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Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 1:59PM EST
Pamela Adlon on picking up the pieces of Better Things after Louis CK's exit: "Change is extraordinarily good"
Source: Vanity Fair
Adlon recalled the day in November 2017 when her Better Things co-creator and longtime collaborator Louis CK was fired for sexual misconduct. “All of a sudden, he’s gone, my show is dangling from a precipice,” she tells Vanity Fair. “It was so huge. And it was so devastating.” Adlon not only had to part ways with CK, but she also dropped the manager they shared as she began the daunting task of creating a writers' room for Season 3. “I’ve never been in a writers’ room, let alone run a writers’ room,” she says. “Sitting down, meeting writers, reading their stuff—how do you do this? Is this person going to get along with this person? It’s like making a table at a f*cking Bar Mitzvah.”
Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 1:53PM EST
Better Things Season 3 premieres on Feb. 28, with Pamela Adlon directing every episode
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
Season 3 is the series' first without co-creator Louis CK, who was ousted following his sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Pamela Adlon has found a group of Better Things writers after scripting previous seasons exclusively with Louis CK
“It’s been amazing to be in a room with them since February and talk about stories and inspirations," she says. "Now we’re writing drafts and I just hope that everybody loves it as much as we do.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX has “extraordinary confidence” in Better Things co-creator Pamela Adlon after cutting ties with Louis CK
“It’s Pamela’s show,” said FX's John Landgraf. “These are her stories. This is her life. Louis was her co-writer. She’s going to have to write them all herself or find another co-writer. I’m optimistic and confident that the third season will be great.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
Why Better Things can succeed without Louis CK’s participation
Despite Pamela Adlon’s working relationship with Louis CK, her FX show benefits from not being like Louie: “Better Things is ultimately an optimistic series about people who muddle through life while sincerely doing the best they can,” says Matt Zoller Seitz. “Louie, in contrast, was a Brechtian laboratory for dramatic and comic experiments, and it often teased audiences with the question of whether CK was better or worse than his similarly named lead character. Better Things clearly separates Adlon from the show’s heroine, an actor and single mom, even giving her an unmistakably different name, Sam Fox. It leaves no doubt that you’re seeing fiction, not a Louie-style confessional blur of drama and stand-up.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Better Things had a fantastic Season 2 finale, but it was hard to ignore Louis CK’s co-writing credit
Unlike the other Louis CK-produced comedies that have cut ties to him (Baskets, One Mississippi), the scandalized comedian was directly involved in Better Things, either writing or co-writing every episode this season. It’s still Pamela Adlon’s show in just about every aspect, and it would be wrong to dismiss it because of Louis CK’s involvement, says Alan Sepinwall. But he adds: “Even if CK isn’t involved going forward, his role in these first two seasons, and in helping Better Things become as great as we’ve seen it be, can’t just be waved away, or even easily forgotten.” Sepinwall says that hopefully it won’t be an issue in Season 3: “When the series returns next year, this will be less of a dilemma, and it’ll be interesting to see how, or if, it feels different without its co-creator involved,” says Sepinwall.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
Jon Stewart was “stunned” by Louis CK’s sexual harassment of women, says he could’ve done more
Source: New York Daily News
In a Today interview this morning, Stewart also addressed his brushing off of a questioner last year who asked about the Louis CK rumors. “I’ve had friends who have compulsions and have done things, gambling, or drinking, or drugs, and some of them have died," he said. "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more? And in this situation, I think we all could have." ALSO: Which comedian will follow Pamela Adlon's lead and fire Louis CK's ex-manager Dave Becky?
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 10:02PM EST
Pamela Adlon is “devastated” and “grieving” following Louis CK’s sexual misconduct admission
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Hi. I’m here,” the Better Things star said in a brief statement released Friday afternoon. “I have to say something. It’s so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis CK I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able."
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 5:18PM EST
Pamela Adlon commented on the Louis CK rumors in the days before The New York Times story came out
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“It hurts to read about things that people are saying about him,” said Adlon, who co-created Better Things with Louis CK and co-starred with him on HBO’s Lucky Louie, in an interview with KCRW. "All I know is that, I know about him as being my partner on a show that is the opposite of any of this kind of horrible, negative things.” Adlon, who has yet to speak out following The Times bombshell and Louis CK’s admission, also said: “He’s a good man. It’s just painful. It hurts right now, because people should be celebrating him, because he’s part of my show. We wrote the whole season together. It’s really hard and it’s confusing and I hate the whole thing. “
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
How will Louis CK allegations affect FX's Better Things?
Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur spoke with “someone at FX” about the comedy that Louis CK co-created with Pamela Adlon. She was told the following: ”I hope people don't give him more credit than he deserves on that show. That's *her* show... It would be so goddamn insulting."
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 8:15PM EST
HBO removes Louis CK from its on-demand services, drops him from Night of Too Many Stars
Louis CK’s 2006 sitcom Lucky Louie and his comedy specials have been removed from HBO’s website and from its on-demand and streaming services. “Louis C.K. will no longer be participating in the Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs, which will be presented live on HBO on November 18,” HBO said in a statement. “In addition, HBO is removing Louis C.K.’s past projects from its On Demand services.”
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Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 11:40PM EDT
Better Things’ “Eulogy” episode was completely scripted and shot in one day
Described as “one of the best TV episodes of the year” and “one of the year’s best episodes,” Thursday’s "Eulogy" episode looked improvised but wasn’t. Pamela Adlon says “we were crying the whole f*cking day. We were crying our eyes out. It was so intense. I had my camera guy above and doing all these circles and spins with the Steadicam.”
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 7:37PM EDT
Pamela Adlon’s Better Things has reinvented the family sitcom with its all-female household
Source: The New Republic
By grounding itself in the minutiae of family life, Rachel Syme says the FX comedy “may be the most hyperrealist, purposefully casual portrait of teenage girls and aging women on television right now.”
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 1:48PM EDT
FX renews Better Things
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Pamela Adlon comedy will be back for a third season.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Generation X’s tendency to be grouchy is perfectly encapsulated on Better Things and Loudermilk
Source: The Washington Post
"Lately we seem adept but boring," Hank Stuever says of the TV portrayal of him and his fellow Gen-Xers. Pamela Adlon's FX dramedy and the Ron Livingston's new Audience Network dramedy, on the other hand, both “feature main characters who each offer unapologetic expressions of Generation X in a state of grumpy, middle-aged dissatisfaction,” says Stuever. “Too many of TV’s Gen-X characters are seen as icy, hypercapable bosses (see 48-year-old Anne Heche as an intelligence officer who remote-commands a special-ops outfit in NBC’s The Brave), working overtime to prevent chaos (50-year-old Kiefer Sutherland as a conspiracy-plagued U.S. president in ABC’s Designated Survivor; 51-year-old Téa Leoni as an overworked diplomat on CBS’s Madam Secretary; 40-year-old Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal), or, once in a while, serving as master manipulators (48-year-old Christian Slater in USA’s Mr. Robot).”