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Emmy Predictions: Netflix Looks To Mirror Last Year’s Victory With ‘USS Callister’ For TV Movie, Plus Hammond’s Dream Choices In Key Categories

Deadline Awards Columnist and Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond gives his take on contenders in the key categories for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here, he breaks down the category of Outstanding Television Movie.

There can be no question that the once very prestigious Emmy competition for Outstanding TV Movie was one of the richest categories around. Now, ever since being split again from the Limited Series category, it is floundering around, barely able to come up with the requisite five nominees. This year’s crop is fairly lackluster, and once again taking the questionable step of plucking a nominee from an anthology series and calling it a movie.

Fahrenheit 451

HBO

Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel about book-burning was turned into a film for Julie Christie and Oskar Werner in 1966, and director Ramin Bahrani apparently thought it would still have relevance today.
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Emmy Predictions: It’s The Battle Of Defending Champs As ‘Handmaids’ And ‘Thrones’ Go Once Again As Best Drama Series

Deadline Awards Columnist and Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond gives his take on contenders in the key categories for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here, he breaks down the category of Outstanding Drama Series.

This category made history last year by ushering in five first-season nominees in Emmy’s most prestigious and difficult-to-crack category. Of course, it helped that two-time winner Game of Thrones took a year off to help give the new guys a chance. It’s back this year, but so are those five first-timers, who, in typical Emmy fashion, apparently set a course to be players in this category for years to come, as all five got nods for their sophomore seasons—yet another unprecedented moment in Emmy history. With another perennial nominee, Better Call Saul, taking this season off—the first time in years that six-time Drama Series winner AMC has not had a nominee—the real
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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Executive Producer Isn’t a Fan of ‘The Crown,’ But Likes Claire Foy

Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Executive Producer Isn’t a Fan of ‘The Crown,’ But Likes Claire Foy
Pity the Peak TV Emmy voter. The job of choosing the cream of the TV crop used to be so easy. But in an age of hundreds — really, thousands — of TV programs, even the most well-versed viewer hasn’t seen everything. And as we’ve noticed in recent days via these anonymous ballots, sometimes it does come down to talent who have impressed in the past, or who are well-liked in the community. How much does that play a role in who ultimately wins? For one thing, it explains why so many incumbent winners manage to repeat.

IndieWire reached out to creatives across the industry this year to share their own Emmy ballots, anonymously, and explain why they made their choices. Performers, writers, producers, publicists, executives, and craftspeople from across the industry offered up their answers, and IndieWire has been posting some of those ballots this week and next week.
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Praise be! Will Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) be 7th person to win back-to-back Emmys as Best Drama Supporting Actress?

Praise be! Will Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) be 7th person to win back-to-back Emmys as Best Drama Supporting Actress?
Last year, Ann Dowd’s Emmy win for “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” first season was one of the biggest surprises of the evening as Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) seemed to be the frontrunner to win. Dowd was able to overcome vote splitting with her co-star Samira Wiley, but it remains unclear whether she will be able to overcome two of her co-stars this year. This time around, she is up against Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Newton.

If Dowd prevails, she’ll be the seventh in Best Drama Supporting Actress to win back-to-back Emmys, joining Ellen Corby, Nancy Marchand, Bonnie Bartlett, Allison Janney, Blythe Danner and Anna Gunn.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

Looking back at last year’s race,
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‘Snowpiercer’: ‘Walking Dead’ Alum Steven Ogg To Recur In TNT Drama

‘Snowpiercer’: ‘Walking Dead’ Alum Steven Ogg To Recur In TNT Drama
The Walking Dead alum Steven Ogg is set for a key recurring role opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller based on the acclaimed 2013 movie of the same name by Bong Joon-ho, from Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T.

Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, It centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.

Ogg will play Pike. Hardened and battle-scarred, Pike was a career convict, serving time in Cook County Jail for armed robbery at the time of the Freeze but escaped. He is a leader in the Tail and a warrior of his people.

