EDGE Hot List: Awards, Musicals & 'Montero' — What's Happening in September

by Christopher Ehlers

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 30, 2021

As the summer winds down and autumn inches ever nearer, it's time to get excited about September's entertainment offerings, which typically usher in a period of more substantial fare.

The pandemic has altered some of that, and the ever-increasing dominance of streaming services has definitely taken some of the lacquer off of what used to be the most important month in television programming. But even still, as summer gives way to fall, so too do crowd-pleasing blockbusters give way to early Oscar hopefuls. Here are 10 September releases in music, movies and television we are anxiously anticipating:

September 7: 'Impeachment: American Crime Story'

Without a doubt, Ryan Murphy's third installment of his "American Crime Story" series is the most buzzed-about new television show this fall. Judging from the merits of prior ACS series alone, this is as sure of a bet as they come, and when you factor in the top-shelf cast, it's too good to miss: Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, and Clive Owen as Bill Clinton? Sweet dreams are made of this.

September 10: Kacey Musgraves, "star-crossed"

Kacey Musgraves took home four Grammy Awards — including Album of the Year — three years ago for her picture-perfect album "Golden Hour," and all eyes are on Musgraves to see how she will follow that up. A lot has happened since: She toured the world, got divorced, and endured a global pandemic like the rest of us. There's very little indication of what the album will sound like, but one thing's for sure: Kacey can do no wrong.

September 12: 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Some of the most viral moments in music history have occurred at the VMAs: Madonna and Britney. Gaga's meat dress. Kanye and Taylor. Britney and the snake. And even last year, at the height of the COVID pandemic, before any other award show had figured out how to navigate those waters, MTV delivered fast and hard. So far, this year's performers will include Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, Doja Cat, Lorde, and Lil Nas X. The evening's most viral moment? My money's on Lil Nas.

September 12: 'Scenes from a Marriage'

Oscar Isaac. Jessica Chastain. HBO. That's all you need to know. Hagai Levi's reimagining of the iconic Ingmar Bergman miniseries is sure to be one to remember. For those that don't know, Levi is the writer/director behind "The Affair" and "In Treatment," and this fresh adaptation will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, a rarity for a television show. We're betting on this to be one of the best-written, best-acted TV shows this side of "The White Lotus."

September 17: 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Based on the UK stage musical of the same name, "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" will premiere on Amazon after its theatrical release was scrapped due to COVID. Jamie is a 16-year-old boy who doesn't fit in. Rather than dreaming about college or a career, he dreams about becoming a drag queen. Infectious, life-affirming, and bold, "Jamie" seems like it might just be "Billy Elliot 2.0," a modern love letter to living authentically. And who couldn't use that?

September 17: 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye'

Jessica Chastain is at the top of many people's Oscar predictions for Best Actress for her portrayal of controversial evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, and the trailers alone certainly look like prime Oscar bait. What's more, Chastain has said that she wore so much makeup for the film that it caused her skin permanent damage. If that isn't a selling point, I don't know what is.

September 17: Lil Nas X, 'Montero'

If Lil Nas X's first two singles are any indication, "Montero" could go a long way to disprove the one-hit-wonder status that has plagued him since he took home a Grammy award last year for "Old Town Road," his ubiquitous Billy Ray Cyrus earworm. What once felt like a fluke now feels like anything but: He's become a trailblazing icon, and there's a lot riding on this album. He knows it, too.

September 24: 'Dear Evan Hansen'

I was underwhelmed by the Tony-winning Broadway production of "Dear Evan Hansen," but it sure does hold a special place in the hearts of a lot of people. The issue of 27-year-old Ben Platt playing high schooler Evan Hansen has rightly incited the wrath of the internet... but we'll see how it goes. Rooting against a musical is un-American, so let's all cross our fingers for this one.

September 24: 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'

A black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth?" Could be a hard sell. But when you consider the fact that it stars Frances McDormand — her first release since winning her third Oscar for acting this year, for "Nomadland"— and Denzel Washington, it becomes required viewing. Directed by Joel Coen, "The Tragedy of Macbeth" is also Coen's first time directing without brother Ethan Coen. For context, they're the dream team behind "No Country for Old Men," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Big Lebowski," and "Fargo." Suddenly interested in "Macbeth,' aren't you?

September 26: 74th Annual Tony Awards

Usually held in June, this year's Tony Awards were postponed by 15 months due to the pandemic. The result? Well, we'll see. The Broadway season was somewhat abridged, resulting in nominees that — I'm sorry — may not otherwise be nominated (there's one person nominated for Best Actor in a Musical). Hosted by... no one, apparently. The middling "Jagged Little Pill" leads with 15 nominations. I'm hoping for a "Moulin Rouge" sweep, but we'll see how this all shakes out. If we've learned anything from the Tony Awards over the years, it's that they always get the telecast wrong, and we have no reason to think this year will be any different. But isn't that more of a reason to watch?