June 30, 2019 at 6:09 pm #1202957131
Season 1: 10 Episodes
Showrunner: Paul Simms
Head Writer: Sharon Horgan
Lead Director: Jesse Peretz
1 Emmy Nomination, 1 Globe Nomination
0.5 Million, 0.1 Rating
Season 2: 8 Episodes
Showrunner: Jenny Bicks
Lead Director: Adam Bernstein
0.4 Million, 0.1 Rating
Season 3: 6 Episodes
Showrunner: Liz Tuccillo
Lead Director: Ryan Case
I do not see why this would be renewed, so will it get a wrap-up movie? And will it be written and directed by people who have never worked on the show before, as seems to be par for the course with this show?July 1, 2019 at 1:48 am #1202957478
I LOVE this show.July 1, 2019 at 6:14 am #1202957595
Episode Title: “Charred”
Synopsis: Frances and Robert, having both moved on, discover that their new lives are much more complicated than anticipated; Diane has her first face to face with Nick; Dallas continues her quest to connect with her resentful son, Cole.
Discuss.July 1, 2019 at 12:04 pm #1202958028
Emmys FYC: Freddie Highmore in Best Drama Actor for "The Good Doctor", Jane Levy in Best Comedy Actress for "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist", "What We Do in the Shadows" and "After Life" in Best Comedy Series, "Ozark" and "Better Call Saul" in all categories.July 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm #1202958584
The tone and scope of the series seems completely different now. I liked the premiere for the most part, especially for the idea that there can be reconciliation after divorce. I’m curious to see where things go in these last episodes. At least they get to end the series on their own terms. Many shows don’t get that opportunity. Sarah Jessica Parker is still highly watchable here. Six episodes seem fine to conclude things.July 2, 2019 at 9:22 am #1202959160
I agree this episode felt like an entirely different show. I don’t understand the impulse to totally upend Frances’s life from the end of season two to the beginning of season three. She moves out of the house because she and the kids “needed a change”? They burned out her studio so she could take a job at an aviary society? These don’t seem character motivated to me, but I guess we’ll see how they figure into the season arc. I’m glad to have the show back and these character and actors together again, but the premiere fell pretty flat. Hopefully the next five pick up.
Formerly known as PianoMann.July 8, 2019 at 11:40 am #1202966247
Episode Title: “Miami”
Synopsis: Tensions escalate as Robert and Jackie’s wedding approaches. Robert admits to pre-wedding jitters. Frances plans a quick weekend getaway with Henry. After a therapy session gone awry, Dallas considers what’s next for her. Diane’s future looks bright as she snags a big-spender at her new job.
Discuss.July 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm #1202968418
I thought we might see more of Robert and Jackie’s wedding, or more would come from Lila not wanting to go. I guess no one cared whether Tom was there or not. Becki Newton pops here, which is nice to see. Not sure why we’re still following Talia Balsam’s character other than her connection to Frances. I don’t care that her son or patient doesn’t like her anymore. The bird employee siblings are … odd to me. Hopefully there will be a decent payoff to Frances’s abrupt professional shift. I hope she finds her way back to the art world, personally. Molly Shannon is great, so I’m willing to watch her in any storyline. I’m curious how Frances met her new boyfriend. Looks like that won’t be covered at all. I don’t sense any genuine chemistry between the two actors though. Oh well. Decent, slight episode.July 18, 2019 at 5:19 am #1202982577
Best episode so far this season. Sarah Jessica Parker was on fire here. I like it when Frances is the driving agent in things and not simply a passive observer. And Amy Sedaris kicked things up a notch just like she did last season. Not sure what they’re doing with Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam. If this is all the level of material they’re going to get this season, it might have been better for both to sit out. Both actresses deserve much better.July 22, 2019 at 11:23 am #1202990111
Episode Title: “Bad Manners”
Synopsis: Frances and Henry share a meal with Robert and Jackie. Things go from bad to worse and both relationships are strained. Frances has a big day at work. Dallas must deal with yet another troublesome client. Diane catches the attention of an older man.
Discuss.July 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm #1202990896
After a rather clunky premiere episode, the season has really taken off in the subsequent weeks. I agree the third episode was the highlight so far, but most of episodes two, three, and four have recaptured the tone of the previous seasons. They’re really landing the humor and the emotional depths of Frances and Robert, even if some of the supporting characters are floundering a bit. I felt a little apathetic about the show ending after the first episode, but now I’m sad there are only two episodes left. I’m not sure how they’re going to wrap things up (I assume they wrote the season finale as a series finale, but perhaps not), but it seems like they have a lot to cover in only two more half hours.
Formerly known as PianoMann.July 23, 2019 at 6:59 am #1202991359
The dinner scene was the highlight, but everything else felt random and misplaced. If this is the material that they’re going to give Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam, then they shouldn’t have been included in this last season. The focus should have been solely on Frances, Robert, the kids, and by extension, Jackie and Henry (I guess). Also, Frances’s bird society job is a real dud. She was best as an art gallery owner. That world I was genuinely interested in, but not this one. I also wonder how everything will be wrapped up with two installments left. This means not to expect all that satisfying of a series finale.July 29, 2019 at 6:31 pm #1203001705
Episode Title: “Away Games”
Synopsis: Robert and Frances are thrown together for a weekend as they chaperone Lila’s away-game. Robert has his hands full trying to keep rowdy teens in line, while also clocking Frances’ new flirtation. Diane considers a proposition from Gordon. Dallas discovers that she and her fellow therapists share a common problem.
Discuss.July 31, 2019 at 8:04 am #1203003758
Really liked this one! The hotel scenes were lively, and for once, I think that Dominic Fumusa was put to good short-term use. He had great chemistry with Sarah Jessica Parker while that lasted. (Never really liked him on “Nurse Jackie,” and Edie Falco would constantly obliterate him off of the screen.) The writing for Thomas Haden Church is light and day from the obnoxious man-child that Robert was in season 1. Kinda jarring to see that happen, but in a good way. I also find it hard to reconcile that this is the penultimate epsiode of the series. So much is left on the table for one last half-hour epsiode. Hope they stick the landing decently, at least, and focus solely on Frances and Robert. No need to cover the rest of the cast, really, though I always get a kick out of Molly Shannon even when they give her nonsense material.
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