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Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark lead SAG Award TV nominations with four apiece
The Handmaid’s Tale, Barry and The Kominsky Method followed are tied with three nominations each. Netflix had the most nominations with 13, followed by Amazon's seven and HBO's five.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Steve McQueen slams the current state of TV: "There’s more of it, but less quality"
“I’m not so keen on TV.” says the director of the Best Picture Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, who is releasing his new film Widows, an adaptation of a 1980s British TV series, next month. Shortly after his Oscar victory in 2014, McQueen dabbled in TV, filming an HBO pilot for Codes of Conduct, a limited series that was ultimately scrapped. “I think basically I got into bed with (HBO) just at that turning point — just before the turning point because I was with them, and then things started to shift,” he said. “When I was with HBO, Netflix wasn’t Netflix then.” Now, he says, TV has become an arms race to create more content. “TV had its moment," McQueen tells Indiewire "It’s fodder now, isn’t it? It’s fodder. There was a moment in the ’90s or early 2000s when it was amazing. And now it’s just, ‘Get stuff done. We need stuff.’ I don’t know what’s happening now, but obviously the quality has gone down a little bit. There’s more of it, but less quality.” As an example, he pointed to Breaking Bad, which he found amazing, but he says it has led to the "rip-off" Ozark. "It’s unfortunate, right now, there’s so much money, and so little ideas," he says. "The problem is when you have no money, you’ve got to think.” McQueen adds: "Writing is one thing, (but) I don’t think TV does what cinema can do. I just don’t think that that’s possible. This is not to sort of say one is better than the other, but I know what I prefer. I prefer cinema."
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Netflix renews Ozark for Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Despite mixed reviews for its second season, the Jason Bateman and Laura Linney drama series will be back for another 10 episodes to air in 2019. "I'm happy for me, but concerned for Marty - it's official OZARK 3 is on its way," tweeted Bateman.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
LeBron James is one of Ozark's biggest fans
The NBA superstar and Hollywood mogul tweeted his appreciation for the Netflix drama on Saturday: "Man I can’t wait for Season 3 of #OZARK!! @batemanjason is incredible as well as the rest of the family Laura Linney @SofiaHublitz @skylargaertner 'The Byrde’s'. Also love 'Ruth' played by Julia Garner. She’s a gangsta! Great cast all around period!!" Jason Bateman responded within half an hour: "I'm glad I was sitting when I saw this. My day is made. Or, month. Thanks, King."
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Ozark's Julia Garner: "Look, I do weird parts"
Source: The New York Times
Garner has been described as the Netflix drama's "scene-stealer," but Ozark is one of the 24-year-old actress' many notable TV roles in recent years. She's appeared as interesting characters on The Americans, Girls and Waco. “Look, I do weird parts — there’s always something wrong with my character or they are in a really weird situation,” she tells The New York Times. “I went on an abortion journey with my grandma, and that was my most normal part.” In an interview with EW, she adds: “Every role I do has to be different than the last. You have to add some sort of dimension to each of your characters, because everyone has their own layers.”
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Jason Bateman promises more "emotional intensity" in Ozark Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"The writers understand that the audience wants escalation. You don’t want redundancies," the actor and executive producer said at the TV press tour, adding: "Sometimes that comes in the way of plot complication or emotional intensity." ALSO: Watch Ozark's official Season 2 trailer.
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 Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Here are 10 TV episodes that deserve their inflated run times
From Master of None's 57-minute episode to The Sopranos' 72-minute episode.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Netflix announces Ozark's Season 2 premiere with an ominous trailer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We’ve done a lot of things, things that we said we would never do,” Laura Linney's character says in the "Date Announcement" trailer revealing the Aug. 31 Season 2 premiere date. Jason Bateman's character adds: “People make choices. Choices have consequences.”
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Ozark washing machines and eight-foot-tall The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel block letters are part of Emmy campaign season
Meanwhile, The Handmaid's Tale is giving out free juices as the Emmy "For Your Consideration" campaign season gets more creative and expansive this year. In fact, according to Variety, "this year’s schedule boasts a 50% increase in the number of FYC events over last year."
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Janet McTeer will be a series regular on two Netflix shows: Ozark and Jessica Jones
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The actress will pull double duty, joining the cast of Ozark as a potential threat to the Byrde family, in addition to her previously announced role on Jessica Jones.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s top two new TV shows of 2017
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Godless, Mindhunter, Sneaky Pete, Legion and Big Little Lies also made the Top 10 list from the NBA Hall of famer-turned-pop culture columnist.
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 12:55AM EDT
Ozark was the No. 1 streaming show of the summer, one metric finds
The Netflix series was No. 1, according to Parrot Analytics, while The Handmaid’s Tale was No. 4.
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
Google searches offer some insight into why Netflix renewed Ozark and canceled Gypsy
Neither summer show was a breakout hit, but Ozark had a larger number of Google searches.
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
Ozark’s hypnotizing opening credits, explained
Each opening features four symbols inside of an “O” that preview the themes for the episode.