The Emmys give Phillywood its propers as filming begins for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and continues for Hustle.
As I write this I am stuck in Monday’s crosstown traffic, waiting to get through 19th Street where film trucks are lined up like pinballs ready to jet forward, but just can’t seem to get out of their chute. That’s the crew of Netflix’s basketball comedy “Hustle” with Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah and Robert Duval bogging down Center City, and through Arch Street, doing their thing, stalling traffic; this following the previous week’s film crews from NBC/Peacock snapping locations in West Philadelphia for its dramatic reboot of the Will Smith legend, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air“. Phillywood.
This isn’t the first time or the last time that Philadelphia is working as a film center. It is, however, crucial when you consider that last night, the Emmys decided to gift Philadelphia with a totem of “Hamilton for Variety Special” (Pre-Recorded) (which stars son-of-Philly Leslie Odom Jr., who looked great last night all in white, sparkle and high hair), and its neighboring Delaware County with Emmys for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Kate Winslet), Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Evan Peters), and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Julianne Nicholson), the latter three all for HBO’s riveting “Mare Of Easttown.”
The last time Phillywood won so many awards and was so recognized all at one time, someone was carrying a bat or slinging a puck.
Nicholson went on to credit Winslet for getting her involved with Mare of Easttown. “If you hadn’t called and asked if I wanted to join you in Philly, I’d have probably read the first two episodes, thought, ‘Nah, the priest did it,’ and stayed home. So I owe this to you.” With her final moments on stage, Nicholson paid tribute to women everywhere struggling with their circumstances. “[I owe this] to all the ladies out there in Philadelphia, in Kabul, in Texas, or anywhere who are struggling sometimes, finding it hard to be happy sometimes, understanding that life can be a lot sometimes, but never stopping, never losing hope, never giving up.”
Plus, I don’t want to swear by it, but I’m pretty sure that Peters went into his Delco cop accent in accepting his Emmy.
Philly and Delco couldn’t be prouder. And for sure this guarantees that long reluctant crew of writers and showrunners behind “Mare” who said there would never be a second season, are at their desks and laptops now hammering out an Easttown 2 script.