It’s a system that forces voters to weigh the merits of a showy supporting performance against a meaty lead. And sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a showy supporting performance, such as Joseph Fiennes’ occasional appearances on The Handmaid’s Tale, which don’t really seem comparable to a single show anchor like Bob Odenkirk or John Krasinski.
It also can force a choice between performances that have both been found winner-worthy. For Barry, voters will be forced to pick between Bill Hader, an upstart writer-director-star, and Henry Winkler, consensus choice as Hollywood’s Nicest Person four decades running. Industry reverence would give Winkler the edge, except The Kominsky Method earned double noms for the equally adored Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. If the Kominsky and Barry men all split the vote, might Tony Shalhoub sneak in?
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How do you get darker than Season One of Barry? Fans will have to wait and see exactly what that entails, but Hader promised he is taking the show to such a place the second time around. He told Variety that Barry finds himself in “a massive quandary,” which is something you could have said about his predicament in the show’s first installment.
After all, it’s not normal to have organized crime bosses and local cops on your tail while you hide your secret life from everyone you care about. And it’s far from ideal to shoot at the significant other of your mentor/friend/teacher after a quiet night in the country.
However, if Detective Moss didn’t survive the shootout on the dock (Have any of Barry’s targets?), Barry would indeed have more pressure on him from law enforcement than before. On top of that, he’d be coping with the grief of Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) and a terrified Sally (Sara Goldberg). If we had to guess based on Hader’s reaction at the close of Season One, he seems to think he finished off Moss. But strange things can happen in fiction, so we’ll wait and see.
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After taking a long hiatus to go on tour and start a podcast, Conan O’Brien returns to TBS this month to launch the reworked and slimmer version of his late-night show. The network confirmed today that the half-hour Conan returns next Tuesday, January 22, and O’Brien will be kicking off his big return with an equally big guest: Tom Hanks. Here’s the rest of the lineup for the show’s first two weeks back, including the cast of The Good Place, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, and comedians like Tig Notaro, Bill Hader, Pete Holmes, and Gary Gulman:
Wednesday, January 23: The cast of The Good Place starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto
Thursday, January 24: Bill Hader
Monday, January 28: Tig Notaro
Tuesday, January 29: Gina Rodriguez
Wednesday, January 30: Pete Holmes
Thursday, January 31: Matt LeBlanc and comedian Gary Gulman
(Bill did not show up. Please have this photo of Anthony Carrigan there instead.)