Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Invites In The Mail As RSVP Line Opens For TV Awards Season Kickoff

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Invitations have just gone out for Deadline’s fourth annual The Contenders Emmys all-day event, set this year for Sunday, April 7 at a new venue, Paramount Studios.
A total of 19 studios and networks are set to participate, bringing showrunners a…

‘McMafia’ Creator Says AMC Series “Really Close” To Robert Mueller Probe – The Contenders Emmys

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AMC‘s’ McMafia is about the Russian underworld, but co-creator James Watkins says the crime drama also mirrors current political scandals in the US and UK.

“What’s very interesting is the show has been very close to home in the UK and they’re talking about a new mafia law in terms of seizing illicit assets in the UK, in terms of going after some of those criminals that are hiding and parking assets in housing,” Watkins said Sunday during  Deadline’s The Contenders Emmy…

‘The Looming Tower’s Peter Sarsgaard Reveals “Anger” At 9/11 Bureaucracy – The Contenders Emmys

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Hulu’s The Looming Tower  tackles terrorism and the lead up to 9/11 that was 60 years in the making, managing to pack the multifaceted subject into ten episodes. The result is as riveting as the subject matter. Based on the Lawrence Wright book of the same name, one White House insider called it the definitive crash course on Al Qaeda.
Tower co-stars Jeff Daniels as real-life/f-bomb dropping F.B.I agent John O’Neil, and Peter Sarsgaard as “Professor” Martin Schmidt, an…

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Producers Tease Season 2 Story Arc – The Contenders Emmys

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What happens after a first-season Emmy?
Last year’s Best Drama winner Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller and executive producer Warren Littlefield talked about Season 2 during Hulu‘s panels at today’s Contenders event. The new season launches April 25.
“It was very akin to the feeling in the first season: You just don’t want to f— it up,” joked Miller on the Contenders panel, moderated by Dominic Patten. Still, both producers talked about the way Season 2 episodes go…

‘I Love You, America’s Sarah Silverman Talks Importance Of Finding Commonalities & Forging Connections – The Contenders Emmys

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Hours before Hulu’s Contenders panel for Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, Americathe final panel of the day—the streaming service announced that the hit variety series will be back for another 11 episodes, to begin airing on September 6—just in time for conversation centering on the midterm elections.
Speaking with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Silverman first discussed her initial conception of the series, which tries to take an even-keeled look at the current political…

‘Waco’s Taylor Kitsch Explains How To Make A Martyr Sympathetic – The Contenders Emmys

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Waco, the dramatic miniseries based on the deadly 51-day standoff in 1993 between Branch Davidians and federal law enforcement, premiered earlier this year on the Paramount Network, formerly SpikeTV. It stars Michael Shannon as real-life FBI agent Gary Noesner and Taylor Kitsch as Branch Davidians leader David Koresh.
In effort to get to the humanness of infamous Koresh, Kitsch told the packed crowd at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event today that found it was…

‘Loudermilk’ EP Talks Appeal Of “Anti-Social, Hard To Get Along With” Characters & More – The Contenders Emmys

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“I always like characters like this who are anti-social, hard to get along with, but there’s still something within them that’s likeable and can help other people,” Loudermilk EP Bobby Mort told Dawn Chmielewski today at The Contenders Emmys. With Sam Loudermilk—the misanthropic recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor portrayed by Sam Livingston in the AT&T Audience Network series—Mort has found his latest great character.
Known for comedies in the film world…

‘Mr. Mercedes’ Cast & EP Talk Complexity Of Characters, Reveal Season 2 Premiere Date – The Contenders Emmys

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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes will be back for a ten-episode second season on August 22, AT&T Audience Network told Deadline during the show’s panel at The Contenders Emmys. Director Jack Bender joined stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch and Holland Taylor to discuss the series’ first run.
Speaking with Deadline’s Joe Utichi, Bender offered his first impressions of Mr. Mercedes. “When Stephen first sent me the galleys, I was thrilled,…

James Corden On Making His Talk Show A Variety Show & America As A “Place Of Optimism And Joy” – The Contenders Emmys

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Three years ago, CBS placed a lot of faith in writer, producer, comedian and singer James Corden when it handed him the reins to its Late Late Show. This was not lost on him, which he candidly admitted at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event Sunday afternoon.
“We didn’t have the luxury of a fan base, so we knew we were going to have to come off the blocks really fast,” Corden said onstage at the DGA Theater. “That’s why it’s more of a variety show than a talk…

Sandra Oh On Her ‘Killing Eve’ Character: “I Wanted To Stay In The Show’s World” – The Contenders Emmys

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Sandra Oh made the trip to the DGA for Deadline’s Emmy Contenders event to talk about her new series, BBC America’s Killing Eve, which marks her first series regular role after spending 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.
“Immediately what struck me was the tone and Phoebe’s [Waller-Bridge, creator] unique and fresh voice. She was exploring the genre of thriller in a completely unique way,” Oh shared. “Also, the fact that is was a psychological thriller…

