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Script to Scene: Crafting a Mother-Daughter Confrontation in ‘Maid’

In the final episode of Netflix’s limited series Maid, protagonist Alex (Emmy nominee Margaret Qualley) confronts her mother, Paula (Qualley’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell), who is homeless and in the throes of a mental health crisis. In this scene, Alex follows her mother to Walmart, where she discovers Paula is living out of her car. […]

Gracie Awards: Melissa McCarthy, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Tamron Hall Among Honorees

Melissa McCarthy, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Tamron Hall are among the high-profile women being honored by the 2022 Gracie Awards. The 47th annual event, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, will honor talented women in TV, radio and digital media. Additional honorees include Kelly Clarkson, Elle Fanning, Kaitlyn Dever, Ellen K, […]

‘Maid’ Creator Inks Netflix Overall Deal

Molly Smith Metzler is expanding her relationship with Netflix. The Maid creator has signed a multiple-year overall deal with the streaming giant and will create more socially conscious originals that feature empowering roles for women on both sides of the camera. The news arrives as Maid, which was produced by Warner Bros. Television as part […]

Why the Cathartic Release of Female Rage Dominated 2021’s TV Plotlines

During one of the most hilariously tragic moments of Succession‘s third season, we witness Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), the scion of a global media empire, down a drink at a blowout birthday bash and unleash herself on a half-filled dance floor. She writhes and rollicks in a kind of danse macabre, letting out all the […]

‘Maid’ Star Margaret Qualley on Building Relationship With Child Actor Rylea Nevaeh Whittet: “We Were Really Glued Together”

For Maid star Margaret Qualley, her job was all about building a relationship with child actor Rylea Nevaeh Whittet and making her feel safe on the set of the Netflix series that delves into domestic abuse and dealing with trauma as a mother. “The thing that resonated with me the most from both the script […]

“I Wanted It to Be Honest and Real”: Acting Contenders Share Tales From the Sets of Their TV Series

ELLE FANNING (The Great) The first season of Hulu’s historical comedy was all about Catherine the Great’s rise to power, and the second begins with her grabbing the crown from her husband, Peter (Nicholas Hoult). “The second season is asking the question, ‘Once you have the power, what are you going to do with it?’ […]

The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Critics Pick 10 Standout Performances Post-Emmys

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus Ask any group of White Lotus fans to list their two or three favorite performances from the Mike White comedy, and you’d probably get mentions for nearly every actor in the ensemble. It’s hard to imagine, though, any such list not beginning with Coolidge as Tanya. It’s a career-capping turn […]

TV Critics’ Conversation: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Squid Game,’ It’s a Season of Haves and Have-Nots

DANIEL FIENBERG In mid-October, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings did an earnings interview dressed in one of the trademark teal tracksuits from the South Korean sensation Squid Game. Were you to stage a snapshot for television in the fall of 2021, you couldn’t contrive a more perfect image: a billionaire executive wearing a costume from a […]

‘Maid’ Makes Big Jump, Dave Chappelle’s ‘Closer’ Debuts in Streaming Rankings

Netflix’s Maid took a big jump in the streaming rankings for Oct. 4-10, and Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special The Closer debuted among the top 10 original titles. Squid Game remained the overall No. 1, racking up more than 3 billion minutes of watch time, per Nielsen, while Seinfeld made its first appearance in the […]