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‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Team On Their CGI-Free Fantastical Worlds – The Contenders Emmys Video

Dangerous Book For Boys

Amazon’s The Dangerous Book for Boys follows a young boy who reconnects with his deceased father within a fantasy world he creates from a how-to guidebook his father left for him. The series showcases a production within a production, and creating the fantasy worlds came with its own challenges. “We didn’t have a lot of money,” co-creator Greg Mottola said at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “We had to do these fantasy sequences, and one of the fun things to do is… Read


‘Black Lightning’ Shows A New Role Model, And The Other Side Of Super Powers – The Contenders Emmys Video

Black Lightning

The CW superhero saga Black Lightning has plenty of the usual zap-bam-pow action one would expect from the genre and producer Greg Berlanti. But this tale of a conflicted African-American superhero who reluctantly returns to crime-fighting also had a deeper meaning to co-developer Salim Akil, who remembers a time when there were no role models for him in the comics and he was forced to improvise. Speaking at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Emmys event, Akil recalled his… Read


Hulu’s ‘The Looming Tower’ Focuses On The Missteps Ahead Of 9/11 – The Contenders Emmys Video

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The rising threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida was known to the FBI and the CIA in the late 1990s. But rivalry between the agencies kept their accumulated information in silos, ultimately leading to the breakdowns that helped result in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the war in Afghanistan. The Looming Tower, the 10-episode Hulu miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright, examines the actions of two separate counter-terrorism… Read


‘Conan’s Haiti Special Was Made To “Laugh At The American”, Conan O’Brien Says – The Contenders Emmys Video

Conan O'Brien

After Donald Trump referred to Haiti as a “sh*thole country,” Conan O’Brien took his TBS late-night show to the island nation to prove him otherwise. O’Brien said at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event that the special Conan episode worked because it not only humanized Haitians it humanized him, as well. “The point of those travel shows is that I want them to laugh at the American,” O’Brien said onstage at the packed DGA Theater. “The kind of comedy I am passionate… Read


‘I Love You, America’s Sarah Silverman On Breaking Out Of The Echo Chamber – The Contenders Emmys Video

Sarah Silverman

“We're all living in echo chambers. You think that your Twitter is giving you 'fair and balanced news,' but you curate it,” I Love You, America host Sarah Silverman said during her Hulu series’ panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “It's a whole world that you have curated according to your thoughts and beliefs, and we're not seeing what everyone else is seeing.” Taking the reins with her own talk show, the comedian has tried to find her own way out of the… Read


‘GLOW’ Cast Talks Body Slams And Bonding Through Intimacy Of Wrestling – The Contenders Emmys Video

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During the panel for Netflix’s GLOW at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event, stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel and Britney Young talked about how wrestling bonded the cast in the most “intimate” ways. “We were trust-falling into each other’s arms before we knew what each other’s last names were,” Gilpin said. Added Noel: “We all love each other and that’s really hard with 14 — now 15 — girls.” She points out that there was no “cattiness” on set and said that… Read


James Corden On Making People Smile & The “Optimism And Joy” Of America – The Contenders Emmys Video

From “Carpool Karaoke” to “Crosswalk: The Musical” to “Role Call” (that’s the one where they act out all the films of an actor in 10 minutes), The Late Late Show With James Corden has seen great success with its viral-friendly segments. Still, at Deadline’s recent The Contenders Emmys event, host James Corden said “it’s embarrassing to take sole credit for those segments which people have grown to love.” Corden said that when they film, he sees an “unbelievable” team of… Read


Ken Burns Says Making PBS’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Docuseries “Was About Learning” – The Contenders Emmys Video

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In Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 10-part documentary series The Vietnam War, 80 witnesses give testimonies about their experiences in the conflict from Americans who fought to protesters, North and South Vietnamese soldiers, and civilians. Burns thought he knew a lot about the war, but when he took on the project, it didn’t go exactly as he expected. “I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 1960s, I was draft-eligible — I thought I knew a lot about Vietnam,” he said during… Read


Bryan Cranston Talks Putting Comedic Spin On Amazon’s ‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ – The Contenders Emmys Video

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston came to Deadline’s annual The Contenders Emmys awards-season event and brought with him his new Amazon comedy series The Dangerous Book for Boys, which he co-created with Greg Mottola. Cranston opened up about the initial difficulty of coming up with a direction for the series, which is based on Conn and Hal Iggulden’s 2012 bestselling book. “It was in the drama department,” he said. “I tried and tried and I couldn’t figure it out. Like so many things, when… Read


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Producers On “Ambitious” Season 2 – The Contenders Emmys Video

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Now in its second season, The Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller had one thing to say about the award-winning Hulu series’ sophomore run: “You just don't want to f*ck it up.” Miller was joined onstage by executive producer Warren Littlefield at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Emmys event to talk about going beyond Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel for Season 2, while at the same time staying loyal to the universe she created. Miller said they are “still in… Read


Hank Azaria Offers “Money-Back Guarantee” For His Home Run ‘Brockmire’ – The Contenders Emmys Video

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria’s IFC series Brockmire, about a down-and-out alcoholic baseball announcer who hits rock bottom in both his life and his once-stellar career, has taken some mighty swings. The results have seen the dark comedy resonate not just among TV watchers but among baseball watchers as well: he already has appeared in character as Jim Brockmire on ESPN more than once. It’s a strong hint that the series, and its main character, are genuine. “It’s genuinely funny… Read


James Corden On How ‘Carpool Karaoke’ & ‘Crosswalk: The Musical’ Help Define His Talk Show – The Contenders Emmys Video

James Corden

When James Corden started The Late Late Show, it didn’t take long for it to find its legs. During Deadline’s recent The Contenders Emmys event, the CBS host discussed how his team hit the ground running when the late-night show debuted three years ago. “I think we felt like we had to,” said Corden. “We didn’t have the luxury of an audience or a fa nbase to stick with us while we tried to figure it out.” He added, “We knew if we really didn’t come out of the blocks fast… Read