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Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats with 12 of this year's Emmy contenders for Best Drama Actor? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Clive Owen ("The Knick"), Sam Heughan ("Outlander"), Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), Justin Theroux ("The Leftovers"), Jamie Dornan ("The Fall"), Ben McKenzie ("Gotham"), Jeremy Piven ("Mr. Selfridge"), Aden Young ("Rectify"), John Benjamin Hickey ("Manhattan") and Cillian Murphy ("Peaky Blinders"). -Break- How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations? Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Bob Odenkirk on the anxiety of following up "Breaking Bad" with spinoff "Better Call Saul": "I don't want to overstate it, but we..."' »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
Deutschland 83, Season 1, Episode 2, “Brave Guy”
Directed by Edward Berger
Airs Wednesdays at 11pm (Et) on SundanceTV
After Deutschland 83‘s pilot, “Quantum Jump“, seemed to set the series up as a stylish, welterweight version of The Americans, its second episode,”Brave Guy,” establishes the show as something lighter still. And that’s not a bad thing at all.
The overall theme of “Brave Guy” is that being a spy—even a very green one—is pretty badass if you have game. And boy, does Martin (Jonas Nay) have game. The episode requires him to run, skulk, flirt, and fight his way to a hotel safe containing top secret documents, and he delivers with more pizzazz than he has a right to. It’s hard to imagine poor, morally-exhausted Philip Jennings ever enjoying such boyish enthusiasm as he cut his teeth in the »
- A.R. Wilson
Back to Part 1 of the Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far)
Man Seeking Woman, “Teacup”
Written by Sofia Alvarez
Directed by Tim Kirkby
Aired March 11th, 2015 on Fxx
You won’t find Fxx’s Man Seeking Woman in many year-end discussions, but over the course of its admittedly spotty, watched-by-no-one first season, it staked a claim on some truly unique stylistic real estate in a landscape previously thought to be worked to death: the search for love. Over the last year, there has been a tremendous influx in the number of series trying to combine a “modern” and “edgy” take on modern courtship with ages-old sitcom tropes, but most of these have ranged from lackluster to outright lame. (See almost the entire new network comedy lineup, Fall/Winter 2014-15.) Creator Simon Rich’s vision of the dating world as a literal fantasy hellscape—complete with demonic destination weddings, time travel, »
- Kate Kulzick
News has been leaked about the directing responsibilities for the sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (via Entertainment Weekly). The list returns a few standouts from last season and adds a few new names into the mix. Episodes 1 & 2 will be handled by Jeremy Podeswa. He directed one of my favorite episodes from season five, "Kill the Boy" as well as the supremely unpopular "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". He's been working with HBO for a while having also directed episodes of "True Blood", "The Newsroom", "Boardwalk Empire". Episodes 3 & 4 go to "Game of Thrones" newbie Daniel Sackheim. Recently he's contributed great work for the the FX original series "The Americans" including the standout season three finale. His work on "The Americans" proves he can handle meditative episodes with punches of action, a description that usually applies to mid-season "Thrones" episodes. Episodes 5 & 6 will also be helmed by a newcomer, Jack Bender. Bender is »
- Michael Hindle
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
All this week, we’re presenting the Vulture TV Awards, honoring the best in television from the past year. The nominees are: The AmericansMad MenBetter Call SaulTransparentJustified And the Best Drama is ...The Americans How many years in a row will The Americans top lists of the “Best Dramas You’re Not Watching?” As long as it’s on FX, probably — and no matter how long it runs, the writers, actors, and filmmakers involved in its production should take it as a compliment. The Americans’ commitment to its dramatic mission is so uncompromising that the show’s heroine, Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), a warrior for Mother Russia, would approve of it. Created by Joe Weisberg and co-executive-produced by him and Joel Fields, the series is subtle and quiet and often works in a minor key; it never had the extravagant visuals and grandiose cultural aspirations of, say, Mad Men, this »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Game Of Thrones recently wrapped up it's fifth season, and is now preparing to enter production for Season 6 having pretty much caught up with the events in George R.R. Martin's novels. EW have revealed the five names set to helm two episodes each on the popular HBO show next year. While there's no mention of old favorites like David Nutter, Michelle MacLaren and Alan Taylor, the list does still include three Thrones veterans - along with two new faces: Jeremy Podeswa (Episodes 1 & 2): Previous work includes HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's The Tudors. He worked on Season 5, helming the controversial "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" along with the far better received "Kill The Boy". Daniel Sackheim (Episodes 3 & 4): The first of two newcomers, Sackheim is a veteran in the world of television, having directed episodes on The X-Files, Lie To Me, House and the crticially-acclaimed The Americans. He also won »
Game Of Throne season 6 has firmed up its list of directors, including Miguel Sapochnik of the magnificent Hardhome...
