June 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1202114702
Just interviewed Zach Woods, who is so kind! HBO had emailed me that he was in a meeting that was running long, so would be a bit late, but then Woods actually sent me several text messages apologizing. Anyway, I asked him about T.J. Miller (and a few other things that you guys suggested; thanks), so you can check out the video and article when they go up in a few days, but I did find his answer a bit short and told him when we were offline that I wanted to prod a bit, but held back. He replied that he just thinks that Miller wanted to move on to other things and added that he finds him hilarious and all that stuff.
I have seen the next episode, which is among the best of the season and a possible tape for Haley Joel Osment. He reminds me of Bobby Cannavale in Master of None; it is not a revelatory performance, but this is a very solid actor giving energy and charisma to a role that could have been fairly forgettable. It seems like he will be in four episodes this season, including the last two. It is tricky for the Emmys because voting opens the morning after the next episode and his last two performances will air after many voters will have submitted their ballots. He would have had a much better chance at the Emmys if his four episodes had been in the first half of the season instead of the second. The writers have been good about nominating the superior season finales to the more visible season premieres, so hopefully the actors’ branch is also not just voting as soon as they can. Woods says that he will submit one of the last two episodes of the season if nominated and that those are also his two favourite episodes of the series, so get excited!June 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm #1202114755
Zachary Quinto called me a few years ago to talk about timing, but his number was blocked. Not Zach Woods! I suppose that I could try to add him on Snapchat now.June 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm #1202114885
It’s good to hear that the last two episodes are great.June 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm #1202117473
Episode: The Keenan Vottex
Synopsis: An unexpected increase in data traffic leads Richard to turn to Erlich for help in garnering a deal with Keenan Feldspar, Silicon Valley’s latest “it” boy–but when Keenan makes a too-good-to-resist offer, Richard must weigh Pied Piper’s future against a potential mutiny. Jack faces setbacks while preparing for Hooli-Con.
Discuss this later tonight!June 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm #1202117801
Best episode of the season, and Haley Joel Osment was great. I’d really like to see him more just in general. He stopped getting big roles when he grew up, but he didn’t stop being a great actor.June 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm #1202117879
damn, this episode was dark af. It was the best episode though. Osment’s best episode but I wouldn’t nominate him.
My Grade: A-June 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm #1202118712
Really good episode. Not particularly funny, but really got down to the nitty gritty tech satire that the show does best. Probably the first episode of the season where you asked yourself questions about where it was going, what will happen, the character’s motives, etc. Really liked that it set up for the Hooli-Con as the setting for the final 2 episodes, somewhat reminiscent of the ending season 1 at Techcrunch. Thomas Middleditch’s best episode thus far in my opinion, and thought that Haley Joel Osment was great, the show’s best guest appearance so far. I liked it a lot, and can’t wait for the final 2 episodes of the season.June 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm #1202121188
I appreciate how small the directing circle is for this show. This season:
1, 2, 9, 10 by the co-showrunner
3, 4, 7, 8 by the other producing director
5 by an editor making directorial debut
6 by a writer directing for first time in two decades (second show ever)
The second season was directed entirely by the two co-showrunners, which is not really something that you see in American television. The revolving door of television directors does not make a lot of sense to begin with anyway, from a creative standpoint.June 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm #1202121521
I think Zach Woods should be added to the prediction center. He’s being severely underestimated and I can see him sneak in this year.June 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm #1202121527
I think Zach Woods should be added to the prediction center. He’s being severely underestimated and I can see him sneak in this year.
I think Thomas Middleditch finally getting in last year says a lot. I could see BOTH Zach Woods and T.J. Miller getting nominated, especially since it is the latter’s last season with the show, as a “goodbye hug” sort of thing. The closer the Emmy nominations come, the less sure I am about Andre Braugher and even the “Lemonading” Tituss Burgess, the latter simply being a potential casualty of his show’s overall decline with the Emmys.June 15, 2017 at 12:26 am #1202121561
and even the “Lemonading” Tituss Burgess, the latter simply being a potential casualty of his show’s overall decline with the Emmys.
his SAG nom makes me confident that he is safe and a contnder for the win.
I also think we should watch out for Kumail Nanjiani, who has buzz for The Big Sick and has a lot to do in the earl episodes.June 15, 2017 at 12:26 am #1202121562
I’m confident in Burgess, I think he can win, but with Braugher it just feels like it’s time for him to go. How long will they keep nominated a performance from a show they care nothing about?June 15, 2017 at 12:33 am #1202121572
I’m confident in Burgess, I think he can win, but with Braugher it just feels like it’s time for him to go. How long will they keep nominated a performance from a show they care nothing about?
That’s exactly why I am worried about both Burgess and Kemper LOL! The Emmys have never nominated UKS in Writing or Directing, and last year they even snubbed poor Jane Krakowski. 🙁
As for Silicon Valley, what are the chances of it winning Writing, since it cleverly submitted just one episode, the season premiere?