Shrill (TV series)

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Shrill
GenreComedy
Based onShrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Dannah Shinder
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15) –
present (present)

Shrill is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West, that premiered on March 15, 2019, on Hulu.

Premise[edit]

Shrill follows "Annie, described as a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss, while the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else, and acts on it."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Annie"Jesse PeretzTeleplay by : Aidy Bryant & Alexandria Rushfield & Lindy WestMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
2"Date"Carrie BrownsteinAidy Bryant & Alexandria Rushfield & Lindy WestMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
3"Pencil"Andy DeYoungDave KingMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
4"Pool"Shaka KingSamantha IrbyMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
5"Article"Gillian RobespierreSudi GreenMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
6"Troll"Shaka KingCraig DiGregorioMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 24, 2018, it was announced that Hulu was developing a television series adaptation of Lindy West's memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman with a pilot written by West, Ali Rushfield, and Aidy Bryant. Executive producers were expected to include Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Elizabeth Banks, and Max Handelman. Production companies involved with the series were set to consist of Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions.[3]

On June 13, 2018, it was reported that Hulu had given the production a straight-to-series order.[4] On August 1, 2018, the series order was confirmed and it was clarified that it was for a first season consisting of six episodes. It was further announced that the first episode of the series would be directed by Jesse Peretz and the second by Carrie Brownstein. Additionally, Rushfield and West were added as executive producers, Bryant as a co-executive producer, and Dannah Shinder as a producer.[1] On December 11, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 15, 2019.[5]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial development announcement, it was confirmed that Aidy Bryant would star in the production.[6] Alongside the series order confirmation, it was announced that the series would co-star Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, and John Cameron Mitchell.[1] On September 5, 2018, it was reported that Julia Sweeney had been cast in a starring role.[7]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series took place from the week of July 30, 2018 until the week of September 10, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.[8][9]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On December 11, 2018, a series of "first look" still images from the series were released featuring Aidy Bryant, Ian Owens, and Lolly Adefope as Annie, Amadi, and Fran, respectively.[5] On January 31, 2019, the first teaser trailer for the series was released.[10] On February 11, 2019, the official trailer was released.[11]

Premiere[edit]

The series held its world premiere during the 2019 South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas as a part of the festival's "Episodic Premieres" series of screenings.[12]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 90% based on reviews from 41 critics.[13] On Metacritic the series has a score 74% based on reviews from 26 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[14]

Kelly Lawler from USA Today gave the series a positive review, calling it an "unflinchingly authentic depiction of a fat woman in the modern world," and acknowledging that it "flies past positivity and shoots for fat acceptance".[15] Bryant received positive acclaim from NPR, a review in which Linda Holmes applauded the writers for giving the protagonist the best lines, instead of handing them off of secondary or supporting characters. Holmes writes: "seeing her perform such strong material is a delight". [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (August 1, 2018). "Aidy Bryant Stars In 'Shrill' Hulu Comedy Series From Elizabeth Banks & Lorne Michaels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Shrill – Hulu Press Site". Hulu. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 24, 2018). "Lorne Michaels, Aidy Bryant Adapting Lindy West Memoir 'Shrill' as Hulu Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Welch, Rebecca (June 13, 2018). "Lindy West Series 'Shrill' Staffs Up". Backstage. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Yandoli, Krystie Lee (December 11, 2018). "Here's The First Look At Aidy Bryant In "Shrill," Hulu's Show About Body Positivity". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 24, 2018). "Lorne Michaels, Aidy Bryant Adapting Lindy West Memoir 'Shrill' as Hulu Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2018). "Julia Sweeney Joins 'Shrill' Hulu Series From Lorne Michaels & Elizabeth Banks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (August 1, 2018). "'Shrill' production begins this week in Portland, with Aidy Bryant of 'SNL' starring". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (September 11, 2018). "Aidy Bryant and 'Shrill' cast prepare to wrap up Portland filming". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Knight, Rosie (February 9, 2019). "Trailer Watch: Aidy Bryant's 'Shrill' Offers a Refreshing Take on Career Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Shrill: Aidy Bryant Learns to Love Herself in Trailer for Hulu Comedy". TVLine. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy, Matthew McConaughey's 'The Beach Bum' Among 2019 Feature Lineup". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Shrill". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  14. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/tv/shrill
  15. ^ "Hulu's 'Shrill' is a hard, honest and beautiful portrait of a fat woman, and I should know". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ "Aidy Bryant Is Brilliant In The Funny, Smart And Thoughtful 'Shrill'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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