Ogg played Simon in The Walking Dead, a character who was introduced in
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‘Westworld’ Composer Talks Traditional Japanese Sound For Shogun World & New Themes For ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

‘Westworld’ Composer Talks Traditional Japanese Sound For Shogun World & New Themes For ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7
A master of sounds epic and intimate, known for his work on Westworld and Game of Thrones, composer Ramin Djawadi long ago crafted distinctive sounds for each of these series, defining the broad strokes of their sonic palettes. After two seasons of the former series and seven of the latter, these early decisions remain important, though they don’t sum up the battle of the composer’s craft.

With GoT since Season 1 back in 2011, Djawadi’s journey with the series has been a process of forward motion, where expansion and innovation have existed side by side with reimagining and reinterpretation. “What I love with Game of Thrones is, every season, I get to continue to develop the existing themes; every season, I also get to write new themes,” the composer shares. For Season 7, the composer would have to hone in on new themes involving three major players battling for the future of Westeros.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry Made Meghan Markle Turn Down an Invite to Present at This Year's Emmys

That would have been so cool! Meghan Markle was reportedly asked to present an award at this year's Emmys but Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth made her turn down the opportunity, according to Life & Style. "Meghan couldn't wait to show Harry off, but the palace wouldn't allow it," a source revealed. "There's a lot of planning that goes into a trip now that she's a Duchess. Nevertheless, it was a bit of letdown." Thankfully, Meghan has other plans that could lead to an award show outing in her future. "She's hoping to shoot a documentary about her humanitarian work that could earn her an Emmy, or maybe even an Oscar!" the insider added. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Earlier this month, sources told the UK's The Sun that the Duchess of Sussex "politely turned down" the offer to present at the Emmys and the decision for her to skip the
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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Publicist Says ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Have Gone Downhill, But Raves for ‘Barry’

HBO’s “Barry” was the kind of show that snuck up on the industry and impressed everyone with its complexities. Created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, the show constantly surprised as it starred Hader as a military vet-turned-hitman who stumbled into an acting class — and saw it as an escape from his tortured, inner demons.

Sprinkled with memorable performances by the legendary Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, and Anthony Carrigan, the show quickly became a critical favorite — and bigtime Emmy Awards contender. Nominated for 13 Emmys, including outstanding comedy series, the show is also the choice to win big by a publicist who filled out IndieWire’s anonymous Emmy ballot.

“We live in darker than usual times, and “Barry” is the right show for the moment,” the publicist wrote. Their ballot also picked Hader and Winkler for acting wins. Beyond that, the publicist is big on “The Americans,” “Genius: Picasso,
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Emmys: Introducing ‘Glow,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Counterpart’s’ Stories in Seconds

Emmys: Introducing ‘Glow,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Counterpart’s’ Stories in Seconds
“Main Title Design” may not sound like the most glamorous Emmy award out there, or even as crucial an element as it is to a series. But while it’s often underrated, a show’s titles do all the heavy lifting right at the start, setting the tone and pace, and giving audiences a taste of what’s to come in terms of themes, characters, visual aesthetic and artistic ambition. It’s a tall order for such a short sequence, but when done right, it economically conveys all that and more, as evidenced by this year’s five Emmy nominees.

The Alienist (pictured above)

TNT

Combined with its pulsing, urgent score, the opening’s flickering montage quickly paints a vivid picture of late-1800s New York City. Gas lamps, the Statue of Liberty, ambitious bridges and buildings under construction all act as a backdrop to the crime-solving drama that follows.
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Will Be A “Radical Shift” According To Showrunners

Since the contentious season 2 finale of HBO‘s hit “Westworld,” fans have been processing, questioning, and analyzing what could possibly come next. The series, which has been a critical and commercial smash since its inception in 2016, will have a third season in 2020. Obviously, that gives devotees quite some time to mull over any negative takeaways from season 2. And as a bit of optimism, season 3will offer a new phase for the series, according to showrunners.

