SuperstoreLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
Superstore and Lodge 49 are two shows that "seemingly have nothing in common but, also, everything in common"
The NBC comedy and the AMC drama both tackle the flaws with capitalism.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Superstore is using comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies
The NBC comedy has always been one of TV's "most consistently and quietly revolutionary sitcoms" that has "always foregrounded its politics," says Rachel Dunphy. "But over the last three years," she says, "the show has eschewed the popular issue-of-the-episode approach, instead injecting its commentary into character, theme, and story with ever-increasing intelligence and sophistication." Dunphy adds: "In its fourth season, much of Superstore’s political commentary has come through its relentless revision of established female character tropes. Via a series of interconnected story lines revolving around Cloud 9 floor supervisor Amy (America Ferrera) and assistant store manager Dina (Lauren Ash), Superstore has assuredly and deftly used comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies. In doing so, it’s not only managed to underscore the competence and complexity of its female leads, but also showcase the specific and myriad difficulties women face in the workplace."
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Superstore proved with its Halloween episode that it has TV's funniest ensemble
Forget The Conners or The Good Place: "In terms of laughs per minute and laughs per character, no show comes close to touching Superstore’s large cast," says Brett White. "This is the biggest, funniest cast since The Office."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
The Middle's Eden Sher to visit Superstore
Sher, who is filming a spinoff pilot of The Middle, will guest on the NBC comedy as a potential employee.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Survivor's Zeke Smith is dating Superstore's Nico Santos
Source: Us Weekly
“We’re here! We’re queer! We’re bunching,” the NBC sitcom star captioned a photo of him and Smith, who was outed as transgender last year while competing on Survivor. “Getting some after parade gnomons with my love. Happy Pride Los Angeles!!!”
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
America Ferrera becomes a mom
The Superstore star announced via Instagram she has welcomed her first child, a boy, with husband Ryan Piers Williams.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Superstore has one of TV's best slow-burn romances
"The will-they-or-won’t-they is one of the most enduring tropes in television for a reason," says Alanna Bennett. "It’s gripping in a way suspenseful spy dramas could never approach. The simple question of when or if two people will get their shit together and admit their feelings can serve as a nuclear reactor for a series: It can power the whole damn thing."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Superstore creator on the risky Season 3 finale: "I love pushing the envelope"
"We wanted to do something big," says Justin Spitzer, adding that "I love pushing the envelope as much as NBC will let me and they’ve always been very encouraging. We understand what we can show and what we can’t. I was excited about doing something I haven’t seen and I haven’t seen that move done."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Is Superstore the millennial version of Cheers?
The current NBC workplace comedy shares a lot of similarities with the classic NBC comedy, says Brett White, who considers Superstore to be the "millennial successor" to Cheers. (Cheers premiered in 1982, the starting birth year of millennials.) "For starters, both are ensemble comedies on NBC set primarily in one location," he says. "The casts are found families of working class misfits (okay, Cheers is mostly working class; Frasier and Lilith are rich AF). The characters aren’t total one-to-ones, but the DNA from Cheers’ well-defined goofballs can be found in the makeup of Superstore’s weirdos."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
It's simply not true that Roseanne is a rare comedy that tackles politics and the working class
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, in explaining last week why Roseanne in the wake of Trump's victory, said "we had not been thinking nearly enough about economic diversity and some of the other cultural divisions within our own country.” To which Vox's Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff respond: "This falls in line with how some people, and especially conservatives, have been talking about the Roseanne revival. The way this logic goes, Roseanne is one of the only shows on TV that dares talk about 'economic diversity' and 'cultural divisions,' political correctness or whatever be damned. The weird thing about that line of reasoning, however, is that it’s not true. While Roseanne’s original run was indeed groundbreaking, in the years since, countless politically and socially relevant sitcoms have followed in its footsteps. Many of them are on the air right now; some are even already airing on ABC." In fact, Vox has a list of 11 shows that tackle politics and the working class, from One Day at a Time to The Middle.
- Roseanne isn't the only "real" working class sitcom: What about Mom and Superstore?
- What about black working-class shows?: It's "frankly ludicrous" to say Roseanne represents the working-class voters who elected Trump
- Former Fresh Off the Boat writer Kourtney Kang explains her problem with this week's Roseanne slam
- Why the whole Black-ish-Fresh Off the Boat controversy is dumb: Roseanne is supposed to be a modern Archie Bunker!
- Is Roseanne's gender nonconforming grandson designed to appease "anti-trans feminists"?
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Superstore renewed for Season 4
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC has picked up the big box store comedy starring America Ferrera for another 22-episode season.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
America Ferrera announces pregnancy
Source: USA Today
The Superstore star announced on New Year's Eve she is expecting her first child in 2018.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
In defense of “boring” old-fashioned joke-telling sitcoms
Acclaimed traditional sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore and Fresh Off the Boat are often damned with faint praise, says John Schneider. Because they look conventional, they aren’t seen as boundary-pushing as shows like Atlanta and Bojack Horseman. “But this perception glosses over the fact that those conventions evolved for a reason,” says Schneider, “and they often allow traditional sitcoms to tell more resonant stories than more overtly innovative shows. Jokes are only the most obvious such convention. A series like Master of None and Atlanta will often go for entire scenes without anything resembling a joke. In many cases, this makes the dialogue feel more realistic, and can often set up bigger laughs later in the episode. But often, the lack of jokes in prestige comedies feels self-aware, a way of telling you this scene is supposed to be important. On the other hand, the comfortable patter of a sitcom like Brooklyn Nine-Nine allows them to sneak in discussions of issues like the NYPD’s credibility and racial profiling without feeling preachy."