The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert.
Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover. The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families. FX ordered the pilot to a 10-episode season in October 2015. Two weeks after the series premiered on September 6, 2016, FX announced that Atlanta had been renewed for a second season that will air in 2018.
The show received two Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedyfor Glover.
Black-ish (stylized as blackish) is an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, broadcast on ABC. The comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family. The series premiered on September 24, 2014 and in May 2017 was renewed for a fourth season, which will premiere in September 2017. Since the second-season premiere, the show has received critical acclaim, receiving many awards and nominations including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and a TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
Master of None is an American comedy-drama web television series, which was released for streaming on November 6, 2015 on Netflix. The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev Shah, a 30-year-old actor, mostly following his romantic, professional, and cultural experiences. The first season was set in New York City, and consisted of ten episodes.The show was well received by critics, appeared on multiple year-end top ten lists, and received multiple awards and nominations. The second season consists of ten episodes and was released on May 12, 2017.
Modern Family is an American television mockumentary sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. Pritchett's family includes his second wife, her son and his stepson, as well as his two adult children and their spouses and children. Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan conceived the series while sharing stories of their own "modern families". The series premiered on September 23, 2009, and the eighth season premiered on September 21, 2016. The series was renewed for a ninth and tenth season on May 10, 2017.
Modern Family was acclaimed by critics throughout its first season. The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice for Eric Stonestreet and twice for Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It has so far won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011.
Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley. The series premiered on April 6, 2014 on HBO.
Silicon Valley completed airing its fourth season on June 25, 2017, and has been renewed for a fifth season, which will premiere in 2018.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American television sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper in the title role, that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode first season on NBC for spring 2015, the show was sold to Netflix and given a two-season order.
The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski).
Since its premiere, the show has received critical acclaim, with critic Scott Meslow calling it "the first great sitcom of the streaming era". As of July 14, 2016, the series has been nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, including two nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.
On June 13, 2017 it was reported that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.
Veep is an American political satire comedy television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, that premiered on HBO on April 22, 2012. The series was created by Armando Iannucci as an adaptation of the British sitcom The Thick of It. Veep is set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series follows Meyer and her team as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define the American government.
Veep has received critical acclaim and won several major awards. It has been nominated five years in a row for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning the award for its fourth and fifth seasons. Its second and fourth seasons won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, with the third season winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Louis-Dreyfus' performance as Selina Meyer has won her five consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Critics' Choice Television Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Tony Hale has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Gary Walsh, including wins in 2013 and 2015. Supporting cast members Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole and Matt Walsh have also received Emmy nominations for their work on the series.
The series' 10-episode sixth season premiered on April 16, 2017.Veep has been renewed for a seventh season, which will premiere in 2018.
Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set between 2002 and 2003, Better Call Saul follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill (Bob Odenkirk), six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman; events after the original series are briefly explored as well.
The first season, which premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015, consists of 10 episodes. The show's 10-episode second season premiered on February 15, 2016. The series was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which premiered April 10, 2017. On June 27, 2017, the series was renewed by AMC for a 10-episode fourth season to air in 2018.
Like its predecessor, Better Call Saul has received critical acclaim. It has garnered several nominations, including fourteen Primetime Emmy Awards, seven Writers Guild of America Awards, five Critics' Choice Television Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and two Golden Globe Awards. The series premiere held the record for the highest-rated scripted series premiere in basic cable history at the time of its airing.
The Crown is a biographical drama television series, created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season covers the period between the Queen's marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret's engagement to Peter Townsend in 1955. A second season has been commissioned, which is intended to cover the Suez Crisis in 1956 through the retirement of the Queen's third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, in 1963 following the Profumo affair political scandal.
The entire first season was released on Netflix November 4, 2016. Its reception was overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising cast performances, direction, writing, cinematography, production values, and the relatively accurate historical accounts of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Significant praise was directed towards the performances of Foy in the leading role and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. The pair received the Screen Actors Guild Awardfor Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, amongst multiple other accolades, and were also recognized at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards, and the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where the show was also nominated for best drama, writing, and directing.
The Handmaid's Tale is an American television series created by Bruce Miller based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. It was ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, with the production beginning in late 2016.
In the near future, fertility rates collapse as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. With this chaos in place, the totalitarian, Christian theonomic government of "Gilead" establishes rule in the former United States in the aftermath of a civil war. Society is organized by power-hungry leaders along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of fanaticism and newly-created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read. Worldwide infertility has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, called handmaids, according to an "extremist interpretation" of a Biblical account. They are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized rape with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.
June Osborne, renamed Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is the Handmaid assigned to the home of Gileadan Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). She is subject to the strictest rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on her part can lead to her execution. Offred, who is named after her male master like all Handmaids, can remember the "time before", when she was married with a daughter and had her own name and identity, but all she can safely do now is follow the rules of Gilead in the hope that she can someday live free and be reunited with her daughter. The Waterfords, key players in the rise of Gilead, have their own conflicts with the realities of the society they have helped create.
