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Emmys 2016: ‘UnReal,’ ‘The Path,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ Look to Break Ground for Their Networks

6 June 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With so many big dogs in the annual Emmy hunt, what’s a kudos underdog to do?

Several networks not usually associated with Emmy-bait series are entering or re-entering this year’s drama race in a major way. From Lifetime’s “UnReal” to Hulu’s “The Path,” these series tussle to stand out from the pack of the usual heavyweights that dominate the category.

Jason Katims has been at this game for a while, working on a string of critically acclaimed series including “My So-Called Life,” “Relativity,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

But when it comes to garnering awards attention for a cachet drama like, “The Path,” he jokes, “If I knew the answer to that, I’d have more Emmys.”

Obviously, TV creatives can only put their best work forward and hope for the best — while also making it so unique and special people have to pay attention.

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- Susan Young

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Review: Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan go down a dull 'Path' for Hulu

29 March 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As longtime showrunner of Friday Night Lights, Jason Katims was responsible not only for one of the great family TV dramas of all time, but one of the most fundamentally spiritual. Church only occasionally became a major plot point (usually when Smash was around), but the characters' religion was presented upfront as a core part of who they were and what they cared about. On other shows like Parenthood and the short-lived Relativity, Katims and his writers have done a great job illustrating what happens when the lives of the devout get tangled up with non-believers, or with people who belong to another religion altogether. So when you put Katims on a show where religion — specifically, a religious cult — is the chief subject, and give him a cast with Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy at the center, you should have something pretty special, right? Unfortunately, The Path — created »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Nashville' is about to do something Very strange behind the scenes

24 March 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last night, an odd bit of TV news popped up: according to TVLine, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have been hired to run the fifth season of Nashville. Now, first Nashville has to be officially renewed for a fifth season, which may be harder than it seems now that the show's biggest fan, Paul Lee, is no longer running ABC. But assuming it comes back with HerskoZwick at the helm, it'd be among the weirder showrunner transitions in TV history. Now, series change showrunners all the time. Dee Johnson, whom the thirtysomething guys would be succeeding, was already a replacement for Jim Parriott, who was himself brought in because Nashville creator Callie Khouri hadn't run her own show before. Sometimes, new showrunners come from within, like The Walking Dead's transition from Frank Darabont to Glen Mazzara to Scott Gimple, or L.A. Law staff writer David E. Kelley »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Nashville’ to Add New Showrunners Next Season

23 March 2016 3:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nashville” will see new showrunners come aboard if the ABC drama is renewed, Variety has learned.

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, whose credits include “My So-Called Life” and “Thirtysomething,” have signed on to join for a possible fifth season. They would replace outgoing showrunner Dee Johnson.

Herskovitz and Zwick signed a first-look deal last fall with Lionsgate Televiosion, which produces “Nashville.” They would join the show only if it nets another season from ABC. The network renewed 15 shows earlier this month, but “Nashville” was not one of them. The series, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, joins “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant” and “American Crime” as shows still awaiting word from ABC on their futures.

“Nashville” returned from hiatus last week, drawing a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers and 4.3 million total viewers, up one tenth of a point from its midseason finale. »

- Daniel Holloway

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