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Isabel May as Elsa, of the Paramount+ original series 1883, with her horse Lightning.

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By Mara Reinstein

In the very first scene of the very first episode of 1883, you watch Isabel May’s character, Elsa Dutton, get shot by an arrow.

For the rest of the harrowing Paramount+ Western that serves as a prequel for the smash drama Yellowstone, you sit in suspense, waiting to learn her fate. While you know things probably aren’t going to turn out so well for Elsa, the wily and wild teen daughter of James and Margaret (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) who narrates the journey of a wagon caravan traveling westward in search of land and freedom, May is so compelling in the role that you convince yourself that frontier medicine just might be much better than you remember from Little House on the Prairie. This girl has to make it.

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Old soul

Actress Isabel May rides a pale horse across a dry prairie.

Isabel May as Elsa, of the Paramount+ original series 1883, with her horse Lightning.

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Before hitting the plains, the 21-year-old Santa Monica, California, native made her debut in Alexa & Katie, the tween favorite 2018–20 Netflix sitcom in which two BFFs band together after one of them receives a cancer diagnosis. (May’s character shaves her head in support.) She also popped up in two seasons of Young Sheldon as the girlfriend of the kid genius’s older brother, Georgie.

Befitting her 1883 character, May exudes an old soul, no-B.S. vibe. She says she enjoys bouncing between the East and West Coasts and doesn’t know where she lives right now because “I’m 21, and it’s fun to be nomadic with no ties, even though it’ll get old shortly, I assume.” Asked about her weekend plans on this late Friday afternoon, she replies, “I’m doing stuff with my family. I’m not cool enough to have a cool response, but maybe one day.” Until then, she talks 1883 and beyond.

Inspiration

Actress Isabel May wears a skirt and a lacy top while reclining on a couch.

“I felt very fortunate with 1883 because it was [made by] a creator who genuinely loved and cared deeply about his work,” says May.

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[1883 creator] Taylor Sheridan has said that he wrote the role for you after you impressed him in your audition for The Mayor of Kingstown.

IM: I mean, it’s rather strange to think about that, let alone say it aloud. But yeah, I guess he did.

Did he ever say why you inspired him?

IM: He told me, “When I watched you, I saw hope.” That’s what this story in 1883 needed because it’s so bleak. We’re seeing this story through this girl’s eyes, and she needed to be full of optimism and spirit. That made me happy because I’d rather seem like a hopeful person than a cynical one.

An optimist

Actors Faith Hill, Isabel May, and Tim McGraw on the red carpet at an 1883 premiere.

Faith Hill, Isabel May, and Tim McGraw at the world premiere of 1883 in Las Vegas in December 2021

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Was he right? Are you a hopeful person?

IM: Oh, very. Very. I can feel like a cynic, sure, but it’s easy to be cynical. I prefer to be an optimist. It’s a lot harder to be an optimist, and I like to take the harder route.

How important is that trait when you’re a young actress and constantly trying out for that next part?

IM: Sometimes you just have to walk with faith and not sight, you know? Someone said that to me recently. I’m not necessarily a religious person, but I just found that to be a nice way to think, and I trust in that. Something will happen as long as I stay focused and work hard. You have to be hopeful, but so much is out of your hands.

Relationship building

Actress Isabel May wears a white prairie dress as she stands looking aghast in front of a blazing wagon.

Elsa near the end of the long journey west

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What kind of relationship did you build with Tim and Faith on location?

IM: It’s almost like they became my mom and dad. I looked up to them quite a bit because they worked really, really hard and had a smile on their faces the whole time. No matter what, they expressed gratitude and respect. And when they were on the set, they weren’t husband and wife—just co-workers who were in this with everybody else. They also have three wicked smart and talented daughters around my age, and I look up to each one of them.

Acting advice

Actress Isabel May stands on the red carpet.

May on the red carpet

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They’ve both been successful in several fields for decades. Did they offer you any advice?

IM: They did, but not about acting. Faith is a businesswoman, and she handles herself very well and is extremely eloquent. She gave me some advice about how to operate and carry myself as a young woman in Hollywood. She’s been working in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and the industry is tough!

Moral conundrums

Actress Isabel May wears a colorblock mod mini dress and boots\u200b against a white backdrop.