House of Cards is an American political drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. The thirteen-episode first season premiered on February 1, 2013, on the streaming serviceNetflix. Thirteen-episode seasons followed on February 14, 2014, February 27, 2015, March 4, 2016, and May 30, 2017.
Set in 2010s Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip. After being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, he initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.
House of Cards has received positive reviews and several award nominations. To date, it has received 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Spacey, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Wright, for each of its first four seasons.It is the first original online-only web television series to receive major Emmy nominations. The show also earned eight Golden Globe Award nominations, with Wright winning for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2014 and Spacey winning for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2015.
Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror web television series created, written, directed and co-executive produced by the Duffer Brothers, as well as co-executive-produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. The first season stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine, with Noah Schnapp and Joe Keery in recurring roles. The second season will see Schnapp and Keery promoted to series regulars, along with the addition of Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.
Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy's friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to normal and consequences from that season.
The series was released on Netflix on July 15, 2016. It received critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and homages to 1980s genre films. The series has received several industry nominations and awards, including winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2016, and receiving eighteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. On August 31, 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of nine episodes, which is set to be released on October 27, 2017.
This Is Us is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016.The ensemble cast stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones. It is about the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they are similar and different.
The series has received positive reviews since its premiere, receiving nominations for Best Television Series – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the 7th Critics' Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. The cast has received accolades, with Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz receiving Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and Sterling K. Brown receiving a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. It was also nominated and won the MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Tearjerker Moment in 2017.
On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes. In January 2017, NBC renewed the series through its third season, for a total of 36 additional episodes, 18 per season. The second season is set to premiere on September 26, 2017.
Westworld is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO. It is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton, and to a lesser extent on the 1976 sequel Futureworld. It is the second TV series based on the two films, the first being the short-lived 1980 series Beyond Westworld. Nolan and Joy serve as executive producers along with J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk, with Nolan directing the pilot. The first season premiered on October 2, 2016, concluded on December 4, 2016, and consisted of ten episodes. In November 2016, HBO renewed the show for a ten-episode second season,planned for a 2018 debut.
The story takes place in the fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced Wild West–themed amusement park populated by android hosts. Westworld caters to high-paying guests, who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts.
The series' debut on HBO garnered the network's highest viewership ratings for a premiere since the first episode of True Detective in 2014 and Westworld ranks as the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever. Westworld has received positive reviews by critics, with particular praise for the visuals, story, and acting.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is an American late-night talk and news satire program that airs on TBS in the United States and on The Comedy Network in Canada. The show premiered on February 8, 2016, and is hosted by comedian Samantha Bee, a former correspondent on The Daily Show.
On November 16, 2016, TBS renewed the show for a second season, which began on February 15, 2017. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and broadcast on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, 2003, as the first program to air immediately following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXXVII. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is produced by Jackhole Productions in association with ABC Studios. Having aired for more than twice as long as either The Dick Cavett Show (1969–1975) or Politically Incorrect (1997–2002), it is the longest running late-night talk show in ABC's history at 14 years and counting as of March 18, 2017.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, often abridged as Last Week Tonight, is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show premiered on Sunday, April 27, 2014, on HBO. Last Week Tonight shares some similarities with Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where Oliver was previously featured as a correspondent and fill-in host, as it takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events, but on a weekly basis.
In February 2015, it was announced that the show had been renewed for two additional seasons of 35 episodes each. The show was renewed for a fourth season which premiered on February 12, 2017.
The Late Late Show with James Corden (also known as Late Late) is an American late-night talk show hosted by James Corden on CBS. It is the fourth iteration of The Late Late Show. Airing in the U.S. from Monday to Friday nights, it is taped in front of a studio audience Monday through Thursday afternoons – during weeks in which first-run episodes are scheduled to air – at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California in Studio 56, directly above the Bob Barker Studio (Studio 33). It is produced by Fulwell 73 and CBS Television Studios.
Corden was announced as the show's new host on September 8, 2014, succeeding Craig Ferguson. Originally scheduled to premiere on March 9, 2015, CBS later pushed back its premiere to March 23, 2015, in order to use the NCAA basketball tournament as a means of promoting Corden's debut.
On April 4, 2017, it was confirmed that Corden would bring The Late Late Show to the UK for three special episodes taped at the Central Hall Westminster. It was the third time in the history of the programme that it aired from another country, with Ferguson taking his incarnation to Paris, France in 2011 and Scotland in 2012.
Real Time with Bill Maher is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Much like his previous series Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and later ABC, Real Time features a panel of guests who discuss current events in politics and the media. Unlike the previous show, guests are usually more well-versed in the subject matter: more experts such as journalists, professors and politicians participate in the panel, and fewer actors and celebrities are included. Additionally, many guests appear via satellite.
HBO has renewed Real Time through 2018, for its 15th and 16th seasons.
Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner is an Emmy-nominated. American comedy game show hosted by Billy Eichner. During each episode, Eichner goes out to the streets of New York and asks pedestrians questions about pop culture. Recurring games are "For A Dollar" and "Quizzed in the Face". Eichner is also the executive producer and creator of the series.
The series premiered December 18, 2011 on Fuse and aired for three seasons. Starting with the fourth season, which premiered on October 8, 2015, the show airs on truTV. The show's fifth season premiered on November 15, 2016.
Documentary Now! is an American mockumentary television series on IFC, created by Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and director Rhys Thomas, with Armisen and Hader starring in the series and Thomas co-directing. The series spoofs celebrated documentary films by parodying the style of each documentary with a similar, but fictitious, subject. Helen Mirren serves as host for the series, which is executive produced by Armisen, Hader, Meyers, Thomas and SNL creator Lorne Michaels. The episode "DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon" premiered online on August 10, 2015 followed by the regular television premiere on August 20. The series has been renewed through season 3.
Drunk History is an American television comedy series produced by Comedy Central, based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner in 2007. In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played by a comedian joined by host Waters, struggles to recount an event from history, while actors enact the narrator's anecdotes and also lip sync the dialogue.
The series premiered on Comedy Central on July 9, 2013, and its second season premiered on July 1, 2014. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show's executive producers.
In addition to creator Derek Waters and celebrity guest stars, the show's additional characters are played by regulars Bennie Arthur, Tim Baltz, Mort Burke, Sarah Burns, Maria Blasucci, Craig Cackowski, Michael Cassady, Michael Coleman, Tymberlee Hill, Adam Nee, and Jeremy J. Tutson.
On January 13, 2017, Comedy Central renewed the show for a fifth season, which is set to premiere later in 2017.
Portlandia is a sketch comedy television series set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.The show is produced by Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions. It was created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it. It debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011.
The show shares its title with the sculpture of the same name that sits above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland, which appears in the show's title sequence. The show has won a Peabody Award.
In January 2017, the series was renewed for an eighth and final season to debut in 2018.
Saturday Night Live (abbreviated as SNL) is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest (who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast) and features performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.
Throughout four decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards, including 50 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth in TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME". As of 2012, it has received 156 Emmy nominations, the most received by any TV show. The live aspect of the show has resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts of sabotage by performers as well as guests.
Tracey Ullman's Show is a British sketch comedy television show starring Tracey Ullman. Tracey Ullman's Show premiered on BBC One on 11 January 2016.The programme marks her first project for the broadcaster in over thirty years, and her first original project for British television in twenty-two years.
The BBC announced that the programme had been recommissioned for a second series on 5 March 2016 and it premiered on 3 February 2017.It comprises 6 episodes.
On 26 May 2017, the BBC announced that it had ordered a new topical half hour Tracey Ullman special, Tracey Breaks the News for BBC One. The show is inspired by and due to air shortly after the 2017 United Kingdom general election. The special aired 23 June.
The BBC has confirmed that they are in talks about bringing the show back for a third series for 2018.
Big Little Lies is an American dark comedy-drama HBO miniseries created and written by David E. Kelley, based on the eponymous novel by Liane Moriarty. The series began filming in January 2016. The miniseries comprises seven episodes, all directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. It premiered on February 19, 2017 and concluded on April 2, 2017.
Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series alongside Hawley. It premiered on April 15, 2014, on FX.The series follows an anthology format, with each season set in a different era with a different story and mostly new characters and cast, although there is minor overlap. Each season shares a common chronology with the original film.
The first season, set in 2006 and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman, was met with critical acclaim. It won the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Casting, and received fifteen additional nominations including Outstanding Writing, another Outstanding Directing nomination, and acting nominations for all four leads. It also won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Thornton.
The second season, set in 1979 and starring Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, and Ted Danson, was met with even greater acclaim. It received three Golden Globe nominations, along with several Emmy nominations including Outstanding Miniseries and acting nominations for Dunst, Plemons, Smart, and Bokeem Woodbine.
The third season, set in 2010 and starring Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Goran Bogdan and David Thewlis premiered on April 19, 2017.
Feud is an American anthology television series for FX created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen, and Michael Zam, presented as the dramatization of the actual events that took place in history. It premiered on March 5, 2017.
The first season, which consists of eight episodes, is subtitled Bette and Joan and chronicles the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawfordduring and after the production of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? In February 2017, FX renewed the series for a 10-episode second season called Charles and Diana, centered on the relationship between Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, which is expected to premiere in 2018.
Genius is an American anthology period drama television series produced by National Geographic, developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller, which premiered on April 25, 2017. The first season follows the life of Albert Einstein, from his early years, through his time as a patent clerk, to his later years as a physicist who developed the theory of relativity. The season is based on the 2007 book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.
On April 19, 2017, National Geographic renewed the series for a second season to premiere in 2018, which is set to follow Pablo Picasso.
