David Buchanan first started writing for Gold Derby in 2013, seeking an outlet for his obsession with theatre and the Tony Awards and advocating for a long-overdue second Emmy Award for Christine Baranski. While he reached the pinnacle of his Gold Derby career in 2017 when he placed first in the Tony nominations predictions contest, a feat he seems unlikely to ever match, he has yet to singlehandedly secure Baranski her second Emmy, so the quest continues. In addition to covering theatre and TV for Gold Derby, David is currently pursuing a PhD in English.
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March 25, 2020 at 2:31 pm #1203394271
I also don’t think Jeremy Strong should be put in Supporting. Yes, he would have a great shot at winning there, but I think he’s in a good position to score a Lead Actor nomination and HBO will want to maximize the amount of nominations they could score, so campaigning him there wouldn’t do them any good.
How do you think the Lead Actor race will play out with both Cox and Strong in the category? I agree with you that they both could and are probably likely to score nominations, but our own forum users seem split on who they’d vote for. Separating them into separate categories would probably not minimize their number of nominations (Cox guaranteed in Lead, Strong very likely in Supporting) and might maximize their wins if they both pull off a victory.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm #1203394264
Strategically and in terms of her material, I think she should be in Supporting. Even though she had a more prominent role in this season versus the first and even though Shiv is the most prominent female character, it still feels like a supporting role.
I’d actually campaign only Cox in Lead, with Strong, Culkin, and Snook all in Supporting. Yes, those categories would be overcrowded with Succession contenders, but I don’t see any of the other main cast having a particularly strong shot this Emmy cycle, especially with its track record with the acting branch. I wouldn’t mind a bid for Holly Hunter, though.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 23, 2020 at 12:21 pm #1203391655
I really liked the finale! I thought the payoff to the spite store was excellent with all of the details coming together in that signature Larry way. As with much of the season, the episode would’ve been stronger without the extraneous material; as much as I appreciated the mini Veep reunion of Sam Richardson and Mary Holland, that whole thread could’ve been jettisoned.
Fingers crossed this does well at the Emmys in the fall. It should at least very easily land Comedy Series, Lead Actor, and Guest for Jon Hamm, but I’d like to see it do even better across the board in a relatively wide-open year in Comedy. Not sure how much episode submissions really matter, but in the Series race I’d heavily favor the back-end of the season. I’d run with “Happy New Year,” “Insufficient Praise,” “The Ugly Section,” “Elizabeth, Margaret and Larry,” “Beep Panic,” and “Spite Store.”
This is one of the best comedies of the year, but not one of the best seasons of the show.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 23, 2020 at 12:12 pm #1203391639
I’ve also been re-watching Veep for the umpteenth time, currently in the middle of season 4. It’s my favorite Comedy ever and it never stops being extremely funny.
I’ve been meaning to do this, too. The only seasons I’ve seen multiple times are the first and the sixth, when I was writing recaps, so I’ve surprisingly yet to revisit almost all of the best episodes.
I just started Dead to Me.
I finished this a few days ago and really enjoyed it! This is barely a comedy, but Applegate is brilliant and would be a worthy winner at some point. Hopefully Cardellini can break into the lineup for subsequent seasons, too. It’s too bad Ed Asner appeared in five episodes, he would’ve been a nice nominee in Guest. Glad I caught up on this before the second season airs, purportedly soon.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 19, 2020 at 8:51 am #1203386847
I finally watched the final two seasons of Catastrophe.
I’m halfway through Forever and I just started Dead to Me.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 18, 2020 at 9:54 pm #1203386432
Thank you both! Just tracked down the TVLine gallery with the info. I’d like to see them air the eight this season and produce 12 the next, but that might not be feasible or most advantageous story-wise.
We’re three weeks out from the premiere with no official trailer or ad campaign either, so… perhaps not a good sign.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 18, 2020 at 1:01 pm #1203386024
Based on some Instagram sleuthing, it looks like they went back into production about four months ago. I’m sure they’re not shooting an episode per week, but I’d imagine they were close to finishing. I agree that based on the uncertainty of the situation it would be wise to air what they have already in the can on their established weekly basis and pick up production whenever they can. I’d imagine holding off would only cause more issues with Baranski and others moving onto their off-season projects if production ramps back up by then.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 8, 2020 at 10:53 pm #1203375443
I agree these last few episodes have been really strong and I loved “Elizabeth, Margaret and Larry.” Everything seemed to work in this one and it was just a lot of fun. Great use of its guest stars, too. Hamm should hopefully get nominated for this, as other Curb guests have gotten in for less.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 29, 2020 at 8:50 am #1203364848
I really liked “Was It Your Ears.” It’s the first time I felt like the series lived up to its potential. The hallway scene, the board room scene, and the final scene were all great and have the sharp writing that we’ve come to expect from this team. A very solid outing for Hugh Laurie, too. It’s too bad it took 2/3 of the season to get to what I felt was a highlight, as I feel like a lot of viewers have probably given up on this by now. And I hate to agree with Karen, but Judd has got to go… sorry, Josh Gad. I know he’s supposed to be irritating, but I think jettisoning that character would really improve the series.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 29, 2020 at 8:43 am #1203364846
Again, where are Leslie Jordan and Molly Shannon?
Does anyone know how many episodes there’s going to be and when series finale is? Hopefully we’ll get to see Leslie Jordan and Molly Shannon this season.
Shannon is guest-starring in two weeks. 18 episodes this season.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm #1203364234
I just caught up with the fifth episode (the ill-fated halfway home party) and found parts of it pretty funny. Maybe there’s some hope for this thing after all?
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm #1203359063
Last week’s episode “Insufficient Praise” was the strongest of the season other than the premiere, by far. I’ve been enjoying the others like last night’s and the destination wedding one, but the extended runtime does definitely change the vibe of the show. The plots are getting more complicated and at times much more contrived, but like I said earlier in the season, it’s still one of the funniest shows around. I wouldn’t mind more seasons in this vein, even if they’re not at the level of the series at its peak.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 23, 2020 at 8:42 pm #1203358111
Because their final season trumps any other comedy’s last go-round.
A brilliant series finale does not always (or even usually) an Emmy victor make, especially coming on the heels of a lackluster final season. I love Good Place, but almost 70% of the final season was utterly throwaway. I’d like the finale to get into Writing, but the strength of this one particular episode isn’t going to carry the series to double-digit nominations.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm #1203357966
I was considering watching it, even when I heard how it didn’t start off the great. After all, some of my favorite comedies have that problem such as Veep and Barry. But it sounds like it just hasn’t picked up at all, so unless if the next season undergoes Seinfeld Syndrome, I’m gonna pass.
Veep got better and better over its first five seasons, for sure, but its first season is exponentially better than the first season of Avenue 5. The first eight episodes of Veep didn’t have a clear arc, but they were each funny with sharp dialogue and great performances, whereas Avenue 5 is, at best, mildly entertaining.
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Formerly known as PianoMann.February 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm #1203356902
Yes, Michael J. Fox is reprising his Louis Canning role this season. John Larroquette and Hugh Dancy join the cast in regular or recurring roles, too.
I’d love to see Fox score a nomination, but like I said earlier in this thread I will not predict this show again until it breaks through. Not only did Carrie Preston miss, but so did three-time Good Wife nominee Dylan Baker, plus high(er) profile guests Margo Martindale and Alan Alda and, just last year, Tituss Burgess.
At this rate, I fully expect Baranski to earn a nomination for HBO’s Gilded Age before Good Fight.
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