For anyone curious about which directors might be returning for Game Of Thrones season 6, today an official list has been confirmed. The biggest news, for us at least? That'd be Miguel Sapochnik, who has been bumped up to directing the final two episodes having impressed so much with season 5's Hardhome battle. That makes us think that season 6 might end with a big fight, too.
Notable for their absence once again are previous directing regulars Alex Graves, David Nutter, Alik Sakharov and Michelle Maclaren. Neil Marshall too, helmer of Blackwater and The Watchers On The Wall, won't be returning next time around by the looks of things.
Directing: Episodes 1 & 2
Season 5 credits: Kill the Boy, Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken Other credits: The Pacific, »
Earlier this month, production got under way on Fox's Untitled X-Files Revival, which brings back Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) and David Duchovny (Fox Mulder). Given the secretive nature of the show, there isn't too much we know yet, except that the revival will premiere this January, with the two stars joined by Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man) and new guest star Joel McHale, who will play an ally to Mulder. Today, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover of this week's issue, which features both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reuniting a Mulder and Scully, who shared new details about the show.
The series premiere will focus on Scully and Mulder investigating a "possible alien abductee," played by The Americans star Annet Mahendru, based on a tip provided by a conservative talk show host, played by Joel McHale. In the 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe, »
Before The X-Files returns with 6 brand new episodes, creator Chris Carter will bring his cast (and hopefully some footage) to San Diego Comic Con next week. Plot details have been under wraps, but EW were able to find out a few very interesting tidbits from their visit to the Vancouver set. When we last saw Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) at the end of 2008's I want To Believe, the on-again-off-again lovers had put their paranormal detecting behind them - but obviously something drags them back in. As it turns out, that something is "the "curious case of a possible alien abductee (played by Annet Mahendru of The Americans)" who the pair investigate "at the behest of a most curious ally, the host of a conservative talk show (Community’s Joel McHale)." Find out what Duchovny and Anderson had to say about reprising their roles at the link below. »
For Keri Russell, sometimes filming a compelling scene can be like pulling teeth. Literally. With Emmy nominations voting underway, TheWrap spoke to Russell, star of FX’s period spy drama “The Americans,” about Season 3’s highlights. Among them: An excruciating scene during which her TV husband Philip (played by Matthew Rhys) yanks a chomper out of her mouth with a primitiveness that would make the dentist from “The Marathon Man” wince. Also Read: 'Chicago Pd's' Sophia Bush on Her Character's Emotional Meltdown and 5 Other Emmy Contender Quickies Read on for TheWrap’s conversation with Russell. TheWrap: What was the toughest thing you had to do. »
- Tim Kenneally
"I remember them telling us about Paige and thinking, oh my God, it's finally come to pass," says Matthew Rhys about one of the biggest revelations in the third season of "The Americans," which aired this spring. He and Keri Russell play Kgb spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, and in the episode "Stingers," they finally revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor). (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Is 'The Americans' Emmy-bound after Critics' Choice win? (Editors' slugfest) "It was three seasons of anticipation … and they threw us this enormous T-bone steak to get our teeth into," says Rhys of the Jennings' coming-out scene. But even though they risked exposure and arrest by telling their daughter, he thinks it was a relief for the secretive couple to come clean. "What they've been living and dealing with," he says, "is this press..."' »
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. Mad Men casting directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino explain their choice for best child actor of the year. The nominees are: Holly Taylor, The AmericansForrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, Fresh Off the BoatEmma Kenney, ShamelessUrsula Parker, LouieKiernan Shipka, Mad Men And the winner is ...Holly Taylor, The Americans You know a child actor is good when they get to play real scenes, not just moments. These scenes are usually with their parents. You know a child actor is great when they get to play scenes with anybody else. But you know that kid is really something special when they get to play a scene by themselves, talking into a phone, and we don’t even get to see the other side of the call. That’s how season three of The Americans ends, with Paige, »
