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Emmy spotlight: ‘Dead to Me’s’ familiar female stars brighten the Netflix show’s darker themes

One was an adolescent dumb blonde on Fox’s coarse comedy smash “Married … with Children” for 11 seasons. The other was a brainy mathlete turned high-school slacker on NBC’s cult sitcom “Freaks and Geeks” that barely ran for one season.

Now Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, both A-students when it comes to comedy, are part of a trend of series and films focusing on female buddies as they star in the darkly humorous Netflix series, “Dead to Me.” What’s great is that this talented pair, both in their 40s – a decade that is rarely kind to actresses — have been given an emotion-laden showcase that only marginally revolves around their troubled relationships with men and being a mother. One might think, given the title, it might not be a laugh a minute especially when the ladies meet one another at a grief support group meeting. Even the fact that Applegate’s widow,
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Hey, Emmys: If you don’t vote for Christina Applegate’s career-best performance, you’re dead to me!

As all you TV academy members are aware, we’re currently in the midst of Emmy voting, which ends June 24. If you’re struggling to fill out your Best Comedy Actress ballots, I highly encourage you to consider Netflix’s dark comedy contender “Dead to Me,” which features a career-best performance by Christina Applegate.

You already know Applegate, of course, because you awarded her a Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy in 2003 for playing Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) middle sister on “Friends.” She was nominated again for that guest role in 2004 and later earned back-to-back bids as Best Comedy Actress for “Samantha Who?” (2008-09), the same category in which she now contends for “Dead to Me.”

See‘Dead to Me’ season 2 announcement video: Netflix series promises ‘more crying’ when it returns [Watch]

In creator Liz Feldman‘s twisty comedy series, Applegate takes on the role of Jen Harding, a real estate agent
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How Dead to Me Came to Be & What's to Come

How Dead to Me Came to Be & What's to Come
By this point, you've likely fallen in love with Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) of Netflix's Dead To Me.  The BFFs hit a bit of a rough patch as Jen learned that Judy was the one who hit her husband with her car, but at the very end of the season, it seemed they were united once again, staring into the pool at the dead floating body of Judy's ex, Steve (James Marsden).  Netflix has since very kindly renewed the show for a second season, meaning we'll get to see the pair navigate yet another secret and more complicated and messy grief on everybody's part.  Season two is a ways away, so for now, we've got a lot to talk about from season one. Did Jen...
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46 Photos of Christina Applegate's Hollywood Evolution? I'm Right on Top of That, Rose

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Christina Applegate's name has been in the news recently thanks to her incredible performance in the new Netflix series Dead to Me. While she more than deserves this massive shine, I think it's worth reminding everyone that Ms. Applegate is not new to this - in fact, the 47-year-old actress has been in the game since she was literally in diapers, having starred in a Playtex baby bottle commercial when she was only 5 months old.

Since then, she's racked up major TV and film credits - my personal favorites include Married With Children, The Sweetest Thing and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead - and even appeared on stage in productions like The Axeman's Jazz and Sweet Charity, which earned her a Tony nomination in 2005. Let us also not forget the fact that she once ditched Brad Pitt halfway through a date. Iconic.

With the Applegate resurgence upon us
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‘Dead To Me’ Stars Christina Applegate & Linda Cardellini On Dark Comedy’s Exploration Of “Women Holding Each Other Up”

‘Dead To Me’ Stars Christina Applegate & Linda Cardellini On Dark Comedy’s Exploration Of  “Women Holding Each Other Up”
When Christina Applegate was pitched on Dead to Me and its shocking Season 1 finale, she couldn’t help asking, “Can we earn that moment?” Centered on a tightly wound widow and a free spirit who meet in grief support group, the series was a complex meditation on grief, replete with twists, turns and shocking secrets, which didn’t fit into any familiar box. Like Applegate, co-star Linda Cardellini signed on in a leap of faith, feeling like the series took real risks with its storytelling. In the end, though, the ability to do so boldly paid off, becoming the show’s greatest asset.

How much of Dead to Me had been written by the time Liz Feldman approached you for the show? What about this series resonated with you?

Christina Applegate: Well, I had read the pilot. I think they had been writing for months before we even signed on.
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The 8 Best Movies About Television — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week sees the (limited) release of “Late Night,” which is set in the wild and revealing world of late night TV. It’s the latest of many examples of how the movies have sometimes been able to see television more clearly than television has been able to see itself.

This week’s question: What is the best movie ever made about television?

A Face in the Crowd

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Released in 1957, Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” remains a fascinating study about TV production and celebrity culture. Specifically, the film underlines the idea that trendy celebrities will stay relevant as long as they don’t do anything, well, horrible.

