accrued a record-setting number of nods, unseating last year’s top dog, HBO. Below are three of the most-nominated shows—and what our staff writer Sophie Gilbert, chronicler of television highs and lows, thought of them. WATCHMEN (26 nominations)
Damon Lindelof’s new series, a long-anticipated “remix” of the cult 1980s graphic-novel series, is sublime and absurd. It’s
a symphony in which the loudest note in every bar is proudly out of key. THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (20 nominations)
Delightful escapism still has its place, but it usually comes within a tighter frame. More than ever in Season 3, Mrs. Maisel drags, or offers
gags that are as uncomfortable and prolonged as a teeth cleaning. SUCCESSION (18 nominations)
In Season 1, the Roys made for a delicious hate-watch. In Season 2, which takes the show to
a level of insight and theatricality that rivals anything else on television this year, something has changed in the dynamic between characters and audience.
Curious about what an awards show looks like during a pandemic?
BET nailed its broadcast last month, Shirley Li reports. THE ATLANTIC One question, answered: Why can’t schools just hold class outside?
Our health staff writer Olga Khazan
examined the possibility for her latest story. She reports:
It’s an idea that’s gaining steam among some advocates in the education space. But there are lots of hurdles. The weather is either too hot or too cold in parts of the country, kids would have to get to their outdoor classroom somehow, and some schools would have to get exemptions from local mandates to teach virtually. Still, some advocates and teachers think it’s better than the alternatives—all-day Zoom or indoor learning. In fact, the biggest obstacle of all might be our reluctance to try it.
Read her piece. What to read if … you missed Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony today:
Our politics writer Russell Berman explains why House Democrats had such a tough time grilling Barr. They “
found themselves hamstrung by the sheer volume of their grievances,” he argues. What to read if … you spent all weekend streaming Folklore:
Our staff writer Spencer Kornhaber, who has
covered Taylor Swift for years, calls her surprise release “ an audacious and almost-too-rich feast of an album.”
What to read if … you’re looking for an evening long read:
For the families of some violent-crime victims, restorative justice can provide a path to healing. For others, it can hurt more than anything. Eli Hager examines
the limits of modern justice by considering two cases that couldn’t have played out more differently for the families involved. What to read if … you want practical tips:
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