Not that this year’s picks were easy to make. “I watch a lot of TV,” said one writer. “And yet there is not a single category where I have seen every nominee. Seems impossible to judge — and crazy to think a winner is actually the best, rather than just the best of what most people have seen.”
That’s the high-class problem of Peak TV, and why outlets like HBO and Netflix spend handsomely on For Your Consideration campaigns. That’s
Yang began directing with “Parks and Recreation,” where he first met Ansari. He also directed episodes for “The Good Place” and “Master of None” before Roc Nation contacted him to send a few pitches for “Moonlight,” his first ever music video.
“When Roc Nation came to me, they gave very loose parameters,” said Yang. “They said, ‘Maybe it could be funny, maybe it could be something comedy-based — but really come up with what you want to come up with.’ I think that’s really freeing. Of the ideas I pitched them, ‘Friends’ was my favorite idea.
“I wrote it in London,” Waithe said in an interview with IndieWire. “My schedule was a little tight in Season 2. I was filming a movie in London.”
“Was that movie ‘Ready Player One’?” IndieWire said.
“Possibly, yes,” Waithe said, laughing. “You possibly could [say that].”
“Thanksgiving,” the time-jumping eighth episode of “Master of None” Season 2, tracks Denise’s (Waithe) relationship with her mother over multiple years. Each part takes place during a different Thanksgiving, as Denise discovers her sexuality and slowly reveals it to her mom (Angela Basset), aunt, and grandmother.
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Waithe said the story was “very personal” to her — “it’s obviously a very real version of my own coming out experience” — but writing
Alan Yang, who created the series alongside Ansari, alluded to the importance of representation behind the scenes in his Emmy acceptance speech in 2016.
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“Seventeen million Asian-Americans in this country, and there are 17 million Italian-Americans,” he said. “They have ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Goodfellas,
Some hosts can recite passages from “A Dance with Dragons” like scripture, while others are book agnostic. But the thing that ties them all together is this gargantuan television show that demands parsing out in other forums.
So we took a look at the shows in the top charts to see what makes each of them worth listening to. As the world gears up for Season 7, this is the perfect time to hop into a potential new TV podcast obsession.
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Starting out in stand-up comedy in 2001, while he was a student at New York University, Aziz Ansari has built an increasingly high-profile career that includes seven seasons playing Tom Haverford on hit NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation. It was while working on that show that Ansari met writer Alan Yang, and the idea of his most recent project, Netflix comedy Master Of None, was born.
“Alan and I were really close friends during the whole run of Parks And Rec,” says Ansari. “We would always lightly talk about doing our own series and shooting it in New York, and doing something that was only eight or 10 episodes as opposed to the 22-episode form of Parks.”
As Parks And Recreation began winding down (the show came to an end in 2015), the duo became more serious about the prospect of Master Of None. Ansari and Yang
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Well, This is a Delightful Image
90%of my Sat mornings for past 5 months r spent in full performance of every Moana song with my Tiny Humans. I do a fine Maui. @Lin_Manuel
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 20, 2017
If you haven’t read it, by the way, Rhimes’ “Year of Yes” is a charming memoir/self-help book.
“I was a big fan of the first season because it was such a new way to approach comedy,” Mastronardi, who starred in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, tells People of the big shoes to fill following the Emmy-winning first season. “It’s more intimate this season,
In this week’s episode, Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Aziz Ansari, the star, creator, and executive producer of “Master of None” about the Netflix show’s second season, which debuts May 12. (Spoiler alert: Don’t listen to this podcast until you’ve watched the whole season.)
It’s been a long wait for fans since the first season of the critically acclaimed show, which debuted in November 2015, and Ansari admits he wanted to make sure the show was worth doing again. “I was very hesitant about even doing the second season,” admits Ansari. “I basically said, let’s never do what we did in season one. I wanted to make sure we were writing from a place of inspiration, and not making the show because we were obligated to
“I personally didn’t ever want to do it. I liked what we wrote and I didn’t want to have him be a part of it,” the star and co-creator said at the show’s Season 2 premiere on Thursday at the Sva Theatre in New York City.