May channeling the Carnaby Street vibe in a colorblock mod mini dress and boots

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With 1883, you had to present and deal with some heady themes yourself. What were your takeaways?

IM: You know, it’s so complicated. There are all these moral conundrums between right and wrong. And as a young person, I think about that quite a lot and I’m not really sure what to make of so much that’s happening in the world. It’s so confusing. And when you find yourself as an actor and as an artist playing those things out in a different era, it feels very real and relevant even though it’s fiction. Every day I’d ponder my character’s conversations and interactions on a bigger playing field. I still think about it.

Personal and professional life

The Dutton party from 1883 stands in their period clothing in front of a saloon.

McGraw, Hill, May, Dawn Olivieri, and Emma Malouff as the Dutton party in 1883.

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Where do you go from here personally and professionally?

IM: Well, look, it’s always about trying to find a project and work that has meaning and value. That’s particularly difficult as a young actor. I felt very fortunate with 1883 because it was [made by] a creator who genuinely loved and cared deeply about his work. So to find another story like this one is my dream. I feel like there are a lot of things being made with no passion behind it. The motivation is off. It’s going to be an interesting ride!

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Colasanto as Coach.

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By Katey Clifford

Whether you remember him as Coach, Ernie Pantusso, or just “my favorite character from Cheers,” we can all agree that the late Nicholas Colasanto created a character no one could forget. In only three seasons on the all-time great sitcom, Colasanto brought the charming Boston bartender to life with scene-stealing moments that could make you laugh and cry—and laugh until you cried.

Paramount+ has the entire show’s run available to stream, so we’re inviting you to reacquaint yourself with some of Coach’s pearls of wisdom and most touching scenes. Tending bar offers plenty of situations for Coach to give advice to friends, patrons, strangers, and everyone in between. Is it always good advice? Well … as Coach says himself:

“Sometimes I just think of the smartest thing to say and then it comes out so stupid.”

“That doesn’t make any sense,” Carla responds.

“Well, you should have heard it before I said it.”

Let’s look at who Coach was, the man behind the beloved character, and some of our favorite moments from the show.

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The Man Behind Coach

Nicholas Colasanto leaning on a table and smiling

All smiles

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Nicholas Colasanto started his adult life like many men of his generation, serving in World War II after joining the U.S. Navy in 1943. He went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts after his honorable discharge in 1945. Coach’s backstory was similar—he served in the Navy before heading to the Boston Red Sox. But the parallels between Colasanto and his signature character stop there.

Colasanto developed a passion for acting while seeing Henry Fonda perform on Broadway. Inspired to pursue the craft, he performed off Broadway and starred in TV commercials, then enjoyed a long and varied acting career before landing the role he’s best known for.

His time on Cheers not only earned Colasanto fans’ affection, but also netted him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Action!

Nicholas Colasanto with hands on his hips and making a puckered face

Colasanto was a director and dramatic actor before winning fans’ hearts as Coach.

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Before he became Coach, Colasanto came into his own as a TV director in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked on marquee shows of the era, including S.W.A.T., Hawaii Five-O, Bonanza, Columbo, and Starsky and Hutch.

His big-screen resume includes role that placed him in the world of sports, even as a mentor, well before he offered his first words of advice to Sam Malone (Ted Danson). He appeared in two boxing movies: Fat City and Martin Scorsese’s classic Raging Bull. In Raging Bull Colasanto is a mob boss; in Fat City he portrays Ruben, manager and trainer to washed-up boxer Billy Tully (Stacy Keach).

Colasanto also appeared in The Counterfeit Killer and Family Plot.

Coach: Man, Myth, Legend

Diane, Carla, Sam, and Coach leaning over the bar smiling with arms around each other

The Cheers gang

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Although Colasanto took many dramatic roles, his most iconic performance was as the understated and congenial comic heart of Cheers. Sam Malone’s co-bartender may have been a little confused, but he was always ready and willing to help anyone in need.

Coach was an outstanding bartender and an even better friend to Sam, Norm, Diane, Carla, Cliff, and the whole gang at Cheers. Here are some of our favorite Coach moments to highlight Colasanto’s incredible performance.

Hit By Pitch

Coach leaning in and pretending to swing a baseball bat

When it comes to baseball, Coach is a pro.