The Night Of is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries based on Criminal Justice, a 2008–09 British television series. The miniseries was written by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian and directed by Zaillian and James Marsh. Broadcast on HBO, The Night Of premiered on July 10, 2016 to critical acclaim. The first episode premiered on June 24, 2016, via HBO on-demand.
Black Mirror is a British science fiction television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker and centred around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone works, usually set in an alternative present or the near future. The show was first broadcast on the British Channel 4, in 2011. In September 2015, Netflix commissioned a third season of 12 episodes.The commissioned episodes were later divided into two seasons of six episodes; the third season was released on Netflix worldwide on 21 October 2016, with filming of the fourth underway on June 2017.
Regarding the programme's content and structure, Brooker noted, "each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they're all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy." The series has received critical acclaim and has seen an increase in interest internationally (particularly in the US) after being added to Netflix.
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is a 2016 American made-for-television drama film based on a true story by Dolly Parton, written by Pamela K. Long and directed by Stephen Herek.The film is a sequel to Coat of Many Colors and premiered on NBC on November 30, 2016.
Family patriarch Lee Parton makes sacrifices to have enough money to buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford. The children also sacrifice their own Christmas presents to give their mother this special gift. Dolly's Uncle Billy helps her begin to see that her voice and talent might extend beyond rural Tennessee. Various crisis situations, some life-threatening, make the family's Christmas a challenge.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a drama television film directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey. It is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment. The film premiered on HBO on April 22, 2017.
Sherlock is a crime drama television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Thirteen episodes have been produced, with three-part series airing from 2010–2017, and a special episode airing on 1 January 2016. The series is set in the present day, while the one-off special features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories.
Critical reception has been highly positive, with many reviews praising the quality of the writing, performances, and direction. Sherlock has been nominated for numerous awards including BAFTAs, Emmys, and a Golden Globe, winning several awards across a variety of categories. The show won in three categories at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Moffat, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Cumberbatch, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Freeman. Two years later, it won Outstanding Television Movie. In addition, the show was also honoured with a Peabody Award in 2011. The third series has become the UK's most watched drama series since 2001 while interest in the fourth series appeared to slip by approximately twenty percent. Sherlock has been sold to 180 territories.
The Wizard of Lies is a 2017 American television drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Sam Levinson, Sam Baum, and John Burnham Schwartz, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diana B. Henriques. The film stars Robert De Niro as businessman Bernard Madoff, Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth Madoff, and Alessandro Nivola as their older son Mark Madoff. It aired on HBO on May 20, 2017.
The Amazing Race is an American reality competition show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. The race is generally split into twelve legs, with each leg requiring teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show. Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs, while the first team to arrive at the end of the final leg wins the grand prize of US$1 million. As the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001. The series recently completed its 29th season on June 1, 2017, and has been renewed for a 30th season to air in the 2017–18 television season. Numerous international versions have been developed following the same core structure, while the U.S. version is also broadcast to several other markets.
Since the inception of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2003, The Amazing Race has won it ten out of fourteen times; the show has also won other awards and commendations. Although it has moved around several prime time slots since its inception, the program has averaged about 10 million viewers per season.
American Ninja Warrior is an American sports entertainment competition that is a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke. It features hundreds of competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty, trying to make it to the national finals on the Las Vegas Strip, in hopes of becoming an "American Ninja Warrior". To date only two competitors, rock-climbers Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten, have won the course and achieved "Total Victory". Caldiero is the only competitor to win the cash prize. The series began on the now-defunct cable channel G4 and now airs on NBC with encore episodes airing on USA Network.
Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week. During each season, selected competitors are progressively eliminated based on the judges' scores until only a few contestants remain; these finalists prepare a complete fashion collection for New York Fashion Week, from which a winner is determined. It won a Peabody Award in 2008 "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain."
RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV, and beginning with season nine, for VH1. The show documents RuPaul in the search for "America's next drag superstar." RuPaul plays the role of host, mentor, and head judge for this series, as contestants are given different challenges each week. RuPaul's Drag Race employs a panel of judges, including RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley, and a host of other guest judges, who critique contestants' progress throughout the competition. The title of the show is a play on drag queen and drag racing, and the title sequence and song "Drag Race" both have a drag-racing theme.
RuPaul's Drag Race has spanned nine seasons and inspired the spin-off shows RuPaul's Drag U and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. The show has become the highest-rated television program on Logo TV, and airs internationally, including in Australia, Canada and the UK. The show earned RuPaul a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, and the show itself was awarded as an Outstanding Reality Program at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. It has been nominated for 4 Critics' Choice Television Award including Best Reality Series – Competition and Best Reality Show Host for RuPaul, and was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Make-up for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic). In April 2017, RuPaul's Drag Race was renewed for a tenth season.
Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo. The show features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.
