There is probably no group of Emmy categories that has been more battered and bruised over the years than those of movies and miniseries. In addition to being combined into a single category in 2011, movies and miniseries almost lost their separate supporting categories earlier this year, but the TV Academy jettisoned the rule change before it ever went into effect. And some anti-movie/mini TV Academy execs have even proposed eliminating movie/minis from the Primetime Emmy telecast, creating a separate show that could be sold to HBO or another cable channel with a vested interest in the format. Nevertheless, the movie/mini category has seen both ratings and production increase in the last two years, which is fortunate for one simple reason: Movies and minis give the Emmy show true star power. Past winners include prestigious performers like Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Jessica Lange and, last year, Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore. Plus, the contenders change every year, as opposed to regular programming categories like comedy and drama, which often honor the same shows and performers year after year. So now that movies and minis are back in full force, who are the likely frontrunners to triumph this year?
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BBC Two‘s five-part period drama Parade’s End leads the nominees for BAFTA‘s television craft awards with five. The adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels started airing on HBO on February 26, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson. It took mentions for production design and Tom Stoppard’s writing, among others. Also figuring heavily among the nominees are BBC Two and HBO’s Hitchcock drama The Girl, BBC One and BBC America‘s Ripper Street and BBC Two and BBC America’s cancelled The Hour. Other shows known to U.S. audiences, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey, Top Gear and The Thick Of It also scored nods. Olympics programming, inlcuding Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony and Stephen Daldry’s closing ceremony are nommed as is the fictional comedy series about the Games, Twenty Twelve. Awards will be handed out on April 28 in London. Click over for a full list of nominees: Read More »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
After today’s TCA session on HBO’s miniseries Parade’s End, based on four World War I-era novels by Ford Madox Ford, director Susanna White told Deadline that PBS’ popular Downton Abbey, set in loosely the same era, was not an inspiration for her. “We were commissioned ahead of Downton,” said White of the five part mini, which is set to premiere February 26. “It’s obviously the same time period more or less, but ours is much less of an Upstairs Downstairs world. We are coming from the standpoint of being an adaptation of this series of novels. We’re coming from a slightly different place.” And what place is that? “I’d call it Downton Abbey meets The Wire,” the director quipped.
On the panel, White appeared with stars Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens. Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Christopher Tietjens, appeared with writer Tom Stoppard via satellite. The actor, who appeared in the movie War Horse, is perhaps best known for the BBC’s popular series Sherlock. He called the chance to speak the words of the distinguished Stoppard, as well as those of Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, “humbling, because they are far brighter than you could possibly be.” Read More »