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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Henry Winkler recalls auditioning for Barry, and making Bill Hader laugh
"When I went in, I waited in those metal chairs like at the very beginning of my career," he recalls in a Hollywood Reporter article. "Eventually, they called me in. I made Hader laugh. And I thought, 'No matter what happens, I have made this man — a man who I have watched all these years speak in nonsensical Italian and play Stefon on Saturday Night Live — laugh.' I got in my car and I drove home. And waited, as you always do. It is an awfully long wait."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Barry's season finale was so good that it should perhaps call it quits
"The end of the first season of Barry was so good it made me never want to watch the show again," says James Poniewozik, adding: "It was an excellent season finale. But it would have been one hell of a gutsy series finale." Poniewozik fears that shows that keep getting renewed past their perfect endings are resulting in the loss of the concept of leaving the viewer wanting more -- like what Arrested Development should've done. "In part," he says, "this situation is the side effect of a good thing: With more TV outlets serving more-targeted audiences, a daring, unconventional show has a decent chance of surviving. With dozens of cable outlets and the seemingly bottomless pockets of Netflix and Amazon (soon to be joined by Apple), TV is becoming a 'more' machine. TV series are becoming like athletes going on a season or three past when they should have retired."
- Barry is the rare show that takes the consequences of its main character's actions seriously, but is that sustainable?
- Barry demonstrates how performances are often a smoke screen for desiring real human connection
- Bill Hader says "they're both very hard" when asked to compare acting badly vs. acting convincingly
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 Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Barry is the latest comedy to become serious, just like recent episodes of Black-ish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine
All three comedies turned in dramatic episodes over the past week. Barry, in particular, had an episode that is "potentially jarring," says Alan Sepinwall. "That three comedies all took dramatic turns in the same week of 2018 isn’t all that shocking, particularly when all three have done it before," says Sepinwall. "Black-ish has done incredibly powerful work about race in America (most notably the episode 'Hope,' where the Johnsons talk about the recent spate of innocent black people shot by law-enforcement). Brooklyn‘s first episode of May a year ago was also a serious one, as Terry got racially profiled by a white cop. And from the start, Barry has taken the deaths Barry inflicts very seriously, even as much of the show’s focus is on the comic juxtaposition of a hitman taking an acting class. But the degree to which each show was creatively successful, or not, provides some object lessons on when and how is the right time for sitcoms to get heavy, and whether certain types of shows are just better-equipped to try."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Barry has become a subtle satire on the lust for fame
Bill Hader's HBO comedy is a bit too realistic for those who've been in an acting class. "Six episodes into its eight-episode first season," says Willa Paskin, "it’s become clear that Barry is a show of surprising depth and subtlety, equally adept at broad humor about Bitmoji-loving gangsters and deadpan jokes about the Gersh Agency. In particular, its depiction of the classes its titular contract killer takes feels mortifyingly familiar, a specific and ever-so-slightly exaggerated version of the real, desperate thing."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Barry and Killing Eve are two examples of shows that succeed because of their flaws
"Barry, on HBO, and Killing Eve, on BBC America, are perfect iterations of the imperfect aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of finding beauty in something that is flawed," says Tim Goodman. "They are series that shouldn't work — in fact, often don't work until they inconceivably and almost without explanation do. They are series so out of whack with what their intentions seem to be that they then find some kind of incomparable rhythm of their own. And in that ill-advised misstep, a sense of beauty arrives, definitively. Call it a weird kind of perfection, with flaws — which is basically the whole concept of wabi-sabi." ALSO: Anthony Carrigan has become Barry's scene-stealer.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
HBO renews Barry and Silicon Valley
After just three episodes, Bill Hader's hitman comedy has been picked up for a second season, while Silicon Valley will return for Season 6.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Bill Hader's Barry takes on TV's antihero fixation with an unappealing and terrifying beta male
Hader's HBO hitman series is essentially the anti-antihero. "Barry, a people-killing protagonist, is a throwback not to the distant past, but to just a few years ago, when the antihero was TV’s cutting-edge archetype," says Willa Paskin. "But Barry is also an of-the-moment leading man, which is to say, he’s actively difficult to like. Atlanta’s Earn Marks and Girls’ Hannah Horvath are objectively less evil, though purposefully less appealing than Walter White or Tony Soprano, horrible men whose charisma drew audiences to them anyway. Barry is akin to the first set of characters, even though he breaks the law like the second. Like Earn, Barry’s depressed, repressed, lethargic. He’s a uniquely passive gunslinger, a sad man with a self-serving interior justification that’s as dull as it is twisted: He’s a middle manager of violence, just doing what he’s told. Barry’s the unappealing, unambitious antihero, a villain who dreams of being a boring suburban dad."
- Barry should be off-putting, yet the pacing and acting make it addictive
- HBO puts so much emphasis on finding the perfect one-hour drama when its half-hour dramedies are more effective
- Barry is a mashup that "puts the chocolate of premium cable into its peanut butter, its gun into its greasepaint"
- Bill Hader's "hot" flexing facial muscle is the true star of Barry
- Barry is a direct descendant of 1940s film noir
- Barry is full of smart choices, balancing Hollywood satire, character comedy, and noir tendencies beautifully with a perfect cast
- Barry is two shows: A Hollywood satire and a dark comedy that hangs together more often than not, but not everything works
- It's a bittersweet dramedy that's uncomfortably funny and simultaneously dark and tense
- How Saturday Night Live inspired Barry
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Bill Hader admits his SNL anxiety inspired his new HBO hitman comedy Barry
"It's the idea that this thing you’re really good at is actually kind of destroying you," Hader said at the TV press tour. "And I kind of related to that on SNL."
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 7:43AM EST
HBO teases Bill Hader in Barry
Watch the former SNL star play an actor/hitman.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
Bill Hader and wife Maggie Carey are divorcing
The SNL alum, whose hitman HBO comedy Barry, debuts next year, has been married to writer-director Carey since 2006. They have three kids together. Carey wrote and directed the 2013 film The To-Do List, starring her Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson, her husband and other big names.