The Handmaid's TaleLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
"Sexy" The Handmaid's Tale Halloween costume pulled after backlash
Online fashion retailer Yandy's listing of a "Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume" that looked like a provocative version of Offred's outfit on the Hulu series was quickly met with outrage. Yandy drew the same criticism that lingerie company Lunya did in April when it announced Handmaid's Tale-themed lingerie. Both were accused of sexualizing the show's portrayal of female sexual slavery. ALSO: In defense of the "sexy" Handmaid's Tale Halloween costume.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale director Reed Morano signs TV deal with Amazon
Morano made history last year by becoming the first woman to the Emmy Award and DGA Award for directing in the same year.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 will be more "outwardly rebellious" than Seasons 1 and 2
Source: TV Guide
"I think June's taken a lot, and I think it's time for her to give back some," says showrunner Bruce Miller.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Women wearing Handmaid's Tale costumes protested outside Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing
Source: The Hill
The women, part of the liberal advocacy group Demand Justice, said in a statement of their protest: “Brett Kavanaugh is an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women’s basic rights."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Alyssa Milano wore a Handmaid's Tale outfit at a protest against President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick
"Never Kavanaugh, never Gilead," read Milano's sign from an anti-Brett Kavanaugh protest in Phoenix over the weekend.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Why Peak TV shows tend to follow their great first seasons with a sophomore slump
Westworld, UnReal and The Handmaid's Tale are fairly recent examples of Peak TV shows that followed great first seasons with a disappointing Season 2. But it's not just a recent trend. The Sopranos, Lost, Homeland and even Game of Thrones had second seasons that a lot of people found subpar. "A hopefully obvious answer to the disappointing second season problem is a basic tenet of human nature: It’s hard to replicate the experience of first watching something and falling in love with it," says Todd VanDerWerff. "The sheer thrill that accompanied the slow word-of-mouth excitement that boosted Stranger Things in season one was never going to happen again when the show returned for season two. But another obvious answer to this problem is that once a first season tells a mostly complete story, it can be incredibly hard to open up that story again to tell more stories." VanDerWerff adds: "But here’s the Catch-22 about second seasons: A good way to ensure you have a great second season is to air a somewhat disappointing first season. Yet in the age of Peak TV, airing a disappointing first season is a good way to ensure you don’t get a second season at all."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Ann Dowd says The Handmaid's Tale's Lydia would “make mincemeat” out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Dowd also admitted to Seth Meyers that she was initially confused over Michelle Wolf's invoking Lydia to slam the White House press secretary at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Hulu rejected a Planned Parrenthood abortion rights ad during The Handmaid's Tale
The streaming service has run Planned Parenthood ads as recently as last month, but it rejected the abortion-themed ad as being too political. According to Variety, "Planned Parenthood was eager to use the dystopian Hulu series, which depicts a world in which fertile women are forced to become child-bearing servants, to make a point about the pending Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the effect it could have on a woman’s right to choose an abortion."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Joseph Fiennes: I said no to filming a Handmaid's Tale rape scene
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I guess in many ways, as abhorrent and nasty and evil as Fred is, I have to defend parts of him,” the actor revealed in a chat before the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Fiennes said the Season 2 Episode 9 scene "just didn’t track for me. I had to go out on a limb and refuse to do it because I felt that even though Fred is who he is, he’s human."
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Ann Dowd confirms she'll be back on The Handmaid's Tale for Season 3
Source: The Daily Beast
“I think I’m allowed to say that yes she will," says the actress, adding jokingly: “I hope they were telling me the truth." Asked about her Season 3 future, Dowd tells The Daily Beast: “I don’t have any inkling of what will happen. If you’re to ask an actor, what would you like to see happen?—you know, we’re full of ideas and thank god it’s not in my hands. Because I’m not qualified. So I don’t know.” ALSO: Vice President Mike Pence greeted in Philadelphia by women dressed as "The Handmaid's Tale Brigade."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale sabotaged itself with its Season 2 finale song choice
The song choice for the Season 2 finale closing credits sequence "is the show’s worst music cue, and ... it sabotages what had been a relentlessly dire season in which unyielding oppression seemed to be a harsh lesson that was also precisely the point," says Kathryn VanArendonk. The song choice was "hilariously unsubtle," she says, adding that the song "attempts to build a new character out of June in the short space of a musical hook, reversing everything we knew about who she is and what she wants." She adds: "The Handmaid’s Tale has a mixed record of music choices. Some of its needle drops feel almost unbearably on the nose, in a way that can come off as either too much or exactly the right amount of painful."
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- Executive producer Warren Littlefield: "I think we're ready to hit the next dimension — and that's one where I think there's a sense of June as a warrior and rising"
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Elisabeth Moss defends The Handmaid's Tale's divisive Season 2 finale: "It was the only choice for me"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I don't want to fight from the outside," says Moss, offering a lengthy explanation for why the Season 2 finale makes sense. She adds of Season 3: "We are not trying to be dark or hopeful. We are concerned with the truth, emotionally and storytelling-wise, and telling the story of this handmaid in the most truthful way possible."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
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Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale creator the defends divisive Season 2 finale, says he understands the frustrations
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I like the fact that people are frustrated," says showrunner Bruce Miller. "I was frustrated. You want her to make a different decision. I love the fact that June does things that we disagree with, that she's driven by her emotions and her brain and her strategy and all of those things, but in different measure than we are. So, I'm glad that people are annoyed by what she did, and have questions about what she did, and I think the reviews help me kind of see how people feel about it because I know how I feel about the moment, but you can't really tell how people are going to react until you get there."
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
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