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By Nate Millado

As they say in the biz: The show must go on. So despite the coronavirus pandemic nixing the typically glitzy, red carpet affair, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still be handed out on Sept. 20—albeit virtually.

PopTV's critically acclaimed cult fave Schitt's Creek landed a whopping 15 nominations for its final season, including acting notices for all four fictional Rose family members (Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy).

Both leading ladies of Netflix's dark comedy Dead to Me (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) were recognized for their roles as star-crossed besties Jen and Judy.

Perennial Emmy nominee Don Cheadle scored a second straight nod for playing Black Monday's ruthless stock broker, Mo Monroe. Will the 10th time be a charm?

Finally, Toni Collette turned in yet another Unbelievable performance in Netflix's searing limited series as a hard-nosed detective tracking a serial rapist.

Read on to find out how these eight incredible actors reacted to their Emmy nominations—and how they plan to celebrate on the big night—in their own words.

Eugene Levy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek patriarch Johnny, the most rational Rose) already has two writing Emmys on his mantel for SCTV. But the elder Levy tells Gold Derby "it felt pretty damn good" to finally score a nomination for acting:

"I spent a career playing the comic relief. I come into projects. I come in for a few scenes. I get my laughs. I don't have to carry any story, no exposition, and that's what I'm paid to do, and that was kind of a fun thing for me. I wasn't really expecting any trophies for that work. Just doing that work was rewarding enough to be able to come in and do that. So listen, I don't know, this is all a shock to me, to be honest, at this stage in my career, to have this kind of work, what you're doing on camera, recognized by the other people who are doing the same kind of work is pretty amazing. I have to say, if it's going to happen, I'd rather have it happen now at this stage in my life than if I had been 20 and had it happen."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Catherine O'Hara (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Catherine O'Hara deserves an Emmy for the way she pulls off Moira's over-the-top fashion and unique lexicon (one word: pettifogging.) The legendary improv queen tells The Hollywood Reporter she's "happy to be a late bloomer":

"Isn't that really the best way to experience on your show? We got to build the show and develop the characters without worrying about expectations, from anyone. We got to make the show the best we could make it ... There's so many projects that get a ton of attention right at the beginning, maybe before they're even quite ready for it, and then it's kind of downhill attention-wise from there. We're so lucky to do the show we wanted and, apparently, leaving people wanting more ... You have to have a bit of patience in life or just don't have any big expectations, just carry along and do the best you can and maybe someone will notice, maybe they won't, but if you enjoy the work itself, then that's enough of a gift."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Christina Applegate (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

As sardonic, wine-chugging widow Jen Harding in Dead to Me, Christina Applegate absolutely kills it. In a bit of a role reversal in Season 2, it's Jen (not Linda Cardellini's Judy) keeping a terrible secret, and Applegate delivers an Emmy-worthy performance when it all inevitably unravels. She considers the nomination a silver lining in these increasingly tricky times, as she tweeted:

"I'm so proud of my wonderful friends @lindacardellini and @thelizfeldman and the entire cast and crew of @deadtome These are strange times. Sad times. But it's nice to have some good news. Much love."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Don Cheadle (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Black Monday)

Don Cheadle at the 2019 Emmy Eve party

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"Given that it's been announced on a Tuesday, I hereby regretfully decline my nomination for 'Black Monday.' I am a dayist. Been one for many years. My principles are my bedrock and sacrosanct." —Don Cheadle quipped in a statement the day the Emmy nominations were announced. All joking aside, Cheadle tells Gold Derby the entire crew deserves a pat on the back for any love Black Monday receives:

"We do this show on a five-day schedule, which is Herculean and really, really not possible to do without the crew that we have, putting in the kinds of hours that they do. They're there before we get there and they're there after the actors leave, putting the show together and giving it the look that it has and not just the crew that's on the set during the time, but also our post-production people are very gifted. We have a lot of effects that we do on the show. The music is a big part of the show. The editing clearly, obviously, is a big part of the show. These are all things that happen once the actors get to take their makeup off and go home. So we would not have what we have without their support and without their creativity ... So it's always them. Whenever we get any sort of accolades, to not turn around and thank them, we'd be incredibly remiss."

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Linda Cardellini (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

We've loved Linda Cardellini ever since she was hanging out with Freaks and Geeks, but as Judy Hale in Dead to Me, she gets to sink her teeth into her juiciest role yet. Of course, she faces stiff competition in the category—including co-star Christina Applegate. Still, she welcomed her second Emmy nod with total humility in a statement:

"I am thrilled and humbled to be nominated this morning with all of these incredible women whom I admire so much. Especially my dear friend and partner in crime Christina Applegate. You're my person. I feel so fortunate to collaborate every day with all of the incredible women who run this show. Liz Feldman, thank you for your genius and for giving life to 'Jen and Judy.' What a wild ride. This show is truly a team effort and I am so grateful to everyone involved. Especially our hardworking cast and crew. This is a celebration of everyone's work today. Love and congrats to all."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Annie Murphy (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Had Annie Murphy not scored a nod for playing former socialite-turned-PR-maven Alexis, Schittheads everywhere would have let out a collective "ew." In an interview with Vulture, Murphy waxes poetic over her wonderful ride. "It's all ... a lot. But a wonderful lot." So, how will she celebrate come Emmy night?