- Laura Schiff,Carrie Audino
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. Here, The Americans' showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields make their pick for best episode of the year. The nominees for Best Episode are: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," Inside Amy Schumer "St. Mark’s," Broad City "Stingers," The Americans "Get the Rope," The Knick "Person to Person," Mad Men And the winner is ..."12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," Inside Amy Schumer There were a lot of great episodes of television this year, and a lot of great episodes of Inside Amy Schumer. But we’re going with Schumer’s “12 Angry Men” as the episode that topped them all — as funny as any comedy, but able to rip apart the human psyche as surely as any drama. The episode is based, of course, on the classic film 12 Angry Men —shot in black and white, »
- Joel Fields,Joe Weisberg
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. Up next, Matt Zoller Seitz provides audio commentary for his pick for Best Direction of the year. Steven Soderbergh, The Knick ("Get the Rope") Thomas Schlamme, The Americans ("Open House") Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones ("Hardhome") Ryan McFaul, Inside Amy Schumer, ("12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer") Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul ("Pimento") And the winner is ...Steven Soderbergh for The Knick. »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Deutschland 83, Season 1, Episode 1, “Quantum Jump”
Written by Anna Winger
Directed by Edward Berger
Airs Wednesdays at 11pm (Et) on SundanceTV
Germany isn’t known for its television programming. While Scandinavia has produced worldwide sensations like The Killing, The Bridge, Wallander, and Borgen, and France exported The Returned, Germany has been largely content to get by on its reputation for fine beer, upscale autos, and rabid soccer fans, while importing most of its TV dramas.
There were some indications that Germany’s long disinterest in television artistry was coming to an end in 2013 when Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter) premiered to mostly positive reviews. The World War II drama, which follows an idealistic group of young friends as they are changed by war, was broadcast in Germany and Europe as a mini-series and initially released as a film in the U.S. before landing on Netflix in serialized form. »
- A.R. Wilson
Dwight Eisenhower learned an essential lesson during World War II: “Plans are useless, but planning is essential.”
In that respect, Ike probably would have made a helluva showrunner.
A longform series may play seamlessly, but odds are its writers have been agile at deviating from initial plans.
Showrunners typically kick off with what “The Americans” (FX, pictured) creator Joe Weisberg calls “the Super Duper Master Document,” full of unifying themes and anticipated character journeys. Matthew Weiner would brief his “Mad Men” (AMC) staff for two or three introductory days, while Graham Yost would share his ideas with “Justified” (FX) actors each July.
Once production starts, though, TV writers find something almost always arises that presses them to shift gears.
“Sometimes that’s something surprising and unexpected and immediately satisfying,” says “The Americans” writer-producer Joel Fields. “And sometimes it’s just some kind of challenge that hits. Either way, you have »
- Bob Verini
HBO has released our first on-set look at Kerry Washington as Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, who, in 1991, gave testimony that accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment while she was working for him, derailing his ascension to the highest court in the land. It's the subject of Rick Famuyiwa's upcoming Confirmation, in which Thomas will be played by the great Wendell Pierce, who has a long history with HBO in both The Wire and the superb post-Katrina drama Treme. I wouldn't exactly expect as lovable personages as his beleaguered Baltimore detective, Bunk, or the Trombone-blowing Antoine Batiste in his depiction of the famously flippant Thomas, however. [caption id="attachment_374901" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Open Road Films[/caption] The film, written by Erin Brockovich and In Her Shoes scribe Susannah Grant, will also serve as Famuyiwa's follow-up to his enjoyable, enlivening Dope, which hits theaters in a limited release this coming weekend. »
- Chris Cabin
The Scandal star will play Anita Hill — a lawyer who worked as an adviser to the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and who later was called upon to testify about reports he had sexually harassed her — in the upcoming dramatization of Thomas’ 1991 confirmation hearings.
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