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Saturday Night Live makes Trump grate again by co-leading all Emmy nominees

Jet-fueled in the ratings by Donald Trump’s easily ridiculed presidency and Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of him, Saturday Night Live soared to the top of Thursday’s prime-time Emmy nominations.

It had 22 of them, sharing the overall lead with HBO’s first-year drama series Westworld. The streaming service Hulu also made its first big splash, with 13 nominations for The Handmaid’s Tale.

A complete rundown, plus some Emmy nuggets, are on our Network News & Reviews page.

Also, Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is posted right here.
Ed Bark

TNT's Will and Freeform's The Bold Type coming tonight and tomorrow

TNT’s new Will introduces a young Shakespeare on the loose and sometimes on the lam in swervy London. Premieres on Monday, July 10th, and it’s all quite enjoyable. Our review is here.

Also, Freeform sets forth on Tuesday night with The Bold Type, which wasn’t my type. Here’s the review.

Plus, the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in. And Fox4 has a new reporter in the fold.
Ed Bark

Smithsonian Channel's America In Color brighten some black-and-white decades

Colorization still seems very wrong when it comes to spray-painting classics such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. But it makes the 1920s and ’30s pop during the first two hours of Smithsonian Channel’s America In Color. The five-part series premieres on Sunday, July 2nd, and our review is here.

Plus, we observe the Friday, June 30th closing of The Palm restaurant in downtown Dallas with this long-ago and still very juicy lunchtime interview with Robin Leach during the heyday of his Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Relive it on the Back Channels page.

Also, Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” spotlights the summer return of old reliable Big Brother, which continues to draw younger audiences to CBS.
Ed Bark

Broadchurch signs off with a first-rate Season 3

A compelling whodunit drives the third and announced final season of Broadchurch, which has its U.S. premiere Wednesday, June 28th on BBC America. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return as the principal gumshoes, and our review (after viewing all eight episodes) is here.

Also, the Monday-Tuesday D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in the books.
Ed Bark

Netflix's GLOW goes to the mat, wrestles with empowerment

Netflix’s latest sit-up-and-take-notice new series, GLOW, takes a serio-comedic look at the rise of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling TV show. This time, you won’t have to put your brain in a headlock. Our review is here.

Also, most D-FW viewers dodged ESPN’s marathon NBA draft coverage Thursday night, even when the Dallas Mavericks picked. All the numbers are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, a look at NBC5’s big haul of national Edward R. Murrow awards (including the big one) and Tribune Broadcasting’s cancellation of Eye Opener to make room for the media company’s new Morning Dose.
Ed Bark