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The third time at the Emmys may be the charm for Peacock and Paramount+.

Often used as punchlines in conversations about the streaming wars, as their subscriber numbers still pale in comparison to behemoths like Netflix and Disney+, the two services seem to have quelled their growing pains by ending the fiscal year strong, and entering 2023 with their most successful programming yet both critically and commercially.

Still, with most streaming services fumbling toward profitability, the type of validation even a major Emmy nomination can give turns this TV awards season into a make-it-or-break-it situation for Peacock and Paramount+. To finally have formidable contenders for the biggest Emmy categories of the night like Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series, with a proven, broad audience and critical acclaim, and still be shut out of nominations could serve a deadly blow to the two streaming services’ future programming potential.

Here we take a closer look at what projects may finally move the needle over into the streaming services becoming true Emmys contenders.


MRS. DAVIS -- Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jake McDorman as Wiley, Betty Gilpin as Simone -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/Peacock)

Jake McDorman and Betty Gilpin in “Mrs. Davis”

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Looking at Peacock first, the service’s greatest hope seems to be the comedy “Poker Face,” starring four-time Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne and created by recent Oscar nominee Rian Johnson. The former found great success with her debut season of her Netflix series “Russian Doll,” earning her attention from the Television Academy as both an actress and a writer, but the show’s more cerebral second season went overlooked in those same categories, as the Primetime Emmys race became overstuffed with all the projects that had been waiting to return since before the pandemic. Murder mystery comedy “Poker Face” is more accessible though, taking much inspiration from classic Emmy-winning TV shows like “Columbo,” plus offering a bevy of exciting stars like 2023 Oscar nominees Hong Chau and Stephanie Hsu as contenders for the Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series categories. In addition to positive reviews across the board, Nielsen rated it Peacock’s most watched original yet.

“Mrs. Davis,” an Outstanding Drama Series contender from Emmy winner Damon Lindelof and “The Big Bang Theory” alum Tara Hernandez also looks promising. Though it still seems to be finding an audience, critics have reacted well to it, and TV Academy voters will likely want to see Lindelof’s first series since “Watchmen,” a show that fell one Emmy short of tying the record for most wins for a series in a single year. And lead actress Betty Gilpin is never one to count out, as she was Emmy-nominated for every season of her breakout Netflix series “GLOW,” even when the show’s awards prospects in the rest of the categories start to dwindle.

Looking a bit further out at Peacock’s Emmy prospects, the gonzo docuseries “Paul T. Goldman” is certainly a dark horse to keep watch of in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series category, “The Traitors” is the buzziest new series vying for Outstanding Reality Competition Program, and “A Friend of the Family” and “The Best Man: The Final Chapters” earned a very respectable reaction from critics and audiences alike, garnering enough attention for at least one to plausibly crack into the crowded Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series space.


Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia Zdunowski, Alexis Sides as Potato, Maximo Salas as Shy Guy, Cheyenne Wells as Olivia Valdovinos, Johnathan Nieves as Richie Valdovinos and Marisa Davila as Jane Facciano in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies: "If You Can't Be an Athlete, Be an Athletic Supporter" EP#104 streaming on Paramount +, 2022. Photo Credit: Eduardo Araquel/Paramount+

“Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”


All in all, while Peacock’s Emmys potential lies more in the creators it’s brought to the service, what helps Paramount+ the most is its ever-growing audience that, funny enough, stems from a show that only streams on Peacock. The entire Paramount Global corporation has bet big on the “Yellowstone” universe, and its brainchild Taylor Sheridan, but the Kevin Costner-led series that started it all has struggled to gain the attention of the Television Academy, despite being the most popular show on linear TV.

The channel it airs on, Paramount Network, has only had five Emmy nominations total since launching in 2018, so it is fair to argue that it’s unlikely that voters will suddenly tune in and embrace it in its fifth season. However, via the momentum of the Paramount+ launch, the awards body did nominate “Yellowstone” spin-off “1883” for three awards. And casting movie stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren for the latest “Yellowstone” venture on Paramount+, “1923,” gives the streaming service its buzziest Outstanding Drama Series Emmy contender yet.

Fellow big swings “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” and “Tulsa King” are harder sells in the Outstanding Comedy Series category itself, but show a lot of potential for Emmy categories down the line like Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the former, which collaborated with hitmaker Justin Tranter, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, for showrunner and Emmy-winning “The Sopranos” alum Terence Winter.

