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Jean Smart and Caftans

Two of DL's favorite things collide in the new HBOMax series "Hacks."

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by Anonymousreply 629 hours ago

This looks great!

by Anonymousreply 104/29/2021

Looks terrific. Jean Smart does not get the recognition she deserves.

by Anonymousreply 204/29/2021

She's in EVERYTHING. This AND "Mare of Easttown."

by Anonymousreply 304/29/2021

I’m In!!

by Anonymousreply 404/29/2021

R3, Jean Smart SHOULD bein in everything and should have been for the last thirty years! She's our National Treasure!!

by Anonymousreply 504/29/2021

^ She kinda is.

by Anonymousreply 604/29/2021

[quote]She's in EVERYTHING. This AND "Mare of Easttown."

Two whole series! She's virtually inescapable!

by Anonymousreply 704/29/2021

Kaitlin Olson is amazing, I cannot wait for this to air.

by Anonymousreply 804/29/2021

Looks really good. I fell in love with Jean Smart all over again in HBO’s fantastic “Watchmen” series, which I just watched earlier this month.

by Anonymousreply 905/02/2021

So she's playing Joan Rivers?

by Anonymousreply 1005/02/2021

R10 Basically watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon, for early Joan. Then, watch this on HBOMAX for late life Joan. Or just watch clips and specials of Joan on Youtube and revel in her majesty. Though I love these facsimiles as well.

by Anonymousreply 1105/02/2021

Give Jean Smart an Academy Award...or an Emmy...or for whatever these streaming movies qualify. Give her a Tony, a Grammy. Give this mouthy broad an award. She deserves it!

by Anonymousreply 1205/02/2021

I hope Jean is doing okay. Her husband, Richard Gilliland, who played Annie Potts' boyfriend on "Designing Women," recently died.

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by Anonymousreply 1305/02/2021

I loved the 1995 TV series, "High Society" with Jean Smart and Mary McDonnell. It didn't last long, but it was funny; sort of an American version of "Absolutely Fabulous."

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by Anonymousreply 1405/02/2021

Jean Smart is always amazing. She was incredible as the fragile FLOTUS who took down her evil husband in season 5 of 24, she was incredible in Legion, she was incredible in Watchmen.

Jean Smart kicks ass, and is, indeed, a national treasure.

by Anonymousreply 1505/02/2021

I have nothing to add other than Jean Smart is beyond fabulous and yes, a national treasure.

Can she get a plaque or something?

I hate having to wait until May 13 for this to air!

by Anonymousreply 1605/02/2021

The thing about her is she's able to play anything... tough, weak, broad, subtle.

She is Denchian in her National Treasuredom.

by Anonymousreply 1705/02/2021


Is anyone besides eldergays going to watch this?

by Anonymousreply 1805/02/2021

Honestly, when I see her name on a project I know it’s gonna be good (at least her scenes!)

by Anonymousreply 1905/02/2021

Looks good but very similar to the film Late Night, with Emma Thomson. I think that was about the relationship between a fading celebrity and a young writer forging a tense but funny and ultimately productive relationship.

by Anonymousreply 2005/02/2021

I loved her in Garden State.

by Anonymousreply 2105/02/2021

She was terrific, albeit grating, on Frasier.

by Anonymousreply 2205/02/2021

I loved her in The Brady Bunch movie.

by Anonymousreply 2305/02/2021

This might just get me to subscribe to HBO Max.

by Anonymousreply 2405/02/2021

Jean Smart we love you!

by Anonymousreply 2505/02/2021

Love Jean Smart, BUT:

The trailer was weird. First I thought Smart was a country singer. Then a Martha Stewart type. Then finally 'oh she's a faded comic?'

I'll definitely watch, but let me guess - the Monster boss grows a heart, and the young employee learns life lessons along the way while becoming strong and assertive. And in the end they both learn to love and respect each other as the music swells and the audience is expected to wipe away a tear with a lump in their throat.

Kinda nauseatingly unoriginal.

by Anonymousreply 2605/02/2021

Is this the All White version of AJ and the Queen?

by Anonymousreply 2705/02/2021

Jean Smart is a national treasure?

I've always liked her, but sheesh....

How many HBO shills are on this thread?

by Anonymousreply 2805/02/2021

She was the best thing, along with Regina King, in Watchmen. She's killing it in Mare. And now this?

Our little idiot from Designing Women really made it, didn't she?

by Anonymousreply 2905/02/2021

I loved Watchmen. Are they going to do a second series?

by Anonymousreply 3005/03/2021

To those who have been dismissive of Ms. Smart's work, let me tell you why I think she's a treasure... she can do comedy and drama equally well. Her acting choices are often surprising and the new TV show pops up unexpectedly. I haven't seen the Watchmen or Mare, but the roles are vastly different and at Jean's age, good for her keeping on keeping up.

Designing Women - 24 - Frasier... wonderful in each. Oh, and I'll add her performance in the stage production of The Man Who Came to Dinner with Nathan Lane and others - delicious.

Without fanfare and exhausting interviews where she sounds pretentious... she's an actor who makes people happy and is now cultivating fans far younger than me.

BTW - whoever mentioned the TV show High Society, thank you! I watched some clips of that program and man was it funny. It lasted just 13 episodes? Disappointing. And who remembers Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Gallactica/Major Crimes) being so funny? She and Jean were a delight together.

by Anonymousreply 3105/03/2021

Mary McDonnell was very funny (in moments) in John Sayles "Passion Fish". She seems like an underrated actress overall.

by Anonymousreply 3205/03/2021

I guess Shirley MacLaine's too old at this point...

I like Jean Smart - a lot, but hated her in Fargo - but she's no Shirley in a role like this.

by Anonymousreply 3305/03/2021

R30 Me too. So much so that I bought the blu ray. I’ve read that “there are no plans” and Lindelof has already admitted he’s not interested in making a second season, though he did say he would not be against another producer doing it.