"There will be pizza and pajamas. That'll be the extent of my plans. I'll put that out in the open right now. It's kind of my natural state anyway, so that's what I'm looking forward to. Did I mention the pizza?"

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Toni Collette (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Unbelievable)

Toni Collette as a steely detective in Unbelievable

Toni Collette plays tough and tireless detective Grace Rasmussen in the Netflix limited series Unbelievable.

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Scroll through Toni Collette's IMDB credits and you'll agree she is the definition of versatility: Hereditary, The Sixth Sense, Muriel's Wedding, Knives Out, The United States of Tara, the list goes on. So it's no surprise the Aussie actress landed her fourth career Emmy nom for playing a steely detective in Netflix's Unbelievable. Her statement on nomination morning says it all:

"I've been acting for 30 years now. I love telling all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. It still excites me to get up at 3, 4, or 5 a.m. to go hunt out obscure parking lots where we set up a whole new world each day. But working on something like Unbelievable makes it all the sweeter. I am so proud to be part of a ridiculously talented team telling a story that really matters. It has been a thrill for all of us knowing that this story has resonated far and wide with both women and men all around the globe. And so, I'm truly over the moon to be nominated. We must celebrate all that we can in this unstable time of real struggle."

Unbelievable streams on Netflix.

Dan Levy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Schitt's Creek)

Talk about multi-hyphenate! Not only did Dan Levy co-create Schitt's Creek with dad, Eugene Levy, he's also a showrunner, writer, director, and, of course, actor. Cynical, lovable, and GIF-able David Rose is—in the words of the great Tina Turner—"Simply the Best." The younger Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter how he plans on celebrating his show's 15 noms:

"For a tiny show out of Canada that never saw it coming, and then to actually not be able to go to the Emmys, is an incredibly Schitt's Creek way of winding this whole thing down. So on one hand I'm like, 'This tracks.' It's our crew that would have been so fun to see all dressed up and there. I would have loved for our team to get to have that 'pinch me' moment. My dad and I have already been talking about potentially doing a socially distanced event in his backyard in Toronto, so maybe we can all dress up and pretend, six feet apart, that we're there."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

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Poppy is one lucky hamster. While sheltering in place, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage revealed on Instagram that he was fostering his new furry pal, noting , "She makes life in quarantine much more fun!"

Indeed, CBS stars have always enjoyed the companionship of their four-legged friends, whether it's on a hike or during a much-needed cuddle on the couch.

Scroll to see more sweet photos of TV stars spending time with their furry friends!

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Darin Brooks sits with his family and their pet dog.

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Darin Brooks (The Bold and the Beautiful) poses for a family portrait with wife Kelly Kruger, baby Everleigh, and Chance.

Watch The Bold and the Beautiful Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.

Stephen Colbert sits on a couch while petting a dark brown dog.

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Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) "You're just in time for dinner, Mr. Bond. And Benny is...hungry," he jokes about his dog.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs Weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

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Ashley Madekwe (Tell Me a Story) purrfects her red-carpet look.

Stream all episodes of Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access. Season 1 also airs now on The CW.

Emily Wickersham snuggles in very close to her sleeping dog.

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Emily Wickersham: (NCIS) watches over a snoozing Miguel.

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Norah O'Donnell hugs Ollie her light brown dog.

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Norah O'Donnell (CBS Evening News) and Ollie are ready for their close-up.

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Allison Janney laughs as one of her three dogs approaches the camera during a walk in nature.

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Allison Janney (Mom) "Weekends were made for hikes with the kids," she says.

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Michela Watkins smiles against a backdrop of a western desert.

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Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn) shares a selfie with Jeff.

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Bryton James and his dog

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Bryton James (The Young and the Restless) gives his pup a lift.

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Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) and husband Ozzy make room for their pack of dogs.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Carrie Ann Inaba and her cat Mimi Vader

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Carrie Ann Inaba (The Talk) "Who rescues who?" she says of her late feline friend Mimi Vader.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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By Nate Millado

You loved her as a child actress in E.T., as one of Charlie's kick-ass Angels, and as a rom-com queen in Never Been Kissed and The Wedding Singer. Now Drew Barrymore is tackling a new role: talk show host. "This is not a character," she told Entertainment Tonight. "This is the first job I had where I really get to be utterly myself."

