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Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph reunite for Fox animated comedy Bless the Harts
Former Saturday Night Live writer Emily Spivey is re-teaming with the former SNL-ers for a comedy revolving around the Hart family, “a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke, and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich, in friends, family and laughter.” Bless the Hearts, which was given a 13-episode straight-to-series order, is produced by The Last Man on Earth team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Spivey is a former writer on Last Man on Earth. She also worked with Rudolph on her short-lived NBC variety show Maya & Marty.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Maya Rudolph says her white SNL castmates mocked her hair, recalls growing up admiring Lisa Bonet
In an in-depth New York Times Magazine profile, Rudolph talked about the frustration of being mixed-race and different on Saturday Night Live. Rudolph said she'd have to devote hours every week to altering her hair so it could fit under the show's wigs. The blow-dry station “was on the same hallway as a lot of the dudes’ dressing rooms," she says. "And every (expletive) Friday night, we’d hear some (expletive) white guy walking down the hall going, ‘Is something burning in here? What’s burning?’ I’m like — ‘I’m. Get-ting. My. Hair. Done.’" Though she had a mostly positive experience working at SNL, she remembers hating being passed over because a character was white. Rudolph also recalled growing up mixed-race and admiring Lisa Bonet. “I was obsessed with The Cosby Show, but mainly because of Lisa Bonet,” Rudolph said. “There is no prettier creature in the universe.” Rudolph said she would brag about being mixed race because of Bonet. “I’d be like, ‘I’m mixed, too!’ 'Just like Lisa Bonet!’"
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Amazon's Forever is absurd, reflective, irreverent, fantastical and grounded
Source: The New York Times
"If you’ve heard anything about Forever, you’ve probably heard nothing," says James Poniewozik of the Amazon comedy starring SNL alums Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. "That is, you’ve heard that it takes some sharp turns and goes places you didn’t expect to follow it to, and that it would be unsporting for a reviewer to say much more. That’s all true, and thus I’ll zip it about most of what happens beyond the first episode. You will think you have figured out what kind of show Forever is, and you will be wrong, and you will figure it out again, and you will be wrong again. (The show is best binged quickly; if it’s not for you, you’ll probably know three episodes in.) But in another sense, Forever is the same story from beginning to end. It’s a narratively nimble show that’s thematically about routine, emotional fidelity and the possibility, or impossibility, of reinvention."
- It's rare that a series ends up being something much different from what you expect at the outset
- Forever is forcing us out of our habitual TV comfort zones
- Unfortunately, Forever seems too prioritize twists over story
- Co-creator Alan Yang: "One of the freedoms and luxuries Amazon gave us was to pace the show in this unusual way"
- Yang and fellow co-creator Matt Hubbard pitched Armisen and Rudolph all kinds of show ideas, including one set in a preschool
- How Forever created its powerful opening montage
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Maya Rudolph cracks up Jimmy Fallon by doing an impression of him
Source: E! Online
The Tonight Show host gave his former SNL colleague, who was visiting with fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen, "an E for effort" for her Fallon impression.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Watch Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple on Amazon's Forever
The SNL alums play a couple who are stuck in a rut when something happens to shake up their marriage. Parks and Recreation alums Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard created Forever, premiering on Sept. 14.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Amy Poehler's directorial debut is one big SNL reunion
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix's Wine Country, written by former Saturday Night Live writer Emily Spivey, will star Poehler and several fellow SNL alumna, including Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph, as well as former head writer Paula Pell.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
Tiffany Haddish on hosting the Oscars: "That would be a dream come true"
“At the end of the day, I would love to do something like that,” Haddish said at SXSW in reaction to Twitter users insisting that she and Maya Rudolph become Oscar hosts after their hilarious presentation. “That would be a dream come true. I know my father would be extremely proud if I got to do that. As long as I get a paycheck.”
