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

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…

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…

‘Little Women’ Star Maya Hawke Claims “Great Honor” To Debut In PBS Series – The Contenders Emmys

Maya Hawke comes from Hollywood royalty, but she is a relative newcomer in front of the cameras.

Hawke, who is Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter, makes her on-screen debut in Masterpiece‘s Little Women.
The 19-year-old actress read the book in eighth grade and says landing a role in the period drama was a dream come true.
“I had a remarkable time. I made some of the best friends of my life,” Hawke said during Deadline’s The Contenders Emmy event. “It was a great…

Maya Hawke comes from Hollywood royalty, but she is a relative newcomer in front of the cameras. Hawke, who is Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter, makes her on-screen debut in Masterpiece's Little Women. The 19-year-old actress read the book in eighth grade and says landing a role in the period drama was a dream come true. “I had a remarkable time. I made some of the best friends of my life," Hawke said during Deadline's The Contenders Emmy event. "It was a great…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

“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…

“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…