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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Confirmation’ Story Personal For Kerry Washington

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A prime Emmy TV movie contender this year for HBO is the recently premiered Confirmationwhich details the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas and the firestorm of publicity they received when Anita Hill testified and levied charges of sexual harassment. At Deadline’s recent all-day The Contenders Emmys event at the DGA Theater, I spoke with star and executive producer Kerry Washington, writer Susannah Grant and director Rick Famuyiwa about the… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Downton Abbey’ Cast & Director Talk Movie Status, Alternative Storylines & More

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After six seasons, Downtown Abbey — Julian Fellows’ period British drama that became an American pop culture phenomenon — closed its doors forever… or at least for now. During Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys panel, co-stars Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna) gave an update on the rumored Downton Abbey followup movie, and what Fellowes had originally envisioned for their and other characters on the show (Matthew Crawley ending… Read

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Daytime Emmy Nominees Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan Not Attending Ceremony

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After a tumultuous week, it’s hard to imagine anyone on Live with Kelly & Michael being in a celebratory mood but Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan actually have a reason to celebrate — they are nominated for best entertainment host at the Daytime Emmy Awards which will be held this weekend in Los Angeles. And they are the reigning winners in the category. I hear there were no plans for the duo to attend the Sunday ceremony even before the dustup of the past week over the… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Jane the Virgin’s Creator & Star On Show’s Origins, Evolution & Pending Title Tweak

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Two years ago at the CW upfront, along with the slew of superheroes, the CW introduced a quirky dramedy about a 20-something Latina virgin who becomes pregnant after getting accidentally artificially inseminated. The series, based on a Venezuelan telenovela, became an instant critical darling, with its breakout star, Gina Rodriguez, winning a Golden Globe in 2015. During Deadline’s Contenders Emmy panel with Rodriguez and Jane creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, Urman… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Game Of Silence’ Producers Talk Cliffhangers

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Based on a Turkish drama, Game of Silence is a tale of childhood abuse, reinvention the prison industrial complex, class and hierarchy, frayed friendships and loves and political corruption. "As Larenz Tate keeps saying, 'this is a such a dark show and complicated show, it should be on cable,'" EP Carol Mendelsohn said of the new NBC series onstage at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. "But I think that's the beauty of what you can do on network TV… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: How ‘Better Call Saul’ Took On The ‘Breaking Bad’ Legacy

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How do you do a sequel, or in this case prequel, to one of the most acclaimed TV series of all time? That was the challenge for creators/executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and star Bob Odenkirk as they left Breaking Bad behind and set out to do the story of Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill, in AMC and Sony Television’s Better Call Saul. Better Call Saul earned seven Emmy nominations for its first season and just concluded its second season this week… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘The Night Manager’ Stars Tom Hiddleston And Hugh Laurie Talk AMC’s Big Scale John le Carre Spy Saga

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AMC jumps into this year’s Limited Series race big time with The Night Manager, the first original television production of a John le Carre novel in over 20 years. To say it is an event is an understatement, as the panel explained at Deadline’s first-ever Emmy Contenders event April 10. As part of AMC’s presentation at the DGA theatre to a full house of Television Academy and Guild members, stars Tom Hiddleston (in the title role) and Hugh Laurie (as international illegal… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star & EP On Looking For Truths

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Since its debut on The CW on October 12 last year, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has asked you to sing, to dance, to laugh and cry along with it – and maybe to visit West Covina. "We're not concerned with being edgy or topical, we just want to look for truths in people that we haven't seen in film or television," star and co-creator Rachel Bloom told me onstage during Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. "For us, it's about being as specific as possible,"… Read

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Emmys: Showtime Offering Free Subscription To TV Academy Members In Call To Vote Campaign

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Showtime is amping up its 2016 For Your Consideration Emmy Award campaign with a call to vote, offering TV Academy members the ability to access its streaming service for free through June 30. With their VIP log-in credentials, Emmy voters will have unlimited on-demand access to every season of Showtime original series, along with movies, documentary and sports programming, as well as the network's live East and West Coast feeds. In addition, the network says its… Read

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‘Roots’ Team Looking To “Provoke A Conversation” With Remake – The Contenders

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When the idea to revive Roots came about, executive producer Mark Wolper admitted he was apprehensive. “Socially it was too important of a project,” he said Sunday during A+E Networks’ panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys. “The fact that my father (David Wolper) produced the original was a little much weight and burden to take on.” Wolper said a change of heart came when he watched the original with his son. When it was over, his son said he understood why is was so… Read

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‘UnReal’ Co-Creator’s ‘Bachelor’ Past Led To Nervous Breakdown, Lifetime Series – The Contenders

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The premise of Lifetime’s UnReal was very real at a certain point in time for co-creator/executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. At Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event Sunday, she shared. “I was a feminist and came out to L.A. with dreams of feminist filmmaking dancing in my head…I was going to make really important stuff and change.” In search of a day job, she ended up as a producer on The Bachelor for nine seasons, where she became “a mastermind at manipulating… Read

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators On Juggling Comedy & Emotion In Their Songs – The Contenders

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creators and executive producers Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna stopped by Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event Sunday to explain the not-so-crazy methods behind creating songs for the CW’s musical comedy. “We’ll have an area emotionally that we know the characters are in this state,” McKenna said, “but crafting the comedic hook and the emotional hook” in a song is a separate writing process done mainly by Bloom and her songwriting… Read