lol I love in all these podcasts how Claire and the interviewer patently ignore S6 (in the context of discussing HL as an entire series), even though they call back to all the others. The FYC push is so, so different this year!

Literally right as I’m typing this and listening to the pod in the background she brings up S6 and talks about why it was “challenging” (in the context of the plot re: the election) but ultimately “liberating” for the writers that their fictional universe diverged from reality.

Anyhoozles, it makes sense. The show wasn’t nominated last year, nor was Claire. Also S6 was straight up garbage (and… here’s a thought… they all knew it wasn’t good… yes, everyone). 

I wouldn’t want to talk about it either the same way I don’t want to talk about awkward phases I went through in middle or high school. Not my finest moments.

You referencing the “FYC push” has me thinking about just why in the hell she’s so much more visible in the podcast universe this year and I think it’s a few things: 

  • They want those Emmy noms after not getting them last year and (I think?) having a better shot this year.
  • Podcasts are so easy just from an effort standpoint. Very different from a talk show appearance (though Claire has hit Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Kimmel–which is the true surprise since she’s never been on his show… must be courting that LA demo!–in the last 2.5 months). I don’t know how large the listenership is but it’s low-risk exposure at the very least. 
  • She has a movie out and she’s not doing some other project as she is currently making a person. 
  • Homie loves podcasts.