Emmy episode analysis: ‘Black-ish’ star Anthony Anderson channels Prince in ‘Purple Rain’

Emmy episode analysis: ‘Black-ish’ star Anthony Anderson channels Prince in ‘Purple Rain’
Anthony Anderson is nominated in the Best Comedy Actor category at the Emmys for the fifth straight year for his role as Dre Johnson on “Black-ish.” Facing off against the likes of incumbent winner Bill Hader of “Barry” and Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas of “The Kominsky Method,” Anderson has submitted his sitcom’s 100th episode, “Purple Rain,” for judging consideration.

Written by co-executive producer Peter Saji and directed by Charles Stone III in his television comedy debut, “Purple Rain” is a tribute to the music of Prince, complete with music video reenactments that earned costumers Michelle Cole and Devon Patterson a repeat Best Contemporary Costumes nomination. Let us take a closer look at the submission.

SEEOur interview with ‘Black-ish’ costume designer Michelle Cole

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Anderson has submitted slapstick and “very special episodes” over the years; he demonstrates further versatility by dancing and lip-syncing in “Purple Rain” to the 1980s songs “Erotic City” and “Kiss.
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