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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Robin Thede Says Series Thrives On What’s Culturally Relevant, Not Topical – Contenders TV: The Nominees

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There are only two nominees in this year’s Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show.

But creator/star Robin Thede would prefer to focus on how her comedy  was nominated for the third year straight, not how they’re competing against only one other nominee.Contenders TV: The Nominees — Deadline’s Complete Coverage“Everyone’s talking about two nominees, but if anything, they should be congratulating us that we made it to the one other slot,” said Thede, who was joined at Deadline’s Contenders TV: The Nominees event with her co-executive producer and writer Tracey Ashley and co-EP/director Bridget Stokes. “We know that SNL is going to get in every year, and [it’s great] for us to rise to that slot year after year … because this is the second year that it’s only been two nominees.

Our first year there were only three nominees. It’s not like we’ve been slacking off in what we’ve been creating. We understand that it’s weird for people to see that few nominees.

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