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Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's acclaim is mystifying, especially when Midge is the anti-Joan Rivers
Source: The New Yorker
"Many people found this fantasy invigorating," says Emily Nussbaum. "For me, it felt grating, and not just in terms of verisimilitude—the verbal anachronisms ('totally'), the sitcom clams ('Good talk!'), the cloying Disneyfication of Midge’s Jewish family—but in its central psychology. In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, sexism exists. But it never gets inside Midge. Her marvellousness comes from the fact that she’s immune, a self-adoring alpha whose routines feel like feminist TED talks, with some 'f*cks' thrown in. (Rachel) Brosnahan delivers them with moxie, but they’re rarely funny. They’re also the opposite of (Joan) Rivers’s act, which relied on the tension between looking pretty and calling herself a dog—provoking taboo laughs from the revelation that even this nice girl felt like a loser, desperate, unf*ckable. In Mrs. Maisel, Rivers’s more unsettling qualities—her vengefulness, her perception of women as competitors, her eating disorder—all get displaced onto Midge’s foe, fat-joke Sophie, who lives in an opulent French-themed apartment, like the one Rivers lived in, collects furs, and, like the real Joan, wanted to be a serious actress."
- Mrs. Maisel has too many flaws, from its performance style to Jewish stereotypes to child abandonment
- Some female comics say the sexism Midge faces is still prevalent today in comedy clubs
- Check out a curated reading list for Mrs. Maisel fans
- Michael Zegen understands that Mrs. Maisel fans are sick of Joel
- Costume designer Donna Zakowska explains five of Season 2's key costumes
- Zachary Levi discusses the Season 2 finale
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 Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Rachel Brosnahan: Shooting Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel "fortunately" didn't feel too different from Season 1
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It still feels like we're shooting in a vacuum a little bit, because it's a really intense show to shoot," says Brosnahan. "We have a lot of pages in a very short period of time, really long hours, and so we do get to escape. We got to dig deeper into almost all the relationships on the show this year, and I'm so fortunate that as Midge, I have relationships on the show with almost every other character. I enjoyed getting to work more with so much of our core ensemble, and to be able to shoot more together. That was one of the biggest differences between season one and two, is that in season two, you get to see a lot more of the whole family, and the whole ensemble together. Those scenes were fun to shoot — crazy, psychotic, but fun, just to get to see each actor and character have moments to shine."
- In Season 2, Mrs. Maisel seems to be second-guessing its own narrative progress
- Mrs. Maisel is the kind of show that could easily go on forever because Midge’s career seems so obvious
- Carnegie Deli opens a Mrs. Maisel-themed pop-up restaurant in Manhattan
- Tony Shalhoub discusses his inspiration for Abe Weissman
- Marin Hinkle had to learn French for Season 2
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Golden Globes' biggest TV oddity: The Kominsky Method's nomination over Atlanta Robbin' Season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The new batch of Golden Globe TV nominations were, says Daniel Fienberg, "the usual assortment of shiny new things, weirdly entrenched old things, baffling snubs and gratifying celebrations. We can begin with the absence of Atlanta in the comedy series category, where you can't say that voters don't know the FX series exists because Donald Glover was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series this year and because Atlanta won for comedy series at the Globes just two years ago. Instead, it turns out that Globes voters just really, really like The Kominsky Method and I'm not even opposed to the Chuck Lorre series, which fairly deftly blends broad comedy and sentimental aging hijinks and was reasonably worthy of the nominations received by both Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. The problem is mostly that the second season of Atlanta was so good and not that the other comedy series nominees are so bad."
- There was a relative lack of diversity among Golden Globe TV nominations, especially when compared to movie nominations
- The Golden Globes needs to do better with its nomination process for television -- The Alienist is a case of "outright category fraud"
- Amy Adams is one of two people nominated three times, including two noms for Sharp Objects
- Can The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pull off a rare repeat win?
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 10:16AM EST
Golden Globes: The Assassination of Gianni Versace earns the most TV nominatons
FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story led all TV series with four nominations. Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans, Sharp Objects, A Very English Scandal, The Kominsky Method and Homecoming tied for second with three nominations each. Cable TV had the most nominations with 32, followed by 19 for streaming services and four for broadcast networks. Among the nominees are Golden Globe Awards co-host Sandra Oh, who is up for best actress for Killing Eve.
