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

Maya Hawke

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 WomenThe 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 Emmys event. "It was a great… Read


‘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… Read


‘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… Read


‘Waco’s Taylor Kitsch Explains How To Make A Martyr Sympathetic – The Contenders Emmys

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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… Read


‘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… Read


‘Mr. Mercedes’ Cast & EP Talk Complexity Of Characters, Reveal Season 2 Premiere Date – The Contenders Emmys

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes will be back for a ten-episode second season on August 22, AT&T Audience Network told Deadline during the show’s panel at The Contenders Emmys. Director Jack Bender joined stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch and Holland Taylor to discuss the series’ first run. Speaking with Deadline’s Joe Utichi, Bender offered his first impressions of Mr. Mercedes. “When Stephen first sent me the galleys, I was thrilled,”… Read


James Corden On Making His Talk Show A Variety Show & America As A “Place Of Optimism And Joy” – The Contenders Emmys

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Three years ago, CBS placed a lot of faith in writer, producer, comedian and singer James Corden when it handed him the reins to its Late Late Show. This was not lost on him, which he candidly admitted at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys event Sunday afternoon. "We didn't have the luxury of a fan base, so we knew we were going to have to come off the blocks really fast," Corden said onstage at the DGA Theater. "That's why it's more of a variety show than a talk… Read


Sandra Oh On Her ‘Killing Eve’ Character: “I Wanted To Stay In The Show’s World” – The Contenders Emmys

Sandra Oh made the trip to the DGA for Deadline’s Emmy Contenders event to talk about her new series, BBC America’s Killing Eve, which marks her first series regular role after spending 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. “Immediately what struck me was the tone and Phoebe’s [Waller-Bridge, creator] unique and fresh voice. She was exploring the genre of thriller in a completely unique way,” Oh shared. “Also, the fact that is was a psychological thriller… Read


‘Broad City’s Endgame, ‘Drunk History’s Future & ‘Nathan For You’s Legal Docket – Comedy Central @ The Contenders Emmys

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Comedy Central's Contenders Emmys panel focused on three very funny series: Drunk HistoryNathan for Youand Broad City. That's three shows, three moderators, five comically minded creatives, one stage. In short, madness. Yet out of three consecutive panels, a few facts seemed to surface — though, given the lineup, it was difficult to tell real news from punchlines. Broad City Moderator: TVLine’s Michael Ausiello Guests: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, co-creators, EPs… Read


Darren Aronofsky Promises ‘One Strange Rock’ Will Blow Your Mind – The Contenders Emmys

Darren Aronofsky signed on to the docu-series One Strange Rock to give viewers a glimpse of planet Earth like they've never seen before. The 10-part National Geographic series, which is produced by Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, explores the fragility of Earth and how everyone on the planet has something in common, with the help of astronauts who have traveled to outer space. "I've always loved these kinds of portraits of our world," Aronofsky said Sunday at… Read


‘GLOW’ Stars Grapple With Trust Falls, Doing Their Own Stunts & Making Show Within A Show – The Contenders Emmys

Some of the ladies of Netflix’s GLOW — Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel and Britney Young — stopped by Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event to offer some updates on where Season 2 picks up. “The first season was all about training. In Season 2, it's all about shooting the show GLOW,” said Brie. “We're dressed in our wrestling characters almost all of every episode. It's a lot more behind the scenes of the making of the show. There's more on the production side and… Read


Antonio Banderas Says He Had To “Metaphorically” Kill Himself To Play Pablo Picasso In ‘Genius’ – The Contenders Emmys

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before. "What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing… Read