The Cooler gang predicts the 2017 Tony nominations, discusses Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and previews Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3.
This week at the Water Cooler, we’re taking a break from the Emmys to shuffle, step, kick-ball-change our way into the Tony awards. The American Theater Wing announces the 2017 Tony nominations on Tuesday, May 2. Unlike last year’s Hamilton dominance, the field of Tony contenders remains wide open. Most categories have two or three locks, but the real challenge lies within filling those third and fourth slots. We look at the contenders and step through a few categories in our first attempt at negotiating Broadway’s Emmys.
Before we tackle that, we review Hulu’s big Emmy contender The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the titular handmaid. After last week’s discussion of the novel, we discuss the television adaptation. We talk about what it gets right and what changes from page to screen that didn’t work. Plus, we discuss whether or not this series will allow Hulu to break into major Emmy consideration. In our TV Tidbits segment, we briefly cover the recently announced Roseanne revival, the Orange Is the New Black Season 5 hack, preview Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3, and review Oprah Winfrey’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
We close our podcast, as always, with the Flash Forward to the television we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week.
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06:21 – TV Tidbits
37:27 – The Handmaid’s Tale
1:01:50 – 2017 Tony Nominations
1:52:50 – Flash Forward