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Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
BoJack Horseman is offering a chance to get drawn into an episode
Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is trying to help victims of the California wildfires with his auction that also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Netflix series.
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Netflix renews BoJack Horseman for Season 6
Source: The A.V. Club
The Netflix animated series tweeted this afternoon: "woooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww lets all forget about the fact that theres going to b a season 6 and focus on this inedible arrangement @netflix sent me just woww."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
TV needs more loveable idiots
Source: The Washington Post
"There’s something oddly comforting and delightful about a character whose defining quality is total stupidity, especially these days when we’re overwhelmed by so. much. information," says Elahe Izadi. "TV shows can be an escape pod from everyday worries, existential dread and constant news alerts. Watching someone live in blissful ignorance? Sounds like a vacation. This fall, TV features an array of such fools with even more screen time than they’ve had before, including freeloading slacker Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul) on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the resident dummy on NBC’s The Good Place, the beautiful Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto)." Other great loveable idiots from past sitcoms include Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and The Office's Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper).
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator isn't planning another holiday special, but he'd like to do an April Fools' episode
“I wanted to do an April Fool's Day special that was just an episode of the busy business world of Vincent Adultman,” Raphael Bob-Waksberg tells The Wrap. “It starts like you think its going to be another BoJack thing, but then he drives by a building and then it’s all about Vincent.”
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
What inspired BoJack Horseman's funeral episode?
“For a few years we’ve had this idea of: What if it’s just BoJack talking for a half-hour? With nobody else talking,” says creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, in an interview with TheWrap. “For awhile we couldn’t figure out what that would be or why he would do that...What is he doing that is just him talking? Is it therapy? Is it him giving a speech? Is he talking to somebody in the hospital?...We kind of landed on this eulogy story and we felt like, if his mother died, there would be a lot to talk about.”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator named the character "Todd Chavez" after a childhood friend -- without realizing he was Latino
Whether or not Todd Chavez is Latino has been hotly debated on the internet over the past five seasons, yet his ethnic and cultural identity has remained a mystery. Well, it turns out creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg didn't think about Chavez as being Latino. “I’m embarrassed to admit that it hadn’t occurred to me. I didn’t even realize that my friend in middle school was Latino.” he tells Vulture. "I want to be very honest, we have not talked about Todd’s race or cultural heritage a lot," he says. Bob-Waksberg doesn't want to take credit for creating a Latino character, especially when he's played by white actor Aaron Paul. “I didn’t want to feel like we were telling a Latino story that we were ill-equipped to tell, especially because we got some of that criticism with (Vietnamese-American) Diane, I think deservedly so, for being voiced by Alison Brie," he says.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator on #MeToo parallels: "Most of the season was written pre-Harvey Weinstein"
Season 5 of the Netflix series seems especially timely by tackling Hollywood sexism and abuse. Yet "very little" of it was written after the Harvey Weinstein scandal sparked the #MeToo movement, says creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. "If we had started post-Weinstein we might have structured the season a little differently, but I don’t know if it would’ve been better," says Bob-Waksberg. "I think it actually worked out nicely this way, where the season kind of echoes and dovetails with some things that are happening in the real world but isn’t explicitly about them. There was just one line of dialogue we had to change. Diane said, 'these guys get away with everything and nobody cares.' And then people started caring! So we had to change it to something like, 'these new stories break and people care about them, but nobody cares about the dirtbags we already know about,' which I think is sadly true. And as we move forward in time and the dirtbags that were breaking news turn into the dirtbags we already knew about, that frustration continues."
