The Zen Diaries of Garry ShandlingLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Garry Shandling's Twitter account is active again following The Zen Diaries documentary
"Friends who love Garry, working with his estate, are opening up Garry’s twitter," Shandling's account tweeted today. "We will occasionally tweet material from the writings, notes and journals he has left us." Shandling's last Twitter activity occurred four days before his death, when he retweeted a Kathy Griffin tweet featuring a photo of him, her and Bob Odenkirk.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Did Judd Apatow's Garry Shandling documentary need to be four-and-a-half hours long?
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is Apatow's "best, most focused" work since Freaks and Geeks, says Matt Zoller Seitz. Yet Seitz wonders if a documentary running two nights and more than four hours is excessive. "Is there too much of a good thing here? Maybe," he says. "There are emperors, generals, and Nobel-prizewinner scientists who don’t get four-and-a-half hours on HBO, and it’s possible that we didn’t need a detailed segment about Shandling’s voice-over work on the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge (even though it ends up being a testament to his work ethic; he extensively rewrote his own dialogue and took the role of a turtle very seriously). Although Shandling completists will love the segment on the digressive, quasi-documentary DVD supplements he created for the Larry Sanders Show box set, others may wonder if it wouldn’t just be better to tell people how they can order them...Still, anybody who was inspired and moved by Shandling’s work won’t complain about being able to luxuriate in this exhaustive account. Even the slack portions are intriguing because of the access Apatow has to the records of Shandling’s time on Earth."
- "I love documentaries that are not rushing through their subject matter," says Apatow
- The Zen Diaries feels like a catch-up chat at a funeral that's happening two years after Shandling's death
- Apatow wanted to do right by Garry Shandling -- "but right by Garry doesn't mean making Garry look great"
- Had Shandling lived, Apatow doesn't see him doing a Netflix-style interview show
- Female writer who alleged It's Garry Shandling's Show misogyny wonders why only three women were interviewed
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Watch the trailer for Judd Apatow's four-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling will premiere on HBO over two nights, March 26 and 27.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
HBO to air Judd Apatow’s 4-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary in March
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres on March 26 — two days after the second anniversary of Shandling’s death — and concludes the next night, featuring interviews with everybody from Conan O’Brien to Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. Why is the documentary more than four hours? “O.J. got seven hours and he murdered people. So don’t you deserve more time for not murdering people?” Apatow responded at the TV press tour.