Two of DL's favorite things collide in the new HBOMax series "Hacks."
Jean Smart and Caftans
|by Anonymous||reply 62||9 hours ago|
This looks great!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/29/2021|
Looks terrific. Jean Smart does not get the recognition she deserves.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/29/2021|
She's in EVERYTHING. This AND "Mare of Easttown."
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|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/29/2021|
R3, Jean Smart SHOULD bein in everything and should have been for the last thirty years! She's our National Treasure!!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/29/2021|
^ She kinda is.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/29/2021|
[quote]She's in EVERYTHING. This AND "Mare of Easttown."
Two whole series! She's virtually inescapable!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/29/2021|
Kaitlin Olson is amazing, I cannot wait for this to air.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/29/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 9||05/02/2021|
So she's playing Joan Rivers?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 11||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||05/02/2021|
I hope Jean is doing okay. Her husband, Richard Gilliland, who played Annie Potts' boyfriend on "Designing Women," recently died.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/02/2021|
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."
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 15||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 16||05/02/2021|
The thing about her is she's able to play anything... tough, weak, broad, subtle.
She is Denchian in her National Treasuredom.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/02/2021|
Is anyone besides eldergays going to watch this?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/02/2021|
Honestly, when I see her name on a project I know it’s gonna be good (at least her scenes!)
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 20||05/02/2021|
I loved her in Garden State.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/02/2021|
She was terrific, albeit grating, on Frasier.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/02/2021|
I loved her in The Brady Bunch movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/02/2021|
This might just get me to subscribe to HBO Max.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/02/2021|
Jean Smart we love you!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 26||05/02/2021|
Is this the All White version of AJ and the Queen?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/02/2021|
Jean Smart is a national treasure?
I've always liked her, but sheesh....
How many HBO shills are on this thread?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/02/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||05/02/2021|
I loved Watchmen. Are they going to do a second series?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 31||05/03/2021|
Mary McDonnell was very funny (in moments) in John Sayles "Passion Fish". She seems like an underrated actress overall.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 34||05/03/2021|
I'm a Golden Girls fanboy, but even I consider Jean Smart a National Treasure.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/03/2021|
R31. So glad you also like High Society with Jean Smart. Goddamn funny show.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 37||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||05/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 39||05/04/2021|
R38 none other than Kirk Steel: Man on a Mission: A Cum Mission!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/04/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 41||05/04/2021|
R41 Exactly, I love both.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/04/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||Last Wednesday at 4:58 PM|
According to wikipedia they will air two episodes per week on Thursdays for 5 weeks, starting tomorrow!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 45||Last Wednesday at 8:37 PM|
This starts today, no?
I can’t wait. There is something about Jean that’s wholesome yet irresistible.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||Yesterday 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 Anonymous||reply 47||16 hours ago|
You just reminded me, R47: I have to watch this! Also, I agree: WE LOVE YOU JEAN!
|by Anonymous||reply 48||16 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 Anonymous||reply 49||16 hours ago|
I want there to be a Jean Smart version of Night of 1,000 Stevies in NYC. It would be packed.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||16 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 Anonymous||reply 51||15 hours ago|
It was hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||15 hours ago|
R52 You’ve made me feel better. R51 pissed all over my expectations.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||15 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 Anonymous||reply 54||15 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 Anonymous||reply 55||11 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 Anonymous||reply 56||11 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 Anonymous||reply 57||10 hours ago|
The actress who plays the writer is really, really good. I'm loving this show so far.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10 hours ago|
R43, thanks for posting the interview. It was very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10 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 Anonymous||reply 60||10 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 Anonymous||reply 61||9 hours ago|
R56 Love it!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||9 hours ago|