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TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas Nominees Announced

  • Variety
In today’s TV news roundup, Humanitas has released the finalists for the 45th Annual Humanitas Prize, and YouTube announced a new beauty competition series hosted by James Charles.

Castings

Jason Kennedy has been named as the host of E!’s new series “In The Room.“ The “E! News” host will bring viewers inside celebrity homes for in-depth interviews and conversation around their latest projects, products, passions and more. Several primetime specials of the series will be aired before its full launch. Four-time Super Bowl Mvp Tom Brady will be featured in the first episode premiering, Dec. 4. Watch a preview clip below:

Dates

“The Degenerates” will return with Season 2 Dec. 31, Netflix announced. The comedy stand-up series will feature six new and unfiltered sets from Adrienne Iapalucci, Donnell Rawlings, Jim Norton, Nikki Glaser, Ms. Pat and Robert Kelly. Watch a first look below:

Developments

YouTube Originals and James Charles have teamed
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Humanitas Prize Finalists Include ‘Bombshell’, ‘When They See Us’

  • Deadline
Humanitas Prize Finalists Include ‘Bombshell’, ‘When They See Us’
Finalists have been revealed for the 2020 Humanitas Prize, which honors film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding in the human family. Titles include awards-season heavies Bombshell, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and The Farewell on the film side and When They See Us, Pose, This Is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale on the small-screen side.

It’s the 45th year for the honors that hands out awards in 10 categories — two new categories, Limited Series, TV Movie or Special and Short Film, are newcomers this year.

Winners will be announced at the 45th annual Humanitas Prize ceremony January 24, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Drama Feature Film

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster; inspired by the article “Can You Say… Hero?” by Tom Junod

A Hidden Life

Written and directed by Terrence Malick
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Game of Thrones and Fleabag win big at the 2019 Emmy Awards

It may not have proven to be a success with much of its audience, but the Emmy voters certainly seemed impressed by the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, with the epic fantasy series leading the winners at the 2019 Emmy Awards with twelve nominations across the Primetime and Creative Arts categories, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

It was also a huge night for Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was the recipient of the awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while the show also received the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

Here’s the big winners from the night, and you can check out a list of all the awards winners across every category via the official Emmy site here…

Outstanding drama series

Better Call Saul
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Emmys 2019: The Full List Of Winners

Game of ThronesHBO/Sky Atlantic/ YouTube

The Emmy awards were dished out last night celebrating the best in television around the world. We have a full list of winners below but the big winners on the night were Game Of Thrones which took outstanding drama series for its final season which aired earlier in the year. Peter Dinklage took home the award for best supporting drama actor, also for Game Of Thrones.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant Fleabag also dominated proceedings which walked away with outstanding comedy series, best comedy writing and best leading comedy actress.

Jodie Comer took home the prize for best leading drama actress for her role of Villanelle in Killing Eve.

There were also awards for Ben Whishaw, who was awarded for best supporting actor in a limited series for A Very English Scandal.

The Netflix film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch scored outstanding television movie while
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How Emmy-Nominated Writers’ Rooms Keep Politics in Mind

  • Variety
In a world filled with elections, social movements and national tragedies, how open should the doors of a writers’ room actually be? For some of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows, those doors are wide open.

Before the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sept. 22, the Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Variety and Final Draft, assembled a group of nominated scribes Wednesday night for a candid discussion of their craft — including the influence that current events have on their writing.

Actor and writer Kelvin Yu moderated the panel, featuring Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”), Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine (“PEN15”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), Michael Tolkin and Brett Johnson (“Escape at Dannemora”), David Mandel (“Veep”), Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”), Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Thomas Schnauz (“Better Call Saul”), Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan (“The Good Place
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From Ben Stiller to Ava DuVernay, Authenticity Proved Key to Scoring Emmy Noms

  • Variety
Television has never looked quite like this before, with so many conversation-starting, cultural narrative-altering stories that incite, invite, or ignite something in viewers. Telling tales of grounded, often tough, topics through heightened worlds is frequently a way to soften the blow of such hard-to-watch material. Viewers may be enticed by the spectacle of gimmick (as in Hulu’s “Pen15” in which adults play teenage versions of themselves); the allure of a simpler time (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from Amazon Prime Video), the desire to re-experience something with hindsight (Netflix’s “When They See Us”) or even the flash of fantasy (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). While it can be challenging to balance serious material matter in a larger-than-life setting, the key for many of this year’s Emmy nominees in the writing and directing categories is authenticity and care in creation.

Ava DuVernay wrote and directed all four episodes of “When They See Us,
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The Central Park 8: ‘When They See Us’ is tied for the 2nd most Emmy acting nominations Ever for a limited series

The Central Park 8: ‘When They See Us’ is tied for the 2nd most Emmy acting nominations Ever for a limited series
We expected “When They See Us” to do well in the Emmy nominations, but we had no idea it would do this well. Telling the true story of the five boys wrongly convicted of a brutal rape in New York City, it earned 16 nominations overall, including Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Writing (Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury) and Best Movie/Mini Directing (DuVernay). But where it really walloped us was in the acting categories, where it received eight bids. That’s the second most acting nominations ever for a limited series.

