Today (July 16) the Television Academy announced the 2019 Emmy Awards nominations and we have amazing news! Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman received a nomination as Outstanding Host For a Reality Show or Competition Program for their work on ‘Making It‘. Amy also received a nomination for Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series. ‘Russian Doll‘ received a total of 13 nominations. Congratulations to Amy and Nick and the whole cast and crew of ‘Russian Doll’!
Deadline is reporting that Amy Poehler will be an executive producer for Tracy Oliver’s new Amazon comedy series, Untitled Tracy Oliver Project. Read more about it below!
Amazon Studios has ordered 10 episodes of a female-focused half-hour comedy series from Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and Universal TV, where Poehler is under a deal. It’s set for premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Created, written and executive produced by Oliver, the Untitled Tracy Oliver Project(fka Harlem) is a single-camera comedy following the lives of four black women – friends from their college days at NYU – as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams.
Oliver executive produces with Paper Kite’s Poehler and Kim Lessing and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. Amazon Studios and Universal Television produce in association with Paper Kite Productions.
“This series is a dream project for me,” said Oliver. “I found the perfect partners in Amy Poehler, Amazon Studios and Universal, who have championed this project from the beginning. I can’t wait to get started and share the story of these four women navigating the complexities of adulthood through their unbreakable friendship.”
Oliver is the creator, executive producer/showrunner and a director on BET’s upcoming television adaptation of The First Wives Club, starring Michelle Buteau (Enlisted), Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) and Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us).Oliver co-wrote the screenplay for Girls Trip, which grossed more than $100 million at the global box office. She also wrote the Warner Bros. feature The Sun Is Also a Star and has numerous feature film projects in various stages of development including writing and directing Survive the Night, a music-themed horror thriller for Warner Bros. and Pharrell Williams, and Rapper’s Delight for producer Stephanie Allain and Paula Wagner. Oliver currently is producing a Clueless remake for Paramount.
“We are huge fans of Tracy and have long admired her work,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “She’s an incredibly talented writer and producer, and we’re thrilled to work with her on a project that reflects the kind of inclusive, joyful creative content we want to be involved with at Amazon Studios, and that our Amazon Prime Video customers want to see. We’re also so excited to be in business with Amy and Paper Kite. Jen Salke and I have known Amy for many years, and we’re so pleased to have the opportunity to work with her again.”Source: Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter put together a list with The 40 Most Powerful People in Comedy 2019 and Amy Poehler is included! They added her in the category “The Legends”. Read more about it below:
“There’s a fine line between ‘Never been better’ and ‘The sky is falling,’ ” philosophizes Poehler about the current state of comedy. “The way people are consuming entertainment now, you can either think it’s the end of days or you can appreciate the opportunity.” Poehler, 47, clearly chose the latter. The SNL and Parks and Rec alum directed her first feature, Netflix’s girl-trip comedy Wine Country, and will be shooting her second for the streamer, Moxie, about a 16-year-old girl who discovers her mom’s Riot Grrrl past, as early as this fall. “I like the problem-solving aspects of directing — and then you have to decode what you’ve shot in a dark room,” she says. “I love dark rooms.” Poehler also is voicing and co-producing a new animated Fox series (Duncanville), has just wrapped the second season of Making It, her crafting competition show for NBC, and continues to produce Netflix’s Russian Doll, which just got picked up for a second season.Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Television Critics Association announced the 2019 TCA Awards nominations this Wednesday (June 19). We’re pleased to announce that both ‘Russian Doll‘ and ‘Making It‘ have received nominations! ‘Russian Doll‘ is leading the nominations alongside ‘Pose‘, scoring four nominations each. The awards will be presented on August 3 in Beverly Hills. Check out all the nominations below:
Individual Achievement in Comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” – FX
Bill Hader, “Barry” – HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” – HBO (2014 Winner in Category)
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” – Netflix
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” – Pop TV
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” – Amazon
Outstanding Achievement in Reality
“The Great British Baking Show” – PBS
“Making It” – NBC
“Nailed It!” – Netflix
“Queer Eye” – Netflix
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” – Netflix
“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” – Netflix
Outstanding New Program
“Dead to Me” – Netflix
“The Other Two” – Comedy Central
“Pose” – FX
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“Succession” – HBO
“What We Do in the Shadows” – FX
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
“Barry” – HBO
“Fleabag” – Amazon
“The Good Place” – NBC (2018 Winner in Category)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“Schitt’s Creek” – Pop TV
“Veep” – HBO (2014 Winner in Category)
Program of the Year
“Chernobyl” – HBO
“Fleabag” – Amazon
“Game of Thrones” – HBO (2012 Winner in Category)
“Pose” – FX
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“When They See Us” – Netflix
Ahead of the Women in Film Gala tonight, Amy Poehler talked to Variety about her recent projects such as Wine Country, Duncanville, and Making it. She also talked about Paper Kite (her production company) having different projects. Read it below!