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 2:51PM EST
Why ABC shouldn't be too worried about the worst-ever Oscar ratings
Sure, the Oscar ratings freefall looks bad, particularly with early numbers predicting that viewership will fall below 30 million for the first time ever. But ABC should come out of this year's ceremony okay. "While ratings for Sunday night’s show will prompt a flurry of negative headlines, odds are they won’t make a huge difference to ABC’s bottom line," says Josef Adalian. "Consider: Even though the 2017 Academy Awards scored the second-smallest audience ever, the Alphabet network was able to charge about 10 percent more for ad time on this year’s show, according to reports in multiple TV-industry trades." As Adalian notes, ratings are down across television, so the lower Oscar ratings are part of a broad trend. "Why are advertisers paying more for fewer eyeballs?" asks Adalian. "Simple: With TV ratings down across the board — even the Super Bowl stumbled this year — it’s harder than ever to reach really big audiences all at once." He also points out that the Oscars are still a great way for ABC to promote its TV shows. "Even if only one or two of the new shows hyped last night get a boost from the Oscars advertising, it’ll be a big win for ABC," he says.
- UPDATE: 90th Oscars was the least-watched with 26.5 million viewers
- Should Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph host next year's Oscars?
- Female presenter pairings were a meaningful highlight of the night
- What a difference a year makes: President Trump was barely name-checked last night
- Did Jimmy Kimmel's jet ski bit work?
- No one really tried to win that jet ski
- Police arrest man for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar statue -- and posting a video!
- Chloe Kim invites McDormand snowboarding after Oscars shout-out
- Anna Faris on Mom co-star Allison Janney's victory: “Allison won!!! And I got to hold it!!!! It’s heavy as sh*t!!!”
- Mad Men cast reunited at an Oscar party
- Lake Havasu Visitor Center invites jet ski winner Mark Bridges on an all-expenses paid trip
- The Lonely Island released an Oscars-themed music video "claiming" it was supposed to be shown last night
- The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi -- the only person before Harvey Weinstein to be booted from the Academy -- was "flabbergasted" to hear his name: "I'm not mad at Jimmy. He did exonerate me in a way, by comparing the penalties"
# TOPICS: 90th Academy Awards, ABC, Mad Men, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Carmine Caridi, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Bridges, Maya Rudolph, Tiffany Haddish, Award Shows, The Lonely Island, Ratings, Trump Presidency
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 8:45AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel presided over a boring Oscar ceremony, but that was probably a good thing
Source: The Washington Post
"Boring Oscar shows aren’t the worst thing in the world," says Hank Stuever, adding that "a boring Oscar show is good for an industry trying to shuck off its past." Thanks to Kimmel, says Stuever, "the show has blessedly become more efficient — and thanks to a host such as Kimmel, less of an extravaganza of ego. It was only five years ago, after all, that host Seth MacFarlane opened — very badly, especially in hindsight — with a song called 'We Saw Your Boobs,' about actresses who have done on-screen nudity. In his second year, Kimmel has shown that the telecast needn’t be anything but sharp and sure, with a funny host whose bits are manageable, shareable and — best of all — forgotten. We’re not making showbiz history here; we’re just trying to get through another Oscar night."
- Early ratings show Oscars eyeing an all-time low
- Kimmel was needed more than wanted: This was the year that the host needed to fade into the background
- Kimmel was charming if predictable, but we got a glimpse of a potential riskier ceremony with Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph
- It felt like this Oscars show was in a stalemated battle with itself, but it finally settled on a message
- The ceremony was a rollercoaster when it came to progress: Two steps forward, three steps back
- Kimmel worked to keep the tone light and the outrage to a minimum
- Here's an idea: Lose the "We love the movies!" montages and ditch the stunt gags
- Kimmel's theater stunt was the biggest time-waster: Oscar hosts should quit with these "smug, unfunny stars-are-just-regular-folks moments"
- The Oscars attempt to be "woke AF" this year "almost" felt sincere
- As promised, Tiffany Haddish's Oscar dress was the same one she wore for on SNL and the Girls Trip premiere
- Kimmel left each of the 3,400 audience members an Oscars-themed lunchbox with snacks and a handwritten note
- Frances McDormand delivered one of the best Oscar speeches in years
- Jet ski winner says his short speech was an "accident"
- What did McDormand mean when she demanded an "Inclusion Rider"?