The all-time record is 13 nominations, shared by “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976) and “Roots” (1977). Those totals were massive, but they’re a little deceptive for “Rich Man,” since it had eight acting categories to compete in, twice as many as there are now. In addition to the categories for continuing performances, there were four more categories for single performances,
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Emmy nominations talking points: HBO back on top, ‘Game Of Thrones’ rules

Emmy nominations talking points: HBO back on top, ‘Game Of Thrones’ rules
HBO dominates, Netflix wants a trophy, ‘Fleabag’ earns first nods.

Last year, Netflix became the first streaming service to lead the Emmy nominations field on 112 nods compared to the 108 for long-time Emmy champ HBO. This year, Netflix was tipped by some to beat HBO’s nominations record of 126 set in 2015 but thanks largely to Game Of Thrones, the premium cable network regained its crown, with an impressive 137 nods to Netflix’s 117.

The streamer could still unseat its Emmy rival when the awards are handed out in September – last year the two companies tied on 23 wins each – but the odds now
See full article at ScreenDaily »

2019 Emmy nominations talking points: HBO back on top, ‘Game Of Thrones’ rules

HBO dominates, Netflix wants a trophy, ‘Fleabag’ earns first nods.

Last year, Netflix became the first streaming service to lead the Emmy nominations field on 112 nods compared to the 108 for long-time Emmy champ HBO. This year, Netflix was tipped by some to beat HBO’s nominations record of 126 set in 2015 but thanks largely to Game Of Thrones, the premium cable network regained its crown, with an impressive 137 nods to Netflix’s 117.

The streamer could still unseat its Emmy rival when the awards are handed out in September – last year the two companies tied on 23 wins each – but the odds now
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Ava DuVernay panel discussion with ‘When They See Us’ behind-the-scenes talent: ‘The people I really depended on’ [Watch]

Netflix highlighted the crafts of “When They See Us” during a recent special event at their Fysee space. The panel discussion, which took place at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood and was moderated by the show’s own writer-director Ava DuVernay, shined a spotlight on a variety of behind-the-scenes talents who spoke about their work on the limited series. Watch the full 47-minute Q&a above.

See Terilyn A. Shropshire and Michelle Tesoro interview: ‘When They See Us’ editors

When They See Us” tells the shattering true story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise, formerly known as the Central Park Five, now known more and more as the Exonerated Five. As teenagers in 1989, they were wrongfully accused of raping a white jogger in New York City. They were convicted and spent years behind bars and as registered sex offenders until their sentences were finally vacated
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Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

  • Variety
Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere
When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series on Netflix for the past 13 days.

“‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the Us every day since it premiered on May 31,” the streamer tweeted Wednesday.

But Netflix didn’t provide any additional info beyond that, and it has selectively doled out self-reported numbers in the past to tout the popularity of some of its original series and films.

The four-part Netflix series was created by DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed. She retweeted Netflix’s post about “When They See Us,” commenting only: “*faints*.”

*faints* https://t.co/3W6GbOZpMG

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 12, 2019

The show has led to a backlash against Linda Fairstein, the New York
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Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Emmy Fysee Event To Air On Own & Netflix

  • Deadline
Netflix and Own will air Sunday’s Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now Emmy Fysee panel on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. The conversations, hosted by Winfrey and DuVernay, will be recorded and will air immediately following the Season 4 premiere of DuVernay’s Queen Sugar drama series at 9 Pm June 12 on Own.

Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now will also feature Winfrey’s sit-down interview with the exonerated five men of the Central Park Five 1989 case for the first time. The conversations, closing out Netflix’s Fysee event, are set for Sunday at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

Created, co-written and directed by DuVernay, the four-part When They See Us Now chronicles the notorious real-life case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

The event will include two conversations, the first with series’ actors Niecy Nash,
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Must See: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” Debuts On Netflix

When They See Us

In 2012, Ken Burns made the documentary called The Central Park Five. Wamg’s Melissa Thompson wrote how the film told of the story of five black teenagers who were arrested in 1989 for the brutal beating and rape of a woman jogger in New York’s Central Park .

“What followed was one of the worst miscarriages of justice anyone could ever imagine. Starting with the New York City cops who interrogated the boys without parents or lawyers present, to the media, who created a mob-mentality screaming with bloodlust, with their tabloid headlines and made up term “wilding wolf pack” to whip the public into a frenzy of demands for the death penalty.

And all the while these poor kids had nothing to do with the horrific crime, other than the fact that they were in the park on that same night. There was absolutely no evidence connecting them to the case,
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

When They See Us Review (Spoiler Free)

Ana DuVernay subverts injustice in the emotionally jarring When They See Us.