It really is a magnificent limited series.

by Anonymousreply 3405/03/2021

I'm a Golden Girls fanboy, but even I consider Jean Smart a National Treasure.

by Anonymousreply 3505/03/2021

R31. So glad you also like High Society with Jean Smart. Goddamn funny show.

by Anonymousreply 3605/03/2021

She was great as a Martha Stewart-type on the show "Style and Substance" with Nancy McKeon and then as Christina Applegate's mom on "Samantha Who?"

by Anonymousreply 3705/03/2021

R18 This appeals beyond eldergays. It’s by the same creators of Broad City, one of them is the guy who plays her agent. His assistant is Megan Stalter, an “Instagram comedian” who has been having a moment during covid. Love Jean Smart so am very excited about this. I wonder if she has some overall deal with HBO to be in so many series so close together.

by Anonymousreply 3805/03/2021

Mary McDonnell was hilarious as an eighties mom who didn’t take her commitment to Sparkle Motion seriously, in Donnie Darko. I agree she’s underrated.

by Anonymousreply 3905/04/2021

R38 none other than Kirk Steel: Man on a Mission: A Cum Mission!

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by Anonymousreply 4005/04/2021

[quote] I'm a Golden Girls fanboy, but even I consider Jean Smart a National Treasure.

The either/or contingent can go fuck themselves until they bleed to death.

by Anonymousreply 4105/04/2021

R41 Exactly, I love both.

by Anonymousreply 4205/04/2021

CHECK THIS OUT! Smart sat with Teri Gross for a wonderful interview on Fresh Air, especially the last segment/last 10 minutes or so. She's asked about losing her husband this year and... well, listen.

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by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 4:58 PM

According to wikipedia they will air two episodes per week on Thursdays for 5 weeks, starting tomorrow!

by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 6:40 PM

R43. Thanks for posting. I will listen or watch anything with Jean Smart. Fabulous actress and such a nice, sweet, funny person. So sad that her husband died recently, but Jean's story with the help of Delta Burke finding out if Richard Gilliland was married was a hoot.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 8:37 PM

This starts today, no?

I can’t wait. There is something about Jean that’s wholesome yet irresistible.

by Anonymousreply 46Yesterday at 7:18 AM

She was on Seth Meyers tonight, which was great but also sad, as she was clearly in pain about her husband's death, which was never addressed during the segment.

She mentioned her husband by name once and seemed downcast after that.

Seth asked about the idea of a "Jean Smartaissance" this year, and you can tell she wanted to talk about her husband but couldn't.

We love you, Jean! We're here!

by Anonymousreply 4716 hours ago

You just reminded me, R47: I have to watch this! Also, I agree: WE LOVE YOU JEAN!

by Anonymousreply 4816 hours ago

R47 it really is the most awkward time for her to have to go and promote a new show. I wonder if any thought was given to postponing the launch? But, we do love you Jean!!!!

by Anonymousreply 4916 hours ago

I want there to be a Jean Smart version of Night of 1,000 Stevies in NYC. It would be packed.

by Anonymousreply 5016 hours ago

She’s great in this, of course, but the scripts aren’t there and the younger character isn’t funny, likeable or sympathetic at all.

The 1st two episodes play like the writers are dodging the fact that they don’t really have a show. All they’ve done so far is kind of pillage Joan Rivers’ Wikipedia page. The only funny joke was the one about The Cheesecake Factory. The rest was just, meh.

by Anonymousreply 5115 hours ago

It was hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 5215 hours ago

R52 You’ve made me feel better. R51 pissed all over my expectations.

by Anonymousreply 5315 hours ago

Jean steals the show as expected. I didn't care for the younger woman at first, but she grew on me after the second episode.

The little gay kid from Ugly Betty is now a supergay adult...he shows up as an assistant to Jean's character.

by Anonymousreply 5415 hours ago

The second episode was better than the first. I’m looking forward to Kaitlin Olsen being in the next episode more. Although, she seems to be playing the same sort of part she plays in everything. Jean is of course amazing.

by Anonymousreply 5511 hours ago


IndieWire: Jean Smart Delivers Everything You Want ad More

Rolling Stone: Jean Smart Makes 'Em Laugh in Stand-Up Dramedy

Vulture: Give Jean Smart All the Awards for Hacks

Salon: Jean Smart Plays a Role Befitting of the Show Biz Legend that She Is

by Anonymousreply 5611 hours ago

I had the odious pleasure of dealing with Joan Rivers in person in the early 80s and the writers of Hacks KNOWS her to a T.

So far, the only diversion is her hairdresser, who in Joan's life was a horrible old queen and part-time porn actor who ran roughshod for most of her public interactions. He is the only person I rejoiced in dying of AIDS.

Jean has this nailed.

by Anonymousreply 5710 hours ago

The actress who plays the writer is really, really good. I'm loving this show so far.

by Anonymousreply 5810 hours ago

R43, thanks for posting the interview. It was very good.

by Anonymousreply 5910 hours ago

I really enjoyed it. Jean is amazing. Like others said, I didn't like the writer at first but by episode 2, she grew on me. Look forward to the rest.

by Anonymousreply 6010 hours ago

One thing I like about the show is that even if she's past her prime, Jean's character isn't a fucking loser. She's rich, wants for nothing, and has a loyal staff who loves her. Most versions of this show would have her struggling financially on top of everything else. I like that Hacks simply makes her a hustler who's been smart with her money.

Also, the scene where Deborah changes out the CO2 canister before continuing her comversation with the writer is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. The writers' reaction is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 619 hours ago

R56 Love it!

by Anonymousreply 629 hours ago
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