Continue reading ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Will Be A “Radical Shift” According To Showrunners at The Playlist.
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Julia Roberts TV thriller 'Homecoming' to premiere at Tiff Primetime

Julia Roberts TV thriller 'Homecoming' to premiere at Tiff Primetime
French sci-fi Ad Vitam to screen. Industry programme includes ‘inclusion rider’ academic Dr Stacy Smith, Werner Herzog.

Tiff top brass on Thursday (August 16) unveiled the Primetime sidebar of TV selections including the first four hours of Amazon StudiosJulia Roberts psychological TV thriller Homecoming, while Taika Waititi makes his first visit to the festival as part of a diverse industry programme.

Homecoming, directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, is based on the podcast by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg about the truth behind a military reintegration facility.

Primetime brings a very international flavour to its fourth annual selection this year.
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Emmys 2018 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?

From Gilead to Westeros, this year’s Emmy nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series are all over the (fictional) map.

The Handmaid’s Tale dominates the category, with three of the seven nominated actresses coming from Hulu’s gut-wrenching dystopian drama. Ann Dowd won last year for her chilling portrayal of Aunt Lydia, and she’s back in the mix again, joined by co-stars Alexis Bledel (who won in the Guest Actress category last year as Emily/Ofglen) and Yvonne Strahovski, a first-time nominee as wife Serena Joy — but there are a few non-Gilead contenders in the running,
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Bad Robot hires A+E exec for TV role

Bad Robot hires A+E exec for TV role
Carlos Williams joins in the newly-created role of head of business operations, television.

Westworld and Mission: Impossible producer Bad Robot has hired a former A+E Networks and Warner Bros executive to work with Ben Stephenson on its TV division’s business strategy.

Carlos Williams joins in the newly-created role of head of business operations, television at Jj Abrahams’ company and will provide oversight of all TV output and help to establish operational guidelines and a strategy for the division.

Williams was previously head of West Coast business and legal affairs for A+E Networks and A+E Studios, where he oversaw
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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Director Has Soured on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ But Pays Tribute to the End of ‘The Americans’

Emmy voters have some tough choices to make in the coming days, as some of the most talented multi-hyphenates in the business face off in key categories. In this edition of IndieWire’s Anonymous Emmy Ballots, we asked an accomplished director to share his picks — and they came with some agonizing decisions.

In lead actress in a comedy series, for example, our voter raved for new star Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and writer/stars like Issa Rae and Pamela Adlon, before choosing Tracee Ellis Ross.

And speaking of “Mrs. Maisel,” our director couldn’t stop raving about creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, whom they called “the illegitimate child of Elaine May and Vincente Minelli.” But ultimately they couldn’t resist the tour de force “Atlanta.”

For drama actor, the voter similarly loved the evolution of “Ozark’s” Jason Bateman, but ultimately picked Matthew Rhys in his final season of “The Americans.
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‘Westworld’ Creators Have Had a Plan for Season 3 Since the Pilot

‘Westworld’ Creators Have Had a Plan for Season 3 Since the Pilot
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve watched “Westworld” through the Season 2 finale.)

Westworld” Season 2 won’t look like anything to you when the third installment of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s hit HBO sci-fi series rolls around. Well, we can only assume, seeing as it sounds like what many critics and fans thought was a convoluted sophomore year compared to the already-complicated freshman venture, is a walk in the Western-themed park compared to what the married co-creators tell TheWrap they are cooking up next.