- BoJack Season 5 shows how protecting abusive, famous men is a tangled and corrupting process that touches everyone
- BoJack Horseman critiques itself in Season 5, taking an unforgiving look inward to find flaws
- In spite of all of BoJack's previous accomplishments, this season's “Free Churro” episode feels particularly risky and unique
- Raphael Bob-Waksberg calls Will Arnett's performance in "Free Churro" the best acting of his career
- Arnett deserves the Emmy with his "Free Churro" performance
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
BoJack Horseman creator: "The fact that I’m still making this show with mostly white people in every episode fills me with tremendous guilt"
"I say this not to just flagellate myself or to show off what a great guy I am," says Raphael Bob-Waksberg, "but because I want to put this on the record and to hold myself up to this when I go about making other shows. Also so that other white people making shows can see that this has been something that I have wrestled with, (instead of) looking at my show and saying, 'Oh well, he did it and it’s OK, so maybe it’s not that big a deal.' I would (also) like to be very open that my guilt does not solely come from a place of white progressivism. I do think that the show has been hurt by our all-white cast." Bob-Waksberg points to Alison Brie's casting as an Asian-American woman. "For a long time, because we cast a white actress to play Diane, I was afraid of this conversation happening," he says. "And because of that, we really downplayed her race and her cultural heritage. We’ve treated her basically like a white woman because I didn’t want to have a white woman playing an overtly Asian character, because that felt somehow more wrong to me. And now I feel the opposite. We did a complete disservice to the character by making her so white. Obviously what white-coded means is subjective, and there are Asian women who relate to Diane and I don’t want to discount their experiences. But I do think we have avoided stories that could have been more interesting because of my own fear and guilt about the casting."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Here are some of the telltale signs you're watching a post-comedy comedy
Comedies like BoJack Horseman, Barry and Search Party are notable for having a darker edge.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Presenting an oral history of BoJack Horseman
Read Raphael Bob-Waksberg's 2010 pitch for "BoJack the Depressed Talking Horse."
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
BoJack Horseman battles despair in the official trailer for Season 5
Source: Rolling Stone
BoJack finds himself starring in a new TV drama called Philbert when the Netflix animated series returns on Sept. 14.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
BoJack Horseman reruns are headed to Comedy Central in the first syndication deal for a Netflix series
The first episode of the hit animated comedy will debut on Comedy Central on Sept. 26, following the Season 22 premiere of South Park.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites
The Emmy nominations announced Thursday showed that "the industry and its members are still broadening their scope in terms of the voices and types of shows they recognize, which counts as progress," says Jen Chaney. "But there’s also still a repetitive quality in the nominations that has been endemic to the Emmys basically since forever and hasn’t quite gone away." Modern Family was finally dropped from the outstanding comedy series category, but every outstanding drama series contender this year has been nominated in the category before. "While most if not all of them are deserving, that speaks to a long-standing trend of carbon-copy voting," she says. She also points out that the same seven reality competition series were also re-nominated from last year. The outstanding variety talk series remained nearly identical from last year, too, with the exception of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah replacing Real Time with Bill Maher. The rubber-stamping is especially flagrant in the outstanding animated series category, which has often featured South Park and The Simpsons since the 1990s -- while rejecting groundbreaking animated shows like BoJack Horseman (Rick and Morty earned its first nomination in that category on Thursday). "I said this last year, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably say it again at roughly this same time in 2019: the television landscape is enormous and the Emmy nominations recognize only a fraction of it," says Chaney. "That’s inevitable to an extent. There’s simply too much to nominate everything that’s deserving. But while Emmy voters are recognizing more of the breadth of quality viewing that exists, they could still do even better. More than anything, they need to be more daring, something that is, admittedly, hard to do when a persistent chunk of your voting block leans toward old favorites."
- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on his groundbreaking day: "I’m most happy that the nominations were spread out among 40 different shows"
- Freshman comedies had their best showing in two decades, while no freshman dramas were nominated for outstanding drama series
- Late-night hosts react to Emmy nominations: Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at ABC while celebrating his show's two noms
- This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is honored to have the only network show up for best drama series: "To be popular and well-regarded by fancy people is exciting because it means we’re threading a very fine needle"
- This was the last chance for Emmy voters to pay proper respect to The Americans, and they did the bare minimum
- Comedy has benefitted the most from Peak TV, and TV Academy is starting to recognize that
- Winners and Losers: Comedy was the big winner this year, Drama was the big loser
- Ozark was a big disappointment because Netflix sunk a lot of money into its Emmy campaign, expecting it to become the next big awards competitor
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
BoJack Horseman Season 5 drops on Sept. 14
BoJack himself made the announcement on Twitter this morning after being asked for the umpteenth time about Season 5. "wooowwww congratulations you are the 10000000 person to ask that question your prize is the answer sept 14th now please stop asking me," he tweeted.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
How to make an abortion joke: Did Michelle Wolf cross the line with her "don’t knock it 'til you try it" line?
Source: The Cut
Reproductive health expert Gretchen Sission analyzes abortion jokes on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, BoJack Horseman and, most recently, Wolf's White House Correspodents' Dinner performance. “This is a tacky joke and not really that funny,” says Sisson of Wolf's abortion joke. But Sisson says that was intentional: “it was supposed to be tacky … she needed the audience to cringe and groan” to get to the follow-up. “The joke isn’t about abortion,” she adds. “It’s about hypocrisy.”