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Emmys 2017

Yes, it’s almost time to reveal the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and some of the world’s biggest stars have learned to care and fret about the Emmys like they never have before. And so are the networks and streaming services behind the series, limited series and TV movies vying for those pretty gold statuettes. There are no official statistics as of yet, but based on just the live events staged by Netflix and Amazon over the past few months this has been arguably the most expensive Emmys campaign to date. Continue reading Emmy Nomination Predictions: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown’ And ‘Atlanta’ Will Dominate at The Playlist.

Ian McShane is a talker in the best possible way. In conjunction with a series of interviews I conducted for a THR feature, I requested to speak to the “American Gods” star for just 10-15 minutes. These were quick phone interviews, but McShane insisted on meeting in person. I wasn’t feeling well heading over to the hotel, but the McShane is just as charming as the characters he tends to play and as our conversation ran long I quickly forgot the flu that would rack me for the rest of the week. Continue reading Ian McShane On ‘American Gods’ And The ‘Myth’ of ‘Deadwood’ [Emmys Interview] at The Playlist.

Mandy Moore has made a statement. No, she hasn’t given a political speech or stood up at protest rally (although she is vocal in those areas).  Moore made a statement with her impressive performance as Rebecca Pearson in Dan Fogelman‘s breakout NBC drama “This Is Us.” As Rebecca, Moore not only plays her character in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but as a sixtysomething grandmother in modern day.   Continue reading ‘This Is Us’: Mandy Moore Was “Sacred S**tless” About Playing Her Character 30 Years Older [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

Lena Dunham’s “Girls” didn’t go quietly into the night in its six and final season. Dunham and producing partner Jenni Konner continued to push the creative boundaries of the half-hour “comedy” format. One of their most impressive endeavors was “American Bitch” which was written by Dunham and directed by series veteran Richard Shepard (“The Matador,” “Dom Hemingway”). The season’s third episode finds Hannah (Dunham) agreeing to meet a noted author Chuck Palmer (a fantastic Matthew Rhys) after she’s published a story with allegations that he coerced college students into having sex with him. Continue reading ‘Girls’: Richard Shepard On That Shocking Moment From ‘American Bitch’ That Wasn’t In The Script [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

When “Master of None” creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang sent their lead character, Dev (played by Ansari), to Italy at the end of the show’s pitch perfect first season you had to wonder if they could duplicate that success when the Netflix program inevitably returned.  Over a year later the answer was a resounding, “yes.” The two Italian episodes might not have worked for everyone, but they were the foundation for an exemplary second season that featured, arguably, three of the best half hour narrative episodes anywhere on television so far this year. Continue reading ‘Master of None’: Aziz Ansari On That “Heartbreaking” One-Take Scene And “Wanting What You Can’t Have” [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

Granted, there is a ton of content options in this era of Peak TV, but if you haven’t caught up with Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” on Netflix you are truly missing out. The Lionsgate Television produced adaptation of Simien’s critically lauded 2014 film follows the storylines of a number of African-American students at a predominantly white, pseudo Ivy League school. The first season begins with the college’s not-so funny humor magazine holding a black face party which doesn’t sit well with a good chunk of the student body. Continue reading ‘Dear White People’: Justin Simien On The Organized Attempt To “Take Down” The Show [Podcast] at The Playlist.

35 years after winning an Academy Award for “Ordinary People,” Timothy Hutton found creative heaven with writer and producer John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”).  ABC won’t be bringing Ridley’s anthology drama series “American Crime” back next year, but for three seasons it provided Hutton with the sort of rich, complex characters any actor would dream of playing.  Hutton took the ball Ridley rolled out and ran with it earning an Emmy nomination in 2015 and barely missing the cut last year.   Continue reading Timothy Hutton Goes In Deep On The Creative Process Of ‘American Crime’ [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

Appropriately timed for the first phase of Emmy voting, the prestigious Television Critics Association announced it’s nominees for the 2017 TCA Awards and FX’s “Atlanta” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” walked away with the most nominations. Both series took four honors including Outstanding New Program and Program of the Year.  Other nominees in the latter category included “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” “The Leftovers” and “This Is Us.” The TCA members speed the wealth this year with notable programs such as “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “Fargo,” “Veep” and “Master of None” earning multiple nominations. Continue reading ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Top 2017 TCA Awards Nominees As ‘Transparent’ And ‘Westworld’ Are Snubbed at The Playlist.

Chances are you’d never heard of Claire Foy before Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” debuted on Netflix in November, but it’s pretty much impossible to forget her now. Foy beautifully captured the burden a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II experienced after she ascended to the thrown following the death of her father, King George VI (Jared Harris) in 1947.  Her performance earned her SAG Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and she’s expect to round out those accolades with an Emmy nomination next month. Continue reading Claire Foy Reflects On ‘The Crown’ Before Portraying Queen Elizabeth For The Last Time [Emmy Interview] at The Playlist.

There were many highs and lows during the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but the Emmy contender ended with a finale that will remind anyone who watches reality competition TV who the true lip sync champion is.  Two of the producers of the World of Wonder production, Tom Campbell and Randy Barbato (Fenton Bailey and RuPaul are two of the others), sat down a few days after taping the finale and reunion episodes to join the podcast to decompress the season. Continue reading ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Producers On The Reunion And The Stunning Season Finale [Podcast] at The Playlist.