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    New show from Starz starting this weekend, in the spirit of Soderbergh’s film. 84 on Metacritic after 10 reviews.

    I think it might end up being this year’s UnReal, a female-led drama whose premise made people not very excited on a network that’s not thought of very highly, but then ends up very strong on critics’ T10 lists.

    Metacritic’s 80+ excerpts:
    SF Chronicle The performances are extraordinary, in spite of the fact the characters are all very similar–detached from emotion, honesty, sadness, shame and even desire by the airlessness of contemporary life. … The Girlfriend Experience is one of the best new series of the young year.
    Newsday This is a singular vision throughout, written and directed by the team of Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. (She also plays Christine’s older sister.) Their intense focus draws a disquieting portrait of a peculiar personality.
    EW Riley Keough makes an intriguing figure, at once more empowered and more desperate than her cinema alter ego. I have no clue if this is a profound mediation on intimacy or a daylight-noir origin story for Basic Instinct, but I’m hooked
    Yahoo A vivid character study, a tense law-firm drama, and an educational deep-dive for any viewer who’d like to learn the ins and outs of what we researchers call “transactional sex.”
    AV Club The viewer’s feelings toward Christine and her behavior are likely to remain unresolved–but Kerrigan and Seimetz’s refusal to psychologically and morally pin her down is exactly what makes The Girlfriend Experience, in its pungently moody and disturbing way, ultimately difficult to shake off.
    Time The Girlfriend Experience intuitively grasps the manner in which constantly available information can transform lives. If it resembles any movie genres, it’s the paranoid eavesdropping thrillers of the 1970s, like Klute and The Conversation.
    THR Keough’s outstanding performance makes the whole thing work, make no mistake. But Kerrigan, Seimetz and Meizler weave a visually evocative backdrop, using only natural light, location-based shooting and a color scheme that allows for the intimacy of the writing to come out and help shape things. 

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    This is an anthology series so it will compete in the Emmy and Golden Globes in the Limited/Mini category.  With the reviews and Steven Soderbergh’s name, it should definitely be a contender.  

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    Seriously another contender for the Limited Series category? They should keep those categories to very end tbh, the others does not seem as interesting as they are right now. 

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    I’m interested in this. I’ll be getting Starz for free this weekend so I won’t be able to be a regular watcher but I hope those first two episodes are killer 

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    I’m interested in this. I’ll be getting Starz for free this weekend so I won’t be able to be a regular watcher but I hope those first two episodes are killer 

    The entire season is available to binge on Sunday. 

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    I thought this was a drama series not limited – not that it stands much of a chance in either which is too bad because from what I have seen so far (four episodes) it is actually quite good. Anybody else start this over the weekend? Riley Keough’s performance is really captivating but as a character she is very internal and hard to read which makes an acting nomination seem probably out of her grasp, espeically considering Soderbergh’s much more famous leading man, Clive Owen, couldn’t get in for the Knick with a much for expressive and bombastic performance. Still, even though Soderbegh isn’t directing, his name is attached and I would love to see this maybe pop up unexpectedly in a few technical categories or even in writing and directing. As deserving as this is it will probably fall victim to “too much TV” – I doubt it gets a lot of attention unfortunately :/

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    Its subject matter seems like the type of thing that the Emmy voters wouldn’t touch regardless, even if it were on a network 10x more respected like HBO. Rampant unnecessary rape of women is the kind of sexuality they think deserves the Outstanding Drama Series award…

    The tone is weird and dreamy, and likely inaccessible to many viewers. Aside from the fact that technically there are sex scenes, which are also kinda purposefully offputting. 

    Looking forward to big things for Keough in the future though; I liked her in Mad Max too.

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    Currently debating whether to check this out. Honestly don’t have time to take on another TV show!

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    [quote=”KyleBailey”]

    I’m interested in this. I’ll be getting Starz for free this weekend so I won’t be able to be a regular watcher but I hope those first two episodes are killer 

    The entire season is available to binge on Sunday. 
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    I have Directv so I couldn’t. Only avalible for On Demand (Xfinity) and the app  

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    How exactly is it an anthology?  My Googling has turned up nothing, although everyone seems to be calling it that.

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    I’ve watched the first four episodes…I like it, but I don’t know why? I’m definitely interested in it and the lead is definitely engaging, but I have no idea where the show is going or why I should care?  I’ll definitely finish the season though.

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    I thought this was a drama series not limited – not that it stands much of a chance in either which is too bad because from what I have seen so far (four episodes) it is actually quite good. Anybody else start this over the weekend? Riley Keough’s performance is really captivating but as a character she is very internal and hard to read which makes an acting nomination seem probably out of her grasp, espeically considering Soderbergh’s much more famous leading man, Clive Owen, couldn’t get in for the Knick with a much for expressive and bombastic performance. Still, even though Soderbegh isn’t directing, his name is attached and I would love to see this maybe pop up unexpectedly in a few technical categories or even in writing and directing. As deserving as this is it will probably fall victim to “too much TV” – I doubt it gets a lot of attention unfortunately :/

    How exactly is it an anthology?  My Googling has turned up nothing, although everyone seems to be calling it that.

    Here are three different sources that state it’s an anthology series

    http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-girlfriend-experience-steven-soderbergh-riley-keough-lodge-kerrigan-premiere-20160408

    http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/sex-lies-and-capitalism-101-inside-the-girlfriend-experience-20160407

    http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/riley-keough-cast-the-girlfriend-experience-series-starz-1201442327/

    Also, here’s an interview with the show’s creator Amy Seimetz stating that they’re writing next season and it’s entirely different

    http://www.wmagazine.com/culture/film-and-tv/2016/04/amy-seimetz-the-girlfriend-experience-riley-keough-monica-lewinsky/photos/ 

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    Ah, new cast and location next season. Thanks!

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    Interesting ! Thanks for the links. So, I finished the season last night and I am still processing what I thought of the show overall. It definitely went in some unexpected directions and I am not quite sure what the show wanted us to think of its star/whether it even cared or if that was the sort of the point of hte whole thing. Some of the directorial flourishes were really well executed and I was just riveted by Riley’s opaque performance. Because of the Soderbegh connection I have mostly seen comparisons between this and The Knick but I think it pairs better with something like a Mr. Robot.  The ending was a bit bizarre and I am kind of disappointed that we won’t be able to see what happens next in this parituclar story but I think that the first season has earned the creators enough trust on my behalf to follow them to a new location/to a new story.

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    Interesting ! Thanks for the links. So, I finished the season last night and I am still processing what I thought of the show overall. It definitely went in some unexpected directions and I am not quite sure what the show wanted us to think of its star/whether it even cared or if that was the sort of the point of hte whole thing. Some of the directorial flourishes were really well executed and I was just riveted by Riley’s opaque performance. Because of the Soderbegh connection I have mostly seen comparisons between this and The Knick but I think it pairs better with something like a Mr. Robot.  The ending was a bit bizarre and I am kind of disappointed that we won’t be able to see what happens next in this parituclar story but I think that the first season has earned the creators enough trust on my behalf to follow them to a new location/to a new story.

    I definitely see the comparison to Mr. Robot as far as the look and feel of the show.  I believe the creator is a fan of that show.  It also feels very David Fincher as well 

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