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Shrill Lives Up to its Title: In a Good Way

Elizabeth Banks & Aidy Bryant Talk 'Shrill' at TCA Tour 2019!

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/14/19 – Aidy Bryant represents the best of modern womanhood. She’s taken ownership of her full figure, her womanhood, her comedic career, and her feminism, and made clearly defined positives of grossly unfair cultural biases surrounding each of these classifications.


In Shrill, Bryant plays professional writer Annie, who is based in Portland, Oregon. In something of a rut, editing listings in an alt publication, cowering under the tyranny of a perfectionist boss, and dating what can only be described as a verbally abusive jerk of a boyfriend, Annie has become clearly dejected by her situation.

Hulu Panel – Winter TCA 2019

Make sure your Hulu subscription has been updated. Because what follows, starting on Friday, is a mostly straightforward, comedic romp through the funny, the sad, the smart, the dumb, and the inspiring.  So…basically, everybody’s life.


Based on the memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, the show can best be described as both a process, and a discovery.  Bryant’s performance is brave yet unassuming—her character is shy, and who can blame her, given her marginalization in society on so many fronts?

Shrill’s Aidy Bryant at the pool

When Annie attends a pool party designed expressly to celebrate the beauty and joy of full figured women, she can’t hide her irrepressible joy at what she’s witnessing. It’s an emotion that carries to her audience.  And it’s what makes the show truly worthy of your time and energy.

The show premiered at SXSW early this March, and its 6 episode run will be unveiled Friday. We challenge you not to sit through all 6 of them in one binge-sitting. We bet you won’t be able to. Because against all odds, Annie’s all-encompassing journey to a place of self acceptance and even self love, while painful, is also something you can’t really look away from. Its humanity, it’s cleverness, it’s joy, is too much to ignore.

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Comedy, 30 minutes per episode.  6 episodes available starting Friday, March 15th via subscription service Hulu.


Learn more about the program at the official Shrill site:


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.