Here's everything you need to know about the bubbly star's new talker before The Drew Barrymore Show premieres this Monday, Sept. 14!

Watch The Drew Barrymore Show Weekdays, starting Sept. 14. Check your local listings for times.

Drew Interviews Herself

"It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show," Drew Barrymore said in a statement to CNN when her show was first announced. In this adorable promo for The Drew Barrymore Show, Barrymore interviews her 7-year-old self (the old footage is actually from her 1982 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson). "We're gonna spend an hour every day celebrating life!" present-day Barrymore tells childhood Barrymore about her, er, their new daytime show. Fun fact: Her own daughters, Frankie and Olive, were stand-ins for this shoot!

It's A Live (Show)

The Drew Barrymore Show will air live (no pressure, Drew!) The host/producer said she fought really hard for this format: "I don't know how to do this show not live." In her The Art of the Interview digital series on YouTube, Barrymore sought the advice of Andy Cohen and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on how to execute a show with no safety net. "Whatever happens happens," said King. "And even when all goes to hell in a handbasket, you can send it to commercial break."

Oprah's BFF also said the beauty of live is that you can be topical. "You can react in real time to what's happening." Cohen loves the "spontaneity" of doing a live show, but advised Barrymore to condense for the sake of time: "You're a glorious rushing river of words," he said. "Make it a trickle."

What To Expect

Drew Barrymore sitting at a yellow news desk

The Drew Barrymore Show features a fun segment called "Drew's News."

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Nothing is off limits—including Barrymore's new status as a single mama of two. When talking to her Boys on the Side co-star Whoopi Goldberg on The Art of the Interview, the fellow talk show host advised Barrymore to "be a good listener...but have as good of a time as you can." So expect some fun segments, such as "Drew's News"—her take on current events and pop culture—beauty secrets, and SNL-style sketches. (Another fun fact: Barrymore hosted SNL when she was only 7 years old!)

Don't Miss The Making-Ofs

"What happens behind the scenes I think is sometimes even more important than what you see out front," explains the newly minted host, as she takes viewers through the The Drew Barrymore Show's yearlong conception-to-creation process and gives us a peek of her Working Girl–style office. Plus: Learn how a young Barrymore and her mom bonded over McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.

Who'll Be On Drew?

Drew Barrymore sitting in a chair in front of a bookcase

Expect a lot of star power on The Drew Barrymore Show.

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No one has a more famous Rolodex than Drew, so expect plenty of her high-wattage friends to stop by! Check out the star-studded slate of first-week guests:

Monday, Sept. 14: It's a Charlie's Angels reunion with independent women Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. And speaking of big-screen reunions…Barrymore also also reunites with longtime friend and multi-film co-star Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Blended). Plus, the host surprises a family of essential workers in one of the show's soon-to-be-signature segments "Designed by Drew."

Drew Barrymore standing in front of a yellow door

Drew Barrymore strives to elevate, inspire, and entertain in every area one her new talk show.

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Tuesday, Sept. 15: Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress/producer/entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon drops by. Actor/comedian Billy Eichner will play a rousing round of "Would Drew Barrymore Like That?"—a skit from his Emmy-nominated show Billy on the Street. Plus, meet Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James, who penned the upbeat but powerful new picture book I Am Every Good Thing.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda discusses What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action, her just-released book on climate change. Barrymore and actress Gabrielle Union surprise a struggling small business owner who is changing the lives of others one wig at a time. Plus: Get ready for a quarantine fashion show with designer Christian Siriano (you know it will be fierce!).

Thursday, Sept. 17: Academy Award–winning actress Charlize Theron makes an appearance. New Dancing With the Stars host—and former America's Next Top Model magnate—Tyra Banks teaches Barrymore the art of "smizing." Plus, Barrymore continues the #ShareTheMicNow campaign in the recurring segment "Share The Mic With Luvvie," where movement co-founder Luvvie Ajayi Jones shines a light on amazing Black women.

Friday, Sept. 18: Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award–winning actor Billy Porter—who's up for another Emmy on Sept. 20 for his starring role on Pose—sings a beautiful rendition of a classic tune. Meet the mom behind the back-to-school snapshot that captured the country's collective heart—an image of her son overwhelmed on his first day of virtual kindergarten—and see the surprise Barrymore has for her family. Plus, a curated list of our host's favorite picks in "The Weekender."

Watch The Drew Barrymore Show Weekdays, starting Sept. 14. Check your local listings for times.

Photography by Kwaku Alston.


​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

Watch S.W.A.T. on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

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Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

Watch Magnum P.I. on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

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NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

Watch NCIS on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

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Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

Stream The Flash free only on The CW.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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