Paramount+ also boasts the reboot of Emmy-winning sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer,” now contending in the new Outstanding Scripted Variety Series category, and “Last Flight Home,” which is so far the only documentary from the 2023 Oscars shortlist to really be able to make an Emmys push after a recent rule change to the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category. Also, given its past success securing below-the-line nominations, “Star Trek: Picard” will make a harder Emmys push for its celebrated farewell season.

Though both streaming services have more promising shows in the pipeline, like Annette Bening’s return to television in “Apples Never Fall” (Peacock), and Nicole Kidman starrer “Lioness” (Paramount+), a noticeable amount of Emmys recognition this year could give both platforms the fighting chance they need to survive the streaming wars.


By: Marcus Jones
Title: This Could Be a Make or Break Emmys Season for Peacock and Paramount+
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Published Date: Tue, 02 May 2023 20:47:34 +0000

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Roger Craig, Teacher of an Era-Defining Pitch, Is Dead at 93



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Roger Craig, who pitched or managed in five World Series and changed the face of pitching in the 1980s as the guru of the split-fingered fastball, died Sunday. He was 93.

The San Francisco Giants, a team Craig managed for eight seasons, leading them to the National League pennant in 1989, announced his death on its website on Sunday. His family said Craig had a short illness, a Giants spokesman said.

For some, Craig was a figure in baseball trivia: He was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in their final game before moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, and five years later, in 1962, he threw the first pitch in the Mets’ history. He was the loser both times. He lost 24 games and then 22 for the dreadful Mets in their first two seasons, including 18 in a row in 1963. But he had his moments when backed by good-hitting lineups.

A lanky 6-foot-4 right-hander who, it was often noted, bore a remarkable resemblance to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Craig pitched in three World Series for the Dodgers in the 1950s and another with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. In managing the Giants to the 1989 N.L. pennant, he implored his players to hustle with the mantra “Humm baby” and taught his pitchers to throw the split-fingered fastball.

Craig spread the gospel of the split, thrown with the same motion as a traditional fastball but able to confound batters because the pitcher gripped the baseball with his index and middle finger spread widely apart, and parallel to the seams instead of across them.


The Mets selected Craig with their third pick in the expansion draft, making him an original member of the team. Credit…Bettmann via Getty Images

“The split finger is, simply, a fastball that you put an extra spin on so that it drops down in front of the batter so fast that he don’t know where it’s goin’,” Craig explained in a 1988 interview with Playboy. “Every pitcher with brains who wants to stick around wants to learn it.”

As the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers, Craig taught the delivery to the right-hander Jack Morris, who helped propel the team to the 1984 World Series championship and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

After leaving the Tigers when his salary demands were unmet, Craig taught the split-fingered fastball to the Houston Astros’ right-hander Mike Scott, who had sought his advice. Scott went on to win the 1986 N.L. Cy Young Award. As Scott once put it, “God bless Roger Craig.”

“Everyone was throwing that pitch,” Mike Scioscia, who caught for the Dodgers in the 1980s and later managed the Angels, told The Associated Press in 2011. “It was the pitch of the ’80s just like the pitch of the ’60s was a slider.”

Roger Lee Craig was born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Durham, N.C., one of 10 children of John and Mamie Craig. His father was a shoe salesman. He was spotted by a part-time scout for the Dodgers while pitching in high school, then signed by the team out of North Carolina State University in 1950. After pitching in the Dodgers’ minor league system and serving in the Army, Craig made his debut with Brooklyn in July 1955.

He had a 5-3 record over 21 games, 10 of them starts, then beat the Yankees in Game 5 of what became the only World Series a Brooklyn team would win. He pitched for the Dodgers again in the 1956 World Series, taking the loss in Game 3 of the seven-game series win for the Yankees.

A fastball pitcher early in his career, Craig developed arm problems that he attributed to throwing in cold and damp weather as the starter on Sept. 29, 1957, at the Philadelphia Phillies’ Connie Mack Stadium, in the final game the Dodgers played before moving to Los Angeles.

Craig was back in the minors for much of 1958 and for part of the 1959 season while rehabilitating from his injury. He never regained the speed on his fastball but when he returned to the Dodgers for good in 1959 he concentrated on getting ahead of batters in the count. That year, he revived his career as a control pitcher and had his best major league season, posting an 11-5 record while leading the N.L. in shutouts, with four, as the Dodgers won their first pennant in Los Angeles. He started twice in the World Series against the Chicago White Sox, with one loss and one no-decision in a game won by the Dodgers, who took the Series in six games.