‘Broad City’s Endgame, ‘Drunk History’s Future & ‘Nathan For You’s Legal Docket – Comedy Central @ The Contenders Emmys

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Comedy Central‘s Contenders Emmys panel focused on three very funny series: Drunk HistoryNathan for Youand Broad City. That’s three shows, three moderators, five comically minded creatives, one stage. In short, madness.
Yet out of three consecutive panels, a few facts seemed to surface — though, given the lineup, it was difficult to tell real news from punchlines.
Broad City
Moderator: TVLine’s Michael Ausiello
Guests: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, co-creators, EPs…

Darren Aronofsky Promises ‘One Strange Rock’ Will Blow Your Mind – The Contenders Emmys

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Darren Aronofsky signed on to the docuseries One Strange Rock to give viewers a glimpse of planet Earth like they’ve never seen before.
The ten-part National Geographic series, which is produced by Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, tells the story of Earth and explores the fragility of Earth and explores how everyone on the planet has something in common, with the help of astronauts who have traveled to outer space.
“I’ve always loved these kinds of portraits of our…

‘Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath’ Season 3 Digs Deeper Into The Abusive Practices Of The Religion – The Contenders Emmys

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The first season of A&E’s award-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath explored the disconnection and breaking up of families stemming from the controversial religion. In the forthcoming third season, Remini and her co-host Mike Rinder continue to dive into the religion they were once part of to explore other abusive practices. The pair were joined on the Contenders stage with Co-Editor-in-chief Mike Fleming, Jr. to talk about how the new season of…

‘The Good Doctor’: Freddie Highmore Talks The Impact Of Dr. Shaun Murphy On His Life – The Contenders Emmys

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Freddie Highmore earned a Golden Globe nom for his portrayal as Dr. Shaun Murphy in ABC’s The Good Doctor — a nomination that was well-deserved. The drama is the network’s most-watched freshman series in 13 years. Highmore talked to Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief Nellie Andreeva about the upcoming sophomore season and how the role has changed his career as an actor.
Highmore signed on to star in The Good Doctor shortly after the series finale of Bates Motel, which was a fast…

‘GLOW’ Stars Grapple With Trust Falls, Doing Their Own Stunts & Making Show Within A Show – The Contenders Emmys

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Some of the ladies of Netflix’s GLOW — Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel and Britney Young — stopped by Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event to offer some updates on where Season 2 picks up.
“The first season was all about training. In Season 2, it’s all about shooting the show GLOW,” said Brie. “We’re dressed in our wrestling characters almost all of every episode. It’s a lot more behind the scenes of the making of the show. There’s more on the production side and…

Antonio Banderas Says He Had To “Metaphorically” Kill Himself To Play Pablo Picasso In ‘Genius’ – The Contenders Emmys

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Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before.
“What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing…

‘Baskets’ Star Zach Galifianakis Doesn’t Care If You Like Him; Cast Stays Mum On Season 4 – The Contenders Emmys

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Yes, Virginia, that was Zach Galifianakis appearing alongside his Baskets co-stars Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and showrunner Jonathan Krisel at Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event Sunday afternoon. Just don’t tell his family.
“Can’t we pretend you didn’t see me? I have family in town, and I am trying to hide from them,” laughed the comedian.
Fans of Galifianakis will recognize that it’s this droll and cheeky attitude for which the actor/standup comedian is now famous…

Jason Bateman Talks ‘Ozark’ Season 2, ‘Breaking Bad’ Comparisons & ‘Arrested Development’ – The Contenders Emmys

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Jason Bateman joined Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event to talk about the next season of his Netflix series Ozark, which he calls a sequel “as opposed to a second season.” “We’re approaching [Ozark] as a 10-chapter movie… the second year is not a completely new story, but it is another single beginning, middle, and end.”
Bateman, who was joined onstage at the DGA Theater today by his co-star Julia Garner, gave props to the Netflix format. “It’s fantastic from a…

‘One Day At A Time’ Season 3 Continues To Reflect On Issues Affecting America – The Contenders Emmys

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The revival of One Day at a Time on Netflix has introduced the throwback spirit of Norman Lear television to a fresh socially-minded audience with an affection for binge-watching. The new series breathes new life into the series with a Cuban American family and, like Lear sitcoms before, it tackles topics on the forefront of society including gun control, mental health, and immigration. Lear, who was welcomed to the Contenders stage with a standing ovation, was joined by…

‘The Alienist’ Stars On How 1896 Relates To 2018 & Doing Justice To The Source Book – The Contenders Emmys

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The Alienist, TNT’s limited series about the search for a serial killer, is set in 19th century New York. But Dakota Fanning, who plays police department employee Sara Howard, says women back then faced similar challenges on the job as they do today.
As the only woman in the police department, Sara must deal with discrimination, and she is sexually harassed on the job in an incident that seems like it was ripped from current headlines.
“The same things were happening in…