Melissa McCarthy

McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. “Who wants to watch that?” she says. “There’s nothing to sink your teeth into. … The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities.” McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about ‘Bridesmaids,’ playing Sean Spicer on ‘SNL,’ and her role as literary forger Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Also, John Powers reviews the BBC drama ‘Bodyguard,’ dropping on Netflix Oct. 24.

Best Of: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator / ‘Hey, Kiddo’ Author

Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s animated comedy series for Netflix, ‘BoJack Horseman,’ satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. “Part of the original pitch was like, ‘What’s Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'” BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.

Justin Chang reviews ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ starring Melissa McCarthy as a con artist who forges letters from famous authors.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s National Book Award-nominated graphic memoir ‘Hey, Kiddo’ is about growing up with a mother addicted to heroin. Krosoczka initially didn’t want to write about his childhood because he felt it was too dark. “It took it took a long time for me to gain that courage to make this book,” he says.

A Father & Son’s Story Of Addiction And Recovery

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about the family’s experience with Nic’s addition. Their stories are now the basis of the film, ‘Beautiful Boy,’ starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. They spoke with Terry Gross in 2008 and 2013.

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ stars Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy’s entire career has been working toward this role.

Trump’s Tax Schemes, Explained

Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today’s equivalent of $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, with the help of schemes to avoid paying taxes, including fraud.

Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews the album ‘Desperate Man’ by Eric Church.

‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s animated comedy series for Netflix satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. “Part of the original pitch was like, ‘What’s Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'” BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.

Graphic Memoirist Grapples With Family Addiction In ‘Hey, Kiddo’

Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s National Book Award-nominated graphic memoir ‘Hey, Kiddo’ is about growing up with a mother addicted to heroin. Krosoczka initially didn’t want to write about his childhood because he felt it was too dark. “It took it took a long time for me to gain that courage to make this book,” he says. “I share that for those young readers out there who are dealing with heavy issues at home. … I feel like I owe it to these readers to put myself out there.”