Craig pitched mostly in relief before he was chosen by the Mets as their No. 3 selection in the October 1961 expansion draft, after catcher Hobie Landrith and infielder Elio Chacon. He was the sixth pick overall since the Mets alternated with Houston, the other new team, in the draft order.

The Mets traded Craig to the Cardinals before the 1964 season, and he won Game 4 of the World Series in relief as St. Louis beat the Yankees in seven games. He later pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and the Phillies and finished his career with a record of 74-98.

Craig began teaching the split-fingered fastball, a variation on a lower-velocity delivery called the forkball, when he managed the San Diego Padres in 1978 and ’79. The future Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter had been using the pitch for several years with the Chicago Cubs, having learned it from their roving instructor, Fred Martin, when he was in the minors. While Craig did not “discover” the split finger, he proved especially adept at teaching it.


Craig became the Giants’ manager late in the 1985 season and remained through 1992. The team’s chief executive said Craig’s “optimism and wisdom resulted in some of the most memorable seasons in our history.”Credit…Otto Greule /Allsport via Getty Images

After five years as a Tigers coach, Craig became the Giants’ manager with 18 games left in the 1985 season and remained with the team for seven more years. The highlight of his tenure came in was 1989, when the Giants won an N.L. pennant for the first time since 1962, although they were swept by the Oakland Athletics in an earthquake-delayed World Series. He retired after the 1992 season and had spent time on his Southern California ranch in Borrego Springs in his later years.

The split-fingered fastball remained a part of pitchers’ arsenals in the years that followed Craig’s retirement, but it gradually declined in popularity over concerns that it can put undue stress on a pitcher’s arm.

“We have lost a legendary member of our Giants family,” Larry Baer, the Giants’ chief executive, said in a statement. “Roger was beloved by players, coaches, front office staff and fans. He was a father figure to many and his optimism and wisdom resulted in some of the most memorable seasons in our history.”

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three daughters, Sherri Paschelke, Teresa Hanvey and Vikki Dancan; a son, Roger Jr.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren, the Giants said.

In looking back on his career, Craig shared wry memories of pitching for Casey Stengel’s Mets.

As he related it to CBS Sports in 2013, Stengel would tell him more or less the following: “Mr. Craig, I know you pitched nine innings today and won’t pitch again for four days, but don’t throw between starts just in case we’re ahead. I may need you to pitch an inning or two.”


By: Richard Goldstein
Title: Roger Craig, Teacher of an Era-Defining Pitch, Is Dead at 93
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FIA GT World Cup Returns to Macau



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The FIA GT World Cup will return to Macau for the first time in four years, having been confirmed as part of the Macau Grand Prix weekend on Nov. 16-19.

Announced on Monday, the event, featuring professional GT3 drivers, will have World Cup status after several years of the event being run as a national GT Cup race due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Macau, and neighboring mainland China, lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in February, resulting in no mandatory hotel quarantine for foreign travelers, which severely impacted the international participation of the event.

Two 30-minute practice sessions will be on tap followed by a single qualifying session and two races, consisting of 12 and 16 laps, respectively.

A total of 17 GT3 cars took part in the last Macau event under world cup status in 2019, including factory-supported entries from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.

Entries will open on July 1 with the deadlines set for Aug. 31.

“The return of the FIA GT World Cup is great news,” said FIA circuit sport department director Marek Nawarecki.

“The volume of manufacturers involved and homologated cars make the GT3 platform the FIA’s most successful customer racing category.

“It is therefore important that it has its own pinnacle in the form of a standalone sprint format event awarding an FIA World Cup title.

“The importance of the GT3 class will further grow, therefore having FIA racing back at the streets of Macau is an extremely positive development for all involved, including the fans as this circuit has always produced great racing.

“I’m expecting a strong entry with wide range of GT3 models and with some of the world’s best GT drivers on the grid.”


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Title: FIA GT World Cup Returns to Macau
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‘Barry’ Cinematographer Carl Herse On Lensing Some of Season 4’s Most Talked-About Moments




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If you’re reading this article, then you’re likely missing Barry right now. Before Barry debuted its series finale last Sunday, Carl Herse sat down with Awards Daily to discuss his work across the entire season, a change from his partial lensing on Season Three. I’m sharing this information with you because, as I hadn’t seen the finale when I […]


By: Clarence Moye
Title: ‘Barry’ Cinematographer Carl Herse On Lensing Some of Season 4’s Most Talked-About Moments
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