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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Rachel Brosnahan: Shooting Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel "fortunately" didn't feel too different from Season 1
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It still feels like we're shooting in a vacuum a little bit, because it's a really intense show to shoot," says Brosnahan. "We have a lot of pages in a very short period of time, really long hours, and so we do get to escape. We got to dig deeper into almost all the relationships on the show this year, and I'm so fortunate that as Midge, I have relationships on the show with almost every other character. I enjoyed getting to work more with so much of our core ensemble, and to be able to shoot more together. That was one of the biggest differences between season one and two, is that in season two, you get to see a lot more of the whole family, and the whole ensemble together. Those scenes were fun to shoot — crazy, psychotic, but fun, just to get to see each actor and character have moments to shine."
- In Season 2, Mrs. Maisel seems to be second-guessing its own narrative progress
- Mrs. Maisel is the kind of show that could easily go on forever because Midge’s career seems so obvious
- Carnegie Deli opens a Mrs. Maisel-themed pop-up restaurant in Manhattan
- Tony Shalhoub discusses his inspiration for Abe Weissman
- Marin Hinkle had to learn French for Season 2
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's success has led to a Season 2 that is "the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time"
Amy Sherman-Palladino never got Emmy recognition with her critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls. But with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she's at "the center of the TV conversation -- as she should be -- winning Emmys and becoming the single most important producer at Amazon," says Todd VanDerWerff. "Riding high on all that praise, season two essentially affords Sherman-Palladino the chance to make the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time," he says. "There are whole scenes that exist solely because they’re beautiful, including a handful of gorgeous dance sequences set in Paris, complete with mist rolling in off the Seine and the streetlights glowing in the fog. She rarely drops out of wide shots that are as meticulously designed and framed as anything Wes Anderson has come up with, and she’s fond of long tracking shots that follow characters through busy, bustling environments...Long sections of every episode play out as elaborate farce, giving those wide shots the feeling of theater, of watching great actors get their hooks into a big, funny comedic catastrophe. And the show is thrillingly and specifically Jewish. If you’re not Jewish — and no, I’m not — the show opens a window into not just a very particular religious culture but a very specific time period in that culture. Mrs. Maisel is the kind of series that will simply sit back and feature a large section of a Yom Kippur service. Sure, there are jokes interspersed, but the scene is a loving evocation of a specific place, time, and culture. But all this obscures, ever so slightly, just how little story or tension exists within the show."
- Season 2 feels more like an Amy Sherman-Palladino show than the first -- it's more leisurely and enjoyable
- To say that the new season doubles down on everything the first did is an understatement
- Mrs. Maisel deftly avoids the sophomore slump as it looks both backward and forward
- Mrs. Maisel returns with confident ease and plenty of ambition
- Season 2 is awash in stumbles and questionable choices of focus, but the dialogue is humming and the remarkable cast is in rhythm
- Season 2 is bigger and prettier, but it's a much slower burn since it takes a long time for Midge to face a real challenge
- Watching Mrs. Maisel, you realize that it’s doing something that much of quality TV doesn’t even attempt to do any more -- it actively tries to entertain and be charming
- Los Angeles' iconic Canter's Deli is giving out free sandwiches to promote Mrs. Maisel
- Tony Shalhoub says his Season 2 romper was designed and made specifically for him
- Michael Zegen recalls being recognized in London as "Mr. Maisel"
- Inside Mrs. Maisel's set design: "The color palette’s very important, the types of fabric, the technology of the period," says production designer Bill Groom
- Rachel Brosnahan: "I think in the second season she's also confronted with all of the ways that she has yet to change and grow"
- Zachary Levi is a tremendous addition to Mrs. Maisel's cast
- Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino discuss relating Mrs. Maisel's 1950s to the present
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Rachel Brosnahan pays tribute to her aunt Kate Spade
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star wrote on Instagram this morning: "She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Kate Spade dies: Iconic fashion designer was sister-in-law to David Spade and aunt to Rachel Brosnahan
The pioneering fashion designer, who was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide, created a handbag empire with her husband Andy Spade, David Spade's brother. The couple founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. Kate Spade was born Kate Brosnahan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan is her niece. "People around me have said that I’ve inherited little pieces of Katie’s style,” Rachel Brosnahan said in an interview with Women's Wear Daily last fall. “For example, I love a good shoe and a good bag, and I know that she was largely influenced by my grandmother, her mother, June. Who actually, fun fact, Midge is slightly inspired by.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Lauren Graham is pitching ideas to reunite with Amy Sherman-Palladino on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Graham and the Gilmore Girls creator are trying to figure out how to get her on Sherman-Palladino's new, award-winning Amazon series. “I gotta get my girl Lauren on the show. I want to have her on it,” says Sherman-Palladino. “Lauren wants to be something very specific,” Sherman-Palladino tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She has it all figured out.” Sherman-Palladino also reveals plans for Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge and Alex Borstein’s Susie to take their act to the Catskills, aka, the Borscht Belt.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey “managed to do that difficult thing that she makes look so easy”
Much of this year’s Globes broadcast seemed like a typical awards telecast, even though the ceremony was “amped up by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the personal testimonies that powered them,” says Maureen Ryan. But it was Oprah who, Ryan says, “focused the themes and surging energies of a specific moment and distilled its messages and its painful essence — all while making viewers feel as though she was speaking directly to each one of them as individuals.” Ryan adds: “Many winners gave fine speeches, and quite of few of them eloquently expounded on themes of intersectionality, gender, race, class, and the marginalization and abuse of the powerless. But none of those other presenters or winners were Oprah. As the highlight reel of her accomplishments made clear, she’s important in many different spheres. But all of her empires were built on this unshakable foundation: She’s a master broadcaster. She connects.”
