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Like the Actors They Pick, TV Casting Directors Vie for Emmys

4 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

We can learn many things about TV trends just by looking at the shows chosen for this year’s Emmy nominations in the three categories of casting: drama, comedy, and limited series.

First, broadcast is challenged. Just two network series (PBS aside) were nominated and both were from ABC.

Second, the traditional Hollywood casting couch is on the outs — most nominations source out of New York, the U.K. or both.

Third, it’s a small world after all, with multiple nominees gracing multiple categories.

Then there’s the fourth: Just try asking casting directors what they’re looking for when deciding if a show’s casting is “outstanding.” They can be a little, well, vague.

“Casting in some ways is very complicated, and in some ways it’s very simple,” says Jill Trevellick, who was nominated for the fourth time this year for PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey.”

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