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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
HBO's Succession score is one of the show's biggest characters
Nicholas Britell, who is in charge of Succession's score, is “more than just a composer," says executive producer Adam McKay. That's because Brittell was once a very successful currency trader. Thanks to his background, Britell has created a score that is so essential it feels like another lead character. ALSO: The pros and cons of Succession.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Christina Applegate reuniting with Anchorman team for Netflix dark comedy Dead to Me
The half-hour dark comedy has been described as a comedic Big Little Lies, about a powerful friendship between a free spirit with a shocking secret and Applegate, who plays a tightly wound widow. Anchorman's Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing Dead to Me, with Liz Feldman writing the 10-episode series. "This is a coup for Netflix and the producers as Applegate, a perennial top choice for TV casting directors, is offered multiple TV series and pilots every year but has been very selective," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "This marks her first TV series in six years." Applegate will also serve as an executive producer.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
HBO's Succession is proof that HBO likes telling stories about rich people's problems
The depressing corporate-family drama from Adam McKay reaffirms one thing, at least, says Hank Stuever: "This is a network that lives to tell intense stories about rich people’s problems more than anyone else’s. Even on imaginary medieval continents or within amusement acres overrun by revolutionary robots, HBO, with a few memorable exceptions, seems most concerned with the feelings and failures of the wealthy. Moral lapses are laid bare, yet the message remains clear: The rich are just more interesting than the rest of us. Succession, which is underwhelming in both execution and intent, arrives at a time when the make-believe of TV has been more effective at eliminating the working middle class than any domestic or economic policy could be. We turn on a show and simply accept that luxury is affordable."
- Succession feels like it was created by Aaron Sorkin's evil twin brother, with a cast of despicable characters
- It doesn’t feel great right now to be extending any kind of sympathy to the overseers and beneficiaries of a fake version of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp
- Succession is like Billions, but "reinterpreted through HBO’s prestige-y filter"
- Succession is its own disappointing creation, imbalancing awful broad comedy with awful mawkish drama
- There's a knowing sense of humor that would make the show much better if it was cut down to a half-hour comedy
- Producer Adam McKay: "People like to think of comedy and drama and horror as all these very different things, but they’re really not"
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Kal Penn to star in an Amazon economic docuseries from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
The Designated Survivor vet and former Obama White House staffer will try to get to the bottom of the world economy through his comedic point of view. "Look, I’m terrible at math and really good at sophomoric humor (that means d*ck jokes, kids!), so the idea that we can explore economics around the world by visiting places like a dildo factory in California piqued my interest,” said Penn. “To have an opportunity to explore the world while we combine the serious with the bizarre with Adam and Will is super exciting.”
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
HBO sets premiere date for New York City media family drama series Succession
The Adam McKay series that isn't about the Rupert Murdoch family premieres on Sunday, June 3 at 10 p.m.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Netflix orders Dead to Me, a dark comedy from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Writer Liz Feldman will helm the comedy about a "powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret." Netflix has given the series a 10-episode order.
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 8:45AM EST
Jordan Peele's victory means MADtv and SNL are tied when it comes to Oscar-winning former writers and performers
Peele, who starred on the Fox late-night sketch show for five seasons, became the first MADtv writer or performer to win an Oscar with his award for best original screenplay for Get Out. Saturday Night Live didn't see one of its former writers or performers win an Oscar until just two years ago, when former head writer Adam McKay won for best adapted screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 Academy Awards. SNL's only Oscar winner is original music director Howard Shore, who went on to win three Academy Awards for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. ALSO: Keegan-Michael Key celebrated his former Key & Peele partner's victory with his hands raised in the air.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
HBO releases the profanity-laced trailer for Succession
The Big Short’s Adam McKay is behind the New York City drama about a dysfunctional American global-media family.
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Watch the “uncensored” trailer for cop comedy No Activity from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
The Funny or Die series starring Tim Meadows drops on CBS All Access on Nov. 12.