Andy Griffith delivers one of the most powerful feature debut performance as the drifter-turned-celebrity Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes,
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‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Dead to Me’ Bosses Break Down Exploring Death in Dark Comedy

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‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Dead to Me’ Bosses Break Down Exploring Death in Dark Comedy
Liz Feldman and Leslye Headland both have dark comedies that stream on Netflix: Feldman’s “Dead to Me” focuses on the new friendship between grieving widow Jen (Christina Applegate), and Judy (Linda Cardellini), who has more of a connection to Jen’s dead husband than it seems at first glance, while Headland’s “Russian Doll” is an addiction metaphor that centers on a woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) who keeps literally dying over and over, forced to find meaning and connection before everything around her disappears. But that is far from all they have in common. Both women were first-time single-camera comedy showrunners with these series. Headland came from theater and independent film, while Feldman spent years working in multi-camera broadcast comedy. And, as they realized when they sat down at Variety, they have similar sensibilities and approaches to their genre, as well as their storytelling.

Did you find
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You're "Dead to Me" If You Don't Love Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini's Real-Life Bond

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We can officially bow down to Dead to Me for making Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate our new favorite female duo brought together through an acting gig. Linda and Christina play the roles of Judy Hale and Jen Harding in the wildly popular dark comedy on Netflix, respectively, and it's safe to say the two actresses have forged an off-screen bond just as tight as The Office's Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey and Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

During the show's first season, Jen and Judy quickly become friends after meeting in a grief support group, leaning on each other despite their notable differences. While Jen is a recently widowed mother of two with a penchant for screamo music and f-bombs, Judy is an inherently optimistic bright-sider (even though she's suffered a series of miscarriages), and yet, like peanut butter and jelly, they just work together.
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Dead to Me Is Officially Returning For Season 2, So Get Ready For More Jen and Judy

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Anyone who has ever lost someone will feel Netflix's series Dead to Me so hard. The show - which centers on Christina Applegate's character, Jen, who recently lost her husband in a car crash - seamlessly blends grief with humor for an addicting series that we just can't get enough of. Humor, you ask? About grief? Yes, and it totally works!

Now we finally know Jen's story will continue into a second season, thanks to an official announcement from Netflix. On June 3, the streaming service confirmed the show's return, along with a few other exciting details. Both Applegate and costar Linda Cardellini will be reprising their roles, and creator Liz Feldman will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Related: 65 New Original Netflix Series That Are Required Watching in 2019

We think this funny show absolutely deserves a second season, because it goes so far beyond humor. It features a
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Dead To Me Renewed For Season Two By Netflix!

After we quickly binged our way through season one of the highly addictive Netflix Original Series “Dead To Me” we were certainly left “dying” to know just what happened to Jen and Judy once the final credits rolled.

We have now learned that “Dead To Me” has been renewed for season two and creator Liz Feldman will serve as showrunner and executive producer on season two as well. Also, stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini will also be returning to the series as Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini).

Jessica Elbaum from Gloria Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gary Sanchez Productions as well as Christie Smith and Christina Applegate will serve as executive producers.

Dead To Me” is produced by CBS Television Studios for Netflix. There is no official word on when we can expect season two to air, however, we are definitely on the edge of our seats awaiting additional news.
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Netflix renews Dead to Me for second season

Netflix has announced that it has renewed its dark comedy series Dead to Me starring Christina Applegate (Bad Moms) and Linda Cardellini (The Curse of La Llorona) for a second season.

Created by Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls), “Dead to Me centers on Jen (Applegate), a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder, and Judy (Cardellini) an optimistic free spirit who’s recently suffered her own tragic loss. When the two women meet at a support group, they become unlikely friends, despite their polar-opposite personalities. But as they bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann’s cookies and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.”

Dead to Me also stars James Marsden (Westworld), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy). Feldman
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What Will Happen in Dead to Me Season 2? Get Ready for an Even More Complicated Dynamic

They're coming back! Netflix confirmed Judy and Jen, the women at the heart of Dead To Me, will return for a second season. The series, which stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini and was created by Liz Feldman, ended season one on quite the cliffhanger. Warning, spoilers ahead! In the first season, Jen (Applegate) is a grieving widow who is brought out of her shell by Judy (Cardellini), the woman who was responsible for Jen's husband's death via a hit and run. The season ended with Jen learning the truth. She kicked Judy out of her house, only to have Steve (James Marsden), Judy's ex, arrive to her home and Jen puts two and two together—Steve didn't let Judy go to the authorities...
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Dead to Me Is Officially Returning For Season 2, So Get Ready For More Jen and Judy

Anyone who has ever lost someone will feel Netflix's series Dead to Me so hard. The show - which centers on Christina Applegate's character, Jen, who recently lost her husband in a car crash - seamlessly blends grief with humor for an addicting series that we just can't get enough of. Humor, you ask? About grief? Yes, and it totally works!

