Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 finale defied logic
Calling the finale twist "transparently manufactured," Sophie Gilbert says: "The biggest problem throughout the two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale has been that the show can’t quite find a way to unite its world-building ambitions with the constrained environment of (Margaret) Atwood’s book." She adds: "The TV adaptation, being set during a time of smartphones and pussy hats and instant messaging, can’t quite get to grips with how a repressive state like Gilead might coexist with 21st century America, which leads to logical fallacies like the one prompted by Oprah’s cameo in the 11th episode. The more the show offers scenes outside of June’s perspective, the more questions it raises. What’s happening in New York City? What about the West Coast? Are upwards of 300 million Americans really being governed by a theocracy of a dozen commanders in Boston? Where have all the celebrities gone? Which is perhaps why the series so often returns to its comfort zone—as frustrating as it might be for viewers, and as narratively incoherent."
- The Handmaid's Tale appears to be falling victim to the same problems that plague The Walking Dead
- Season 2 attempted to bend sympathies well beyond any conceivable breaking point
- The Handmaid’s Tale as a whole has become something of a slog, burdened by aimless plotting and a seemingly endless onslaught of trauma
- Maybe it's a good thing that The Handmaid's Tale is choosing the less interesting path forward
- It tried to have its traumatic past match up with our traumatic present, and only made itself messier as a result
- Season 2 strayed from one of the book's significant ideas: that Elisabeth Moss' June is ordinary
- Creator Bruce Miller: "There was incredible amount of push back from me and from everybody else"
- "I think there is a happy ending, and I don't think everything's always going to be terrible," says Miller
- Why does The Handmaid's Tale keep lending its name to awful merchandise?
- Margaret Atwood says in her Masterclass promo she didn't make up all the bad things in The Handmaid's Tale
BBC throws shade at Netflix over The Crown's exorbitant cost
The BBC Press Office tweeted this morning that Netflix spent £97 million, or $128 million, on the first two seasons of The Crown --- the same amount the BBC spent on 18 of its shows, including Sherlock and Call the Midwife. (Actually, Season 1 of The Crown reportedly cost $130 million.) The BBC Press Office also pointed out that The Crown was viewed by 14% of UK adults, 74% of watched BBC's 18 dramas.
Diane Lane to lead FX's Y: The Last Man pilot cast
Lane will star as Senator Jennifer Brown and will be joined by Barry Keoghan playing her son, Yorick Brown, on the post-apocalyptic science fiction drama based on the comic book from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra that has been in development for years. Also joining the cast are Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch and Marin Ireland.
Catfish's Nev Schulman: "I just felt so powerless" after sexual harassment allegation
“To be accused of something that I squarely did not do and to have the harsh judgment that followed and no way to counteract or do something in the moment to correct that was very difficult,” says Schulman, whom MTV cleared last month. “It was frustrating. I just felt so powerless.”
The Walking Dead's new boss previews time-jumping Season 9
“There’s a fun Western vibe that has emerged,” says new showrunner Angela Kang in an interview with EW. “We are going into a period where a lot of the things that we’ve seen in previous seasons have broken down, so they’ve got these horses and carriages that are being drawn around instead of cars. Things are lit with oil lamps. People are using different kinds of weaponry. There’s a real grittiness to it that I think will be fun and fresh for the viewers.” In a separate interview with The Wrap, Kang adds that "there will be some intriguing new people that our people run across." Kang also hinted at "interesting stuff" involving Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon. “There’s various reasons why, related to that character, that we haven’t really told a story, like a love story, for him,” she says. “He’s this abused character who doesn’t trust easily.”
Joe Walsh, former Republican congressman, also admits Sacha Baron Cohen duped him
Walsh detailed on Twitter how Cohen's new Showtime show Who Is America? duped him by honoring him as a defender of Israel -- even giving him an award. "Dressing up as a wounded veteran is absolutely stolen valor, his tactics are disguisting - I know cause I too was duped," tweeted Walsh, who added: "Side note to my story - I totally get @SachaBaronCohen's gig. He's a comedian, and he can be funny, but mocking a disabled veteran to spoof @SarahPalinUSA is a serious matter. I am just telling you what I encountered - it was much of the same she experienced." Walsh thanked Showtime for the award, which he tweeted a photo of, but he also added the hashtag "#boycottShowtime."