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This When They See Us review contains no spoilers except historical.

New York City was displaced over the past generation as gentrification became tourism friendly. The seeds of the changing face of the city come from the urban fears which gave rise to films like Taxi Driver and Death Wish. The 1980s saw a subway vigilante symbolize knee-jerk reactionaries to a nationwide audience. The decade ended on headlines of a horrifically callous rape in Central Park and teenage "wilding." When They See Us is a long hard look at an open wound which finally offers something more than a scab as healing.

Ava DuVernay, who directed the four installments, and co-wrote the screenplay with Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, Michael Starrbury and Julian Breece, does an amazing job. Parts of When They See Us hurt to watch,
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‘When They See Us’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Powerful Netflix Limited Series Wears on You

‘When They See Us’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Powerful Netflix Limited Series Wears on You
Ava DuVernay, earnestly and repeatedly, is looking to America’s youth to find inspiration for its future. Her last feature, the ambitious “Wrinkle in Time” adaptation, focused on a young girl trying to find her long-lost father, and its star, Storm Reid, appears briefly in the director’s next piece, “When They See Us.” Retelling events surrounding the notorious Central Park jogger case by focusing on the boys wrongfully convicted of the crime, the limited series once titled “Central Park 5” examines yet another theft of innocence — this one systemically enforced by America’s powers that be.

When They See Us” hits hardest in its final hour, which is a break in format both much-needed and illustrative of what was missing in the previous three. Focusing on one of the convicted kids and tracking his experience from the shocking ruling to its overdue dismissal decades later, DuVernay finds a potent blend of style and substance,
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in May, and the Best Reasons to Watch

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in May, and the Best Reasons to Watch
1. “When They See Us” (available May 31)

Why Should I Watch? Ava DuVernay is bringing her keen directorial eye to yet another medium. The director of features like “Selma,” TV series like “Queen Sugar,” and documentaries like “13th” is trying her hand at the limited series format with “When They See Us,” a four-hour scripted drama tracking the so-called Central Park Five’s rigged trial, 25 years in prison, and telling recent developments. DuVernay directs all four episodes and co-wrote each episode with Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury. The sprawling cast is filled with talented newcomers and veterans alike — from Michael K. Williams (“The Wire”) and Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) to Jovan Adepo (“The Leftovers”) and Kylie Bunbury (“Pitch”) — while the producers include media legends like Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro. There’s a hook here for every entertainment fan, very much including DuVernay, who’s keeping the focus on the kids.
See full article at Indiewire »

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series ‘When They See Us’ Gets First Trailer on Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has released the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” a four-part limited series about the wrongly convicted Central Park Five.

Based on the true case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit, the show follows the young men in the spring of 1989 when they are first questioned about the brutal assault of a Caucasian female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The later part of the series will also see them as men, spanning 25 years and highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement they reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“Why are they doing us like this?” one of the boys asks in the trailer. “What other way they ever do us?” replies another.

The trailer shows snippets of courtroom battles, press coverage and family devastation in the wake of the trial and subsequent convictions.
See full article at Variety »

‘When They See Us': Netflix Drops Gripping First Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s Central Park 5 Drama (Video)

  • The Wrap
Netflix released the first full-length trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming limited series “When They See Us,” based on the true story of the Central Park 5.

The four-part series debuts Friday, May 31.

Per Netflix, “based on a true story that gripped the country, ‘When They See Us’ will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.”

Also Read: Netflix to Open New York City Production Hub

“When They See Us” stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo,
See full article at The Wrap »

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Series Gets New Title – Watch First Teaser Here (Video)

  • The Wrap
Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Series Gets New Title – Watch First Teaser Here (Video)
Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Netflix limited series, “The Central Park Five,” has gotten a new title, a premiere date, and its first teaser.

On Friday, the streamer released the date announcement video for the four-part show, now titled, “When They See Us,” which will premiere on May 31.

DuVernay had the honor of dropping the short clip herself, tweeting along with it, “Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. A film in four parts about who they really are. When They See Us.”

Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. A film in
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‘When They See Us’ First Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series Gets Release Date

‘When They See Us’ First Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series Gets Release Date
The creative partnership of Ava DuVernay and online streaming giant Netflix has already led to an increased attention to the history of racial injustice in America. Now, a dramatized version of one of the country’s most infamous shortcomings of the country’s judicial system is looking to continue that focus. Netflix has released a first look for their next project with the “Wrinkle in Time” director: “When They See Us,” an upcoming DuVernay-directed limited series premiering later this year.

Starring an impressive ensemble and co-written by Robin Swicord, Attica Locke, and Michael Starrbury, the four-part series will go beyond April 1989, when five men — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, collectively known as the “Central Park Five” — were charged with the assault of a young woman jogging through Central Park. As hinted in the trailer below, the series will follow the title group of men
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