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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Sandra Oh's Killing Eve Emmy nomination is a "bittersweet joy" for actors of Asian descent
"It isn’t simply the Emmy committee’s fault that it has taken this long—this year is the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards—for an Asian American woman to be nominated for the top drama award," says Nicole Clark. "In a landscape devoid of major acting opportunities for Asians and Asian Americans, the lack of nominations and wins really isn’t surprising. To win an award, you need to have a good role, and those roles are in short supply for Asians. Only two Asian actors have won Emmys—Archie Panjabi in 2010 as supporting actress for The Good Wife and Riz Ahmed in 2017 as lead actor in HBO’s The Night Of."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Sandra Oh reacts to her historic Emmy nomination as the first Asian leading woman for Killing Eve
Source: The New York Times
"You want to know what? Let’s celebrate it, man," said Oh, the first person of Asian descent to be nominated in the leading drama actress category. "I’m serious, just (expletive) celebrate it. It’s like, we’ve got to start somewhere, we’ve got to start somewhere. And I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence. And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers, you know, our First Nations sisters and brothers. Our sisters and brothers of different sizes and different shapes. If I can be a part of that change, like (expletive) yeah, let’s celebrate it." ALSO: Grey's Anatomy team celebrates Oh's nomination.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
More people of color were nominated for Emmys this year than ever before
Source: TV Guide
According to TV Guide's tally, 38 people of color were nominated in the top categories, form Lin-Manuel Miranda to Sandra Oh to Trevor Noah. That's nearly double from 2016, when 21 people of color were nominated. ALSO: Sandra Oh and Darren Criss' nominations show the two ways to diversity casting.
# TOPICS: Emmys, 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Darren Criss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Trevor Noah, African Americans and TV, Asian Americans and TV, Diversity, Indian-Americans and TV, Latinos and TV
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 Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Why Sandra Oh is TV's best actress
The Killing Eve star's superior acting abilities are on display in ways "that are both obvious and subtle" on the BBC America series, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "It’s a tour de force performance, yet so self-effacing and invisible in its effects that you come away thinking that you’ve seen a crackling yarn with compelling characters rather than a cultural landmark. This is a magic trick of a high order." ALSO: Why Bill Hader is TV's best actor.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Killing Eve excelled by moving beyond the sexy serial killer trope
"What’s different about Killing Eve isn’t the serial killer, it’s Eve," says Alex Cranz of Sandra Oh's character. "She’s the character who elevates this show above the trope. Oh has long been one of the best actresses working on television; I mean, watch this monologue where she talks about staying awake for four days and hearing her best friend’s sister get eaten by wolves on Grey’s Anatomy. The woman can act, and if she’d been the traditional foil to the Sexy Serial Killer this show still would have been good. But Eve isn’t a foil, she’s the primary focus of Killing Eve, and the show is more interested in exploring her—a messy middle-aged woman who shops at Uniqlo and Gap and is horrified that chickens poop eggs—instead of the serial killer, which helps it transcend the trope."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Killing Eve's first season was a sharp rebuke to the "strong female character" stereotype
TV needs more of the real, messy, complicated characters on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy series, says Alyssa Fiske. "While there is definitely room for a few gun-toting badasses in the mix, the idea that the only desirable characteristics for women onscreen are 'physically strong' and 'infinitely capable' is just another box to constrain the feminine image into a more digestible form." What makes Sandra Oh's Eve Polastri and Jodie Comer's Villanelle "so extraordinary," she says, "is that they are both written in ways that showcase their destructive natures as well as their strengths."
- The entire season was so surprising, so entertaining, and so full of life
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge says any alternative to the Season 1 ending would've been a "betrayal to the audience"
- Waller-Bridge explains the show's fascination with sausages
- Sandra Oh reacts to the season finale
- Fiona Shaw talks playing British intelligence boss Carolyn Martens
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Killing Eve's viewership kept growing for seven straight weeks
BBC America says a scripted TV series hasn't had this kind of weekly growth in more than a decade. The penultimate Season 1 episode of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's spy series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer attracted nearly 1 million viewers. “This show has exceeded our expectations in every possible way, and we came into it with very high expectations,” says BBC America president Sarah Barnett, adding: "On every level, this has been one of the ones you dream about when you get into this business and, luckily for us, the dream continues into this Sunday’s finale and a second season that is already in the works.”
