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Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Killing Eve gets a new writer and directors for Season 2
Emerald Fennell is taking over for Phoebe Waller-Bridge as lead writer. Waller-Bridge will continue to produce the BBC America, but she has other projects to juggle.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Sandra Oh's Killing Eve Emmy nomination is a "bittersweet joy" for actors of Asian descent
"It isn’t simply the Emmy committee’s fault that it has taken this long—this year is the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards—for an Asian American woman to be nominated for the top drama award," says Nicole Clark. "In a landscape devoid of major acting opportunities for Asians and Asian Americans, the lack of nominations and wins really isn’t surprising. To win an award, you need to have a good role, and those roles are in short supply for Asians. Only two Asian actors have won Emmys—Archie Panjabi in 2010 as supporting actress for The Good Wife and Riz Ahmed in 2017 as lead actor in HBO’s The Night Of."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Sandra Oh reacts to her historic Emmy nomination as the first Asian leading woman for Killing Eve
Source: The New York Times
"You want to know what? Let’s celebrate it, man," said Oh, the first person of Asian descent to be nominated in the leading drama actress category. "I’m serious, just (expletive) celebrate it. It’s like, we’ve got to start somewhere, we’ve got to start somewhere. And I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence. And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers, you know, our First Nations sisters and brothers. Our sisters and brothers of different sizes and different shapes. If I can be a part of that change, like (expletive) yeah, let’s celebrate it." ALSO: Grey's Anatomy team celebrates Oh's nomination.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Why Sandra Oh is TV's best actress
The Killing Eve star's superior acting abilities are on display in ways "that are both obvious and subtle" on the BBC America series, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "It’s a tour de force performance, yet so self-effacing and invisible in its effects that you come away thinking that you’ve seen a crackling yarn with compelling characters rather than a cultural landmark. This is a magic trick of a high order." ALSO: Why Bill Hader is TV's best actor.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Killing Eve and FX lead TV Critics Award nominations
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Sandra Oh-starring BBC America breakout spy drama from Phoebe Waller-Bridge earned five nominations, topping The American's four nominations. Atlanta, The Good Place, The Handmaid's Tale, Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel each had three nominations. FX was the most nominated network with 10 nods, followed by Netflix and NBC. ALSO: TCA Awards has launched category designed for late-night shows.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Idris Elba teases Luther Season 5
"This. Will. Hurt," says the BBC promo for the upcoming fifth season of Elba's detective series. No premiere date has been announced.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker to promote Doctor Who at Comic-Con
BBC America announced that Whittaker will make her debut as the 13th Doctor Who at the annual event next month in San Diego.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
BBC America president explains how Killing Eve became a breakout hit
"I think there are two reasons why the show has seen unprecedented growth since the premiere," BBC America president Sarah Barnett tells Decider. "First, and the main reason, is that the show is so original and fresh. It subverts tropes in a way that audiences have found delightful, and it has extraordinary performances. I give a lot of the credit — most of the credit — to the show. It has to be exceptional to break out in this media environment today. Second, I think the team at BBC America did some smart things. We knew we had a great show on our hands from the anecdotal responses of people who had seen it — my bosses, people in the industry, people at the network — and really responded well to the show. That made us approach the launch in a particular way." Barnett notes that despite it being set in Britain, Killing Eve won't premiere on the BBC until later this year. ALSO: Killing Eve is coming to Hulu later this year.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Killing Eve excelled by moving beyond the sexy serial killer trope
"What’s different about Killing Eve isn’t the serial killer, it’s Eve," says Alex Cranz of Sandra Oh's character. "She’s the character who elevates this show above the trope. Oh has long been one of the best actresses working on television; I mean, watch this monologue where she talks about staying awake for four days and hearing her best friend’s sister get eaten by wolves on Grey’s Anatomy. The woman can act, and if she’d been the traditional foil to the Sexy Serial Killer this show still would have been good. But Eve isn’t a foil, she’s the primary focus of Killing Eve, and the show is more interested in exploring her—a messy middle-aged woman who shops at Uniqlo and Gap and is horrified that chickens poop eggs—instead of the serial killer, which helps it transcend the trope."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Killing Eve wrapped its first season with yet another week of ratings growth
The season finale attracted 1.25 million viewers, up 86% from its premiere. The BBC America spy thriller is one of the rare series to have seen ratings growth every week.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Killing Eve's first season was a sharp rebuke to the "strong female character" stereotype
TV needs more of the real, messy, complicated characters on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy series, says Alyssa Fiske. "While there is definitely room for a few gun-toting badasses in the mix, the idea that the only desirable characteristics for women onscreen are 'physically strong' and 'infinitely capable' is just another box to constrain the feminine image into a more digestible form." What makes Sandra Oh's Eve Polastri and Jodie Comer's Villanelle "so extraordinary," she says, "is that they are both written in ways that showcase their destructive natures as well as their strengths."
- The entire season was so surprising, so entertaining, and so full of life
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge says any alternative to the Season 1 ending would've been a "betrayal to the audience"
- Waller-Bridge explains the show's fascination with sausages
- Sandra Oh reacts to the season finale
- Fiona Shaw talks playing British intelligence boss Carolyn Martens
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Killing Eve's viewership kept growing for seven straight weeks
BBC America says a scripted TV series hasn't had this kind of weekly growth in more than a decade. The penultimate Season 1 episode of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's spy series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer attracted nearly 1 million viewers. “This show has exceeded our expectations in every possible way, and we came into it with very high expectations,” says BBC America president Sarah Barnett, adding: "On every level, this has been one of the ones you dream about when you get into this business and, luckily for us, the dream continues into this Sunday’s finale and a second season that is already in the works.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
What is it like working as Killing Eve's costume designer when the costumes are an explicit part of the story?
"Well, that’s a great opportunity for a costume designer, isn’t it!" says costume designer Phoebe de Gaye. "It’s lovely, it gives you scope and room to play."
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Killing Eve and Barry make us care deeply about assassins
"Both Barry and Killing Eve make us fascinated by, and even feel compassion for, contract killers in a way that is often more heartbreaking than titillating," says Allison Keene of the respected BBC America and HBO series. "Both series completely subvert our expectations about who these characters are and what they ultimately want. They’re fascinating not because they are killers, but because of who they are outside of that, which is purposefully well-defined. We’re meant to get drawn in, shocked, and then drawn in again in increasingly emotional ways." ALSO: Henry Winkler beat out John Lithgow for Barry role.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Killing Eve's viewership keeps rising
The BBC America drama starring Sandra Oh is doing something rare on TV thse days. It's seeing its viewership climb each week. Last week's episode was up 33% over the April 8 series premiere.