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Season 1, Episode 3: “The Tortelli Tort”

Just listen to Coach for a few minutes and it’s not hard to tell that he took one too many pitches to the old noggin on the baseball diamond. The man is always taking one for the team—in fact, he used to do it literally!

Being hit by a pitch was a skill he perfected in his playing days, earning him the highest average in the majors for getting on base the hard way. And he’s very proud of that fact.

One infamous night at the bar, Coach is recalling his skill at getting on base. He's sure he can replicate the team-first strategy of his past, so he makes Diane (yes, Diane!) throw a pitch his way to see if he can take it.

And boy, oh, boy, does he! With a mix of Diane’s terrible throw across the bar and Coach’s impressive drive to get hit, she manages to hit him right in the head. Yikes!

That’s a comedy home run, Coach.

Naming Conventions

Coach pointing at two beer glasses on the bar while speaking to Carla

This is the bar where everyone knows your name, after all.

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Season 1, Episode 5: “Coach’s Daughter”

Coach is, you might say … a little forgetful. Someone once called the bar looking for him and Coach asked around to see if anyone named Ernie Pantusso was there! Despite not being able to recall his own name, Coach remembers the names he gave every single piece of glassware at the bar. When Carla asks which drink on the tray is which, Coach tells her that the gin collins is in Larry and the vodka collins is in Steve.

Apparently, each glass is unique ... except for the Wilson brothers. Those two are just too darn similar.

Words, Words, Words

Coach leaning over the bar and talking

Coach never went to high school but is working on a novel.

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Season 1, Episode 1: “Give Me A Ring Sometime”

Coach has quite a way with words. He tells Diane he’s been working on a novel for six years.

"You’re writing a novel?" Diane asks.

"No, reading one!"

Acceptance

Leo talking to Coach

Leo looks for advice.

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Season 1, Episode 2: “Sam’s Women”

When a man named Leo comes into the bar looking for advice from the guy two owners before Sam, Coach says he’ll be happy to pinch hit as a counselor. At first, Leo isn’t sure, but begrudgingly he shares his troubles with Coach: Leo explains that his son brought home a Black fiancé.

Coach finds an easy solution: Just sit Leo’s son down … and what’s Leo’s son’s name? Ron. And what’s Ron’s fiancé’s name? Rick. Uh, oh. For a 1980s man that’s quite a problem. Have no fear! Coach manages to convince Leo that he loves his son and he’ll lose him if he doesn’t accept him. Good on you, Coach!

High School is Tough

Diane with her hand on Coach\u2019s shoulder

Diane supporting Coach.

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Season 3, Episode 16: “Teacher’s Pet”

When Sam needs just one more class—geography—to finish his diploma, Coach boasts that he was actually very good in geography, despite being a high school dropout. Or … maybe it was geometry? To find out, he asks Diane to give him a geometry question.

“What’s the sum of the angles in an isosceles triangle?” she asks.

Coach is quick with the answer: It was geography!

When Harry Meets George

Coach scratching his nose while talking to George

The old sign for bunt is Coach’s preference when it comes to making signals.

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Season 1, Episode 19: “Pick A Con ... Any Con”

When Coach loses $8,000 to his friend George in cards, Sam, neighborhood conman Harry, and Coach devise a plan to get Coach’s cash back. With $5,000 of Sam’s own money on the line, the stakes are high. It looks like Harry has lost to George ... until the Cheers crew discovers that the two were in cahoots to make a quick buck.

Undaunted, Coach works out a deal with George to try to win the money back from Harry: He’ll give a signal by scratching his nose to indicate Harry can’t beat three queens. In the end, it turns out Harry and Coach have been secretly working together against George the whole time—and everyone gets their money back.

The Long-Winded Proposal

Coach and Irene sitting at a table at Cheers as Coach reads from a piece of paper

Coach finds love once again.

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Season 3, Episode 6: “Coach In Love: Part 1“

When Coach falls in love with Irene, he has quite a marriage proposal planned: “l’m not a rich man. I’m not a young man. I’m not a handsome man. I’m not a tall man. I’m not a strong man. I’m not a talented man. I’m not a well-traveled man. I’m not a smart man. I’m not a milkman. I’m not a fat man. I’m not a gingerbread man. I’m ...”

