Phoebe Waller-Bridge must be breaking the fourth wall in her brilliant mind, now that the slow-on-the-uptake Television Academy members have recognized the genius inherent in her UK comedy series “Fleabag” with 11 Emmy nominations, including best comedy series. As the show’s creator, executive producer and star, she has created an often cringe-worthy portrait of a modern woman looking for love and answers in all the wrong places.
They are definitely making up for lost time after totally ignoring the existence of this uniquely dark though cathartic dramedy that first aired on Amazon Prime in July 2016.
Her character, who goes by Fleabag, continually turns to the camera and uses her saucer eyes and sly smile to alert the audience to what is really going on. While the title character is still stumbling through life while making some rather questionable choices — such as falling for a priest — what is supposed to be the last season of the show ends with a perfect open-ended yet satisfying conclusion.
Someone, I assume Waller-Bridge, has great taste when it comes to choosing her co-stars. Most of the nods for the series are for her female cast mates and herself as a lead. Olivia Colman as her quirky stepmother, Sian Clifford as her miserable sister are up for their supporting roles. Meanwhile, Kristin Scott-Thomas as a cynical businesswoman and Fiona Shaw as Fleabag’s therapist, are also spot on.
Waller-Bridge is also behind Shaw’s other supporting Emmy opportunity as the mastermind of drama series “Killing Eve.” She, herself, got her first nod for writing the show’s episode, “Nice Face,” last year. Will “Fleabag” fight off the juggernauts that are the nexus of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (20 nominations) and HBO’s “Barry” (17) and the seventh and final season of “Veep” (nine)? Stranger things have happened.
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