Now we finally know Jen's story will continue into a second season, thanks to an official announcement from Netflix. On June 3, the streaming service confirmed the show's return, along with a few other exciting details. Both Applegate and costar Linda Cardellini will be reprising their roles, and creator Liz Feldman will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Related: 65 New Original Netflix Series That Are Required Watching in 2019

We think this funny show absolutely deserves a second season, because it goes so far beyond humor. It features a
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Happy Anniversary to Gh's Drew Cheetwood and Wife Jenna — See Their Most Romantic Moments

Please join us in wishing Drew Cheetwood and his wife, Jenna, a very happy anniversary!The actor shared a series of beautiful photos from their 2011 wedding along with a poem he created especially for the occasion. “Happy eight to the best mate,” he wrote. “I’m happy I met you in your state. It wasn’t too long after we began to date. I was like, ‘I gotta make this woman mine, I hope she can relate.” We were to be wed, not much to debate. Truly destined, I believe it’s called ‘fate.’ We like a new show with Christina Applegate. You’re always on time, never late. These are getting random but just wait. I’m so happy to became one on this date. Best decision I ever made was giving you my nameplate.” View this post on Instagram Happy 8 to the best mate I’m happy I
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Dead To Me Has Been Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix

The hit series Dead To Me has been renewed for a second season the the streaming service Netflix. Thank goodness! I freaking loved the first season of the show. It was so suspenseful and dark and hilarious with twists and turns in every episode.

The series stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini with James Marsden, all doing some of the best work I’ve ever seen from them.

I won’t get into major storyline stuff, as it would be majorly spoilery, but the set up in the first episode is that Applegate’s character, Jen, goes to a support group after losing her husband in a hit and run accident, and meets Cardellini’s character, Judy. They instantly bond and become close friends, but Judy has some dark secrets that threaten to ruin it all.

I am super stoked this series will be back, especially after the cliffhanger ending of the last episode.
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Dead to Me: Season One Viewer Votes

How lively is the first season of the Dead to Me TV show on Netflix? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Dead to Me is cancelled or renewed for season two. Netflix and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the Dead to Me season one episodes. We invite you to rate them for us here. **Status update below.

A Netflix dark comedy, Dead to Me stars Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Max Jenkins, Luke Roessler, James Marsden, Ed Asner, and Brandon Scott. The story centers on Jen (Applegate), a recently widowed woman who is bitter and desperate to solve the mystery behind the hit-and-run murder of her husband. She meets free-spirit Judy (Cardellini) at a
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Dead to Me: Season Two Renewal for Netflix Dark Comedy Series

Some good news broke in the dead of night -- the announcement that Netflix has renewed its Dead to Me TV show for a second season. The streaming service revealed the season two renewal during its Monday night "For Your Consideration" Emmy presentation. The show's official Twitter account also touted the pickup on social media, as did stars Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate, and creator Liz Feldman.

A Netflix dark comedy, Dead to Me also stars Max Jenkins, Luke Roessler, James Marsden, Ed Asner, and Brandon Scott. The story centers on Jen (Applegate), a recently widowed woman who is bitter and desperate to solve the mystery behind hit-and-run murder of her husband. She meets free-spirit Judy (Cardellini) at a grief support group and despite their differences, the two bond. Although Judy is the one person who doesn’t make Jen feel
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‘Dead to Me’ season 2 announcement video: Netflix series promises ‘more crying’ when it returns [Watch]

‘Dead to Me’ season 2 announcement video: Netflix series promises ‘more crying’ when it returns [Watch]
“I can tell you that we have just found out that ‘Dead to Me’ has been picked up for season two,” said series creator Liz Feldman during a June 3 Netflix Fysee campaign event. “And I start writing it on Wednesday!” She and lead actors Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini were on hand to discuss the series and its future. Watch them above.

The Netflix dramedy premiered on May 3, exactly one month before its renewal announcement. It stars Applegate and Cardellini as women who form a friendship after meeting at a grief support group, but whose connection is quickly revealed to be quite a bit more complicated than that. “I think what I can promise you is that in season two there will be more crying,” says Feldman, who will return as showrunner. Applegate and Cardellini will be back too, as will executive producers Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Christie Smith and Applegate herself.
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Dead to Me Renewed for Season 2, So It Won't Die on That Cliffhanger

Good news! Netflix has announced that dramedy series Dead to Me will return for a second season, which means fans will get to find out what happened after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger in its freshman finale.

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Will Dead to Me Rise Again on Netflix?

Ever since Dead to Me captivated audiences on Netflix earlier this year, fans have been clamoring for more episodes. 

Thankfully, Netflix has confirmed it will offer up a second season of the popular comedy series in 2020. 

The addictive series follows two women, Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini), who become fast friends at a grief support group. 

Jen struggles to understand Judy at first, but offers up her guesthouse to the new friend. 

Related: One Day at a Time Canceled at Netflix

Jen finds herself questioning her decision when she learns that Judy is not the person she thought she was. 

But Jen is too busy trying to find the hit and run driver who killed her husband. Judy seemingly understands what Jen is going through and that's why their friendship blossoms. 

James Marsden, Ed Asner, and Brandon Scott are the supporting players on the series, while Jessica Elbaum,
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