- FX was No. 1 with 10 nominations, followed by HBO and Amazon with nine each
- This Is Us is the biggest snub, getting completely shut out after winning awards its first two seasons
- Atlanta's snub generates Twitter outrage
- Westworld, Maniac, The Handmaid's Tale, Ted Danson and Jodie Comer were among the biggest snubs
- The Good Place, The Americans, Dirty John's Connie Britton, The Alienist, Candice Bergen and Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? were the biggest surprises
- Pose, with its cast featuring five transgender actresses, makes history with its drama nomination
- Murphy Brown wasn't nominated, but Candice Bergen earned her 9th nomination for the CBS role
- From Homecoming to Kidding to The Kominsky Method: Golden Globes stuck to its tendency to honor new shows
# TOPICS: Golden Globe Awards, Amazon, FX, HBO, NBC, The Americans, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, Barry, Homecoming, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sharp Objects, This is Us, A Very English Scandal, Sandra Oh, Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's success has led to a Season 2 that is "the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time"
Amy Sherman-Palladino never got Emmy recognition with her critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls. But with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she's at "the center of the TV conversation -- as she should be -- winning Emmys and becoming the single most important producer at Amazon," says Todd VanDerWerff. "Riding high on all that praise, season two essentially affords Sherman-Palladino the chance to make the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time," he says. "There are whole scenes that exist solely because they’re beautiful, including a handful of gorgeous dance sequences set in Paris, complete with mist rolling in off the Seine and the streetlights glowing in the fog. She rarely drops out of wide shots that are as meticulously designed and framed as anything Wes Anderson has come up with, and she’s fond of long tracking shots that follow characters through busy, bustling environments...Long sections of every episode play out as elaborate farce, giving those wide shots the feeling of theater, of watching great actors get their hooks into a big, funny comedic catastrophe. And the show is thrillingly and specifically Jewish. If you’re not Jewish — and no, I’m not — the show opens a window into not just a very particular religious culture but a very specific time period in that culture. Mrs. Maisel is the kind of series that will simply sit back and feature a large section of a Yom Kippur service. Sure, there are jokes interspersed, but the scene is a loving evocation of a specific place, time, and culture. But all this obscures, ever so slightly, just how little story or tension exists within the show."
- Season 2 feels more like an Amy Sherman-Palladino show than the first -- it's more leisurely and enjoyable
- To say that the new season doubles down on everything the first did is an understatement
- Mrs. Maisel deftly avoids the sophomore slump as it looks both backward and forward
- Mrs. Maisel returns with confident ease and plenty of ambition
- Season 2 is awash in stumbles and questionable choices of focus, but the dialogue is humming and the remarkable cast is in rhythm
- Season 2 is bigger and prettier, but it's a much slower burn since it takes a long time for Midge to face a real challenge
- Watching Mrs. Maisel, you realize that it’s doing something that much of quality TV doesn’t even attempt to do any more -- it actively tries to entertain and be charming
- Los Angeles' iconic Canter's Deli is giving out free sandwiches to promote Mrs. Maisel
- Tony Shalhoub says his Season 2 romper was designed and made specifically for him
- Michael Zegen recalls being recognized in London as "Mr. Maisel"
- Inside Mrs. Maisel's set design: "The color palette’s very important, the types of fabric, the technology of the period," says production designer Bill Groom
- Rachel Brosnahan: "I think in the second season she's also confronted with all of the ways that she has yet to change and grow"
- Zachary Levi is a tremendous addition to Mrs. Maisel's cast
- Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino discuss relating Mrs. Maisel's 1950s to the present
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Season 2 media screener contained a lot of stuff
The Season 2 DVDs sent to critics arrived in a tube, accompnanied by 12 full posters from the 1950s.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns Dec. 5, unveils Season 2's official trailer
Source: Rolling Stone
The new two-minute trailer highlights the chauvinism Midge faces as a female comic in the 1950s.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards looked like the worst Emmys ever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 10 years ago featured the debacle of five reality TV hosts co-hosting, but this year's ceremony was much worse. "It was," says Tim Goodman, "the worst Emmys telecast I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. (Maybe there was a telecast as bad when I was a teenager and wasn't paying attention?) It was lifeless, it was dull, it was poorly produced, terribly written and it had hosts who should not have been hosting (they aren't well-known enough and, last night, were not funny enough and not engaging enough). The pairing of presenters was ill-conceived. The material given them was pathetic. Nearly every 'bit' in the show imploded upon itself. The staging looked like it came from 1978. People looked like they didn't want to be there. The fact that the television industry, on a night when it is supposed to celebrate its own achievements, can't actually make a TV event that is interesting is really pathetic." Goodman blamed the Television Academy. "It needs more oversight," he says. "It can't just let Lorne Michaels and NBC take over the Emmys and bore the life out of the country.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to be the first person to win the writing and directing Emmy in the same year
- ESPN boasts that Monday Night Football beat the Emmys -- even though MNF had its worst Week 2 ratings ever
- #OscarsSoWhite creator pushes for Emmys diversity: "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night?"
