July 6, 2021 at 8:26 am #1204330924
6 episodes averaging 28 minutes on Apple TV+ this summerJuly 6, 2021 at 8:41 am #1204330952
First reviews are interesting. Some seem to be quite enthusiastic about it, others less so. As someone who is seeking something quite light-hearted right now and enjoys over-the-top musicals, I’m looking forward to this one!
Riley you’ve seen it already if I’m not mistaken? Would you mind sharing what you thought of it?
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.July 6, 2021 at 10:01 am #1204331034
I cannot believe that I am finally in something good! Vancouver is the third-largest production centre in North America and I have been an extra for eight years, but most of my shows and movies have been terrible. Only one has won an Emmy (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) and two more have been nominated at the Golden Globes (The Good Doctor and The Edge of Seventeen). We have great tax incentives here and our mild climate allows us to stand in for more expensive locations, so if you are filming in Vancouver, there is a good chance that you are doing it to save money and that might be because the studio does not have enough faith, which might mean that it sucks. Even super expensive things that I have been on have sucked for some reason. So by the time that I appeared in Schmigadoon! last fall, I did not even bother to take home a call sheet or script pages as a souvenir. (I did pocket a prop button with Kristen Chenoweth’s character’s face on it.) There were also little things that I noticed during filming that had me concerned about the quality and in my experience, the finished product tends to be worse than things seem on set.
But this show is just fun. Reviews have been generally positive, but there seems to be some hesitance to say that it is accessible because the relevant film critic is a film critic, so they are prone to be relatively receptive to this kind of thing. I am not a fan of musical theatre and this really worked for me. Being a parody, yet also imbuing such earnestness, it is a fine line that they have to walk not to be a failure, but I was won over from the charming opening sequence (of which I had no knowledge until I watched my screeners). Schmigadoon! was just about the first thing that I was in after the pandemic shutdown and The Stand was just about the last thing that I was in before it. I talk to people about The Stand and they say that it looks so cool and it has such a great cast and those are true, but it was going for such a specific style and tone that they had to get it exactly right or the show would be instantly forgotten, which is what happened.
This is a brisk show, which was extra surprising to me, having been there. As an extra, I do not have access to the full scripts and am only aware of scenes that I am in, so the working assumption is that there are other scenes of which I am not aware that will fill in the gaps or build up the characters, which is not necessarily the case here. There is one scene I think in the fourth episode where Alan Cumming is buying pie from Fred Armisen and I am buying at the next table over, then I sit down to eat in the background. Hearing the dialogue while filming, it sounded like one of many scenes in the arc of that relationship and then I watch the show and it turns out that scene is basically it! Their dynamic is established in just those few lines of dialogue. And then when we were filming the finale and I saw the end of the arc, my assumption was there were many scenes in between that I had missed to fill in that arc. Nope!
It is not something that I would have noticed as just a viewer, but this show wastes no time. Most of the episodes are under half an hour, including stylized opening credits. Each episode begins with a flashback to the real world and has about four big musical numbers, plus there are a bunch of private scenes with only Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key (or a different scene partner when they are apart) and they have this sprawling ensemble of Broadway stars, so there is really no time to waste. Jane Krakowski finally shows up and performs a big number, then exits the next episode off screen! Martin Short is the other name that surprisingly got into the credits for all six episodes; his cameo is maybe a minute long. Or Kristen Chenoweth is kind of the villain of the show and she is there doing mildly nefarious things from the first episode, but on the other hand, the character only properly becomes the villain over the course of a single song in the penultimate episode. Under three hours combined and releasing across five weeks, these episodes are going to fly by for you and I cannot wait for you to see them. This is a long post already, so more later.July 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm #1204331334
I’m so excited for this! Riley, are you able to share if Krakowski would be eligible for guest?July 8, 2021 at 4:25 am #1204334102
Starts off with 77 on Metacritic and 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.July 16, 2021 at 6:22 am #1204348941
The first 2 episodes were very fun and I’ll keep watching because it’s a very easy watch, but I’m not invested in the show yet. Cecily Strong is very good and Keegan-Michael Key is ok, I guess. Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth are great and steal every scene, so I hope they get more screentime than 5 minutes per episode. The musical numbers are nice but some of them go on for too long, but I love musicals so it’s not really a bad thing for me. The supporting cast and “Schmigadoon” itself are the strongest parts so far and it’s annoying that they keep focusing on the leads.
I didn’t like these first episodes so much, but I have to say that I loved that they didn’t waste any time to get to “Schmigadoon”, any other show would take the whole pilot to finally take them there, so points for that.July 17, 2021 at 7:29 pm #1204351164
As someone who doesn’t care for SNL, I’m glad to finally be able to jump on the Cecily Strong bandwagon. She’s phenomenal! I laughed so hard at the second episode and most of it was because of her.July 17, 2021 at 9:02 pm #1204351226
I enjoyed the show except for Keegan . He was just meh so far. I actually wish episodes were longer so we could get more of the chAracters. MVP so far is Chenoweth.July 18, 2021 at 10:59 pm #1204352400
So, the songs, i will be the first to bring them up
They are so DAMN CATCHY, i would be calling Cinco Paul a nominee for Original Song next year but that didn’t work out well for Girls5Eva and Apple needs to push this one haaaard because I’m already in love.
And this is hands down my favorite new show of the year, I’m so invested omg.
Emmy winner Matthew Macfadyen!!July 23, 2021 at 10:17 am #1204359359
We have some legit early contenders for Music & Lyrics here. I have especially liked the numbers for Aaron Tveit — his solo and the duet with Cecily.
I waffle a little on the storytelling. There’s no subtlety there, but there probably wasn’t meant to be.
Keegan-Michael Key doesn’t do much for me as an actor and so far his character tilts toward the douche end of the spectrum. (Though the candy bar anniversary thing was cute.) Cecily seems to be having a blast, but it’s really all the Broadway vets who are truly showing us how it’s done.July 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm #1204360069
This would be such a deserving SAG ensemble nominee.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.July 25, 2021 at 4:36 pm #1204362620
Should’ve been a movieJuly 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm #1204362847
I can see where you’re coming from although I do think the six episode format lends itself well here. It gives the opportunity to present more of its protagonists’ backstories which obviously something that wouldn’t be a leisure enjoyed in a film format.
That being said I am both perplexed and fascinated as to how a potential season 2 would work if the season ends the way I think it will.July 26, 2021 at 12:22 am #1204363064This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 26, 2021 at 2:18 am #1204363171
I catched up to this show over the weekend and I enjoyed it!
Not much of a musical fan but I enjoyed the musical numbers. Cecily Strong was a revelation imo.
I’m excited for Ariana Debose in the next episode. I hope her scenes will be good 👌Not now
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