The show has spawned multiple spinoff series, including Top Chef Masters, featuring established award-winning chefs; and Top Chef: Just Desserts, featuring pastry chefs. Another show, Top Chef Junior, featuring contestants in their early teens, is scheduled to premiere in October 2017 on Universal Kids. Numerous international adaptations of Top Chef have also been produced.
The series' fourteenth season, which took place in Charleston, South Carolina, premiered on December 1, 2016, and concluded on March 2, 2017.[ On January 24, 2017, Bravo announced that it had renewed Top Chef for a fifteenth season. The new season will be filmed in Colorado, with challenges set in Denver, Boulder, and Telluride.
The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find currently unsigned singing talent (solo or duets, professional and amateur) contested by aspiring singers, age 13 or over, drawn from public auditions. The winner is determined by television viewers voting by telephone, Internet, SMS text, and iTunes Store purchases of the audio-recorded artists' vocal performances. They receive US$100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group for winning the competition.
The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists' performances and guide their teams of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach. Members of the coaching panel include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera (seasons 1–3, 5, 8, 10), CeeLo Green (seasons 1–3, 5), Shakira (season 4, 6), Usher (season 4, 6), Gwen Stefani (season 7, 9, 12), Pharrell Williams (seasons 7–10), Miley Cyrus (season 11, 13), Alicia Keys (seasons 11–12), and Jennifer Hudson (season 13).
The Voice began airing on April 26, 2011, as a spring TV season program. The show proved to be a hit for NBC and was subsequently expanded into the fall cycle when season three premiered on September 10, 2012. The series premiered its twelfth season on February 27, 2017. On October 18, 2016, NBC renewed the series through its thirteenth season. On May 10, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a fourteenth series, along with announcing Jennifer Hudson as a new coach in the thirteenth season. The following day, it was announced that Kelly Clarkson would be a new coach in the fourteenth season, sitting alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Jennifer Hudson. The thirteenth season is set to premiere on September 25, 2017.
Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr., on Black-ish (ABC) as an advertising executive who tries to pass on some of his urban culture to his seemingly uninterested children. His alma mater is Howard University.
Anthony Anderson is an American actor, comedian, writer, and game show host. He has starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the ABC sitcom Black-ish and the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. He is known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He has had major roles in feature films such as Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), The Departed (2006), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011).
Anderson is a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since September 2014, he has served as an executive producer and starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. As of June 2016, he has served as host of the ABC version of the game show To Tell the Truth. In addition, he has served as guest panelist for various game shows.
Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah on Master of None (Netflix), a commercial actor whose best-known work was a Go-Gurt commercial.
Aziz Ansari is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. He is best known for his role as Tom Haverfordon the NBC series Parks and Recreation (2009–2015) and as creator, writer and star of the Netflix series Master of None, which debuted in 2015. Ansari and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2016, and the pair were also awarded a Peabody Award in 2016 for the series. The second season of Master of None was released in May 2017 to further critical success.
Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in mid-2000 while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant, which ran for two seasons. This led to acting roles in feature films, including Funny People, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report and 30 Minutes or Less.
As a stand-up comedian, Ansari released his debut CD/DVD, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, in January 2010 on Comedy Central Records, and tours nationally between acting commitments. In 2010 and 2011, he performed his Dangerously Delicious tour, which was self-released for download on his website in March 2012 and debuted on Comedy Central in May 2012. He completed his third major tour, Buried Alive, in the summer of 2013. His fourth comedy special, Live at Madison Square Garden, was released on Netflix in 2015.
His first book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, was released in June 2015.
Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets and Dale Baskets on Baskets (FX), twin brothers.
Zachary Knight Galifianakis is an American actor, writer and comedian. He came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show called Late World with Zach on VH1 the following year. He has also starred in films, such as The Hangover trilogy (2009–2013), Due Date (2010), The Campaign (2012), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Puss in Boots (2011), Masterminds (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
He currently hosts the Emmy Award-winning talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis on the Funny or Die website and executive produces, writes, and stars in the dark comedy series Baskets on FX.
Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta (FX), a young Princeton dropout turned manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi's rap career off the ground.
Donald McKinley Glover is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter. He performs as a stage artist under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as a disc jockey, he performs under the name mcDJ.
He first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and, with the help of Tina Fey, was hired at the age of 23 to become a writer for the NBCcomedy series 30 Rock. He later portrayed community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community. He currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created. He appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Aaron Davis, and has been cast as the young Lando Calrissianin the upcoming, untitled standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie. He will also provide the voice of Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King.
After several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover signed to Glassnote Records in 2011. He released his first album, Camp, on November 15, 2011 to generally positive reviews. His second studio album, Because the Internet, was released on December 10, 2013. Glover was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2015, Best Rap Album for Because the Internet and Best Rap Performance for his single "3005".Glover's third album, "Awaken, My Love!", was released on December 2, 2016.
He is also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the (Episode: "B.A.N."), in Atlanta.
