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Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
The Americans and Anthony Bourdain were honored at the TCA Awards
The FX drama won program of the year and individual achievement in drama for Keri Russell. Last night's awards also honored the late Anthony Bourdain for oustanding achievement in news and information, Rita Moreno for lifetime achievement and Friends with the Heritage Award.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 8:03PM EDT
The Americans duo coming to Freeform for a drama pilot about rodeo riders
Freeform has greenlit the pilot Breckman Rodeo from Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about a group of young rodeo riders in Cheyenne, Wyoming. According to Variety, "the show centers on Ashley, described as a rodeo-as-hell sparkplug who refuses to stay within the lines that have been drawn for her, and her boyfriend Brant, a rodeo prodigy torn between a content, quiet life and the rocky climb to superstardom. Brant, Ashley and their friends will have to reconcile the traditional values of their sport and their upbringing with the changing realities of the 21st century."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Sharp Objects is probably the biggest offender in "TV dramas are too quiet" trend
"The dialogue on Sharp Objects is occasionally so inaudible that it’s a very real distraction from an otherwise gorgeous show. It’s time to talk about this problem!" says Kathryn VanArendonk, adding: "It happens in important expositional moments...It happens in vital character-development scenes...It happens in big revelatory moments." Sharp Objects isn't the only too-quiet show. Fargo, Mr. Robot, Dietland, Ozark, Mindhunters, The Americans and The Handmaid's Tale are also offenders. "If quiet dialogue were just a problem for Sharp Objects, this would be a small-scale grievance," she says. "But in its general disregard for audibility — in its commitment to a range of volumes that prioritize slammed car doors and vodka glugs above spoken words — Sharp Objects feels like one of an increasingly noticeable cohort."
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 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Twenty years after Felicity, Keri Russell is in talks to reunite with J.J. Abrams on Star Wars
This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the Abrams co-created WB college drama. And today Variety revealed that Russell is in early talks to reunite with Abrams, who is directing Star Wars: Episode IX, for a role that will require to do action-heavy fight scenes. Russell should be up for the job coming off her physical role on The Americans. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on the 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.
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 Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Killing Eve and FX lead TV Critics Award nominations
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Sandra Oh-starring BBC America breakout spy drama from Phoebe Waller-Bridge earned five nominations, topping The American's four nominations. Atlanta, The Good Place, The Handmaid's Tale, Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel each had three nominations. FX was the most nominated network with 10 nods, followed by Netflix and NBC. ALSO: TCA Awards has launched category designed for late-night shows.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Check out The Americans Russian nesting dolls
FX created The Americans Russian nesting dolls as part of the show's Emmys For Your Consideration campaign. The nesting dolls, which are available on eBay, go from Elizabeth to Philip to Stan to Claudia to Paige to Henry.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
The Americans props are now on eBay -- but not the wigs
Everything from Philip Jennings' car stereo and license plates to Martha's spy pen are available for auction. However, none of the wigs are up for bidding since they were rentals.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
TV shows need to quit with the solemn musical sequences: "I’m here to watch a show, not listen to your Spotify favorites"
Source: The Concourse
"I cannot watch any TV show anymore without having to sit through a music video no one asked for," says Drew Magary, pointing as his prime example the two solemn extended montages on The Americans series finale. "This is horsesh*t," he says. "I’m here to watch a show, not listen to your Spotify favorites. Television shows have been burning airtime for YEARS now by overstuffing episodes with endless, maudlin sequences set to the Coldplay imitator of your choice," like Snow Patrol. Magary adds: "I say this as someone who enjoys music. Why, sometimes I even enjoy music and television together. But when you allocate a significant portion of your show to a solemn dirge from some coffeehouse gremlin, it starts to feel like a very big crutch. Even worse, it’s wholly unnecessary for a drama like The Americans, which already does such a good job establishing suspense and unease on its own. The music, which is meant to raise the emotional stakes, often ends up taking me out of the story instead."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Is The Americans' Renee a spy?
Here is all the evidence for and against Laurie Holden's character being a spy. ALSO: The Americans cast share their thoughts on Renee.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
What it was like to translate The Americans' Russian scenes
Source: The New Yorker
Acclaimed Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen explains in a New Yorker essay that "my life prepared me to do one job, and this job was translating for The Americans" for the past three seasons. "It wasn’t just any Russian, either," she explains. "The show begins in 1981 and ends in 1987, just before the language began to follow, and to facilitate, the country’s transformation by absorbing hundreds of words from foreign languages—office, bucks, management, and so many others that capitalism brought with it, but also electoral’niy, exit poll, and more to describe the mechanics of democracy—and by creating brand-new slang.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Ranking every episode of The Americans
A Season 1 episode is the worst of the 75 episodes produced of the FX series, according to this Vulture list. A Season 4 episode is the best.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Does The Americans' series finale signal the end of TV's Golden Age?
Source: Paste Magazine
Wednesday's series finale "marks the end of an era," says Matt Brenn. "It is the last of the cycle of truly great cable dramas that began with The Sopranos, The Wire, and The Shield, passed through Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Justified, and concluded—in the course of another auspicious year-or-so—with the final bows of The Leftovers, Halt and Catch Fire, and now The Americans. I suspect that we may soon see this as a point of demarcation. The 'Golden Age of Television' is officially over."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Analyzing The Americans' garage scene, the most haunting aspect of the series finale
There were many aspects to series finale's intense garage scene, which featured filmmaking that allowed it to operate as an "artful dance of loyalty and revelations among the actors," says Angelica Jade Bastién. She adds: "The Americans is a series primed to elude expectations, trading the typical thrills associated with espionage dramas for insightful explorations into marriage and the mutable nature of identity. What makes the garage scene the most haunting aspect of the finale is ultimately what made the series a uniquely bruising experience over the course of its six seasons: It deeply considers the price and power of true intimacy. The scene also distills the most intriguing aspects of the show: tension that bites, a clever use of silence and sound design, delicately fine-tuned performances, directorial choices that privilege the subtle gestures of the actors, and an astute understanding of the weight of history both personal and global. All of these traits — especially the raw, nerved vulnerability that defines the performances by (Matthew) Rhys and (Noah) Emmerich — work in concert to plumb the murky depths of male vulnerability, loyalty, and the price of intimacy itself."
- The garage scene is everything The Americans has encapsulated and built up over six seasons
- The great thing about the garage scene is how open to interpretation it was
- The garage scene was thoughtful, personal and, crucially, restrained -- the epitome of everything The Americans did so well
- Here's a travel guide for The Americans in Moscow
- U2 was the perfect choice for the series finale: "For one of the most dramatic sequences in its final episode, the series decided to go with a song as massive as they could find"