Also on hand were cast members Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Kelvin Yu, and Alessandra Mastronardi, and co-creator Alan Yang. Yang explained that Trump’s election happened far after he and Ansari wrote the second season, which explores Dev’s life in Italy and New York months after a serious breakup.
However, Yang said the creators did talk about rewriting “Religion,” the
As always, Dev and his friends’ adventures are underscored by a spot-on play list created by the show’s music supervisor, Zach Cowie, an La-based DJ that met Ansari and show co-creator Alan Yang at party where he was spinning. “We saw each other quite a bit after that at other parties I was djing at,” recalls
That’s still true in the long-awaited Season 2, which debuts next Friday, May 12 after a lengthy year-and-a-half layoff. Ansari — the likable Parks and Rec goofball who writes and directs here, as well as starring — seems to enjoy defying expectations, crafting each episode of his cosmopolitan rom-com as a self-contained vignette that may or may not connect to the episodes around it. This structure is ultimately limiting in a few
So why spoil it?
I won’t, but suffice to say, Season 2 is as carefully constructed as it is appears to be carefree. Ansari — who wrote or co-wrote every episode and directed two-and-a-half hours of the 10 episode second season — has infused more of himself into his follow-up season,
Molly roamed the palace doing her best impression of Ophelia on Tyrant Season 3 Episode 4, while Leila revealed that Jamal wasn't Ahmed's real father, but rather his uncle.
Sammy went looking for love in all the wrong places, and Barry was too busy planning revenge to deal with his family.
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And as often happens in Shakespeare, vengeance doesn't lead to anything good. Mainly, it ends with everybody dying. And the Al Fayeed clan is already half gone. I wasn't too worried about Molly even before I saw the previews – the deaths have to slow down or there won't be any characters left.
Jennifer Finnigan did an amazing job of portraying a mother's grief. Where a great performance can sometimes be credited equally to the writing team, or the director, this was all her. The most powerful moments weren't because of her lines,
Jamal's recovery might have been the final shocker of Tyrant Season 3 Episode 1, but it was far from the only one.
Prisoner exchanges, faked suicides, and resignation announcements all shook up the political minefield that is Abbudin. Who will end up in power is anybody's guess.
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The season premiere introduced us to a few new characters, which only makes sense when you think about how many died in Tyrant Season 2. In the fight for Abuddin, everybody is power hungry, so Barry better watch his back. Aziz (the previously unseen butler) has already declared an alliance with Leila in the most disturbing way.
If he's willing to have Nusrat, another member of the royal first family, killed to help his "madame," who knows what else he's willing to do?
What was especially tragic to me about Nusrat's death is that
The thought wasn’t entirely baseless — Shoukath, the father of Aziz Ansari, certainly warrants the praise for his hysterical, honest and empathetic turn — nor was it unprompted. Netflix was holding its official For Your Consideration event for “Master of None,” and the event attracted so many people that a substantial chunk of us couldn’t even fit in the main theatre. We had to move to a backroom with a television displaying first the episode being screened and then a conversation between creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, producer Michael Schur and cast members Lena Waithe and Kelvin Yu.
Clearly, there’s a fervor surrounding this show — and a devout fan base for the senior Ansari family member, as well. His debut in the
“Master of None” (Netflix)
Season 1 ep. 9, “Mornings”
Written by Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang; directed by Eric Wareheim
Noel Wells: “I had been auditioning for a lot of things where I didn’t understand the point of the character. This was two people who were on equal footing having fun conversations.
“Through shooting [Aziz and I] revised the scripts so they got even better as time went on. We would take the scenario
“I got phased out,” the CNN founder told the crowd. The management of Time Warner, which acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996, came to him as his contract was about to end.
“They said your contract is going to be up but we want to give you another one,” Turner said. “They said ‘We’ll give you a million dollars a year.’ I said ‘What will my duties be?’ They said ‘nothing.’ I said ‘you take the million dollars and shove it you know where,’ ” he said.
Turner told the crowd that he misses being part of CNN; “I really enjoyed every moment of it,
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