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‘Feud’ Star Jackie Hoffman Explains Her Tight Bond With Mamacita

1 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Feud: Bette and Joan,” the first of FX’s new anthology series from, Ryan Murphy, made headlines for casting leading ladies Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively. And while audiences thrilled at their scenery chewing as the warring screen sirens of yore, some of the best moments in “Feud” came from someone who had almost no lines at all: Crawford’s stern and loyal assistant and housekeeper, who was usually referred to with just one-word — Mamacita.

Jackie Hoffman says it took 45 minutes to put on Mamacita’s wound-tight black and silver-flecked wig. But to make an Emmy-winning moment out of the simplest sentence or guttural interjection? It seems like that took no effort at all

Hoffman: “I knew who Mamacita was and I knew about her, but when I was offered the role I thought, Oh God. I’m going to live in L.A »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 15 Review: Big Game

4 February 2017 4:38 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

It's a family affair.

What people will do for those they love – good and bad – is the theme of Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 15.

And even better, there was a healthy dose of education amid the entertainment.

I always appreciate a little dose of learning in my TV, something that drives me to Google while I'm watching.

For all its many faults, I've enjoyed NBC's Timeless this season, because I get a healthy dose of history each week.

Now that it's in its seventh season, Hawaii Five-0 has really started to tap into Hawaii's 1,000 years of history, discovering some unique narrative settings as a result.

This episode told the story of the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement, in the Kalaupapa National Historic Site on Molokai.

This was neatly handled by having the island's law, Sheriff Alana, explain the settlement's history to McGarrett and Chin on the ride out. That way, the viewer quickly got brought up to speed. »

- Dale McGarrigle

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