Paris warms Emily as Netflix’s ingenuity returns for new series | Television – to the world

When Emily first came to Paris around this time last year, it was a dark day for the City of Lights critics who dismissed it as full of tired clichés.

Now the Chicago girl the French loved to hate is back for a second season of the Netflix show Emily in Paris. This time it could be better received by the Parisians; surprisingly, they seem to like her.

The first series has been accused of shifting from one shallow stereotype to another: baguettes, berets, unscrupulous French and, most absurdly of all, pristine boulevards.

Needless to say, it was a huge hit: Netflix said the romantic comedy starring Lily Collins and written and produced by Darren Star who gave us Sex and the City, was the “most popular” of the last year, an achievement Rolling Stone struggled to explain a show she called “weirdly silly”.

The stupid American in her twenties with the deafeningly loud sense of fashion is less important for her latest appearance in the capital plouc (Bauer) and has acquired some of the French note. And, it is implied, a little more of the language.

The American author Craig Carlson, whose diner Breakfast in America in the trendy Marais district of Paris Features in one of the season two episodes, the said observer: “I can’t tell you what you shot in the diner because it’s top secret, but I can tell you [producers] were aware of the criticisms and are addressing them. I think I can say we’ll see a more mature Emily. “

Carlson said he and his French husband Julien Chameroy initially had doubts about the series. “I was ready to quit after the first episode; here was an American in Paris who was not trying to learn French or to integrate, and with that American worldview. But at the end of the first season we were thrilled and couldn’t wait for the second. “

Craig Carlson and Julien Chameroy before Breakfast in America in the Marais Foto: Craig Carlson

Chameroy said the French stereotypes didn’t bother him at all. “To be honest, if you wanted it to be more realistic, you would have to challenge Emily more. France is hard to crack and it was easy for her. I’m looking forward to her having to deal with the tax office. “

He added: “Look at when she gets fired and her colleague says you shouldn’t worry because nobody gets fired like that in France – it’s so true. And the love triangle is so French. I love it. Americans come here and have this rosy, sometimes prudish vision of Paris, but here we see love and sex intertwined … that’s the real Paris. “

Laurence Herszberg, founder and director of the annual Series Mania festival, which shows the best international TV shows, said: “It is true that the series is a fantasy Paris and a completely unrealistic image, and yes, it is clichéd. but we have to see this for what it is, a romcom and a tribute to the city. Even if it was badly received by French critics, the international success of the series is a great advertisement for Paris. “

Darren Star told Weekly entertainment More French would be spoken this season when Emily wasn’t on the scene, and it would be subtitled.

Critics toasted the first season, with reviews funnier than the show. Rolling Stone Magazine stated, “If the show’s basic premise defies logic, the narcotic experience of each episode mutes it completely, disabling the thinking part of your brain until you’re staring at your screen like it’s a dentist facing you Gassed for 20 minutes has pulled out a molar. “

However, Carlson has none of this: “We found that 70% of our customers who are French and American loved it too. Not just younger people, but some older women too. I don’t think anyone should take this too seriously. It’s just great fun and escapism. “

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