The Handmaid's TaleLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 12/22/18 at 1:51AM EST
2018 saw the emergence of a new Peak TV problem: The neverending show
Joining the problem of there being too many shows and too many streaming services is another major flaw in our Peak TV world that emerged this year: "TV just can’t let a good thing end," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Between shows that unrolled disappointing follow-up seasons in 2018 (American Vandal, The Handmaid’s Tale), shows that premiered this year and have more to come next (Barry, Homecoming), and limited series that suddenly leapt into second seasons that haven’t even aired yet (Big Little Lies, The Young Pope), there is a common thread: Each had a perfectly complete debut season, the sort that could exist as its own satisfying story, and then they all kept going. From the standpoint of sheer bulk, unnecessary second seasons are obviously contributors to the current TV glut. They don’t need to be here, but here they are, and so we’re getting that many more hours of TV to watch. But these unnecessary second seasons are not just a problem of greed, or of a more-must-be-better ideology. They’re the result of a swinging pendulum, and a contradiction buried deep in the foundation of TV storytelling: TV shows can’t end anymore because TV shows have gotten really, really good at endings."
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- The best new shows of 2018: From Barry to Forever to Homecoming
- TV's best and worst moments of 2018: From Chidi being "jacked" to "Rick dies but then doesn’t"
- The year of "fine TV": 2018 was a reminder that whether something is good or bad can often be the least interesting thing about it
- The best TV musical moments of 2018: From Big Mouth's "I Love My Body" to GLOW's "Makeover"
- TV shows we quit this year: From Saturday Night Live to The Conners/Roseanne
- The 22 most shocking TV character deaths of 2018
- The 25 best TV episodes of 2018: From The Americans' "START" to BoJack Horseman's "Free Churro"
- More of TV's best episodes: From The Good Place's "Janet(s)" to Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins"
- The 10 best TV scenes of 2018
- 2018 in TV superlatives: From the best shirt on TV to the best twist to the most overt product placement
- The best TV title sequences of 2018: From A.P. Bio to Aggretsuko to Dietland and Lodge 49
- The most binge-worthy shows no one watched this year: From Kidding to America to Me to A Very English Scandal
- The best TV performances of 2018: From Jodie Komer on Killing Eve to Julia Garner on The Americans, Ozark, Maniac, Waco and Dirty John
- 12 dumb things TV did in 2018: From ABC spiking a Black-ish episode to The Simpsons' response to the Apu controversy
- The most memorable TV monsters of 2018: From Teddy Perkins to The Tuunbaq on The Terror
- The 10 best overlooked shows of 2018: From Sorry for Your Loss to Detroiters to On My Block
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark lead SAG Award TV nominations with four apiece
The Handmaid’s Tale, Barry and The Kominsky Method followed are tied with three nominations each. Netflix had the most nominations with 13, followed by Amazon's seven and HBO's five.
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Margaret Atwood has earned the right to a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, even though the Hulu series got there first
Source: The Guardian
"For 35 years, Atwood’s choice to leave Offred’s fate hanging in the balance has been an essential part of the novel’s meaning," says Stephanie Merritt. "Keen-eyed readers may think they spot linguistic clues scattered through the text – that is all part of the game. The power is handed to the reader: you decide, Atwood seems to say. Now, thanks to the TV adaptation, that decision no longer belongs to her readers, and so it is right and proper that Atwood herself gets to assert what really happened next."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Margaret Atwood announces she's writing a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Source: BuzzFeed News
Titled The Testaments, Atwood's Handmaid's Tale follow-up is scheduled to be released in September 2019. "Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale," the author tweeted this morning. "#TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019." The Testaments will be narrated by three female characters. Atwood's publisher announced that The Testaments has no connection to the Hulu TV series. As The New York Times notes, "the TV series has already gone beyond the scope of the novel, in effect satisfying fans’ desire for a sequel before Atwood could, and creating a somewhat awkward parallel fictional Handmaid’s universe that doesn’t reflect Atwood’s vision for a sequel."
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
Yvonne Strahovski welcomes a baby boy
"My heart has been stolen!" The Handmaid's Tale star wrote on Instagram of her first child, a boy.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Bradley Whitford joins The Handmaid's Tale full-time
He'll become a series regular in Season 3 after appearing in two Season 2 episodes.
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."