“Yes, Season 3 of ‘Westworld’ is definitely going to be a big undertaking,” Nolan told TheWrap, while discussing the 21 Emmy nominations the drama received this year — including nods for Outstanding Drama, and actors Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Series Finale: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Promises Us 'All the Pieces Fit' in the End

“Yes,
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Emmy Predictions: Elisabeth Moss Likely To Repeat As Drama Series Actress But Claire Foy And Keri Russell Circling For The Win

Emmy Predictions: Elisabeth Moss Likely To Repeat As Drama Series Actress But Claire Foy And Keri Russell Circling For The Win
Two past winners in the category, versus four past Emmy nominees trying to break into that exclusive club—including the first ever Asian contender here—make up the extremely competitive lineup for Drama Series Lead Actress this year. I could easily have seen slots go to Ozark’s Laura Linney or Maggie Gyllenhaal of The Deuce, or This Is Us star Mandy Moore after her exemplary season, but the field turned out to be simply too crowded. So can it be Keri Russell on her last season for The Americans, or Sandra Oh on her first for Killing Eve as upsets? Or will we crown Claire Foy’s exit as the Queen? Here’s the analysis…
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Westworld showrunners tell fans to expect “radical shift” in season 3

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the showrunners on Wesworld, have promised a “radical shift” for season three.

With the climatic and surprising events of the season two finale of Westworld, it’s safe to assume things will be quite different once season three makes it way to our TV screens.

How different can fans expect season three to be? Well, according to Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld’s showrunners, the change-up will be significant. Nolan told THR: “I think it’s a radical shift. What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn’t expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we’re telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Promises Us ‘All the Pieces Fit’ in the End

‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Promises Us ‘All the Pieces Fit’ in the End
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve watched through the Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones.”)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is just as tight-lipped about the final season of “Game of Thrones” as all his co-stars who have been asked to dish on the last six episodes of the hit HBO fantasy series. So while he couldn’t tell TheWrap pretty much anything about the upcoming Season 8 (because then he’d “get a bunch of angry calls”) he did tease the heck out of the series finale.

And don’t worry, because Coster-Waldau says “all the pieces fit” in the end.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Creators Have Had a Plan for Season 3 Since the Pilot

“I read it, and I wrote [creators] Dan [“D.B.” Weiss] and David [Benioff] and said I don’t think they could have done a better job,” Colster-Waldau — who plays Jaime Lannister — told TheWrap, while discussing his recent Emmy nomination for the role.
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Emmy Predictions: Will Sterling K. Brown Prevail Again Or Is Upset Looming In Drama Series Actor Race?

Emmy Predictions: Will Sterling K. Brown Prevail Again Or Is Upset Looming In Drama Series Actor Race?
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

It’s co-star versus co-star in the Lead Actor race this time around, as Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris battle for the gold, while This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia face off again for the second year running. Brown won that round in 2017—but will Ventimiglia prevail in the rematch? The category also sees the return of Matthew Rhys of The Americans, which is looking at its final chance for glory this year, and making his debut in the category is Jason Bateman, who also has a directing nomination for first year Netflix series Ozark.

Jason Bateman

Ozark

Netflix

Bateman has been nominated twice previously—in 2005 and 2013 for Arrested Development. But he was overlooked for Mitchell Hurwitz’s series this time around and made the switch instead to Drama. The actor finds himself up for two Emmys,
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‘Drunk History’: Always a drunk bridesmaid, never a drunk bride at the Emmys, but Comedy Central has beaten ‘SNL’ before

‘Drunk History’: Always a drunk bridesmaid, never a drunk bride at the Emmys, but Comedy Central has beaten ‘SNL’ before
Only three shows have been nominated for Best Variety Sketch Series all four years the category has been presented at the Emmys: reigning champ “Saturday Night Live” and perennial bridesmaids “Portlandia” and “Drunk History.” “SNL” is the front-runner to win again according to our racetrack odds, but for three years the category has seen three different winners, and two of those came from Comedy Central. That could be good news for the cable network’s “Drunk History,” which dramatizes drunken retellings of real stories from history. So it might want to sober up before its category is announced on September 17, just in case.

When Best Variety Series was first divided into categories for talk shows and sketch shows in 2015, Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” was the beneficiary in the Variety Sketch Series race, not “SNL.” Then in 2016 “Schumer” was expected to win again, but was upset by another Comedy Central series,
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