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless (Showtime), the father of six children. He is a deadbeat alcoholic who relies on schemes and stealing to survive. He is the biological father of Fiona, Lip, Debbie, Liam, Carl, and Sammi— but not Ian. He pays little attention to his children but can display care and concern for them in drastic circumstances. He often pontificates about political and social issues, yet spends most of his time developing schemes to cheat the system and take advantage of others in order to get money.
William Hall Macy, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher and theater director. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films, though he has also appeared in summer action films.Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy... Everyman".
Macy has won two Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Since 2011, he has played Frank Gallagher, a main character in the Showtime adaptation of British television series Shameless. Macy and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since 1997.
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (Amazon), a retired college professor of political science who finally opens up to her family about always identifying as a woman.
Jeffrey Michael Tambor is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian widely known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, and Maura Pfefferman on Transparent, for which he has received one Golden Globe, one Screen Actors Guild and two Emmy Awards.
Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox on Better Things (FX)
Pamela Fionna Adlon is an American actress, voice actress, screenwriter, and producer. Adlon is known for voicing Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award, and the title character from the Pajama Sam video games. She is also known for playing Dolores in Grease 2 and Ashley Spinelli on the animated series Recess, and for her appearances on Californication and Louie, on which she is also a consulting producer. As of 2016, Adlon stars in the FX comedy television series Better Things which she co-created with Louis C.K.
Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson on Grace and Frankie (Netflix), a retired cosmetics mogul.
Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitnessguru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner and two time BAFTA Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award.
Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom (CBS), Christy's mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict who is now grateful with life. She tries desperately to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. A single mother, she preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer.
Allison Brooks Janney is an American actress. A seven-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work, her first four Emmy wins were for her role as C. J. Cregg on the NBC drama The West Wing (1999–2006). In 2014, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom.
Janney, who won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984, made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter. She won Drama Desk Awards for the 1997 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, and the 2009 original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5. She also received Tony Award nominations for both. Her film roles include Primary Colors (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), American Beauty (1999), The Hours (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Hairspray (2007), Juno(2007), The Help (2011), The Way, Way Back (2013), Tammy (2014), Get On Up (2014), Spy (2015), Minions (2015), Finding Dory (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016), and Tallulah (2016).
Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), who was in 8th grade when she was kidnapped for fifteen years by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). The Reverend held Kimmy and three other women hostage in an underground bunker, and convinced them that doomsday had come, gone, and had left them the sole survivors of humanity.
Elizabeth Claire Kemper is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She gained prominence when she starred in the NBC series The Office as receptionist Erin Hannon for the final five seasons. After her role in The Office, she was cast in a leading role as Kimmy Schmidtin the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which she has received critical acclaim. Kemper is also known for her supporting roles in the films Bridesmaids (2011) and 21 Jump Street (2012).
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep (HBO), a former Maryland Senator who, in the start of the series, is the titular Vice President, or "Veep", who has a strained relationship with the President. After the President declines to run for a second term, she begins campaigning for the presidency in Season 3. At the end of Season 3, she becomes President when he resigns for personal issues. Due to a complex manipulation of constitutional law, she loses the presidential race in Season 5. She is divorced with one daughter, but remains romantically entangled with her ex-husband during the first two seasons and the sixth.
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her work in television comedy, including Saturday Night Live (1982–85), Seinfeld (1989–98), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10), and Veep (2012–present). Louis-Dreyfus holds several records for most Primetime Emmy Award wins and nominations.
Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. Her breakthrough came in 1990 with a nine-season run playing Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time. Other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine, which had a five-season run on CBS, and her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, which has recently been renewed by HBO for a seventh season. Louis-Dreyfus' film roles have included Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Deconstructing Harry(1997), and Enough Said (2013). She has voiced roles in several animated films, including A Bug's Life (1998) and Planes (2013).
Louis-Dreyfus has received nine Emmy Awards, seven for acting and two for producing, with a total of 22 nominations throughout her career. She has also received a Golden Globe Award, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, five American Comedy Awards, and two Critics' Choice Television Awards. Louis-Dreyfus received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2016, Time named Louis-Dreyfus one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.
Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson on Black-ish (ABC), who is Dre's wife. She is a biracial anesthesiologist who was raised by hippies. Her alma mater is Brown University.
Tracee Ellis Ross is an American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host.
The daughter of actress and legendary Motown recording artist Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the leading role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in films Hanging Up (2000), I-See-You.Com (2006), and Daddy's Little Girls (2007), before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, for which she received her third NAACP Image Award.
In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. The role brought her three more NAACP Image Awardsfor Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She has received nominations for a Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award and, in 2017, won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress—Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie (Netflix), a hippie art teacher.
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973. She currently stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein. Her performance as Frankie garnered her nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson: Jack & Rebecca's son, and Kate & Kevin's brother in This Is Us (NBC).
Sterling Kelby Brown is an American actor. He is known for playing Christopher Darden in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Brown is also known for his role as Roland Burton on the Lifetime Network drama series Army Wives. He currently stars as Randall Pearson on the critically acclaimed NBC drama, This Is Us.
