Monday, May 27, 2024

Kate Hudson Wakes Up 23 Years after Oscar Nom for “Almost Famous,” Comes for an Emmy and a Grammy at the Same Time


In 2001, Kate Hudson got an Oscar nomination for playing Penny Lane in “Almost Famous.”

Then, instead of having a clear career path, she zigged and zagged. She also had three children. She had a successful business, too.

But now, a quarter of a century later, she’s back!

Kate is releasing an album — which sounds pretty good — and is starring in a Netflix series. She could be up for an Emmy and a Grammy in 2025. Good for her!

The series sounds like “Ted Lasso” combined with a few other things. But Hudson will be perfect as the star of “Running Point,” created by Mindy Kaling. The cast is interesting, as it includes Chet Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, plus Max Greenfield and Drew Tarver, as well as Brenda Song.

The story: “When a scandal forces her brother to resign, Isla Gordon (Kate Hudson) is appointed President of the Los Angeles Waves, one of the most storied professional basketball franchises, and her family business. Ambitious and often overlooked, Isla will have to prove to her skeptical brothers, the board, and the larger sports community that she was the right choice for the job, especially in the unpredictable, male-dominated world of sports.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow night Hudson releases her long awaited first album.

The album is called “Glorious.” Kate is 45, and I think if she wants she can follow the path of Rita Wilson for a post-teen career. Her songs are solid and catchy, the arrangements are perfect for the adult contemporary audience– like me!

Three of the songs are already streaming, and they sound great. She says Linda Ronstadt is her favorite singer and you can tell from these tracks. Hudson is a big, open voice but with a lot of personality. She can actually sing, no trickery. Watch her video from Howard Stern when she sang Aimee Mann’s “Voices Carry.” Love it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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