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September 21, 2015

Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige’s Awesome Apple Ad

-The Emmys were great, but Apple was the night’s biggest winner for tapping Kerry WashingtonTaraji P. Henson, and Mary J. Blige for this excellent Apple Music commercial, directed by Ava DuVernay.

-Kerry also wore one of my favourite dresses of the night, as did Alison Janney. My least favourite dress was Tracee Ellis-Ross‘.

Amy Schumer says Jennifer Lawrence texted her after her Emmys win. “She said that I looked pretty but not smart.” Ha!

-In his (well deserved) acceptance speech last night, Jon Hamm thanked ex-girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt and their dog Cora. The other people he mentioned were mostly school parents at John Burroughs in St. Louis who took him in after his mom died of colon cancer when he was 10.

-Another emotional moment was Tracy Morgan’s triumphant return.

-The red carpet questions that came in last night for Amy Poehler‘s Smart Girls #AskHerMore campaign were great.

-Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun are on this week’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast (the CBB team wrote most of Samberg‘s jokes last night, which is largely why the Emmys didn’t suck this year).

-Yes, Tatiana Maslany lost last night, but it was hard to feel bad about Viola Davis‘ epic, historic win. She’s the first black woman to win Best Actress in a Drama, and her speech was amazing. (Her statements were punctuated by the Game Of Thrones’ creators, who thanked HBO for giving them breaks despite their total lack of experience.)

-Of course, Viola‘s win was immediately met with controversy after some soap star starting shooting her mouth off about how Davis has never been discriminated against and how her speech was too dramatic. Ugh.

-Speaking of actors who’ve imploded on Twitter, Stephen Amell has finally (FINALLY!) apologized. He posted a mea culpa in response to a fan who sent him an excellent video about why his comments hurt her. My only wish is that he’d shared his comment to his main Facebook page instead of just replying to her video post (where most of his fans will never see it), but at least he’s redeemed himself a bit.

-This is probably a really good time to link to Jay Smooth’s excellent video on how to process celebrities and bigotry.

-Speaking of diversity in Hollywood, I really liked this interview with Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu in GQ. “I was talking to a friend the other day about HBO’s Togetherness. I was like, ‘It’s a show about white people.’ And he said ‘Oh, come on, they’re just people.’ But if somebody says my show is about Asian American people, nobody bats an eye.”

Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks just landed new sitcom deals.

-Every review I’ve read for season 2 of Gotham (which returns tonight) says the show has finally found its focus — but no one really seems to like what that focus is.

-Also, Gotham costars Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie are apparently dating. Way to go, Ryan Atwood!

Allison Williams got married this weekend — and Tom Hanks officiated it!

Orlando Bloom and Kendall Jenner may be “secretly dating”? He’s 38 and Kendall is 19, which explains the “secret” part. Wasn’t he once linked with Selena Gomez? What’s wrong with this guy? Is he allergic to appropriateness?

-The new Chvches album AND Ryan Adams‘ cover of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 are both streaming online today. Nobody talk to me for the next 19 hours, kthxbai.

-How have I never seen this Kleenex commercial of Tom Hardy crying while cradling a puppy? HOW???!?

-This 400 Days trailer is stacked with a lot of TV people I adore.