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“The Americans” fans rejoiced this year when Matthew Rhys received another Emmy nomination as Best Drama Actor. It’s his second consecutive bid for playing Philip Jennings, a Russian Kgb agent posing as an American businessman during the Cold War. Additionally, he’s in the running as Best Comedy Guest Actor for a memorable appearance on “Girls.” For […] »
- Zach Laws
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series There will be a rather large shakeup in this race, even though four of the seven nominated actors are returning from last year. None of them (Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey) has won before in the category, but they have a real shot this year in the absence of reigning champ Rami Malek, whose work on Mr. Robot this season didn't draw a nomination after criticism of the show's sophomore outing. But for… »
At first glance, this year’s Emmy noms may seem like a boon for new programs. A whopping five freshman shows are nominated for best drama series, projecting a considerable sense of freshness. But when you cast the spotlight over to the comedy side, it’s difficult to shake a sense of stagnancy.
Granted, across the major categories (series, acting, directing, writing), more comedies were Emmy-nominated overall this year than dramas — 17 to 15. But FX’s “Atlanta” (best series, lead actor, directing and writing) and “Better Things” (lead actress) were the only two new comedies recognized on July 13.
It seems as if every year the same question lurks going into nominations: How much will voters revert to standbys in the face of the ongoing peak TV glut? Among other things, the presence of ABC’s “Modern Family” in the comedy series category suggests a level of autopilot may have kicked in. That »
- Kristopher Tapley
The race for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series will crown a new champ on Sunday, Sept. 17, since last year’s winner, Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, didn’t get nominated. And Westworld star Anthony Hopkins has to be a top contender for his mesmerizing work as cerebral theme-park architect Dr. Robert Ford on HBO’s sci-fi hit. (It can’t hurt that Hopkins has already won two Emmys, along with his Oscar for Silence of the Lambs.) But he’ll have »
As Emmy campaigning hits critical mass, IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider and awards editor Anne Thompson go toe to toe on this week’s Emmy predictions for various variety and guest star Emmys.
Will “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeat its win for Best Variety Talk Series and writing, now that newbies “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” are competing with more anti-Trump fodder?
“Saturday Night Live’ is up for a whopping 22 nominations, including several hosts nominated as Guest Actors and Actresses, although the late Carrie Fisher could take a sentimental win in comedy for “Catastrophe,” and Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed could cancel each other out as guests on “Girls.”
Listen to our Emmy Episode 5 on iTunes here.
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- Anne Thompson
Anyone who wonders if television really is a reflection of modern-day society should consider this year’s lead actress nominees. While real-life women organize marches, defy party lines to take down harmful legislation, or simply manage to get dinner on the table on time while fighting to “have it all,” so too are their fictional counterparts standing strong to fight their own wars.
Lead comedy actress nominees, including Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow on ABC’s “Black-ish,” Allison Janney as Bonnie on CBS’ “Mom” and Pamela Adlon as Sam on FX’s “Better Things,” are all fighting to keep their families afloat while being role models for their kids. Ellie Kemper’s titular peppy lead in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “Grace and Frankie” are all in the process of rebuilding their lives.
Meanwhile, drama nominees such as Elisabeth Moss as Offred in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and »
- Whitney Friedlander
“Anyone is expendable in television!” declares Matthew Rhys about the fate of his and other characters for the upcoming final season of “The Americans.” In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “Sometimes, the more dramatic, the greater the spike in ratings. You understand that it’s a beast in that respect. In […] »
- Chris Beachum
"It's always nice to be able to be given the option to go out on a high note instead of at year 15 when they're running out of storylines," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It will be sad to see it go but the time is right."
Always a critical darling, the FX drama didn't break into the Emmys until last year, when it received its first series nomination and nods for stars Russell and Matthew Rhys. Though the »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Actor are Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”). Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
“I mean, maybe he accidentally got the right guy, is the way to put it,” he told IndieWire. “I got this invitation to play the part, and I was like, ‘But why? I’m very thankful for the opportunity, but what have I done to deserve it?'”
After all, Odenkirk was best known as a comedy guy with very little dramatic experience when he first got the call from the “Breaking Bad” creator to play Saul Goodman, a shifty lawyer hired to get one of Walter White’s associates out of jail.
- Liz Shannon Miller
With more content comes more opportunity and for some actors a busier schedule than ever.
Nominated in the limited series category, Ahmed describes himself as a workaholic who prefers to keep busy. That helps explain his parts in multiple projects released in 2016, including “The Oa,” “Jason Bourne” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
“If I’m not shooting something I will be writing a script or recording music,” he says. “I love to be in the thick of the creative process. It’s addictive.”
