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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Insatiable was always going to be renewed for Season 2
The Netflix teen series may have received an 11% Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score based on the critics, but it received an 83% Rotten Tomatoes audience score based on reviews from 3,000 viewers. "If this is what a mere 3,000 people think, imagine how many Netflix subscribers actually binged the series," says Ariana Romero." She adds: "Although Netflix cares about its critical reception — the company wouldn’t be able to make 21st century history and dethrone HBO in Emmy nominations if it didn’t — it also cares about what viewers want. It’s the service’s job to give viewers what they want. Yes, even when the masses want an often-offensive black comedy about a teenager losing weight under dangerous methods and murdering multiple people after learning 'skinny is magic.' It’s not good, but it is capitalism."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Did the backlash help Insatiable earn a Season 2 renewal?
The controversial revenge comedy apparently wasn't hurt by the negative reviews and the petition calling for its cancelation. Did viewers hate-watch it? Did they like it? Did the bad publicity turn out to be good publicity?
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 7:28PM EDT
Netflix renews Insatiable despite controversy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Debby Ryan revenge comedy will be back for a second season, despite online backlash and negative reviews.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Insatiable's critics don't understand that it was supposed to be a campy show
The Netflix is a "delicious confection" of campiness, says Daniel Schroeder. The problem, he says, is that "critics don’t seem able to enjoy that nuance...and I can’t really fault them for it. They’re stuck looking for brilliance in all the wrong places—formal coherence, good politics. Insatiable isn’t serving any of that. If it were, the show wouldn’t rapidly escalate from pregnancy scare to demon possession, or make one of the sexiest scenes of the show a baptism. It’s an intentional mess where nothing should be taken seriously ...That’s not to say the show is without heart. Indeed, Insatiable’s campy shallows disguise occasional depths of emotion, moments that register all the more effectively for their rarity." ALSO: Insatiable might have worked if its writers watched Santa Clarita Diet.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
In defense of Insatiable
Kelly deVos, a self-described fat person who writes about weight issues, said the controversial Netflix drama had some redeeming aspects despite its flaws. "For me, weight-loss arcs like the one featured in Insatiable provide an opportunity to discuss and potentially debunk the cultural myths that surround fatness and weight loss," she says. "We’re continually fed 'Half Their Size' stories and diet-center commercials full of people who transform their whole lives in 30-second spots. This creates the perception that fatness is a problem that must be solved, that fat people need to be 'fixed' in order to lead fulfilling lives. I think Insatiable is relatively successful in tackling that issue. The show is making a real attempt to demonstrate that changing how we look on the outside won’t change how we feel on the inside. Weight loss doesn’t fix Patty Bladell; it breaks her down even more."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Debby Ryan defends Insatiable's controversial use of a fatsuit, points out Friends also used one
Ryan tells Teen Vogue she initially feared that her fatsuit “would almost be done in parody like in Friends," referring to Monica Geller's character. “There was a point where (creator Lauren Gussis) and I are like, ‘If at any point this is funny, if at any point people laugh, we’re not doing it.’ We’re not doing the show that we’re trying to do,” Ryan said. “We’re just trying to portray an origin story. We’re trying to showcase that.”
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Insatiable is yet another TV show that puts thin actors in bizarre-looking fat suits
Source: Paste Magazine
From Fat Monica on Friends to Fat Schmidt on New Girl, TV producers like to use a "bizarre fat suit motif," says Amy Amatangelo. "There’s a segment of writers, producers, and showrunners who think you can just stick an actor in a fat suit and the jokes write themselves. Hilarity ensues," she says. As "Fatty Patty," Debby Ryan's Insatiable character looks especially bizarre. As Amatangelo notes, "Ryan is stuffed into clothes that are too tight for her fat-suited body and her face is distorted. Why do they do that when they decide to make someone overweight? Do they not know that people who aren’t a size zero actually have proportional and not warped faces? That people who are a size 14 can find clothes that fit them?"
