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September 21, 2020 at 1:40 pm #1203726132
This has been my most anticipated series since they announced the cast in January 2019. My favorite genre is “older award-winning actresses chewing the scenery the whole” so I knew it was going to live up to those expectations, but of course, I’m disappointed in several missed opportunities.
-Harriet Harris. Why cast one of the best campy thespians (Tony winner, too, I might add), call her a “principal player” in the casting announcement…and she had like two scenes. She was brilliant in her scenes, including a monologue that she killed, but I was pretty disappointed she was only in two episodes. I know she’s become part of Ryan Murphy’s company (guest starring in AHS and Hollywood), but she deserved way better. She needs to be cast in a role a la Judy Davis. She’d be a worthy guest actress nominee.
-Sharon Stone. I agree with the comment above that it felt like a role Jessica Lange rejected. Stone was delicious, but had no weight to her character. She just got to say a couple of sassy one-liners in a few episodes. I also hated the way they ended her character (the actor who played her son was terrible, too). She, too, deserved better. Her character reminded me of Frances Conroy in Freak Show (who also deserved better).
-Rosanna Arquette (another big casting announcement) was literally a “blink and you miss her.”
-Cynthia Nixon was fantastic, as was Judy Davis and Sophie Okonedo. Nixon gave such an organic performance.
-I actually disliked most of the male cast. Most were pretty bad.August 31, 2020 at 12:45 pm #1203678252
Again, I only watched this for Blanchett, and she was very good in her few scenes. I just wanted more of her fabulousness (I could have watched a whole series around her character).August 31, 2020 at 12:43 pm #1203678250
-Lange and Paulson being beat for Asylum. Asylum not winning for Limited Series.
If there had been separate limited and TV movie categories that year (they were combined for a few years), Asylum should have been the easy winner. I don’t know if Murder House would have won the year before, though.August 30, 2020 at 10:30 am #1203675120
Maggie Smith was not better than Maura Tierney that year. I’m sorry I have to strenuously disagree with this.
Agreed. Maura Tierney was brilliant that year. She should have won.
I strongly disagree on the Kyra Sedgwick mentions. She deserved her win–and is one of the best winners in the category. She didn’t win for her best episode performance though (that was in Season 4, with an episode titled “Cherrybomb”), but she wasn’t going to lose to Glenn Close for her tour-de-force in Season 2 of Damages in 2009.August 27, 2020 at 7:36 am #1203669915
Mildred Pierce (which I haven’t seen mentioned, but it’s probably my favorite), John Adams and Angels in America are all at the top of my list. Me and My Shadows is also one I can watch over again.
Other recent miniseries I loved: Olive Kitteridge, Feud, Fosse/Verdon, Escape at Dannemora, Sharp Objects, The Act, ACS, Asylum, all of the American Crime seasons (esp. Season 2), BLL, Mrs. America.
I’m not sure if anyone remembers The Starter Wife, but I remember enjoying that too. Light and cute. Not a heavy hitter like any of these.August 13, 2020 at 5:59 am #1203643508
1. Twin Peaks: The Return
2. The Good Wife/Fight
3. VeepAugust 13, 2020 at 5:56 am #1203643501
Thank you for defending Linney’s win for “The Big C.” She should have easily won over Melissa McCarthy in the comedy category (one of the biggest WTF moments, IMO). Her win in the limited category for the series…sure, they played the category game, but she deserved it for the work she put in that year. Especially that final episode. I don’t think I can rewatch “The Big C” for that reason (and haven’t watched it since it aired)–too good and too sad. This is also coming from someone who agrees that “Asylum” is Jessica Lange’s best AHS season.August 5, 2020 at 8:34 am #1203627689
I have more faith in this, given it doesn’t look like Ryan Murphy wrote much of this, correct? Plus this might be one of the strongest casts he assembled. I mean this show boasts FOUR Tony winning actresses (Harriet Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Sophie Okonedo, and Amanda Plummer).July 8, 2020 at 9:39 am #1203573806
Dianne Wiest (one of my favorite actresses) is an interesting case for “In Treatment.” She submitted her first appearence–which wasn’t much to write home about. However, she had an absolute dynamite tape in her Week 6 episode. I think a lot of people here assumed that would be her tape because it was very baity–and she deserved to win based on it. Yet, she was still able to prevail with a subpar episode.
Then for Season 2, she submitted the perfect tape, easily could have won again. I think some people were predicting her based on how good it was…then she lost.July 6, 2020 at 7:10 pm #1203571305
Only watching to see Queen Blanchett do her thing…and do it flawlessly.June 30, 2020 at 12:50 pm #1203558999
I binged this, and without having seen the original series and nothing to compare it to, I thought it was excellent! It was beautiful to look at, and the acting was first-rate from the entire cast. I do agree with several of the above posters that I wished all the storylines converged 1) earlier and 2) a bit more meaningfully. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it! If there is a second season, I will watch it. If this was it, that’s okay, too.
I will say two of the performers who impressed me were Amy Madigan and Piper Perabo. Given Madigan’s status as an Oscar and Emmy nominee, I knew she could deliver the goods–and she did in the finale with her monologue.
Before this, I also never really thought Piper Perabo could deliver this kind of performance she did in this show. Sure, she’s been relegated to crime procedural series for the last decade, but this reminded me that when she’s given good material, she’s good. She didn’t have a lot to do in this show, but her last scene in the mental institution was fantastic.June 29, 2020 at 6:09 pm #1203558141
Would Ann Dowd getting nominated for The Leftovers essentially because she starred in The Handmaid’s Tale count?
Ann Dowd could have easily won with this episode (if the competition wasn’t as strong). She was that good. She also could have been competitive for Seasons 1 and 2 of “The Leftovers.”June 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm #1203558137
SNL performers in the guest acting categories! I don’t get why people aren’t more upset about this, since these nominations (and wins) for SNL performers take away from actual guest performers in comedy series.June 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm #1203550784
I miss the days of Showtime’s female dramedies. We really had it good with “The Big C,” “Tara” and “Nurse Jackie.”
I also wouldn’t say Allison Janney’s nominations for “Masters of Sex” were a fluke by any means. She deserved each nomination (and could have won each time).
Maura Tierney should have easily won over Maggie Smith in 2016.