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Killing Eve and Barry make us care deeply about assassins
"Both Barry and Killing Eve make us fascinated by, and even feel compassion for, contract killers in a way that is often more heartbreaking than titillating," says Allison Keene of the respected BBC America and HBO series. "Both series completely subvert our expectations about who these characters are and what they ultimately want. They’re fascinating not because they are killers, but because of who they are outside of that, which is purposefully well-defined. We’re meant to get drawn in, shocked, and then drawn in again in increasingly emotional ways." ALSO: Henry Winkler beat out John Lithgow for Barry role.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Killing Eve's viewership keeps rising
The BBC America drama starring Sandra Oh is doing something rare on TV thse days. It's seeing its viewership climb each week. Last week's episode was up 33% over the April 8 series premiere.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Sandra Oh on experiencing racism: "I’m not going to not say that it’s not there, because it is"
Source: The Muse
The Killing Eve star opened up to Vulture about the long search for the perfect project, which she says was made more difficult because of the limited roles for Asian-American actresses. "Not only is sh*t hard, it’s extremely unfair," she says. "And racism exists. Let’s start there. I felt it, and I have felt it deeply. And I’m extremely fortunate. So I’m not going to not say that it’s not there, because it is. But it’s changing the mindset that being an actor of color, person of color, that you’re at a disadvantage in the creative life. That you don’t have opportunity. It’s all how you see the opportunity. And the clearer and deeper you get into what you really want, you just become a better artist."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Killing Eve revolutionizes the spy series while also being massively entertaining
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"One of the many grand achievements of the thrillingly addictive new BBC America series Killing Eve," says Tim Goodman, "is that once it fails to be a revolution of the form (and yes, it's hard not to have expectations for it to be so), it still manages to become quite the prize: a spy vs. assassin battle in which both players are women (Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer); both are badass in their own ways, but neither is robotically flawless; both are funny in the midst of violence; and both are emotionally nuanced — which is not a surprise since the show was written by another supremely talented woman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge." He adds: "Waller-Bridge takes these two talented actresses and doesn't just drop them into roles traditionally (and tiredly) given to men, but shapes the characters to be a whole lot more than a mere gender flip for the genre."
- Killing Eve does away with the conventions of the spy genre and makes you believe it was designed for women all along
- It's a spy thriller for the #MeToo era
- This is delicious, instantly addictive television -- it could be BBC America's new Orphan Black
- Killing Eve represents a milestone for women onscreen -- a stark contrast to the "dude-written femme fatale"
- Killing Eve makes a specific insight that’s less about female depravity than why other women are drawn to it
- Sandra Oh has waited four years for Killing Eve role -- a role as good as Cristina Yang
- Oh prefers the limited series: "Dude, I spent my time in the trenches! I don’t need to do that again"
- Oh on waiting for a juicy role: "That decade on Grey's was such an important experience of my life that the next thing that I was going to do had to feel as important and as interesting"
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
BBC America renews Sandra Oh's Killing Eve for Season 2 before its Season 1 premiere
Source: BBC America
"The early response to Killing Eve has been incredible – for that reason, as well as the fact that we wholeheartedly love this original, funny, thrillingly entertaining series, we are delighted to move ahead with a second season before we even premiere," said BBC America president and general manager Sarah Barnett of the spy series from Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
How to fix "broken" Grey's Anatomy
This season, "there's just so much ... muck," says Nicole Silverberg, adding: "It hurts me to say, but I think Grey’s Anatomy might be broken. But much like every Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital surgeon, I won’t give up. Grey’s can return to its former glory — that’s right, I’m talkin’ the quality of seasons one through four, six through eight, half of nine, and 13 (those are the good seasons, fight me!) — with these five big changes." ALSO: Sandra Oh says if Grey's runs long enough, she might eventually return.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Check out Sandra Oh in BBC America's Killing Eve trailer
The Grey's Anatomy alum plays an MI5 security officer named Eve who is searching for a coldblooded killer played by The White Princess‘ Jodie Comer.