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Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
The Good Doctor and Jane the Virgin are among the shows that added #MeToo-themed storylines
The Good Doctor creator David Shore says the ABC drama will continue tackling sexual harassment after incorporating the issue in a storyline this season. “The challenges and the difficulties and the frustrations — we wanted to embrace it and we wanted it to carry forward,” Shore says. “We didn’t want it to be something that happens and then it’s just forgotten about. We wanted it to play out over a few episodes. We didn’t want it to be what the show is completely all about, but we wanted to deal with it honestly, and that means for more than just a moment. This is something that carries on and that people live with.” For Jane the Virgin, the #MeToo movement prompted the show to revisit a consensual affair Jane had with a graduate school adviser years earlier. Now, a mature Jane looked back at the affair with more scrutiny, especially with regard to its power dynamics.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Jon Hamm: Mad Men's Don Draper would've been "excoriated" in the #MeToo era
“He would’ve been excoriated, I think, probably,” Hamm told the New York Daily News. "His behavior in many ways is deplorable, and in other ways is admirable,” Hamm added. “And it’s even both of those things with the same characters. He was both terrible and great to Pete. He was both terrible and great to Roger. He was both terrible and great to Peggy. He was both terrible and great to Betty. He’s a complicated guy, and I’ve said this before about him in many capacities, he’s damaged goods.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Inside Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's #MeToo-inspired sexual harassment storyline
"That stuff was blowing up and continuing to blow up and it felt like stuff that intersected with the stuff that we've talked about on the show a lot," says co-creator Robert Carlock of the #MeToo movement. "And our characters, Kimmy especially, would have a strong point of view on it."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Ryan Murphy is developing a #MeToo anthology series
Murphy tells The New Yorker he is planning to do a Black Mirror-style anthology series that will explore a different case of sexual misconduct with each episode
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Westworld overcomes a clunky start for an exponentially better Season 2
The HBO drama's second season should've used a long "previously on" recap. Instead, it kicks off with an expository episode aimed at new viewers and keeping old viewers up to speed after a 16-month hiatus. Still, creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan deserve credit for "eagerly embracing the possibilities of the series," says Tim Goodman. "In the five episodes offered for review, they (and the writing staff) have abandoned a sense of cautious plotting and raced into the future (and back to the past, sometimes toggling between the two, frantically)." He adds: "With a thrilling sense of possibility and a fleetness in telling multiple stories, the new season's first five episodes grow exponentially in appeal. And even though there are instances when it's justified to perhaps question what new powers might be in play — beyond the series' exploration of 'the bicameral mind' — there's never a sense that Westworld has tripped up, run out of ideas or reverted to some kind of redundancy. On the contrary, the series offers revelatory possibilities and pursues them in massively entertaining fashion."
- Westworld offers a lesson to Netflix and its mediocre shows: "Rather than reflect the panicky, competitive rush that results in all these half-thought, half-finished, fairly expensive and certainly mediocre series," says Hank Stuever, "Westworld demonstrates the proper way to spend a lot of time and money in a meticulous fashion."
- Cool it with the twists!: "Westworld is a rich and interesting enough series that it doesn’t need a bunch of twists to keep us surprised and invested"
- Season 2 tones down the J.J. Abrams-esque “mystery box” style of storytelling
- Season 2 fixes many of Season 1's problems by providing a believable war between the hosts and park employees
- The aftermath of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements can be seen in Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores
- Westworld is at its best when it simply entertains rather than overthink
- Too often, Season 2 scripts get garbled by gimmicky mysteries
- On the down side, Westworld still treats itself more as a game to be beaten than as a story to be told
- Westworld creators aim to make nudity equal among males and females
- There will be less nudity overall in Season 2
- Westworld cast members didn't know the episode order while filming Season 2
- The Shakespeare line “These violent delights have violent ends" could be key to Season 2
- The five strangest Westworld theories (that still could be true)
- From Grand Theft Auto to Frankenstein: 10 works that influenced Westworld
- Westworld creators say it's essential that the show function on a puzzle box level
- Co-creator Lisa Joy is rewriting women's power story line in Hollywood and beyond
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
New York Times and New Yorker win a Pulitzer for their reporting that kicked off the #MeToo movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The Times are sharing Pulitzer Prize for public service with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker for exposing Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. The Pulitzer board stated its award is "for explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." ALSO: Fox News boasts: "NBC humiliated when Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer for Weinstein expose after Peacock passed."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal dropped six months ago today
Read a timeline of how The New York Times' Oct. 5, 2017 bombshell story rocked Hollywood.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
ITV plans to adapt the classic novel Tom Jones for the #MeToo era
Writer Gwyneth Hughes thinks author Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel is relevant to the #MeToo era, despite it focusing on a young man's sexual exploits. “These days we are all hyper alert to issues of consent and sex equality," she says. "But Henry Fielding was there before us. Almost three hundred years ago, he was writing men and women with equal human abilities in love and sexual desire, and his moral compass was clear, compassionate and humorous. Tom never has sex with a woman who doesn’t want him."
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Outlander will be extra sensitive about depicting sexual assault In wake of the #MeToo era
The Starz historical time travel drama has always handled depictions of sexual assault responsively and sensitively. But in wake of the #MeToo movement, producers are being extra careful in depictions of sexual assault in Season 4. "We're sensitive to what's going on in this time right now, but we're also filming something that's a historical piece," says executive producer Maril Davis. "So we're trying to do that with both hats on." Speaking specifically of a Season 4 rape scene, which will be the first filmed amid the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, showrunner Ronald D. Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter: "We've always been guided by that principle. We have a history of it with the show itself (so the question becomes) how much of this material is in the show, when do we do it, when do we decide not to do it and why are we making that choice. You have to approach it on a case-by-case basis and this is obviously a big story point so it wasn't really an option not to do it. It's more a question of how you're going to do it and what it meant to that story in how you presented it."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Krysten Ritter didn't realize how much sexism she had been exposed to until the #MeToo and Time's Up movements
The Jessica Jones star tells Harper's Bazaar: “It does make you do an emotional inventory of your career, and your life, and all of a sudden you’re f*cking enraged. You look back and kind of hate yourself for giggling through it, or for not knowing what to say — I went back and remembered things that I’d totally forgotten about, just shoved under the rug.”
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.