Go Get ’Em

Sam leaning over the bar and pointing down while talking to Coach

Sam and Coach have a close relationship.

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Season 1, Episode 5: “Coach’s Daughter”

When Coach’s daughter comes into town, he's the one in need of assistance. Sam reminds him of a time he was in a jam on the mound. Sam was about to step in as relief pitcher, and the thing that saved his game was Coach’s simple advice: “Go get ’em.”

Sometimes all you need is someone to root for you, and Coach is happy to be that person. He always cheers his friends on.

From his baseball days with Sam to his time as co-bartender, Coach wants the best for others (like secretly hoping Sam and Diane will get married)—even if his generous wishes are not in his own best interest. Must I remind you of his hit-by-pitch average?

Not Quite Beautiful

Coach with open arms looking towards his daughter Lisa

Coach is always there with open arms.

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Coach’s daughter Lisa (played by Allyce Beasley before she landed her most famous role as Agnes DiPesto in Moonlighting!) is in hot water when she brings her revolting, abrasive fiancé Roy to Cheers to meet her father. After much prodding, Lisa confesses to Coach that she doesn’t want to marry the guy. She just thinks she should because he’s the first man to propose—and she’s afraid he’ll be the last.

Loving Father

Coach places his hands reassuringly on Lisa\u2019s head as he talks to her

Doting dad Coach is always there for his daughter Lisa.

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The only reason Lisa is settling for less than she deserves, we discover, is that she lacks self confidence. She doesn’t think she’s beautiful. Coach tells Lisa she looks just like her mother—instilling her with the confidence she needs to avoid settling for someone less kind and loving than her father.

In a defiantly bold move, Lisa walks up to Roy and tells him she won’t marry him, all because of Coach’s just-right words. He reminds us that there’s nothing quite as sweet as the love between a father and his daughter.

After saving Lisa from an unhappy marriage, Coach knows just the trick to cheer her up. Ice cream!

Coach’s End

Coach sitting holding a Cheers flag with one hand covering his mouth

Colasanto as Coach

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Colasanto managed to create a completely sympathetic character who could handle the funny moments just as well as the more serious ones. Sadly, we only got to experience that TV magic for three short seasons; After years of battling alcoholism and a serious decline in health, Colasanto passed away in his home from a heart attack at the age of 61.

As Ted Danson once said, by the end of his career, Colasanto was having trouble remembering his lines, giving a tragic authenticity to his character. Nonetheless, he gave an incredible performance as Coach and was sorely missed in later episodes of the series.

I'll Be There

Coach at the bar talking on the phone

Who ya gonna call? Coach!

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One thing is certain—Coach is reliable. He might not be all there in the memory department, but at the end of the day you know you can count on him.

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Radio City Music Hall: the place to be for the Tony Awards

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By Melissa Rose Bernardo

Despite the pandemic, the 2021–2022 season felt like the busiest ever on Broadway, with more than three dozen Tony-eligible productions bringing up their curtains. There were 15 of them in April alone! This Sunday, June 12th, Broadway gets a chance to celebrate with the 75th Annual Tony Awards at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

The festivities kick off live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Paramount+ with hosts Darren Criss, currently featured in American Buffalo, and Julianne Hough, who’s making her Broadway debut in the all-female ensemble of Selina Fillinger’s farce POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. Then the party continues on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with host Ariana DeBose, the newly minted West Side Story Oscar winner. DeBose was also a 2018 Tony nominee for her turn as Disco Donna in Summer.

To help you get into the spirit, we’ve compiled 10 tidbits about this year’s buzziest shows and competitive categories. Let’s raise a glass to the 2021–2022 season. A special shoutout to the swings and understudies who kept the marquees on as shows everywhere dealt with COVID-19–related absences. You’re all winners in our book!

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1. Best Musical: Bob Dylan vs. Michael Jackson vs. Michael R. Jackson

Todd Almond wears a white suit and clutches a microphone with one hand while he holds the other aloft singing. Girl From the North Country Broadway cast members hold up their arms singing in the background

Todd Almond (at the microphone) and the cast of Girl From the North Country, set to the songs of Bob Dylan

Photo: Matthew Murphy

Only on Broadway could you have two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers duking it out for the Best Musical title:
• Girl From the North Country, the Great Depression–era musical written by Conor McPherson with a score of 20 existing Bob Dylan tunes
MJ, the musical focusing on the life and music of the legendary King of Pop

And then there’s Michael R. Jackson, the multi-nominated lyricist, librettist, and composer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Strange Loop, the self-described “big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical.”

