April 17, 2022 at 8:56 am #1204920307
Anyone else rewatch the Breakfast Club this weekend after seeing the finale?April 17, 2022 at 2:47 pm #1204920764
Finished the season. Excellent finale with a hint of closure to it if that had to be the last episode (which thankfully isn’t the case). Such an efficient, charming, and smart series working within rigid network parameters so beautifully. This could have easily been on a streaming service, and I can imagine how bloated the runtimes would be each episode. I’m fine with the shortened debut season and wouldn’t mind that continuing in the future. 13 felt right at the edge of going over. There could be many episodes of filler in a 22-episode season, like Melissa and Janine being locked in a stairwell during a fire drill or something lol. Quinta Brunson did that, and I think Emmy voters will respond well to her with multiple nominations. The pilot set the stage for what followed well and is fine for her tape, but “Desking” really was the season highlight. Hope they don’t go overboard with submissions, but I’d go to bat for both of these episodes in writing and directing. The problem is when new shows enter 8 submissions and cannibalize votes on an unlimited ballot. I’m predicting both Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph in supporting actress! Tossing out all of the “SNL” ladies! It’s time. Janelle James gives me my fucking life every time she’s onscreen, and SLR brings the needed veteran gravitas to a series full of exciting new talent. Tyler James Williams impressed me by the end of the season with all of his Jim Halpert camera asides and principal woes, and wouldn’t it be nice to see him surprise in supporting actor? Same goes for Chris Perfetti, who rose above the tired gay cliché I was bracing for in the early episodes. I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d nominate the janitor! William Stanford Davis was a riot every time he was featured (“Trash!”), and his fun riff on “The Breakfast Club” in “Zoo Balloon” sealed the deal for me. None of them are currently in the predictions center SMDH. Regardless, I’m all in for next season. Let’s go, Emmy voters!April 20, 2022 at 9:19 am #1204924817
Finished the show. This is my favourite show of 2022 so far, and also my favourite comedy. The cast is STELLAR, my god! Not a single bad note by any actor in any episode. This is probably the biggest lock for Comedy Ensemble at SAG I can think of, it’s right up their alley. The show is also so wholesome, it reminds you a lot of CODA – you want to root for these people, you want them (both the characters and the actors) to do well. So I’d caution against underestimating it at the Emmys, especially for Best Comedy Series.
“Sweet baby Jesus and the grown one too!” – give Sheryl Lee Ralph ALL THE AWARDS!!!April 20, 2022 at 9:12 pm #1204925588
I don’t think I’ve ever been more torn by which supporting performance in a season of television before like I have with Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph here. On the one hand I thought James was the clear standout during the first half of this season and gave a performance that was not only a scene-stealer but also had perfect comedic timing. But then in the second half of the season Ralph just blew me away. I guess early on I didn’t really appreciate her performance because it was quite a quiet one but I think that’s precisely why it’s such a well worn characterisation. In other hands Barbara is a character who would either be quite dull to watch or would just be too much of a stereotype but Ralph instead not only imbues her characterisation with a lot of nuance but it’s the character’s subtleties that I think causes such rapturous laughter from the audience. The down to earth and relatable natures of the character is exactly why lines like “Sweet baby Jesus and the grown one too” hit so hard. Everyone has met a Barbara in their life.April 26, 2022 at 7:22 am #1204932953
I couldn’t wait to start watching this, was 100% sure I was gonna love it. Everyone’s been praising it, saw multiple short clips I laughed out loud at and then it just didn’t really click that much. I think it’s mostly because of Quinta’s character – found Janine to be extremely annoying. However, I loved everyone else. If I could, I’d nominate all the supporting ladies (Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Sheryl Lee Ralph). Also, took me 13 episodes to realise Gregory’s Chris from Everybody Hates Chris. Kept looking at his (very recognisable, not much changed) face I didn’t make the connection til the very last episode.
Still, good luck to the whole cast and crew, just because I wasn’t floored doesn’t mean it’s not deserving. It would be a nice change of pace at the Emmys. I’ll probably enjoy it more on a second watch anyway.May 19, 2022 at 8:19 pm #1204957348
Looks like ABC is moving Abbott Elementary to Wednesday nights starting in the Fall. It’ll air at 9pm eastern.
Crossing my fingers it’ll get some Emmy love.May 21, 2022 at 3:19 pm #1204959425
I had been thinking they should pair this with Home Economics. Both smart shows with diversity of casting. Very savvy move.June 19, 2022 at 12:56 pm #1204990018
Variety’s Actors on Actors Conversation with Quinta Brunson & Adam Scott:Not now
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