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The Kominsky Method is an American comedy web television series, created by Chuck Lorre, that premiered on November 16, 2018, on Netflix. The series stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, and Nancy Travis and follows an aging acting coach who, years earlier, had a brief moment of success as an actor. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Premise

The Kominsky Method follows "Sandy Kominsky, an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach."[1]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a once successful actor who now works as a revered acting coach in Hollywood.
  • Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, Sandy's agent and friend.
  • Sarah Baker as Mindy, Sandy's daughter who runs his acting studio with him.
  • Nancy Travis as Lisa, a recent divorcée who decides to take acting lessons from Sandy.

Recurring

  • Graham Rogers as Jude, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Ashleigh LaThrop as Breana, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Melissa Tang as Margaret, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Jenna Lyng Adams as Darshani, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Casey Brown as Lane, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Emily Osment as Theresa, a student in Kominsky's acting class.
  • Susan Sullivan as Eileen, Norman's wife to whom he's been married for 46 years.
  • Lisa Edelstein as Phoebe, Norman's estranged daughter who struggles with pill addiction.
  • Ramon Hilario as Alex the Waiter
  • Cedric Begley as Mathew
  • Danny DeVito as Dr. Wexler, a urologist whom Sandy goes to see regarding his frequent urination.
  • Anoush NeVart as Rosamie
  • Ann-Margret as Diane, a friend of Norman's

Guest

Episodes

Season 1 (2018)

No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Production code Air date Network
1 1 An Actor Avoids Chuck Lorre 101 November 16, 2018 Netflix
2 2 An Agent Grieves Andy Tennant Chuck Lorre 102
3 3 A Prostate Enlarges Donald Petrie Chuck Lorre & Al Higgins 103
4 4 A Kegel Squeaks Beth McCarthy-Miller Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum 104
5 5 An Agent Crowns Beth McCarthy-Miller Chuck Lorre 105
6 6 A Daughter Detoxes Andy Tennant Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum 106
7 7 A String Is Attached Donald Petrie Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum 107
8 8 A Widow Approaches Andy Tennant Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, & David Javerbaum 108

Season 2 (2019)

No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Production code Air date Network
9 1 An Actor Forgets Andy Tennant Chuck Lorre 201 October 25, 2019 Netflix
10 2 An Old Flame, an Old Wick Beth McCarthy-Miller 202
11 3 An Odd Couple Occurs Andy Tennant 203
12 4 A Libido Sits in the Fridge 204
13 5 A Shenckman Equivocates 205
14 6 A Secret Leaks, a Teacher Speaks 206
15 7 A Hand Job Is Forgiven 207
16 8 A Thetan Arrives 208

Production

Development

On August 14, 2017, it was announced that Netflix was finalizing a series order for the production for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was set to be written by Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins, and David Javerbaum. Lorre was also set to direct the first episode and executive produce alongside Michael Douglas. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.[2] On July 29, 2018, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that the series was to premiere on November 16, 2018.[3] On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of eight episodes.[4]

Casting

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin had been cast in the lead roles of Sandy Kominsky and Norman, respectively.[2] In January 2018, it was announced that Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker had been cast in main roles and that Susan Sullivan, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers, Ashleigh LaThrop, Jenna Lyng Adams, Melissa Tang, Casey Brown, and Lisa Edelstein would appear in a recurring capacity.[5][6][7]

Reception

Critical response

The series has been met with a positive critical response upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 80% with an average rating of 6.89 out of 10, based on 40 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Full of humor and heart, The Kominsky Method paints a surprisingly poignant -- if a little paint-by-numbers -- portrait of life and aging, elevated by two top-notch performances by acting legends Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[9]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 American Film Institute Awards Top 10 TV Programs of the Year The Kominsky Method Won [10]
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won [11]
Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Michael Douglas Won
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Alan Arkin Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series The Kominsky Method Nominated [12]
Best Actor in a Comedy Series Michael Douglas Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Jenna Lyng Adams, Alan Arkin,
Sarah Baker, Casey Thomas Brown,
Michael Douglas, Ashleigh LaThrop,
Emily Osment, Graham Rogers,
Susan Sullivan, Melissa Tang,
& Nancy Travis
Pending [13]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Alan Arkin Pending
Michael Douglas Pending

Home media

Season one will be released to general retailers on November 19, 2019 in Region 1, with a Blu-ray version made available exclusively through the Warner Archive Collection.[14]

References

  1. "Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin to Star in Chuck Lorre Comedy Series for Netflix". (en) The Hollywood Reporter (August 14, 2017). Retrieved on January 19, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chuck Lorre Hollywood Comedy Starring Michael Douglas & Alan Arkin Nears Netflix Series Order" (August 14, 2017). Retrieved on August 14, 2017. 
  3. "Chuck Lorre Comedy 'The Kominsky Method' Starring Michael Douglas Gets Premiere Date On Netflix – TCA". Deadline Hollywood (July 29, 2018). Retrieved on August 2, 2018.
  4. "‘The Kominsky Method’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood (January 17, 2019). Retrieved on January 17, 2019.
  5. "‘The Kominsky Method’: Nancy Travis To Co-Star In Netflix Comedy Series" (January 11, 2018). Retrieved on January 11, 2018. 
  6. "'The Kominsky Method': Sarah Baker Joins Netflix Comedy As Series Regular, Seven More Cast". Deadline Hollywood (January 19, 2018). Retrieved on January 19, 2018.
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (January 19, 2018). "Lisa Edelstein To Topline ‘Confessions of a Sociopath’ Dramedy In Works At UCP, Recur On Netflix’s ‘The Kominsky Method’". Retrieved on January 19, 2018. 
  8. "The Kominsky Method: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved on December 31, 2018.
  9. "The Kominsky Method: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on December 31, 2018.
  10. "AFI Awards 2018 TV: ‘This Is Us’ Is Lone Broadcast Show As FX Nabs Four Of 10 Slots". (en) Deadline Hollywood (December 4, 2018). Retrieved on December 4, 2018.
  11. Snierson, Dan (January 6, 2019). "Golden Globes 2019: See the full winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on January 6, 2019.
  12. Crist, Allison (January 13, 2019). "Critics' Choice Awards: 'Roma,' 'Americans,' 'Mrs. Maisel' Top Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 13, 2019.
  13. "SAG Awards Nominations: ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Ozark’ Lead Way – The Full List". (en) Deadline Hollywood (December 12, 2018). Retrieved on December 12, 2018.
  14. https://www.mediaplaynews.com/kominsky-method-season-1-on-disc-nov-19/

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