In the interview, Mark shares that the show had shot two episodes of Season 2 prior to COVID19, shuttering production down. He also shares that the show is completely rewriting Season 2 to better reflect the current global situation.
We shot two episodes before we shut down due to the pandemic,” he told Deadline following the Emmy nominations announcement on Tuesday, “but I know that they’re also rewriting, which is crazy because that’s what happened in the first season. They had a whole set of scripts [then] and they rewrote everything to include the #MeToo movement, and now we’ve got other, larger, global phenomenon to deal with. I don’t know what they’re doing but I know they’re rewriting.”Deadline
Duplass also commented on Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell receiving Emmy nominations today. However, missing from the nominations is Reese Witherspoon and supporting actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Karen Pittman, and Desean Terry. He says that while the nominations are well deserver, more recognition is needed.
“I’m bummed about Reese, I’m bummed about Karen Pittman, I’m bummed about Gugu and I’m bummed about Desean Terry. I’m bummed about all of my scene partners,” he said. “They all put in great performances. Some of them are flashier and some of them talked more for certain reasons, and I know it sounds cliché, but the truth is, to single them out is sort of a crazy process.
Duplass continued, “There’s no doubt in my mind that what Gugu did as a performer was so worthy of that recognition. And I feel the same way about Karen Pittman, who had a much quieter and more subtle storyline. The internal turmoil she had to deal with every day, arriving to a position of power as a Black woman in that industry. And the subtlety, when you watch her performance. The best thing in the world that could happen to me is I could win this trophy and literally just walk it over to Karen’s house and stick it right on her front porch.”Deadline
Commenting on his role in the show, Duplas says he doesnt feel Chip did enough, adding that Chip’s own self experience dealing with the sexual harassment scandals is something we should all learn from.
“Chip sees himself as not having done enough,” Duplass says. and I think it’s really important that we all look at ourselves the way Chip looked at himself…”Deadline
Speaking directly about Season 2 of the show Duplass says it’s interesting where his character will go given he was fired at the end of Season 1. He adds that he is delighted to be working with Apple on such a show with powerful women in leadership positions.
“I’m interested in what’s going to happen to Chip in Season 2, because he’s fired at the end of Season 1 and he loses that power. I’m really happy that we get to tell a story like this on a big platform like Apple TV+ with some amazing women in leadership roles who get to do it through their lens. It’s overdue.”Deadline