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Armando Iannucci on how to make smart comedy in today’s political climate

Nowadays, there’s an abundance of comedy addressing politics, with basically every late-night show—or even the Will & Grace revival—taking shots at the president with varying degrees of success. Armando Iannucci, who created political comedies The Thick Of It and Veep, knows how to do it smartly. At the premiere of…

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead 2018 SAG Awards nominees

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, and the frontrunners will be familiar to anyone who’s watched premium cable, independent films, or just looked over the Golden Globes nominees this year. Big Little Lies and Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri lead their respective packs, with the HBO drama…

The Emmy race for Outstanding Comedy Series comes down to Atlanta and Veep 

The A.V. Club is counting down the days leading up to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 17, with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, TV editor Erik Adams is breaking down a category and giving us his picks for who should win, and who will win. Today we’re looking at the nominees…

Anna Chlumsky “just didn’t want to break anything” on Halt And Catch Fire

Even the people who make TV have trouble getting around to all the TV they want to watch. Case in point: Veep star and Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky, who’d earmarked Halt And Catch Fire for an eventual binge, and finally got the excuse to delve in when an opportunity to join the period drama’s cast arose. The latest…

The 22 best minor characters on TV right now

To the protagonists go the TV spoils: The spotlight scenes, the attention of award-giving bodies, the premium paychecks. And while a well-realized main character might hook you in to a TV show, that show isn’t worth sticking with unless its world is also populated by equally well-realized characters who support,…

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