November 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm #365697
Derbyites, which Hulu comedy do you think will have the best chance this awards season: “Difficult People,” “Casual” or “The Mindy Project”? I just saw the pilot of “Difficult People” last night and thought it was fantastic!November 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm #365699
I watched the entire first season of Difficult People but can’t recommend it, don’t know why I stuck with it for so long. The two leads were getting on my nerves ever since the first episode. Too grumpy and un-lovable for my taste.
Casual on the other hand has grown on me with the latter bunch of episodes. Michaela Watkins is stellar, and the characters are all relatable. Look out for Frances Conroy’s performance.
I don’t think any of the three shows will make a big splash in awards season – simply because there are better shows out there – that don’t have the disadvantage of being on Hulu.November 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm #365700
Hulu also has the upcoming limited series 11.22.63 (based on the Stephen King book) with James Franco, Chris Cooper, and Cherry Jones.November 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm #365701
When I went to New York in August, there were posters and billboards everywhere for Difficult People, so my guess is that that gets the biggest push of those three and it has the reviews to back it up.November 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm #365702
I loved Difficult People but it does feature very unlovable people, but that’s why I love it. If I let the devil on my shoulder guide my way, I’d be Billy. I can’t wait to start watching Casual. All 3 have pros & cons.
1. Difficult People – PROS: got the huge promotional push. Billy Eichner is Emmy known. Tony winner Andrea Martin & Oscar Nominee Gabourey Sidibe. CONS: Unlikable characters. A little too inside show biz and mocking show biz.
2. Casual – PROS: Big names in front of and behind the camera. CONS: Has it reached the streaming zeitgeist of other shows?
3. The Mindy Project – PROS: Known quantity from years on Fox. Mindy Kaling is beloved and probably has been close before and Lead Actress in a Comedy could provide a breakthrough. CONS: Couldn’t get in with a Fox push, does Hulu have the clout?November 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm #365703
I just signed up for Hulu in September after dipping in my toes with a show that was tailor made for me: Difficult People aka the story of my life. Those characters are me. Self loathing in humor but also alot of observant scolding in humor towards day to day interactions and to the entertainment industry. I’m sad people don’t have the same love of it that I do but it is understandable. I wouldn’t know how I would feel about the show if I wasn’t the exact pin point target audience member for this show. I sadly don’t think it’ll get the attention it so deserves but it will still make my Top 5 of the year regardless (and isn’t that all that matters?!)
But the other reason why I signed up for Hulu was the life saving of The Mindy Project, one of the dumbest cancellations FOX ever made. It’s kind of the same old show that it was on FOX but that’s not an issue if you were and still are one of the best comedies on TV. Still doubtful it will get attention from non critics but Rhea Perlman at least deserves some love for her recurring guest role
To add a cherry on top, Casual became an added bonus. I saw the poster and it grabbed my attention immediately because of one of SNL’s most undervalued alumni Michaela Watkins. Then I did some more research and saw Jason Reitman is the man in charge and I definitely added to my must watch list and I am not disappointed. Casual is such an honest and beautiful portrayal of adult life and family dynamics and I wish Hulu was such a bigger service with a larger audience because this show is so amazing. Watkins is so devastatingly great. But then again, this show would be beaten up by the genre police on being a comedy vs a drama. It is a dramady but works perfectly fine in the comedy category.
For awards, I think the critics are going to recognize Watkins. Mindy might get some carry over noms even though that isn’t guaranteed. I don’t know if Difficult People will pick up any traction with awards groups unless Billy and Julie’s many many many many friends in the industry really support them come Emmy time.
Hulu, you are do amazing. Keep up the great work! You’re doing a far better job than HBO is doing this yearNovember 24, 2015 at 10:02 am #365704
I’m not sure any of these shows will gain awards traction, although I think they should all be in the conversation. “Difficult People” was funny, although it did get a bit grating toward the end of the season. Eichner is fantastic, though. “The Mindy Project” has had a really great fourth season and the move to Hulu allowed them to get a little edgy. It would be a deserving nominee. I just binged the first eight episodes of “Casual” on Sunday and it’s fantastic – the first few episodes are good, but it seriously gets better with every passing episode. Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, and especially Tara Lynne Barr are deserving of praise and recognition. Jason Reitman could get a directing nod. But I’m not sure any of these shows will breakthrough. Hulu is not yet held to the same regard as Netflix in terms of original programming. Maybe the Stephen King/JFK show can do the trick.November 24, 2015 at 11:36 am #365705
Difficult People is probably the outright funniest comedy of Hulu’s lineup (the shows you mentioned). I finished the show in September, and being that I’m a huge Billy Eichner fan, found it to be quite sharp and tightly written. I think it’s a little niche for awards attention (even though Eichner is a previous Emmy nominee and the cast is quite respectable) in that it skewers the entertainment industry and not everyone really understands that. And I think the one main con of it is that Billy and Julie are 2 very unlikeable characters and toe the line of being annoying, which is one of the show’s main detriments.
I think Hulu’s best bet for getting any awards attention (Globes/Emmys/Critic’s Choice) is Frances Conroy and/or Michaela Watkins in Casual. Very nuanced roles, and their scenes together are so dynamic and poignant. I have grown to love this little show (took me a while to warm up to it, as its pretty quiet and subtle – pretty much the polar opposite of Difficult People)
I don’t watch The Mindy Project.November 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm #365706
Difficult People won me over within the first 5 minutes of the show and became and instant favorite. It needs to be in awards conversations. Perhaps I’m biased since Im an actor in New York, but it really hit home and I felt like I knew those people. And shows like 30 Rock with an “insider” humor have done well before. People here are saying that Billy and Julie are unlikable characters, but I think that’s part of the shows charm and they will be instantly recognizable to anyone who works in entertainment in New York. I dont know anyone who dislikes the show. I think the factor working against the show is its 6 episode season. Itll be hard to keep it in the conversation having finished so long ago. Hopefully they significantly up the episode count in season 2 (which cannot come fast enough).November 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm #365707
Oh boy read the comments section underneath an episode of Difficult People. ALOT of haters that just don’t get it. “Oh I hate this show. These people are so unlikeable and negative”. I’ve lost brain cells reading that comments section. Between Difficult People and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt being on top of my Best of the Year list, definitely shows where I am meant to be, in NYC 🙂November 25, 2015 at 5:21 am #365708
I think the factor working against the show is its 6 episode season. Itll be hard to keep it in the conversation having finished so long ago. Hopefully they significantly up the episode count in season 2 (which cannot come fast enough).
I don’t think the episode count will be a problem – the season consisted of 8 eps btw, not 6 – just look at shows like Episodes, Veep, etc.November 25, 2015 at 5:45 am #365709
Few things would make me happier than seeing Difficult People with nominations next summer. I just want to hang out with Billy Eichner for a day/week/month/life/whatever 🙂November 25, 2015 at 10:37 am #365710
An NYC resident myself, Difficult People really nails the culture here (and I’m not even an actor!)December 1, 2015 at 4:12 am #365711
If FXX/FX which has been around longer have a hard time breaking through with even more acclaimed shows(exlcluding Louie or shows competiting in Miniseries) not sure what Hulu’s chances are of making the Awards circuit anytime soon. Personally though I would love to see Kaling,Messina and Watkins get some recognition.