'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Creator Says "Comedy's Heading Into a Very Dangerous Place"
Amy Sherman-Palladino discussed her hit Amazon series, 'Roseanne,' Kathy Griffin and the state of comedy: "I'm very worried."
"My show came of age when the Weinstein and all of that started happening," said Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel creator and longtime telelvision writer. Maisel, a comical coming-of-age story about a young woman (played by Rachel Brosnahan) set in 1958, has received praise for being on the pulse of the #MeToo era, but its creator and stars have denounced the idea that this was done intentionally, with Sherman-Palladino saying, "Events are going to come and go and come and go, but this stuff is sort of here to stay."
During The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Showrunner Roundtable, Sherman-Palladino was in the majority representing shows from streaming and cable, caling them "wonderful" and saying, "They're more willing to allow a comedy to have a deeper meaning, or back away from the laughs for a few minutes and have a real conversation."
Beginning her career as a television writer on the first incarnation of Roseanne, Sherman-Palladino told the Roundtable, "I was sort of at the very beginning of when the marketing department took over network television, which is kind of what it is now, which why I've fled network television for the wonderful world of Amazon."
"For me, it's less about what you can get away with and more about the format and the kind of storytelling that you want to do." She went on to say, "There is nowhere to be but the streaming networks or cable or something like that, because they're the only people open."
She went on to share her thoughts on the current state of comedy, saying, "I think comedy's heading into a very dangerous place right now. I am very worried."
"We have to accept that there are going to be very offensive jokes, there are going to be jokes that cross the line, there is going to be Kathy Griffin holding up Donald Trump's head." Sherman-Palladino said she "was very disappointed in the Hollywood community for not coming to [Griffin's] defense."
"I thought they hung that girl out to dry like I've never seen somebody hung out to dry before." She said Griffin's only crime was "doing a bad joke. We've all done bad jokes."
Sherman-Palladino has one career Emmy nomination for writing on the original installment of Roseanne.
The full Emmy Roundtables air every Sunday on SundanceTV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The full Comedy Showrunner Roundtable starring Whitney Cummings, Pamela Adlon, Sherman-Palladino, Justin Simien, Alec Berg and Mike Schur airs July 29 on Sundance TV. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year’s top shows.