The other nominees include:
• Paradise Square, a Les Miz-meets-Ragtime mashup set in a slum in Lower Manhattan in 1863
• the plucky girl-powered Tudor romp SIX: The Musical
• the stage-to-screen Billy Crystal vehicle Mr. Saturday Night

2. The Season’s Most-Nominated Show Has No Stars … in the Cast.

Jaquel Spivey wears a flannel shirt and jeans and wags a finger at the audience as he sings backed up by four cast members of A Strange Loop

Jaquel Spivey as Usher (center) surrounded by his Thoughts—Jason Veasey, James Jackson Jr., L Morgan Lee, and Antwayn Hopper—in A Strange Loop

Photo: Marc J. Franklin

The cast members are far from household names, but you might recognize a few of the names above the title of the 11-time Tony-nominated A Strange Loop.

Just a few of the show’s famous producers:
• RuPaul Charles
• Alan Cumming
• Ilana Glazer
• Mindy Kaling
• Billy Porter
• Jennifer Hudson

Hudson will become an EGOT winner if Loop wins Best Musical. That’s how John Legend got the T in his EGOT; he was a producer of the 2017 Tony-winning revival of August Wilson’s Jitney.

3. Keep an Eye on Camille A. Brown.

The cast of for colored girls  dancing with projections of their faces on large screens

The cast of for colored girls …: Stacey Sargeant, Amara Granderson, Okwui Okpokwasili, Tendayi Kuumba, Kenita R. Miller, D. Woods, and Alexandria Wailes

Photo: Marc J. Franklin

With her revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking 1975 choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Camille A. Brown became the first Black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway production in 67 years. (The last was Katherine Dunham.) And she received Tony nominations for both her direction and her choreography. Although for colored girls… closed June 5th, it received seven noms.

Brown is the first person ever nominated for both directing and choreographing a play.

No Black woman has ever won a Tony for directing. This year, two are nominated—Brown and Lileana Blain-Cruz, forThe Skin of Our Teeth.

4. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse: Déjà Vu All Over Again.

Mary Louise Parker smiles coyly at David Morse as the two sit at a table in How I Learned to Drive

David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker in Paula Vogel’s provocative How I Learned to Drive

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse starring in Paula Vogel’s wrenching drama How I Learned to Drive. Both originated their respective roles in the 1997 off-Broadway premiere. Parker played teenager Li’l Bit and Morse played her extremely attentive Uncle Peck.

Drive went on to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both actors received Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards for their performances.

Now, 25 years later, How I Learned to Drive is making its Broadway debut, again directed by Mark Brokaw, with Parker and Morse. Since the play was never on Broadway, both actors are indeed eligible and were nominated for Tony Awards.

5. Lynn Nottage: Two Shows, Two Nominations

A poster for Clydes shows Uzo Aduba with long and pointed red fingernails holding a kitchen knife next to a red and black poster for MJ The Musical

Promotional posters for Clydes and MJ The Musical

Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for her plays Ruined and Sweat, earned not one but two writing nominations for two very different works this season.

One nom was for her play Clyde’s, a fast-paced, ferocious kitchen comedy set in a sandwich shop staffed by ex-cons. Actors Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones, and Kara Young all earned featured actor nods for their roles.

The other was for the book of the Michael Jackson biomusical MJ, which is nominated for 10 Tonys.

6. There Are Seven Nominees for Leading Actor in a Play.

Adam Godley Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Lester dressed in long black jackets with matching black vests standing on a table in The Lehman Brothers

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale, and Adrian Lester played every role in the three-and-a-half-hour Sam Mendes–directed drama The Lehman Brothers.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Yes, seven nominees! They include:
• David Morse for How I Learned to Drive
• Sam Rockwell for American Buffalo
• Ruben Santiago-Hudson for Lackawanna Blues
• David Threlfall for Hangmen
• Simon Russell Beale for The Lehman Trilogy
• Adam Godley for The Lehman Trilogy
• Adrian Lester for The Lehman Trilogy

Remind us why the Tonys don’t have an ensemble category. The Lehman guys shouldn’t have to compete against each other!