- The Globes were “(halfway) woke”: “It wasn’t quite a celebration; it wasn’t entirely a protest”
- “There was a lot of goodwill at the awards, but it was often presented in the least sexy way possible”
- #MeToo made this year's ceremony electric, but only some stars tapped into its energy
- The Globes were bound to be disappointing, as an old-fashioned awards show doesn’t fit with the current moment
- What a difference a year makes: There was barely a mention of President Trump during the entire ceremony
- Amy Poehler saved Seth Meyers’ monologue
- Seth Meyers acquitted himself nicely, especially with his plea to have women lead the way
- Meyers nailed the toughest award show opening monologue in years
- Meyers did a terrific job, despite having the look of terror in his eyes
- Not one male Golden Globes winner mentioned #MeToo or Time’s Up in their speeches
- Aziz Ansari beating out favorite Eric McCormack was one of the biggest surprises of the night — so was Rachel Brosnahan’s win
- Here are all the mentions of sexual misconduct during the entire Globes broadcast
- A night of firsts: Sterling K. Brown and Aziz Ansari were the first black and Asian actor, respectively, to win an award in their category
- NBC mistakenly bleeped Frances McDormand when she didn’t curse
- Ewan McGregor thanks his estranged his wife and his current girlfriend, Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Big Little Lies proves to be even more resonant in these #MeToo times
- What exactly did the Globes bleep out from Aziz Ansari’s speech?
- HBO had the most wins with four, followed by Amazon and Hulu with two each
- James Franco’s past of trying to pick up a 17-year-old on Instagram was scrutinized after his Globes win
- What was up with all the audience groaning during Seth Meyers’ monologue?
- Viewers questioned Tonya Harding appearing at the Globes, especially in a positive light
# TOPICS: NBC, Big Little Lies, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Ewan McGregor, Frances McDormand, Harvey Weinstein, James Franco, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Meyers, Sterling K. Brown, Tonya Harding, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up, Trump Presidency, Women and TV
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is like a standup-comedy riff on Mad Men — If it were told from Peggy’s Olson’s point of view
“This handsome comedy is uneven, but like (Amy) Sherman-Palladino’s Gilmore Girls, it contains gifts that will appeal to fans of verbal combat and realistic depictions of complicated friendships among whip-smart women,” Maureen Ryan says of the Amazon series. She adds: “As fans of Gilmore Girls know, plot is not really the draw with Sherman-Palladino’s shows. Each of the first four installments of Mrs. Maisel contains a slightly altered version of the same formula: Midge’s marriage becomes more frayed, she tries to straddle the very different worlds of young Manhattan matrons and Village weirdos, and she eventually gets onstage to shape her pain and bewilderment into something sharp, incisive and even sweet.”
- What makes Mrs. Maisel intriguing is that the protagonist is rich, has it all and isn’t broken
- The near-perfect pilot is followed by three “bit baggy” episodes that suffer from the Prestige TV problem of being 10 minutes too long
- Mrs. Maisel isn’t simply a period piece — it’s a superhero story
- The main character is so engaging, and the cast is so strong, that it’s easy to look past the glacial pace
- Mrs. Maisel represents the height of Amy Sherman-Palladino fans adored in Gilmore Girls
- Six signs you’re watching an Amy Sherman-Palladino show
- Sherman-Palladino: “People still don’t f*cking think women are funny. There’s a lot of dudes out there doling out cash who don’t believe women are funny”