Jimmy Kimmel thanks Denzel Washington for saving the Oscars after last year's Best Picture blunder
Kimmel described last year how Washington helped save the show by urging him from the audience to get director Barry Jenkins to the microphone after Moonlight was rightfully named Best Picture after the La La Land envelope flub. Last night, Kimmel formally thanked Washington for helping him that night. "I want to thank you for something, and I don't even know if you're aware of this, but when I hosted the Oscars — not last year, but the year before — I was on stage and of course there was a little mix-up at the end of the show," Kimmel said. "And I was confused, as was everyone, except for you, because I didn't know what exactly to do. And I look out in to the audience and you look at me and you point to Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight, and you go (motion), bring him to the mic."
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who-inspired figurines and clothing will be put up for sale
BBC Studios has unveiled the first merchandise for Whittaker's first Who season in time for Comic-Con.
Meredith Vieira to host 25 Words or Less game show tryout on Fox TV stations
25 Words of Less pits two celebrity/civilian teams in a fast-paced word game, airing in a trial run for three weeks on select Fox stations starting on Aug. 6. 25 Words or Less boasts Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinky and Mary McCormack as producers.
Voice actors threaten to strike against streaming services
A vote for a strike authorization will be held on July 18 as SAG-AFTRA alleged that streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are giving low-profile voice actors pay that is less than scale and no residuals.
Andy Dick reportedly had on-set handler to avoid sexual harassment on an NBC high school sitcom
A woman who wished to remain anonymous describes to The Hollywood Reporter how she became Dick's handler on the short-lived 2001 high school sitcom Go Fish, which starred Kieran Culkin, Adam Brody and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. She alleged that Dick tried to lock one of the 19-year-old cast members in his dressing room and expose his penis. “Needless to say Andy hated me and groaned, rolled his eyes and sighed anytime he saw me come around,” the woman said of Dick, who was charged last week with groping a woman in Los Angeles.
"Stuttering John" Melendez is shopping a reality show after pranking President Trump
After recently making headlines for pranking Trump with a phone call to Air Force One, Melendez has signed a deal to star in a reality show that will be pitched to various networks. The proposed show would feature some of Melendez's antics that he became famous for in his 16 years on The Howard Stern Show, including prank calls and man-on-the-street segments. An appearance on the 2003 ABC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! led to his hiring on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, first as an announcer and later as a writer.
Ryan Murphy calls Pose “the highlight of my career”
Murphy praised Janet Mock, the first transgender woman of color to direct a TV show with this week's episode, which she also wrote, at a screening of her episode on Tuesday night. Murphy called the making of Pose "very moving" that he decided to donate his profits from the FX seires to trans and LGBTQ non-profit organizations. It was Murphy's idea to have Mock direct an episode after reading her memoir. “Directing was never on my list of things,” she said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility.” ALSO: Why Murphy purposefully took a back seat on Pose.
Riverdale is the official hotel keycard of this year's Comic-Con
Stars of The CW series will be featured on 40,000 Riverdale-branded room keys that will be used by 40 participating hotels during next week's Comic-Con in San Diego.
E!'s Juicy Couture-inspired pilot finds its two leads
Madison Lawlor and Mia Serafino will play Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor on the dramedy pilot Juicy Stories from Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King.
Papa John's stock dips after founder and former pitchman allegedly used the N-word
John Schnatter, who until last year was featured in Papa John's commercials, reportedly dropped the N-word during a sensitivity training conference call. “Colonel Sanders called blacks n-----s,” and never faced a backlash, Schnatter said, according to Forbes. Following the report, Papa John's stock tumbled by as much as 6% on Wednesday.
- The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 finale defied logic