Golden Globe-winning actress-writer-producer-director Poehler is receiving the Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award, which celebrates the ongoing achievements of an individual whose work nurtures the advancement of their female collaborators.
Poehler says she’s “delighted, especially since I’m sharing the evening with so many impressive women.”
And in Hollywood’s rapidly changing social landscape, Poehler has certainly noticed recent positive change.
“More women of color are telling their stories and more women are behind the camera,” she notes, as well as “the changing faces and broadening minds of the ultimate gatekeepers.”
Awesome news! Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland announced earlier today that ‘Russian Doll‘ is getting a second season on Netflix. Russian Doll’s official Twitter posted a video of Natasha announcing the new season.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the new season will have eight episodes, following the format of the first season:
The dark comedy from star Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland is getting a second season at Netflix. Following the format of season one, Russian Doll will return with eight episodes. A release date has yet to be announced.
The second season renewal was revealed by Lyonne and Netflix vp originals Cindy Holland during their joint appearance at Recode’s Code Conference Tuesday in Arizona. “Same show, just weirder,” said Lyonne. “The character is a coder so it would be appropriate to have this be the time and place to say, yes. So very much yes, I would love to do [a second season].”
After debuting Feb. 1 ahead of Groundhog Day — a fitting wink for a show that sees its protagonist reliving the same day, this time to the catchy tune of Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” — Russian Doll became a popular source of social media chatter as Lyonne-centered memes circulated Twitter and Instagram. Russian Dollreceived rave reviews leading up to its release, though several critics noted that, given how the first season ends, Netflix should let the show live on as a limited series. THR‘s Daniel Fienberg called it a “near-total triumph, suggesting to Netflix, “There’s absolutely no need for a second season of Russian Doll. It’s good and it’s right.”
But Lyonne, Pohler and Headland actually pitched Russian Doll to Netflix as a three-season series. When speaking to THR ahead of the renewal news, both Lyonne and Headland said the creators all wanted to make more episodes. After the cathartic events of the first season finale, what exactly that second season will look like — and who will be involved on-screen — remains to be seen.
“When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very conventional way,” Headland had told THR of their initial three-season vision centering around Lyonne’s character in some capacity. “She was always a presence as we knew Lyonne would always be the beating heart and soul of this show. Whether she was being haunted or she was haunting the narrative, she would be there. But we have discussed all of those things and more.”
The trio learned a lot after creating season one — including how to successfully storyboard the season by narrative “loops” instead of by episodes — and when it came to thinking about the future of the show, both Lyonne and Headland said anything is on the table.
“I think we have some ideas,” said Lyonne after the first season release. “I definitely have ideas ranging from the really kind of out there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia. And maybe it’s all one idea. Certainly, what we pitched as the heart and soul of Russian Doll, I’d love to continue to get to work in that way. The idea that they would conceivably follow us and on that course, should we jump off that cliff, is pretty fun to even consider the fantasy.”