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Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Check out "The Philosophy of Atlanta"
Source: The A.V. Club
A YouTube video essay delves into how Donald Glover's FX series balances reality and surreality.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Does Katt Williams deserve Emmy recognition in the #MeToo era?
The comedian, who was nominated for an Emmy for his guest role on Atlanta, has a history of allegations of abusive and violent behavior, including against women. "Williams is far from an industry heavy-hitter, but a role on a popular show like Atlanta brings him back into the cultural conversation in a different way, and the Emmy nomination is evidence of that," says Rob Dozier. "Does a strong performance earn an actor a pass from having to explain past bad behavior? I thought we had already answered that question with Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from House of Cards after Anthony Rapp and others accused him of sexual misconduct, but apparently we have not. So in the case of Williams and his Emmy nomination, who bears the responsibility for giving a man with such a troubled history a platform for acclaim?"
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, Netflix, American Vandal, Atlanta, Barry, Big Mouth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Gay of Thrones, GLOW, Grey's Anatomy: B-Team, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Queer Eye, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, Seven Seconds, Twin Peaks: The Return, Will & Grace, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Henry Winkler, John Legend, Jonathan Van Ness, Mark Frost, Megan Mullally, Rachel Bloom, Regina King, Sarah Drew, Tim Rice, Yvonne Strahovski, Emmys
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield expresses regret for posting a homophobic rap video
Stanfield used anti-gay slurs in a freestyle rap video he posted this week to Instagram, for which he later apologized in another post. “I’m really disheartened by the fact that people are being affected by it,” he told BuzzFeed News, “that people are feeling sad or anger or any of these negative feelings about the things I’ve done, because that wasn’t my intention at all, to hurt people.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Atlanta Season 3 will tell more female-centric stories
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen,” said Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover, Donald Glover's younger brother, at an Emmy For Your Consideration event. “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Donald Glover says Atlanta Season 3 will be like Kanye West's "Graduation" album
“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover said at an Emmys For Your Consideration event. “I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
FX renews Atlanta for Season 3 to air in 2019
“Atlanta is phenomenal, achieving and exceeding what few television series have done,” FX original programming president Nick Grad said in a statement. “With Atlanta Robbin’ Season, Donald (Glover) and his collaborators elevated the series to even greater heights, building on the enormous success of their award-winning first season. We’re grateful to the producers and our extraordinary cast and crew for achieving this level of excellence, and we share the excitement with our audience about the third season knowing they will continue to take us to unexpected and thrilling places.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Atlanta's only female writer describes her situation as "a really bittersweet thing"
“It’s a bummer,” says Stefani Robinson. “It’s a really bittersweet thing, I think. I’m so happy to be the woman in the space, because I think that it’s so rare in Hollywood for a woman, especially a woman of color, to exist in these spaces. So on the one hand, I’m grateful and I think it’s so important and I feel so blessed. But on the other hand, you always wish there was more than one.”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Atlanta's Hiro Murai: "I love David Lynch movies, and I like Haruki Murakami books. I like absurdist aesthetics"
Source: The New York Times
"There’s something about dream logic that’s really fascinating, how it interweaves with narrative," Murai says in discussing his direction on the Donald Glover FX series and on Childish Gambino's "This Is America." Murai says of Atlanta being an experimental show: "When we did the pilot, there were a lot of discussions about which way the show could go. But I knew that my favorite part of the show was the more enigmatic and freewheeling stuff. There’s a strange scene in the pilot where a guy in a bow tie makes Earn take a bite of his sandwich. It was always on the chopping block with the network because it didn’t really serve a narrative purpose. But that was our favorite scene." ALSO: "This is America" and Atlanta are two parts of a whole.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Check out a timeline of the history of TV's working-class sitcoms
The Honeymooners, The Flintstones, Taxi, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Simpsons, Mom and Atlanta all have the same working-class storylines in common.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Ranking every Atlanta episode
Is "Teddy Perkins" the best episode from the Donald Glover FX series?
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Donald Glover stole back his city with Atlanta Robbin' Season
"As Donald Glover has completely taken over the country, with his recent SNL hosting gig, the simultaneous release of his song and mind-freak video 'This is America,' and his role as Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars story Solo, there will be plenty said about how 2018 was the year he conquered the world," says Michael Jordan. "But it will be his vision of his hometown (Glover is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, an eastern suburb of Atlanta), and the brilliance of Robbin’ Season that cements his story of creative triumph. Once again, the show robbed every one of their ability to ignore a city whose cultural influence continues to be stolen by every other city around the world. And with another season of Atlanta under his belt, Donald Glover and his team of writers, directors and actors, just stole it back."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Atlanta became cinema with its "more obviously, aggressively ambitious" second season
Source: The New York Times
"Atlanta is like a rapper obsessed with his own brilliance," says Wesley Morris. "You want to see if the show can top itself because that self-regard is part of the hook. But loving this show means worrying that it might be devoured by its own genius, that it’s too great to last, that, eventually, conceit will cannibalize concept. This second batch of episodes was more obviously, aggressively ambitious. The show became cinema (one ominous aerial shot of a vegetal forest canopy made me want vinaigrette) and appeared to have on its mind the ideas in Get Out, the moods of Moonlight, the hypnotic ambiguities of David Lynch. Some of that reach toward movie-ness nudged the show into self-conscious precocity, the equivalent of skipping a grade."
- Atlanta's genius is starting from a classic sitcom premise, then going somewhere far more thoughtful
- Season 2 finale was more intimate and freakishly surprising than the Season 1 finale
- The magic of Season 2 "was that the basic narrative work was just as interesting as the experiments and that the latter inevitably turned out to be servicing the former"
- If this was Atlanta's last episode, it was a fitting one
- Atlanta is moving and excellent, but don't say you're having a good time watching it
- There are two ways of reading Earn's choice in the finale
- Hiro Murai weighs in on the Season 2 finale
- Season 2 mined the perils of being famous and black
- What makes Lakeith Stanfield so compelling to watch?
- Donald Glover tells Jimmy Kimmel that Stevie Wonder has "watched" Atlanta
- Glover has avoided the "This Is America" hoopla -- he's been off the Internet since two days before hosting SNL
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Atlanta director Hiro Murai signs an FX development deal
The Atlanta executive producer and director, who also directed the Childish Gambino "This Is America" music video that has garnered 70 million YouTube views and counting this week, will develop new projects for FX Networks as part of his new deal. “Hiro has excelled as a director and a creative force in commercials, music videos and episodic television, and we welcome the chance to see him develop his own series through FX Productions,” says FX's Nick Grad, the executive in charge of original programming. “He helped make Atlanta the most acclaimed comedy series on television, greatly contributing to its signature style and tone and becoming an integral part of the creative team led by Donald Glover. With his boundless artistry, Hiro is poised to take the next step as a television creator.”