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Insatiable creator on backlash: "I think we're in a real danger of censorship"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The trailer for the twisted revenge comedy-drama sparked an online backlash that led to a petition with 230,000 signatures calling for its cancelation. The backlash has been followed by numerous negative reviews calling it even worse than imagined. So far it has a 15% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 23 Metascore on Metacritic. Creator Lauren Gussis, the Dexter veteran who made Insatiable as a personal story inspired by her life, says of the immense backlash: "I think we're in a real danger of censorship if we decide that we all have to tell stories in a certain way so that everybody else feels safe. In my own experience, growth comes from discomfort and pain. It's present in nature. Like a snake shedding its skin, it's literally tearing itself from its old self, to emerge in a different way. That is not comfortable. If hearing these things are uncomfortable, I get it. They're sensitive. The wound is deep, but I don't think the solution is silencing myself or somebody else. I think the solution is saying the thing, so that we can talk about it. Is representing the truth, as opposed to some other idealized version of the truth that isn't really true, which actually pushes us even further away from having an honest conversation and coming to a deeper understanding of each other." She adds: "People are mad, and they're talking about it. I appreciate the room for the conversation. That's my intention with art, is to spark conversation through satire and comedy. Because then at least people are talking about it and not brushing it under the rug, and airing it out."
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- Even calling Insatiable a television series seems to elevate it too much -- nothing is resolved, nothing is learned
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- Insatiable feels like a dozen different and equally bewildering shows happening all at once
- Insatiable is a "jumble of provocations, half-baked jokes, random cultural satire, farce, bad puns, and attempted campiness that ultimately doesn’t make a unified point"
- It is somehow both obscenely cruel and terminally dull
- Insatiable is further proof that Netflix is trying to market to teens and young adults, "because who else is willing to binge-watch as much mediocrity as a shut-in, wired-up teenager?"
- Insatiable's best joke is on anybody who watches the whole thing
- Creator Gussis’ approach seems to have been to throw as many inflated, controversial plot points as possible against the wall to see what sticks
- Here are 12 irreparable problems with each of the 12 episodes
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Netflix's Insatiable has received very scathing reviews
Source: The Cut
Critics have called the controversial Debby Ryan-starring comedy-drama everything from "almost unwatchable" to "an utter disaster" to "a bloated mess."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Netflix defends Insatiable as petition calling for its cancelation surpasses 200,000 signatures
Netflix vice president of original series Cindy Holland was asked about the petition to cancel the Debby Ryan series, which has been accused of fat-shaming. “The creator (Lauren Gussis) felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but satirically, in a very over the top way,” Holland said at the TV press tour. “Ultimately, the message of the show is that what is most important is you feel most comfortable."
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Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Why Insatiable deserves a chance after fat-shaming accusations
A petition calling for the Netflix series to be canceled over its "body-shaming" has surpassed 100,000 signatures in less than a week. Meanwhile, Insatiable stars have had to stick up for it on social media. To which self-described fat person Kelly Devos says: Give Insatiable a chance! The Netflix series deserves a chance, she says, because "fat people deserve to be depicted as people on screen, and revenge fantasies are very human stories," adding: "Can a fat person get a little revenge these days? I’m not so sure." She adds. "I’m willing to see if the show’s creators are being honest when they say they’ll seriously and thoughtfully explore the toxic elements of beauty culture and the consequences of fat shaming and fat phobia. Like many people I, too, am concerned that Debby Ryan’s fat suit implies that there weren’t enough, or maybe any, actual fat people involved in the creation of the show, but I’m willing to talk if there’s a real conversation to be had here."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:13PM EDT
Alyssa Milano defends Netflix's Insatiable amid fat-shaming backlash
Source: E! Online
The trailer for the Debby Ryan-led revenge comedy has sparked a social media outcry slamming its "fat-shaming narrative." There is even a petition calling on Netflix to cancel the series. Milano was especially taken to task for being the "face of the Women's Movement" while starring in a show that is perceived to be promoting the objectification of women's bodies. "We are not shaming Patty," Milano tweeted in response, referring to Ryan's character. "We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up."
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Debby Ryan's Insatiable gets an official trailer
The Netflix dark revenge comedy that The CW rejected also stars Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Debby Ryan's Insatiable series gets a Netflix premiere date and teaser
Alyssa Milano and Dallas Roberts also star on the twisted revenge comedy in which Ryan plays a bullied former overweight teen who plans to get revenge on her tormentors.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
Alyssa Milano has three TV projects in the works, including Lifetime’s Alyssa Milano for Mayor
Milano will play a version of herself, Curb Your Enthusiasm-style, in the comedy Alyssa Milano for Mayor, in which she plays an actress who suddenly becomes mayor of a suburban Los Angeles town. The storyline is reminiscent of ABC’s The Mayor. Milano has also been promoted to series regular on Netflix’s Insatiable. Meanwhile, The CW is developing Milano’s graphic novel Hactivist into a potential "cyber thriller” TV series.