Sterling K. Brown, last year’s supporting actor in a limited series winner for FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has also stayed busy. He’s nominated for lead actor in a drama series for NBC’s “This Is Us,” and »
- Rob Owen
One thing is for certain going into Emmy night: A new king of drama will be crowned. Last year’s champ, “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek, failed to get nommed this time out, leaving behind a lineup of talent that’s never yet ascended the stage for the top prize. The slate is a mix of familiar veterans and new favorites, which means voters have a tough choice ahead.
Celebrate the newcomer or finally reward the veteran? It famously took the Academy until the final season to crown Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” — and it may well take that final push for Bob Odenkirk to be recognized for his work on “Better Call Saul.” There’s no denying the buzz is behind “This Is Us,” the first broadcast drama to be a serious contender in years — and that momentum will likely fuel Sterling K. Brown, one of the series’ breakout stars.
- Debra Birnbaum
Today’s television showrunners must throw the best dinner parties. Or at least they sure do know how to make a good guest list. From Alison Wright on FX’s “The Americans” and Hank Azaria on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” who are returning to series in roles where they had become fan favorites, to Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed, who each had standout work on HBO’s “Girls,” this year’s four Emmy categories for guest talent are stocked with nominees whose work has set the Twittersphere ablaze. The nominations also show that when voters like a show, they really like it, either giving blocks of nominations to actors from series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “This Is Us,” or recognizing an outstanding newcomer like Shannon Purser as part of the 18 nominations freshman series “Stranger Things” received.
“It’s human to want to be liked and seek affirmation,” says Wright, who »
- Whitney Friedlander
Russia's possible intereference in the 2016 presidential election, and investigations into that, have made FX's Cold War spy drama The Americans particularly relevant in recent months.
But star Matthew Rhys joked, in an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday, that he knew, back when he was considering taking a role on The Americans, that five years later, there would be allegations that Donald Trump colluded with Russia.
Talking about how reception to the show has changed in light of the Russia scandals, Rhys said, "A lot of people go 'Did you know? And I »
- Hilary Lewis
Steven Spielberg is currently in production on his upcoming Pentagon Papers drama The Papers, and we now have a first-look image from the film featuring Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, who was an instrumental figure in lobbying the United States government to release its Department of Defense study into the U.S.’ involvement in Vietnam.
The Papers is set for a limited Oscar-qualifying limited release from December 22nd, with a wide release following on January 12th. Tom Hanks leads the cast alongside Meryl Streep, while the film also stars Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods. »
- Gary Collinson
After receiving his first Emmy nomination last year for “The Americans,” Matthew Rhys received twice as much love from the television academy in 2017, repeating his nomination for the FX drama and earning another for Best Comedy Guest Actor in HBO’s “Girls.” Not known as a comedic actor, Rhys proved he could ham it up […] »
- Denton Davidson
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Matthew Rhys is entering “The Americans” episode “Crossbreed” as his Emmy submission for Best Drama Actor. This installment of the FX program aired April 11 and was the 6th episode of the 5th season. In this segment, Philip (Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) bring their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) […] »
- Chris Beachum
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Keri Russell is entering “The Americans” episode “Dyatkovo” as her Emmy submission for Best Drama Actress. This installment aired May 16 and was the 11th episode of the 5th season for the FX show. In this segment, Elizabeth (Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys), Russian Kgb agents living in 1980s […] »
- Chris Beachum
It’s that time of year again, when champagne corks are popped all over Hollywood in honor of the Television Academy’s Emmy nominations. But the true celebration cannot begin until the winners are announced live on Sept. 17. With so much high-quality TV vying for the top prizes — and some surprises among the nominees — it’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive Emmy seasons in years. Here, Variety breaks down the key races.
Taking the torch from “Game of Thrones,” which has been the most-nominated series for the past few years, is fellow HBO genre series “Westworld.” The sci-fi thriller is tied with long-running variety sketch series “Saturday Night Live” at 22 noms this year, the most of any series. More notably, it’s also one of five freshman series in the race — and that buzz may well boost it over long-in-the-tooth “House of Cards” (six noms for the Netflix drama), or even »
- Danielle Turchiano
“Glass” is a sequel to Shyamalan’s films “Split” and “Unbreakablethriller,” in which Willis starred as David Dunn, a security guard who discovers he has superhuman powers that allow him to see the crimes people have committed by touching them.
Shyamalan announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass. @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us.”
Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass… @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) July 24, 2017
- Dave McNary
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