jimmi Simpson
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Douglas Hodge
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Brenna Harding
  • Owen Teague
  • Andrew Gower
  • Kiran Sonia Sawar
  • Georgina Campbell
  • Joe Cole
  • Maxine Peake
  • Jake Davies
  • Clint Dyer
  • Letitia Wright
  • Babs Olusanmokun
  • Bryce Dallas Howard

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