Seven is a lot of nominees in an acting category. Five, sometimes six, is the norm. But it has happened before, back in 1958. The contenders were:
• Ralph Bellamy for Sunrise at Campobello. Bellamy ultimately won the Tony.
• Richard Burton for Time Remembered
• Hugh Griffith for Look Homeward, Angel
• Laurence Olivier for The Entertainer
• Anthony Perkins for Look Homeward, Angel
• Peter Ustinov for Romanoff and Juliet
• Emlyn Williams for A Boy Growing Up

Just a little Tony trivia for your next theatrical cocktail party.

7. SIX Boasts Eight Nominations, but Not One for Any of Its Six Actors.

The stars of SIX on a stage lit with purple lights holding microphones and singing

Bow down! Abby Mueller, Samantha Pauly, Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Brittney Mack, and Anna Uzele in SIX

Photo: Joan Marcus

If you’ve seen SIX, the supremely witty musical salute to the wives of Henry VIII, you might be shocked to learn that none of the actresses who play the badass queens were nominated.

The Tony Administration committee determined they were all lead, as opposed to featured, actresses. With all six competing for slots in the category, it’s actually not surprising they all got snubbed. Yet another reason the Tonys need an ensemble category.

8. This Year’s Most Competitive Category? Choreography

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in front of the cast of The Music Man leaping and dancing on stage

Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, and the dance-happy denizens of River City in The Music Man

Photo: Joan Marcus

Has there ever been a better season for choreography on Broadway? Nominees include:
• Camille A. Brown’s picturesque modern dance–powered for colored girls…
• Carrie-Anne Ingrouille’s bouncy, hip-popping, arm-punching steps in SIX
• Warren Carlyle’s rousing marching band and tap routines for The Music Man (Carlyle and star Hugh Jackman worked on that tap for two years during the pandemic.)
• Bill T. Jones’ Irish step–meets–African Juba work in Paradise Square
• Christopher Wheeldon’s uncanny re-creation of Michael Jackson’s iconic moves in MJ

The only way to decide who gets the Tony? Dance off!

9. This Year’s Second-Most-Competitive Category? Set Design of a Play

The cast of The Skin of Our Teeth in front of a boardwalk set with a roller coaster that hides a slide behind cheerful neon signs illuminating mock storefronts

The Atlantic City set in The Skin of Our Teeth. (Yes, that’s a working slide. Whee!)

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Musicals traditionally have much more elaborate sets. Think moving mansions, crashing chandeliers. But this season, the plays were the thing.
• Beowulf Boritt created a dynamic rotating multi-room White House for POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.
• Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong’s lived-in break room in Skeleton Crew looked ripped straight out of an aughts-era Detroit auto plant.
• Anna Fleischle’s Hangmen set moves seamlessly from a dank prison cell to a smoke-filled pub, with a few dangling ropes thrown in for good measure.
• Es Devlin used a massive rotating glass cube and an almost entirely black-and-white palette to tell the epic 164-year story of The Lehman Trilogy.
• Scott Pask’s American Buffalo junk shop is a hoarder’s delight, packed with trash and treasure in every nook and cranny.
• Finally, Adam Rigg’s The Skin of Our Teeth designs are as massive as the play itself, which spans thousands of years and includes a dinosaur, a woolly mammoth, and a trip to the Atlantic City boardwalk.

10. Mr. Saturday Night Received More Tony Nominations Than Oscar Nominations.

Billy Crystal mugging and David Paymer sitting on a sofa nearby looking unamused in Mr Saturday Night

Together again: Billy Crystal and David Paymer in Mr. Saturday Night

Photo: Matthew Murphy

The 1992 movie received just one Oscar nom, for David Paymer’s supporting character Stan, the beleaguered brother of Billy Crystal’s standup comic Buddy Young Jr.

The Broadway musical, however, received five Tony noms:
• book (Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel, who wrote the original screenplay)
• original score (music by Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Amanda Green)
• leading actor (Crystal)
• featured actress (Shoshanna Bean, who plays Buddy’s daughter)
• best musical

The one it didn’t get? Featured actor for Paymer, who’s reprising his movie role on stage. To paraphrase one of Buddy Young’s famous lines, don’t get us started!

