The Handmaid's TaleLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Bradley Whitford joins The Handmaid's Tale for Season 2
After appearing in two of the Oscars' Best Picture-nominated films of 2017 (Get Out and The Post), the Emmy-nominated West Wing alum is returning to the small screen, joining the Hulu series as Commander Joseph Lawrence. Deadline describes his character as "the architect of Gilead’s economy, who is gruff and intimidating, with a disheveled mad genius vibe."
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Margaret Atwood: The money I've made from Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale "wasn't a lot"
The author explained in a column for Wealthsimple that “The Handmaid’s Tale television series was not my deal. I sold the rights to MGM in 1990 to make a movie – so when the TV rights were sold to Hulu, the money went to MGM. We did not have a negotiating position. I did get brought on as an executive consultant, but that wasn’t a lot of money. People think it’s been all Hollywood glamour since the TV show happened, but that’s not happening to me. But book sales have been brisk, so there’s that.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Why are so many TV shows using a blue hue?
From Riverdale to The Handmaid’s Tale to Mindhunter, the color blue has become a big part of several TV shows in the past year. “Television is drowning in a sea of blue and it’s not just the deep hues of Blue Planet II,” says Lara Williams. “There has been a recent spate of shows that favor scenes with ethereal blues that glow eerily and make everything look cold and metallic. The Handmaid’s Tale opened with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) taking scant inventory of the small space she is permitted to inhabit, gazing at the shatterproof glass of her bedroom window. Just in case we were not sold on the unremitting desolation of this universe, everything is drenched in a deep, oceanic blue.” She adds: “Blue isn’t just associated with dread and hopelessness – it can be cadaverous and frozen – but according to color psychology, it invokes feelings of calmness and peace.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
Elisabeth Moss helped get Cherry Jones to play her mom on The Handmaid’s Tale
"Cherry was my fantasy choice (for the part),” Moss says of the 24 alum. “I sent her the script, she wrote me a lovely email back and she said yes almost immediately.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam book trilogy is set to become a TV series
Atwood's book series about the survivors of a global pandemic is the latest TV project from The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace author.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
The Handmaid’s Tale costumes were a big part of this year’s Women’s March
Women across the country used the Hulu series as an inspiration in dressing up for this year’s march.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
The Handmaid’s Tale boss: “You can’t avoid the influence” of President Trump in Season 2 -- the #MeToo movement will also be addressed
In fact, showrunner Bruce Miller is worried about drawing too many parallels with the Trump era in Season 2. “Our writing staff is a news junky bunch, very politically active and thinking a lot about politics, very engaged in the world,” he says. “Most of (the writing staff) has children and they think about what the world will mean for them. It's a big influence on the way you think about everything in your life, which definitely bleeds into the story-making process. But America has its own issues that don't necessarily align with the issues at play in Gilead, or even a pre-Gilead America. You have to be careful not to draw too many parallels.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Elisabeth Moss: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is a few shades darker than Season 1, “if that’s possible”
“So much of this season is about motherhood,” Moss said at the TV press tour. “We’ve talked a lot about the impending birth of the child that’s growing inside of her as a bit of a ticking time bomb, The complications are really wonderful to explore. She does have the baby, but it gets taken away from her. She can’t be its mother. It makes for good drama.” ALSO: Margaret Atwood took to Twitter to respond to backlash over her #MeToo op-ed.
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Hulu acquires every ER episode
All 15 seasons and 331 episodes of the NBC hit medical drama that ran from 1994 to 2009 are now available for streaming for the first time. In a statement, George Clooney — who has signed on to direct and star in Hulu’s Catch-22 — said: “It was such an honor to be a part of this show. I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors and directors all at the top of their game. Most importantly I’ve made friends for a lifetime. I’m excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Here’s your first look at The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
“The biggest barrier of season 2 was season 1,” showrunner Bruce Miller tells EW. “You sort of intimidate yourself. But at a certain point, you can’t spend all your time second-guessing things. Instead, you just have to remember to try and tell a good story.”
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Hulu surpasses 17 million subscribers, says South Park and Law & Order: SVU were its most-watched shows of 2017
This Is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were also among Hulu’s top shows of 2017.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
The Golden Globes is losing its reputation of being “hip and with-it” when it comes to TV
As Vox points out, “in the past, the Globes often led the way when it came to the TV prizes, awarding new series that the Emmys often weren’t hip enough to touch. But due to the way TV’s awards calendar is increasingly turning the spring into the medium’s equivalent of Oscar season — the better to qualify at the last minute for the Emmys — the Globes (which take the full calendar year into account) increasingly have to follow the lead of the Television Academy, as they did in rewarding both Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Margaret Atwood won’t attend the Golden Globes due to “family and health reasons”
The Handmaid’s Tale author, who was planning on attending because the Hulu series based on her novel is up for three Golden Globes, explained that "I had to cancel, as my family was protesting and I could not manage to drag myself onto a plane, depleted as I am after this autumn's non-stop activities.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Amazon’s streaming rivals get a plug when Alexa is asked about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Golden Globes chances
Amazon's virtual assistant is surprisingly high on the chances for Netflix’s Stranger Things and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Hillary Clinton has been watching the “amazing” Handmaid’s Tale, plus The Crown
The former presidential candidate also still watches Madam Secretary. As for The Handmaid’s Tale, Clinton says, “it’s so amazing.”