- Kimmel ended the Oscars telecast -- as he did at the Emmys -- with a shout-out to The Howard Stern Show
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
The Good Place Season 2 was funnier, crazier, more surprising and audacious thanks to the hard work of Season 1
“Like most of the sitcoms Michael Schur has worked on, The Good Place wasn’t as great at the start as it became later,” says Alan Sepinwall. “But where The Office, Parks and Rec, and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine needed a bit of time to fine-tune themselves and correct things that weren’t quite working, season two of The Good Place has been wonderful in large part because of the hard and occasionally thankless work that season one did. This season has been funnier, crazier, more surprising, and more audacious, but only because the show’s first year spent a lot of time explaining how the world worked and what made each character tick….The only reason a Groundhog Day-style episode covering hundreds of reboots works is because we have a baseline knowledge of who and what is important, so the show had the freedom to just get to the jokes, boom boom boom.”
- “Lesser TV shows give you what you think you want. A great TV show like The Good Place gives you what you didn’t know you needed”
- The Season 2 finale was as ambitious as Season 1’s finale, and it opens up even more possibilities for Season 3
- A handy guide to Michael Schur’s favorite actors, from Kristen Bell to Maya Rudolph
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Ranking TV's Donatella Versace impressions
Source: The Cut
Maya Rudolph’s SNL impression of Donatella beats Penélope Cruz’s Donatella portrayal on The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Gina Gershon’s in Lifetime’s House of Versace.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
Fox’s disappointing A Christmas Story Live! was a “choppy, flashy affair” that never let its audience breathe
“For viewers who love the original film, the musical didn’t look much like it,” says Sonia Saraiya. “The film has an intimate quality, but the musical was a big, loud, constantly moving production. And in place of adult Ralphie as onscreen narrator, the musical placed him onstage —a ghost unseen by his younger self or the rest of his family. The effect was that adult Ralphie (Matthew Broderick) was stalking or even haunting the family of his youth, while shamelessly gossiping about them to the audience at home. It’s creepy, and the device never quite resolved itself as the musical wears on. But in Broderick’s defense, the musical never quite resolved itself, either. It’s a choppy, flashy affair, with so many different sets that it struggled to cultivate a sense of place.”
- A Christmas Story Live! had a “too-gooey center and a phony sense of seasonal exuberance”
- A Christmas Story Live! missed the light fun of the holiday classic
- Turns out A Christmas Story becomes grating once you add music
- The co-directors “threw down the gauntlet from the start with a technically complex opening that moved with cinematic fluidity”
- The staging was clear and fun and the performances ranged from good to fantastic
- Surprisingly, most of the gaffes came from stage veteran Matthew Broderick
- Broderick was a high *AND* a low of the entire production
- The Greatest Showman live movie trailer “was one big act of controlled chaos on the studio lot”
- Twitter joyously roasted A Christmas Story Live!
- The original Christmas Story barely has enough story to sustain a 90-minute movie, let alone a three-hour musical
- How A Christmas Story Live! made the Chinese restaurant scene less racist
- Every other broadcast show beat A Christmas Story Live! in preliminary ratings
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
Omarosa denied on GMA that she was fired from the White House
“I resigned and I didn’t do that in the residence as being reported,” she said this morning in an interview with Michael Strahan. “John Kelly and I sat down in the Situation Room, which is a very secure, very quiet room in the White House, and we had a very candid conversation.” Omarosa also claimed that there was one person on staff with a “personal vendetta” against her. “There are a lot of things I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with, that I was very uncomfortable with,” Omarosa said when asked about President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville and his endorsement of Roy Moore. “I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people.”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
Catherine Keener joins Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph’s Amazon comedy
So far, details of the untitled comedy have been kept under wraps, but Keener is expected to recur as a mysterious neighbor to Armisen and Rudolph. Deadline says the SNL alums are playing a married couple.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Ana Gasteyer is reuniting with SNL alum Maya Rudolph on Fox’s A Christmas Story Live!
Gasteyer, who appeared on Fox’s Grease Live! will play the mother of one of Ralphie’s friends.