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Zoom meetings. Dinner prep. Homework oversight. Lacrosse carpool. Life has a way of hijacking your ability to hunker down and binge-watch really good television. That’s where summer comes in. With (hopefully) less on your to-do list, and an air-conditioned family room calling your name, now’s the time to tune in to Paramount+ and catch up on CBS’s new and returning dramas, as well as its breakout comedy of the year. Here’s your guide to the must-stream shows of 2022.

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NCIS: Hawai'i

Vanessa Lachey next to A\u200blex Tarrant and Noah Mills all dressed in navy blue jackets with NCIS on the front standing next to parked vehicles with lush mountain landscape in the background

Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman, Noah Mills as Jesse, and Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant

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Plot: Come for the sparkling sun and surf, stay for the savvy of Jane Tennant, a soccer mom who is also the first female special agent in charge of NCIS Hawai‘i. Tenacious and smart, Tennant has risen through the ranks by pushing back against sexism in a system that has consistently pushed back against her. Along with her team of talented specialists, Tennant balances duty to family and country while investigating unsolved murders, kidnappings, and various mysteries around the Navy and Marines.

Players:

Vanessa Lachey Jane Tennant, head honcho of NCIS Hawai‘i

Noah Mills Jesse Boone, former big city homicide detective, expert interrogator, and Tennant’s sometimes confidant

Yasmine Al-Bustami Lucy Tara, a junior member of Tennant’s team who does whatever it takes to get the job done

Alex Tarrant Kai Holman, the new kid on the team and the only native Hawaiian

Jason Antoon Ernie Malik, the resident cyber-intelligence expert

Favorite Scene: “It has to be during the season finale, for the sole reason that everyone was in one space together and it was literally a big ol’ party. It was a beautiful way to wrap up the year.” —Yasmine Al-Bustami

NCIS: Hawai'i airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

CSI: Vegas

Three stars of CSI Vegas walk with their equipment and gear to a crime scene

From left: CSI Vegas’ Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, and Mandeep Dhillon

Photo credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS

Plot: The high-tech series that ran for 15 seasons and spawned several spinoffs is back, this time in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire crime lab and release thousands of convicted killers onto Sin City’s streets, a team of brilliant investigators (both new and familiar faces from the original CSI) unite, deploying cutting-edge forensic techniques to crack cases and catch bad guys.

Players:

Paula Newsome Maxine Roby, head of the Las Vegas crime lab

William Petersen Gil Grissom, quick-witted forensic entomologist who ran the lab in the original series

Jorja Fox Sara Sidle, Grissom’s partner in crime solving and beyond

Wallace Langham David Hodges, former lab tech turned expert witness

Matt Lauria Joshua Folsom, a high-level investigator who typically takes the lead on the crime of the week

Mandeep Dhillon Allie Rajan, a hard-working level-II CSI born in India and educated in the U.S.

Favorite Scene: “Episode 6: There’s a creepy clown motel— complete with dead clowns!—an ominously squalid and rattling narcotic-dispensing ice cream truck, origami, and a cast of bountifully quirky characters, including a serial killer! Quite a lot for our CSIs to juggle! Brilliantly penned, shot, lit, directed, and edited!” --Matt Lauria

Watch CSI: Vegas on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI

FBI\u2019s Zeeko Zaki and Missy Peregrym in dramatic profile.

FBI’s Zeeko Zaki and Missy Peregrym

Photo credit: Michael Parmelee/CBS

Plot: A fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the reason the FBI franchise was born.

Players:

Missy Peregrym Maggie Bell, a seasoned investigator who’s in charge of the team while out in the field

Zeeko Zaki Omar Adom “O.A.” Zidan, a New Yorker, military vet, and Muslim whose fluent Arabic comes in handy

Jeremy Sisto Jubal Valentine, assistant special agent in charge who coordinates the movement of field agents from the team’s high-tech offices

Alana De La Garza Isobel Castille, the quick-thinking special agent in charge

John Boyd Stuart Scola, an Ivy League– educated Wall Streeter turned FBI agent

Katherine Renee Turner Tiffany Wallace, whose NYPD background is often an asset in the field

Favorite Scene: “We had about 20 minutes of sunlight left to film the scene where O.A. finds Sunny in the Season 4 crossover [featuring FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International cast members]. We were in the most beautiful mansion on a little lake outside Budapest. We got the shot in one or two takes and got to watch the sun set.” —Zeeko Zaki

Watch new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI: Most Wanted

A group of state patrol officers pore over a document on the hood of a car in a scene from FBI Most Wanted

Dylan McDermott takes charge on FBI: Most Wanted.

