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This is such an interesting cast to me. So many familiar faces. I adore Kevin Pollack and Tony Shalhoub. Marin Hinkle is really terrific. I wasn't familiar with Rachel Brosnahan, but she is great! 

It's just Michael Zegen I can't stand. I've never liked him in anything. I guess it works for the character, because (at least three episodes in) he is such a jerk. 

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It took me four episodes to realize this was Rachel Brosnahan from House of Cards and Olive Kitteridge. And I loved her in both of those things. Major spoiler for HOC

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I remember watching HOC and thinking she should have been cast as the reporter, Zoe, so then maybe we'd care when she died.

I thought she was great in this show from the start but I am totally wowed by her talent now. Everything about her persona is different from anything else I've seen her in.

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It's just Michael Zegen I can't stand. I've never liked him in anything. I guess it works for the character, because (at least three episodes in) he is such a jerk. 

Agreed. And I think we are supposed to find him charming and sympathetic even though he's such a jerk. And I just think he's a pathetic loser. I don't even mind what he did in leaving his wife. It's just his personality I can't stand.

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Although she has worked steadily, I haven't really seen Marin Hinkle in much since Once and Again, so I still picture her as Sela Ward's somewhat scattered younger sister.  It's a kick seeing her in a period mom-role.

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I liked Michael Zagen in his very small "Brooklyn" role but even then I could tell he might get insufferable as a romantic lead. Here, he is just a complete needy drip. There's a neediness to the ACTOR - it's not just Joel. They write plenty of wannabe quick on the uptake stuff for Joel, like he can keep up, but I don't buy it. I read that the actor is getting negative feedback even on the street, but the spin is they don't like what his character did to Midge and are confusing Zagen with his character. I don't think they are. I think they just plain don't like Zagen, especially with Midge. I don't give a damn what his character did to Midge. That's just plot set up. It's HIM I don't like. I am dreading ASP trying to sell him to us in S2, and you know she will. She'll be "We just need a brighter, shinier Michael Zegan as Joel!"

OTOH, what has Luke Kirby been in other than this? Does his charisma in this role translate to others?

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On 8/15/2018 at 11:44 PM, DianeDobbler said:

OTOH, what has Luke Kirby been in other than this? Does his charisma in this role translate to others?

I knew him right away from The Astronaut Wives Club, where he played the reporter from Life magazine who shadowed the wives for an in-depth article.  To my knowledge, that was the first thing in which I'd ever seen him and he made an instant impression.  

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And he was the captivating Other Man in Sarah Polley's gorgeous Take This Waltz. Perhaps a minor specialty of playing someone so entirely individual, he reminds unhappily married women of when they were individuals, first, as well. 

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Hah, I came back to this thread reading from the bottom up and thought for a second the recent posts were extolling Michael Zagen in other roles. Blech. So glad it's Luke Kirby. I love how he carries himself - he is not pushing to be liked or to get sympathy - very natural and a nice rhythm.

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On 8/15/2018 at 11:44 PM, DianeDobbler said:

OTOH, what has Luke Kirby been in other than this? Does his charisma in this role translate to others?

I know him from Slings and Arrows season one where he played a Hollywood action star out of his depth playing Hamlet at a Shakespeare theatre festival. Most of his scenes were with Rachel McAdams.

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2 hours ago, SomeTameGazelle said:
On August 15, 2018 at 10:44 PM, DianeDobbler said:

OTOH, what has Luke Kirby been in other than this? Does his charisma in this role translate to others?

I know him from Slings and Arrows season one where he played a Hollywood action star out of his depth playing Hamlet at a Shakespeare theatre festival. Most of his scenes were with Rachel McAdams.

And . . .? 
Did they have off the charts chemistry like he does here with Rachel Brosnahan?

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Luke Kirby is in a lot of episodes of Rectify too. He was the innocence project style lawyer that dated Abigail Spencer's Amantha character. I think his name on the show was Jon. I don't remember the last name.

I enjoyed him in Maisel so much I wish they didn't make him a real life comic. 

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On 10/1/2018 at 8:39 PM, shapeshifter said:

And . . .? 
Did they have off the charts chemistry like he does here with Rachel Brosnahan?

I found him and Rachel [McAdams] charming but secondary to the charms of Paul Gross and Martha Burns, so I would not personally think of calling their chemistry off the charts. But I liked them together a lot.

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Just at the Trivi Fountain yesterday with my 23 year old daughter, who suddenly screamed, “it’s our Lizzie McGuire moment! Sing to me, Paolo!”

In that moment, I realized I first knew Alex Borstein from “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” not from all the cool shows I referenced to my friends. So, thanks motherhood ;)

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Why Rachel Brosnahan and Her Husband Jason Ralph Choose to Keep Their Marriage Private

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At the SAG Awards on Sunday, Brosnahan said that she and Ralph have actually “been married for years,” but clarified her choice to avoid discussing her marriage publicly in the following statement:

“I’ve been quite private about my personal life for a few reasons. The first being that it’s just that…personal,” she said. “Jason and I also noticed early on that, while we are both the leads of successful television series, he has almost never been asked about our relationship while I have been asked on almost every red carpet I have walked in the last 2 years. We both find this double standard problematic and frustrating and opted to redirect those conversations to our work.”

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Just read an interesting interview with Zachary Levi.  He’s been cast Ina film as a superhero named Shazam.  Zachary has been through a lot — wishing him well.  I love him as Benjamin (first time I’ve ever seen him in anything).

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Brandon Uranowitz, who played Buzz in S2, has been nominated for a Tony!

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Bertie Carvel, Ink
Robin De Jesús, The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This
Benjamin Walker, All My Sons

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