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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 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 Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Henry Winkler recalls auditioning for Barry, and making Bill Hader laugh
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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
Source: The New York Times
"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 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Conan O'Brien on shrinking his talk show to 30 minutes "I’ve been pushing for this for a while"
Source: The New York Times
Conan says his new show will still likely have a monologue and at least one celebrity guest, but he wanted to do "something that fits the modern landscape, that certainly fits the way I interact with my fans more. I was looking for something more lean and agile.” TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly pointed out that the 30-minute show wouldn't necessarily mean less content. There will be more opportunity to do non-show things like an upcoming live tour with his Team Coco comedians and "Clueless Gamer" segments, as well as "Conan Without Borders." “It’s not going to be a whole new Conan with a shaved head and an eye patch and a falcon on his shoulder,” says Conan.
- Conan says doing "Conan Without Borders" inspired him to make the change: "At this stage in my career I’d like to do much more of the stuff I love and am passionate about"
- Conan briefly considered an hourlong weekly format, but he ultimately "felt more comfortable" with a daily 30 minutes
- Watch Conan and Bill Hader tackle God of War for "Clueless Gamer"
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 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Bill Hader and Jay Pharoah agree Justin Bieber was the "worst-behaved" SNL guest
“I mean, we both know,” Pharoah said on Watch What Happens Live. “Yeah, it was Bieber,” said Hader. “He just was in a bad place. Maybe he’s in a better place, but then he was in a very … it was rough.” Hader previously detailed Bieber's terrible time hosting in a 2013 interview with Howard Stern.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
Bill Hader reveals what John Mulaney said to make him break character as Stefon on SNL
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“John Mulaney writes Stefon and is our dear friend, and he came out as Stefon’s lawyer…. As well as a ‘conceptual piss artist.'” Hader recalled to Seth Meyers. “And he whispered in my ear to make me laugh, ‘My girlfriend works at Yoshinoya Beef Bowl,’ which is a restaurant chain in L.A.”
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Chadwick Boseman and Cardi B booked for their SNL debuts
The Black Panther star will host Saturday Night Live on April 7, joined by rapper Cardi B, who is also performing for the first time on the Studio 8H stage.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
SNL continues its elaborate promo trend with Bill Hader
Watch Chris Redd and Pete Davidson make the Saturday Night Live alum uncomfortable by rapping about how he is their comedy god/new dad.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Sterling K. Brown's SNL episode was "almost great"
Source: The A.V. Club
Some fine actors flounder on SNL because the writers don't know what to do with them or they just aren't good at live TV. "As it turns out," says Dennis Perkins, "Brown is one of those actors whose dedication and talents (he’s an experienced theater actor) provide an irresistible focus for the show to build around." And Brown's stellar effort started with a superb monologue. "Now that’s how you do an SNL monologue," says Perkins. "Tight, anchored by the host’s strengths, and no musical numbers or audience questions. Sterling K. Brown came out and planted a flag ...The monologue is thankless. Standups have it best, but mainly because they can just do six minutes of their act in isolation from what has traditionally been the home of Saturday Night Live’s laziest ideas. (Which, okay, is saying something.) Doing jokes about his series This Is Us and its reputation for heavy-duty tearjerking might have been expected, but Brown’s commitment to replicating his character’s justifiably lauded penchant for emotionally devastating speeches made the whole monologue lift off and soar."
- SNL ratings slip to a season low with the This Is Us star as host
- SNL had Brown film a "Video Diary" throughout the week
- Brown nailed Ben Carson in hilarious This Is Us parody
- Chris Harrison praises SNL's The Bachelor spoof, starring Kate McKinnon as Robert Mueller
- Bill Hader reveals he was kicked out of Kate McKinnon's SNL audition for loudly laughing