Photo credit: Mark Schäfer/CBS

Plot: This first FBI spinoff follows the Fugitive Task Force, which tracks and takes down notorious criminals on the bureau’s— you’ve got it—Most Wanted list.

Players:

Dylan McDermott Remy Scott, leader of the Fugitive Task Force

Julian McMahon Jess LaCroix, the former leader of the Fugitive Task Force who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Keisha Castle-Hughes Hana Gibson, a special agent with a sharp sense of humor and the team’s master of data mining

Roxy Sternberg Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with elevated street smarts thanks to undercover gang work in the Bronx

Alexa Davalos Kristin Gaines, a Navy vet turned tireless special agent

Miguel Gomez Ivan Ortiz, whose street-cop instincts are key to his undercover work

Watch FBI: Most Wanted Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI: International

The stars of FBI Internation pose on set in Hungary.

From left: FBI International’s Carter Redwood, Heida Reed, Luke Kleintank, and Vinessa Vidotto

Photo credit: Katalin Vermes/CBS

Plot: The third iteration of the FBI brand follows savvy operatives from the FBI’s elite International Fly Team. Based in Budapest (where the show shoots), the Fly Team travels the globe, tracking and de-escalating threats against American citizens in exotic locales.

Players:

Luke Kleintank Scott Forrester, a cool-headed agent and leader of the International Fly Team

Heida Reed Jamie Kellett, a special agent on the Fly Team who develops an even more special relationship with one of her co-workers

Vinessa Vidotto Cameron Vo, a West Point grad and the newest member of the group

Carter Redwood Andre Raines, a background in accounting makes this special agent the brainiac of the bunch

Christiane Paul Europol agent Katrin Jaeger, a tough-as-nails liaison between the Fly Team and local police

Favorite Scene: “It was in Episode 7, but it didn’t make the final cut. The Fly Team was in Prague and had to pay this madame for information. We had a scene where we all had to pool our money together to pay her, and we could not get through the scene without cracking up. It just escalated every time we did a take, and it still makes me giggle thinking about it.” —Heida Reed

Watch new CBS Drama FBI: International takes the action abroad on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+!

Ghosts

The Cast of the CBS tv show Ghosts pose in the parlor of the haunted mansion.

Ghosts’ Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Back row, clockwise from bottom left: Danielle Pinnock, Devan Chandler Long, Sheila Carrasco, Asher Grodman, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Román Zaragoza, and Rebecca Wisocky

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Plot: Inspired by the 2019 BBC series of the same name, Ghosts stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as city dwellers who inherit a country estate that they decide to turn into a B&B. The hitch? The manse is inhabited by unwelcoming guests—the many lively spirits of deceased residents who now call it home.

Players:

Rose McIver Samantha, the upbeat estate owner who sees dead people

Utkarsh Ambudkar Jay, Samantha’s skeptical husband who doesn’t see dead people

Brandon Scott Jones Isaac, the Revolutionary War captain

Richie Moriarty Pete, the overly optimistic scoutmaster whose archery accident has stayed with him

Danielle Pinnock Alberta, a Prohibition-era lounge singer

Asher Grodman Trevor, a Wall Street bro caught with his pants down

Román Zaragoza Sasappis, a Native American from the 1500s

Sheila Carrasco Flower, the sweet hippy from the ’60s

Rebecca Wisocky Hetty, the onetime lady of the house

Devan Chandler Long Thorfinn, a Viking explorer

Favorite Scene: “My favorite moment is the prom scene from the episode ‘Attic Girl.’ You can see the love between Sam and Jay. I’m a rom-com sucker, so to be able to be a part of that moment was really special.” -Utkarsh Ambudkar

Catch up with Ghosts streaming on Paramount+.

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