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Nicole Kidman, David E. Kelley Reunite for ‘The Undoing’ at HBO

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    forwardswill
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    The finale was a good episode of television because it managed to almost give life to the least creative ending possible. Noma Dumezweni is the only person from this cast who deserves any kind of awards attention for this and even she I would shrug my shoulders if she was snubbed. Kidman and Sutherland were both good but nothing more so won’t cry if they land nominations in places. Grant constantly oscillated between dreadful and fantastic and never anything in between. Lily Rabe and Noah Jupe (shock) did the most layered work but neither was rewarded with enough of an arc.

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    The Undoing is now officially HBO’s biggest show of the year. Kidman and David E Kelley seem to be a winning combination.

    It will be interesting to see how their next project together, Nine Perfect Strangers plays out. Its just wrapped filming in Australia and was directed by Jonathan Levine who’s directed some decent films like Warm Bodies and Long Shot.

    It’s also based on the book by the same author who wrote Big Little Lies.

    Can lightening strike 3 times, we’ll see..

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    Well, I loved this, from start to finish. It wasn’t brilliantly written or anything, but it was entertaining, thrilling and nail-biting throughout. The cast was fantastic, too. I, for one, loved Kidman; Dumezweni was absolutely brilliant; and Noah Jupe is such a rising star.

    Underestimate this one at your own peril. It is capital P popular. I saw so many people talking about it.

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    Excellent show, Grant and Kidman secured nominations with the finale that was excellent. I correctly predicted that Jonathan will be the killer just like in the books cause the writing was good enough to go in that direction even if they were trying to confused us. So the backlash that the ending is having form the fandom is very weird to me, for some reason, most people wanted Sylvia or Fernando to be the killer since they loved Jonathan very much which is even weirder to me, but speaks volumes about the incredible job that Hugh Grant did, he was perfect for that role. He can even win, they own him from A Very English Scandal. Kidman was excellent, subtle and nuanced as always, very far from the level of acting in Big Little Lies though. Noma Dumezweni was the third and last stand out. No one else has any chance.

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    Well, I loved this, from start to finish. It wasn’t brilliantly written or anything, but it was entertaining, thrilling and nail-biting throughout. The cast was fantastic, too. I, for one, loved Kidman; Dumezweni was absolutely brilliant; and Noah Jupe is such a rising star. Underestimate this one at your own peril. It is capital P popular. I saw so many people talking about it.

    I am neither a hater or a lover of this show but I agree. It’s in at the Globes and at this point Grant is a lock for an Emmy nomination. He also could be win competitive as Ivo said. I also think people are underestimating Dumezweni. She got a tonne of raves from high profile people and her Emmy category is empty.

    I doubt the show wins anything in Series or Actress though and I don’t see it getting into either writing or directing.

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    She got a tonne of raves from high profile people and her Emmy category is empty.

    I’ve so many tweets raving her and wanting a spin-0ff centering her character with a new case.

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    I don’t see it getting into either writing or directing.

    I see it in both, especially directing. And you are right, Dumezweni. can happen and it is true that everybody wants a spin-off with her.

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    The most ludicrous thing about this show is the suggestion that Jonathan and Grace met each other 15 years ago when Jonathan was in med school. When he was like 45 lol.

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    The one that surprised me the most was Hugh Grant. I always love Sutherland in everything but i didnt know Grant had this narcissistic psycho in him. He gave me the chills as the manipulative Jonathan. I think Kidman was a bit stiffed.

    The series was good, not phenomenal but entertaining enough.

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    Well we know how big budget this show was now lol.

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    I love Nicole Kidman but her performance was so one note

    Emmy FYC:

    Chloë Sevigny in “The Girl From Plainville” and “Russian Doll”

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    Just finished this as part of my much belated HBO catch-up and…what can I say? Lol.

    Did I enjoy it? Yes. Is it awards-worthy? Not really.

    The biggest problem I had with the series was its overwrought-ness. Particularly the directing and music cues. What was up with all the eyeball close-ups? And the other weird camera angles? It was like they were trying to make everything seem more “intimate,” and it just came off as trying too hard.

    Poor Nicole Kidman. Fifty-percent of her role was just sighing heavily every five minutes, and the other 50% was walking around NYC in pretty coats. I think she is generally a good actress, but there weirdly wasn’t much for her to do here. She was just reacting so much to the actions other characters that it became kind of stale. Her getting an Emmy nomination for this role would be an eyebrow raiser for me considering the competition.

    Hugh Grant was quite a bit better by comparison, and it’s kind of fascinating to watch him continue to do a 180 (character-wise) from his rom-com days. I think he was a good fit for the role because he does have that natural charm, and all it took was a few tweaks to turn it from rom-com charm to sociopathic charm. Like Kidman, he was let down by some of the directing and writing, but I wouldn’t be overly upset to see him get an Emmy nom here if the competition in his category is less stiff than the actress category.

    The only other acting bright spot was Norma Dumezweni. Lawyer roles are kind of a dime a dozen on TV, but I think she brought a real sense of sophistication to the role.

    The less said about the ending the better. But was I really supposed to believe that a narcissistic sociopath would actually consider dying by suicide? I know he didn’t go through with it, but still…

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    I am surprised they forgot to put Nicole Kidman’s wig on in the last scene, but anyone surprised by Hugh Grant in this series apparently never saw A Very English Scandal, another mini-series in which Grant hides his psychotic behavior behind a veneer of gentility. But I feel bad most of all for Edgar Ramírez who, despite receiving # 3 billing, has the most thankless and inconsequential role as a pesky NYC detective. The child-in-jeopardy ending seemed tacked-on, like the filmmakers couldn’t think of an interesting way to wrap it up in the courtroom. Well, at least it wasn’t boring, just somewhat ridiculous, like as if they did a mash-up of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Real Housewives of New York.

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