Anthony Hopkins as Robert Ford, the founder and creative director of Westworld from Westworld (HBO).
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. In 1968, he got his break in film in The Lion in Winter, playing Richard the Lionheart.
Considered to be one of the greatest living actors, Hopkins is well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, its sequel Hannibal, and the prequel Red Dragon. Other notable films include The Mask of Zorro, The Bounty, Meet Joe Black, The Elephant Man, Magic, 84 Charing Cross Road, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Legends of the Fall, Thor, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, Nixon, The World's Fastest Indian, Instinct, Fracture, and The Dresser. Since 2016, he has starred in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld.
Along with his Academy Award, Hopkins has won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul (AMC), a lawyer and a former scam artist, who becomes involved with the criminal world.
Robert John Odenkirk is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer, best known for his role as dubious smooth-talking lawyer Saul Goodman (born Jimmy McGill) on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul, and for the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, which he co-created and starred in with fellow comic and friend David Cross.
From the late 1980s to 1990s, Odenkirk worked as a writer for television shows Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Get a Life, The Ben Stiller Show and The Dennis Miller Show. In the early 2000s, Odenkirk discovered the comedy duo Tim & Eric and produced their television series Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! He directed three films, Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), Let's Go to Prison(2006) and The Brothers Solomon (2007). In 2015, he and David Cross reunited, along with the rest of the Mr. Show cast, for W/ Bob & David.
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings on The Americans (FX), a KGB officer.
Matthew Rhys Evans known professionally as Matthew Rhys, is a Welsh actor and director. He is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Philip Jennings on the FX drama series The Americans. He also starred as Kevin Walker on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters, and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love.
Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan on Ray Donovan (Showtime), a "fixer": a person who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats, and other shady activities, to ensure the outcome desired by the client.
Isaac Liev Schreiber better known as Liev Schreiber, is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films, including the Scream trilogy of horror films, Ransom (1996), Phantoms (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Omen (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine(2009), Taking Woodstock (2009), Salt (2010), Goon (2011), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and Spotlight (2015).
Schreiber is also a respected stage actor, having performed in several Broadway productions. In 2005, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the play Glengarry Glen Ross. That year, he made his debut as a film director and writer with Everything Is Illuminated (2005), based on the novel of the same name. Schreiber has had further success in the television world, notably portraying the eponymous protagonist of the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan (2013–present); the role has earned him four Golden Globe Award nominations and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also narrates the HBO series 24/7, as well as various PBS programs.
Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood on House of Cards (Netflix), Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district who is House Majority Whip in season one, Vice President of the United States in season two, and the 46th President of the United States in seasons three to five.
Kevin Spacey Fowler, KBE, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s that culminated in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995), and an Academy Award for Best Actor for midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999).
His other starring roles have included the comedy-drama film Swimming with Sharks (1994), psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001), and the role of Lex Luthor in the superhero film Superman Returns (2006).
In Broadway theatre, Spacey won a Tony Award for his role in Lost in Yonkers. In 2017, he hosted the 71st Tony Awards. He was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015. Since 2013, Spacey has played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards. For his role as Underwood, he has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson on This Is Us (NBC), Rebecca's husband, and Kate, Kevin, & Randall's father.
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia is an American actor. After a series of guys roles in television series and parts in independent films, he would gain international recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2002 to 2006, and as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2011.
Ventimiglia made his film debut playing a gay teenager in the anthology film Boys Life 2 (1997) before being cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000. His later roles include Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, and Rocky Balboa's son (Rocky Jr.) in the sixth installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006). He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, for which he received nominations for Teen Choice, Saturn and People's Choice Awards. He also had roles in the horror film Pathology (2008) and Kiss of the Damned (2013).
Ventimiglia later appeared in television as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers in 2015. He reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and currently stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us (2016–present). For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia has received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.
Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting. In 2012 and 2017, she was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002), and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Davis' film breakthrough came in 2008 when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her several nominations, including the Golden Globe, SAG, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Playfor her role as Rose Maxson in the revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For her lead role as 1960s housemaid Aibeleen Clark in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress among others, and won a SAG Award.
Since 2014, Davis has played lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her portrayal also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero action film Suicide Squad and reprised the role of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, for which she won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions. Davis has starred in their productions Lila & Eve (2015) and Custody (2016).
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown (Netflix).
Claire Foy is an English actress. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University and trained at the Oxford School of Drama, where she appeared in four plays, including Watership Down. She made her screen debut in the pilot episode of Being Human (2008) and in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors (2008). Following her professional stage debut at the Royal National Theatre, she played the title role in the BBC One production of Little Dorrit, (2008), and made her film debut as Anna in Season of the Witch (2011).
