On Thursday morning, American Vandal fans got some excellent news: the Netflix series has won a Peabody Award. Could more accolades be on their way? Its true that historically, the Peabody Awards have not been particularly useful as a predictor for, say, Emmy wins—but if theres any justice in this world for Dylan Maxwell and his classmates, this will be the first of many awards and nominations to come.
American Vandal is a sublime parody—a hilariously executed send-up of Making a Murderer and other true-crime docuseries (and podcasts), streamed by the very platform that premiered its biggest inspiration. Its concept—Making a Murderer, but with dicks—laid an infectiously sophomoric foundation that demanded careful execution and extremely clever writing to pull off. The series could easily have been a joke taken way too far—but instead, American Vandal emerged as one of the most realistic portrayals of high school on TV, and an undeniably binge-worthy sensation.
Thats a testament not only to its sharp writing, but also to its impressive acting; each cast member not only looked the part of a high-school student, teacher, or administrator, but also perfectly embodied the casual, at-times-uneasy performances such people would give if actually put on camera. Its not hard to guess why the series got renewed for a second season—a decision that some critics worry might yield a failed attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle. For now, though, American Vandal is a pure wonder that deserves all the attention awards shows can lavish upon it.
In addition to its Peabody, American Vandal has also been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award. With Emmy nominations around the corner, its worth keeping all possible fingers crossed; American Vandal could easily be the type of project that gets largely overlooked by major awards shows. (And not just because it revolves around a silly mystery like “who drew the dicks?”; the strength of all its performances also lies in their subtlety, which might make it fly under the radar with industry voters.) Then again, awards season can surprise at times. For the sake of Peter Maldonados career as a future documentarian, lets hope this year brings at least one of those moments.
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Westworld (Season 2)
HBO is once again hoping youll ignore the big Game of Thrones-shaped hole in its schedule and turn your attention back to the sci-fi mind game that is Westworld. The Emmy-nominated series, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, is ready to confound you once again in its second season. Until its spring 2018 premiere, take a trip back in time and revisit nine burning questions we still have about the finale.Photo: By John P. Johnson/HBO.
Yara Shahidi takes the lead in this youthful Black-ish spin-off set to air on Freeform starting Jan. 3, 2018. In this series, Zoey is finally off to college, stumbling through cringeworthy rites of passage like embarrassing herself at a frat party and hiding secrets from her parents.Photo: By Eric Liebowitz/Freeform.
Tis the season to watch a bunch of perfect human specimens fight for tiny gold medallions. This years Winter Olympics will kick off on Feb. 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Photo: By Julian Finney/Getty Images.
After breaking out on Master of None and winning a historic Emmy for one of this years best TV episodes, Lena Waithe is ready to claim her spot in the prestige-TV realm. Enter The Chi, her Showtime series about young people coming of age in Chicago, set to premiere on Jan. 7.Photo: By Matt Dinerstein/SHOWTIME.
A Wrinkle in Time
The classic Madeleine LEngle tale is finally coming to the big screen on March 9, 2018, thanks to Disney and director Ava DuVernay. The sci-fi story about a girl tesseracting her way through time to find her missing father will star newcomer Storm Reid alongside stars like Oprah Winfrey,Mindy Kaling,Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.Photo: By Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
After some catastrophic ups and downs, Han Solos origin story will finally be revealed to us on May 25, 2018. The Star Wars spin-off stars Alden Ehrenreich as the galactic smuggler and also features Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke playing a mysterious character named Kira.Photo: From Lucasfilm Ltd./Everett Collection.PreviousNext
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