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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

TV Talk Podcast: Emmy Voters, Here Are The Hot Races We’re Talking About

TV Talk Podcast Deadline

We are in the final days of phase 1 of Emmy voting and for this week's Deadline Podcast: TV Talk we spotlight the races and shows that are the greatest hits of television 2018. From the drama of the Best Actress, Drama category with The Crown's Claire Foy vs. The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss to the potential Jeff Daniels and Benedict Cumberbatch battle in the Best Actor Limited Series or TV Movie, there are primetime hits galore to be mined. In a year when HBO’s Veep… Read

VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell Brings AIs, Soaring Megalopolis & Real-World Science To ‘Altered Carbon’

Winning an Emmy as a makeup effects creator before transitioning to an accomplished career as a visual effects supervisor, Everett Burrell needed to bring all of his talents to the table with Netflix cyberpunk series Altered Carbon, in order to bring an intricate, expansive sci-fi world to life. Set in the megalopolis of Bay City—what became of San Francisco—in 2384, Laeta Kalogridis' series imagines a world where consciousness has been extracted onto miniature disks… Read

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

Warren Littlefield Bruce Miller Handmaid's Tale

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

Re-Creating New York’s Gilded Age, ‘The Alienist’ Production Designer Bought Out All The Cobblestone In Eastern Europe

An Emmy nominee for the first season of True Detective, production designer Mara LePere-Schloop reteamed with executive producer Cary Fukunaga on TNT drama The Alienist, where she set out after the extremes of worldbuilding, recreating 19th century New York on an expansive Budapest backlot. Crafting eight city blocks in total, the production designer raised six-story tenement buildings in the middle of Hungary's brutal winter, striving to do justice to the "rich… Read

PGA Awards Set 2019 Date & Timeline

Jordan Peele

The Producers Guild said its 30th annual PGA Awards are set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. Donald De Line and Amy Pascal return as awards chairs for a third consecutive year. Submissions are now open in all categories — Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, Long and Short Form Television, Sports Programs and Children's Programs — for calendar year 2018 via the guild’s website (see the full timeline below). Nominations in film and TV… Read

Merritt Wever On The Importance Of Her Nonconforming Role In ‘Godless’ & Her Upcoming Noah Baumbach Project

Merritt Wever has been in many, many fan favorite shows and filmsThe Good Wife, New Girl, Birdman, The Walking Dead, and Nurse Jackie, for which she won an Emmy—but it perhaps wasn't until Scott Frank's Netflix Western Godless that we've seen a different side to her work; one that allowed her to really show a new side to her multi-faceted acting chops. The Godless action centers around the town of La Belle, which is mostly governed by women, following a massacre that… 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

Bill Camp: ‘The Looming Tower’ Is “The Kind Of Thing That’s Owed To The World”

Bill Camp

Hulu's limited series The Looming Tower not only digs deep into the U.S. intelligence failures that preceded 9/11, but also highlights some of the unsung heroes who battled to beat Al Qaeda behind the scenes. For Bill Camp, playing the role of FBI counterterrorism agent Robert Chesney meant becoming a composite character made up of four real-life men—a concept that Camp says, "immediately engaged" him and "presented challenges that I was eager to undertake.” To play… 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

Sandra Oh On Obsession And Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Killing Eve’

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh is a five-time Emmy nominee already, with memorable turns in American Crime and Grey’s Anatomy. But in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s compelling spy series Killing Eve, she’s tackling what might be her meatiest role to date, delving into the psychology of a security operative’s obsession with a female assassin. It was a new experience for Oh, something she is constantly seeking. "I’m interested in 'new'—not for new’s sake—but I think that's always been a part of my… Read

‘LA To Vegas’ Star Dylan McDermott Reveals Stand-Up Comedy Past – The Contenders Emmys Video

Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott is known for plenty of TV roles, but most have been in the dramatic sphere. From The Practice to American Horror Story to Stalker, his past gigs aren’t exactly lighthearted and fun. During Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event, he said he “knew it was time” to make that transition from drama into comedy with LA to Vegas. “I have done too much darkness,” said McDermott, who previously worked with the show’s producer Will Ferrell on the comedy The Campaign.… Read