The late Carrie Fisher could well win an Emmy for her last television appearance as Rob’s (Rob Delaney) mom Mia on season three of the Amazon comedy series “Catastrophe.” She shines in this recurring role as a no-nonsense American woman who travels to Ireland to comfort her daughter-in-law Sharon (Sharon Horgan) after her father passes away. Fisher plays the grieving tourist to perfection as she comforts the widow, Carol (Frances Tomelty), while asking her son to take her souvenir shopping.
Mia then shows up at her son’s house in London for an extended stay. After he confides that he has started drinking again, Mia tells him the truth about his father and then threatens to hurt him if he ever hits Sharon. The last we see of Mia is when she is immersed in watching a reality TV show, “My Children are Schizophrenic,” which she describes as “great TV.”
Critics praised her performance. Spencer Kornhaber (The Atlantic) observed, “She shows up late in the season and is as selfish and as unsympathetic as ever but even in her cruelest moment, the character delivers a moving bit of advice on a topic that, the public realizes, Fisher herself knew something about.” And Dave Nemetz (TVLine) noted, “Fisher only appears in the sixth and final episode, but her appearance is appropriately bittersweet, with all the humor and warmth we’ve always loved about her.”
While Fisher is best known for her work in the “Star Wars” franchise she made her mark on television too and reaped two Emmy nominations. She contended for Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2008 for the “30 Rock” episode “Rosemary’s Baby”, losing too Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives”). Her second Emmy bid was in 2011 for Best Variety Music or Comedy Special for her HBO one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” which was bested by perennial champ “The Kennedy Center Honors.”
Sentiment is certainly in Fisher’s favor, especially as her mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, died the day after she did. The Golden Globes honored both of them while the Oscars reserved the final spot in the “In Memoriam” segment for Fisher who, in her iconic role as Princess Leia, says “May the force be with you.”
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