‘The Night Manager’s Olivia Colman On A Spin-Off And How Tom Hiddleston Is “The Perfect Specimen For Bond”
If AMC's The Night Manager is the first time you've given your full attention to Olivia Colman, you'll know her as John le Carré's incorruptible–and very pregnant–spy Angela Burr. But at home in the UK, Colman has already attained national treasure status, with three BAFTAs under her belt for Accused, Twenty Twelve and Broadchurch.
As a student, Colman started out with the famous Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, before launching into comedy with the… Read
Pete Hammond’s Emmy Handicaps: Here’s Who SHOULD Win
What should win? It is always a problem at the Emmys to see so many repeat winners year after year.By now, I’ve run my handicaps for the key series and actor races, but I'm always up for going off the reservation, shaking things up and daring to do something a little different. Here are a few wildcard picks.
In the DRAMA SERIES race, for instance, there are lots of good choices, and Game Of Thrones already won last year, so enough blood and guts. I might go with Better Cal… Read
Tig Notaro On Laughing Through Cancer: “I’m The Luckiest Unlucky Person In The World”
In the space of four months in 2012, comedian Tig Notaro's life imploded. First, she was diagnosed with a rare illness that prevented her from digesting food, then within days, her mother had passed away following a tragic accident. Next, as her relationship was breaking up, Notaro was told she had bilateral breast cancer.
But instead of retreating, Notaro went straight back to work with a phoenix-like zeal, beginning a now-legendary set at L.A.'s Largo venue with the… Read
‘Lip Sync Battle’ Host LL Cool J Discusses Transition From Grammys Hosting And On-Set Spontaneity
A two-time Grammy winning recording artist—infatuated with rap and hip-hop since his formative years, growing up in Queens—LL Cool J last year took over hosting duties on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle, never anticipating that the series would become an Emmy-nominated pop culture phenomenon two seasons in. Every week, the series pits A-list couples, siblings and co-stars against one another in a tremendously entertaining musical throw down, in pursuit of glory and the Lip Sync… Read
‘All The Way’ Writer-Director Team On The 2016 Presidential Election, Politics As War & Their Road To Emmys
Opening at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's All the Way quickly became a cultural touchstone—re-framing the legacy of one of America's greatest presidents while holding up a mirror to the challenges and fears in contemporary America, as one of the most significant elections in American history moves toward its dramatic conclusion. Earning a Tony for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston… Read
Maker Studios’ ‘Epic Rap Battles Of History’ Looks To Rule Emmy’s New Short-Form Variety Turf
In the wake of Adult Swim’s 15-minute length series Childrens Hospital rallying two wins and four noms in recent Emmy history, the short form categories have become a popular place to be with such companies as AOL and NBC jumping into the fray.
This year, the Television Academy expanded the short form slot to variety series, and by doing so has allowed more independent voices to flourish, specifically the Maker Studios’ series Epic Rap Battles of History, created by Peter… Read
Pete Hammond’s Emmy Handicaps 2016: Outstanding Drama Series
During Final Round voting, as TV Academy members cast their ballots for this year’s Primetime Emmy winners, Pete Hammond takes a closer look at the nominees in key categories.
With Breaking Bad and Mad Men finally out of the way in the Outstanding Drama Series category, the field is more fluid and slightly less predictable than it has been. Although the new voting rules allowing a wider field of Academy members to vote in the finals tend to favor popularity, which might… Read
Emmys: Acting Nominees Court Votes At Annual Performers Reception
Sarah Paulson, a two-time Emmy nominee this year, was talking about how she may be making history. Rami Malek, a first-time nominee, talked glowingly about his competition for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Veep co-stars Matt Walsh and Tony Hale, nominated in the same supporting category, made the rounds together. Lou Diamond Phillips still can’t believe he is up for a comedy role.
This was all part of the action as I made the rounds at the Television Academy’s annual… Read
‘SNL’s Kate McKinnon: Hillary Clinton Was “Warm And Sincere” And “Very Funny”
If Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have carved out serious mainstream space for the modern female comic, then Kate McKinnon is making the most of that relatively-new arena. Her hilarious Saturday Night Live pastiche on Justin Bieber in his Calvins comes second only to a pitch-perfect turn as Hillary Clinton–the latter so loved that Clinton should thank McKinnon for bolstering her campaign. Add to that a long list of laugh-out-loud characters like Ellen Degeneres… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Production Designer Eugene Lee On His 40 Years With The Sketch Series
Approached by a Canadian television producer for a variety sketch series back in the early 1970s, production designer Eugene Lee couldn't have realized then that he'd stumbled on the job of a lifetime. That series, Saturday Night Live, has left an indelible, singular mark on popular culture, while keeping the designer employed for the past 41 years. With over 470 episodes of SNL under his belt, and only a handful of his original collaborators still on board at 30 Rock… Read
‘Making A Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi And Moira Demos: “We Certainly Didn’t Leave Out Anything Of Real Significance”
In 2005 Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos set out to make what Demos calls, "A social justice film." They were, Ricciardi says, only planning "To see how an accused was going to be treated in the American criminal justice system." They'd seen the case of Steven Avery in The New York Times and thought they would simply follow his trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach. They had no idea they were in for ten years of unpaid hard graft and a long-term move to Manitowoc… Read
‘The Wiz Live!’ EPs Discuss The Upcoming ‘Hairspray Live!’ And The Return Of The Live TV Musical
Dedicating their lives to the pursuit of every iteration of the musical—from Broadway, to film and TV—Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have successfully reinvigorated a cultural phenomenon that has laid dormant for many years, in the form of the live TV musical. With the unquestionable validation of their 2013 test run—as 22 million viewers tuned in for The Sound of Music Live!—the producers have turned a one-off event into an annual NBC franchise, watching with great… Read