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry stars won because Emmy voters love shows about show business
- Hannah Gadsby's brief appearance was a welcome detour from the pre-chewed and inoffensive banter of SNL
- Black-ish's Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the red carpet to show her support for Colin Kaepernick
- Pre-taped categories robbed viewers of hearing celebrities mispronounce nominee names
- Angela Bassett responded to The New York Times mistaking her with Omarosa with an Olivia Pope GIF
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ESPN, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Angela Bassett, Hannah Gadsby, Jenifer Lewis, Award Shows, NFL, Ratings
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Maybe the Emmys should adapt the "Popular Award" that the Oscars proposed
Sure, a hit show like Game of Thrones won the top drama award last night. But as Peter Rubin points out, "trophy after trophy went to the most prestigious of prestige TV: Netflix's Queen Elizabeth II bio-series The Crown; FX's Cold War domestic espionage cat-and-mouse The Americans; Amazon's upstart comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; HBO's ... everything. No question, these were deserving shows and performances. Henry Winkler? Still a treasure, even if his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Barry came at the expense of Atlanta's far more deserving Brian Tyree Henry. Meanwhile, some of the television series I've had the most conversations about it—the good kind, the morning-after-Slackathon kind, the "oh, you've gotta watch this" kind—got overlooked... All of which makes me wonder if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences might have been on to something with its proposed-then-scrapped idea to introduce a 'outstanding achievement in popular film 'Academy Award category—not for the Oscars, but the Emmys."
- Emmys allowed Lorne Michaels and his SNL stars to run wild, forgetting that they're supposed to be the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players"
- The Emmys did break diversity records, but it was during the Creative Arts Emmys
- Why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is deserving of its Emmys sweep
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss and his new fiancé met at an awards show: The Tonys in 2001
- Ryan Murphy says he feels like he's "in the club" after his American Crime Story directing Emmy win
- New York Times to issue a correction after mistaking Angela Bassett for Omarosa in an Emmys caption
- Henry Winkler says winning his first Emmy "feels unbelievable"
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Angela Bassett, Glenn Weiss, Henry Winkler, Lorne Michaels, Omarosa Manigault, Ryan Murphy, Award Shows, Diversity, Oscars
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Jane Lynch is returning to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to reprise her Emmy-nominated role
Lynch earned an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance as Sophie Lennon, the top female comedian in New York.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Amazon reveals the first look at The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2
Midge takes her act to the Catskills in the first footage from the second season of Amy Sherman-Palladino's Amazon series.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 10:38PM EDT
Amy Sherman-Palladino teases a "big" Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We just decided that we had to go for it" in Season 2, says The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel creator, speaking at Amazon's portion of the TV press tour. "We feel like we’ve got, for the first time in our career, the support from the brass, the actors, all of the pieces to go big or go home, and we don’t go home. We have not been home in two years. I don’t know where home is."
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
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, Netflix, American Vandal, Atlanta, Barry, Big Mouth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Gay of Thrones, GLOW, Grey's Anatomy: B-Team, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Queer Eye, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, Seven Seconds, Twin Peaks: The Return, Will & Grace, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Henry Winkler, John Legend, Jonathan Van Ness, Mark Frost, Megan Mullally, Rachel Bloom, Regina King, Sarah Drew, Tim Rice, Yvonne Strahovski, Emmys