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For years, broadcast series like Modern Family, Black-ish, 30 Rock and most recently This Is Us ruled the SAG Awards, scoring multiple nominations annually and taking home statuettes.
But network television has been losing ground and, two days after broadcast was shut out completely at the Golden Globe nominations for the first time, it almost suffered the same fate at the SAG Award nominations.
The US broadcast networks were represented by one single nomination, for This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown in the actor in a drama series category. That is down from two broadcast nominations last year, both for This Is Us, five in 2017 and seven in 2016. The This Is Us cast, which won the drama ensemble award for the last two years, was left out.
The SAG Award decline has been most dramatic on the comedy side where broadcast has been dominant with long winning streaks for 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin, Modern Family and Will & Grace, among others. Only three years ago, broadcast comedies dominated the comedy ensemble field with three out of five nominations. There have been zero SAG Award nominations for broadcast half-hour the last two years amid the rise of streaming comedies like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Grace and Frankie and The Kominsky Method and Fleabag. HBO continues to do well with Barry though perennial favorite Veep was shut out in its final season.C Kalohoridis/CBC/ITV/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock
Big Emmy winner Fleabag is one of several hot newcomers in the SAG Awards TV race, earning its first three nominations, along with another comedy series, veteran Schitt’s Creek, which continued its late awards surge with two SAG nominations. Both landed nominations in the ensemble category, SAG’s equivalent to best series.
The third big rookie this year, Apple TV+’s recently launched The Morning Show, hot off its strong showing at the Golden Globes nominations, landed three nominations for stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup. That was tied with Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for most individual nominations and with HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s The Crown and Stranger Things for most drama series nominations. Surprisingly, The Morning Show was the only series with multiple nominations - comedy or drama - not to land an ensemble nom.
With its fortunes diminishing in the last two years, broadcast still had managed to come out victorious at the SAG Award, with two wins for This Is Us actor in a drama, ensemble at the 2018 ceremony and one ensemble earlier this year. The responsibility to carry the flag for network television lies squarely on Brown’s shoulders now.
This week's episode of The Walking Dead is not the final episode of season 10, but it is the final episode for a while, as the post-production work on the season finale had not yet been completed before the entertainment industry shut down. Moreover, it's likely that AMC wants to use the season 10 finale — and the expected conclusion to The Whisperer War — to help launch the new spin-off series, The World Beyond, which has also not yet been able to complete post-production on the series, either.
While the pseudo-finale, “The Tower,” ended in with something of a cliffhanger regarding The Whisperer War, it did provide emotional closure for several characters. We'll address those storylines later, but here we want to explore Beta's deranged journey. In the wake of Alpha's death, Beta has completely lost it. In his head, at least, he's the zombie whisperer — he thinks he can hear their thoughts, and that he can talk to them. He cannot. This is all a byproduct of severe PTSD and the mental deterioration that comes along with, you know, wearing the skin of dead people over his face for years.
In any respect, Beta led a horde of zombies toward the the Alexandrians by following a ... cat. No, I am not kidding. Mentally-imbalanced Beta — leading a horde of thousands of zombies — decided to follow a cat. Amazingly, the cat led Beta straight to the Alexandrians, who — for reasons that don't make complete sense — decided to hide out in a hospital instead of the heavily fortified Alexandria. The season finale, thus, is expected to be a showdown between the Alexandrians and The Whisperers at this hospital:AMC
If that hospital looks familiar to fans of The Walking Dead, it is because it should. We've seen it before. In season five.AMC
From a different angle, you can also see the overhang. Here it is in season 10:AMC
Here it is in season 5:AMC
Here's the catch, however. That is Grady Memorial Hospital. It's in Atlanta. The Alexandrians clearly are not holed up in a hospital in Atlanta as Beta brings his horde of zombies, because Alexandria is in Virginia, literally 630 miles away. In other words, it is the same hospital, but in season 10, Grady Memorial is playing the role of a different hospital, sort of like how Toronto often plays the role of New York City.
Normally, maybe viewers don't catch on. However, this particular hospital is the sight of one of the most famous scenes in 10 seasons of The Walking Dead: Beth's death.AMC
It looks like The Walking Dead is doing what we all do: Making the best use of what we have right now, even if that means re-using some old sets in new ways.