She had main roles as Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise (2011) and several other television films and miniseries, including as Kate Balfour in the NBC series Crossbones (2014). She received unanimous praise for her performance as Anne Boleyn in BBC2's Wolf Hall (2015), for which she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. Since 2016, she has portrayed the young Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix series The Crown, a role for which she has received critical acclaim and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans (FX), a KGB officer.
Keri Lynn Russell is an American actress and dancer. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002, and for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III (2006), Waitress (2007), August Rush (2007), Extraordinary Measures(2010), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and Free State of Jones (2016). She currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX television series The Americans for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination. In 2017, Russell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy on Westworld (HBO), the oldest host still working in the park; she is a woman who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.
Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress and musician. She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic (1995–96) and Once and Again (1999–2002). Wood made her debut as a leading film actress at the age of nine in Digging to China (1998) and garnered acclaim for her Golden Globe-nominated role as the troubled, drug-addicted teenager Tracy Freeland in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).
Wood continued acting mostly in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion (2005), Down in the Valley (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), and in the big studio production Across the Universe (2007). Since 2008, Wood has appeared in more mainstream films, including The Wrestler (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and The Ides of March (2011). She also returned to television, playing the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood from 2009 to 2011 and playing Kate Winslet's character's daughter in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As of 2016, she plays the sentient android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO series Westworld, for which she won a Critics' Choice Award and earned a Golden Globe and Emmy Award nomination.
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on House of Cards (Netflix), Frank's wife who runs the Clean Water Initiative, a non-governmental organization, in season one before giving it up to become Second Lady of the United States in season two. She then becomes United States Ambassador to the United Nations in season three and First Lady of the United States in seasons three to five, Acting President of the United States briefly in season five before becoming Vice President of the United States and then permanently President of the United States at the end of the season.
Robin Gayle Wright is an American actress and director. She stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political drama web television series House of Cards, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2013, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a web television series. Wright received Primetime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress - Dramacategory for House of Cards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Wright first gained attention for her role in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, as Kelly Capwell from 1984 to 1988. She then made the transition to film, starring in the romantic comedy fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride (1987). She has since enjoyed a successful career in the film industry, starring in various films, including the epic romantic comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994), the romantic drama Message in a Bottle(1999), the superhero drama-thriller Unbreakable (2000), the historical drama The Conspirator (2010), the biographical sports drama Moneyball(2011), the mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the biographical drama Everest (2015), and the superhero film Wonder Woman(2017).
Riz Ahmed as Nasir "Naz" Khan on The Night Of (HBO), a Pakistani-American college student accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Rizwan Ahmed also known as Riz MC, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper and activist. As an actor, he was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011) and Ill Manors (2012), before his breakout role in Nightcrawler (2014), alongside Jake Gylenhaal. In 2016, he starred in the films Una, Jason Bourne, and the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One. That year, he also starred in the HBO miniseries The Night Of as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded, earning him Golden Globe and SAG nominations. In 2017, he received two Emmy nominations, for his performance in The Night Of and for his guest spot in the final season of Girls. Also in 2017, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
As a rapper, he is a member of the Swet Shop Boys. His music has earned critical acclaim with the hip-hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, as well as commercial success featuring in the Billboard 200 chart topping Hamilton Mixtape. As an activist, he is known for his political rap music, and has been involved in raising funds for Syrian refugee children and advocating representation at the House of Commons.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock: "The Lying Detective" (PBS).
Benedict Cumberbatch CBE is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. He first performed at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Parkin Shakespearean productions and made his West End debut portraying George Tesman in Richard Eyre's revival of Hedda Gabler in 2005. Since then he has starred in the Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance (2010) and Frankenstein (2011). In 2015, he played William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre.
Cumberbatch's television work includes appearances in Silent Witness (2002) and Fortysomething (2003) before playing Stephen Hawking in the television film Hawking in 2004. He has starred as Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock since 2010. He has also headlined Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End (2012) and The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016). In film, he has starred in Amazing Grace (2006) as William Pitt the Younger, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) as Khan, 12 Years a Slave (2013) as William Prince Ford, The Fifth Estate (2013) as Julian Assangeand The Imitation Game (2014) as Alan Turing. From 2012 to 2014, through voice and motion capture, he played the characters of Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit film series. Cumberbatch portrays the Marvel Comics character Dr. Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in the film Doctor Strange (2016).
Cumberbatch has received numerous awards and nominations for acting including three Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning Best Actor in a Play for Frankenstein. He has also received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock. His performance in The Imitation Game earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In addition, he has received six BAFTAnominations, five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations among others. In 2014, Time magazine included him in its annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World". He was appointed a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2015 for his services to the performing arts and to charity.
Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff on The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Robert Anthony De Niro is an Italian-American actor, producer, and director. De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016.
De Niro's first major film roles were in the sports drama, Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets (1973). He earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama, The Deer Hunter (1978), Penny Marshall's drama Awakenings (1990), and David O. Russell's romantic comedy-drama, Silver Linings Playbook (2012). His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in Scorsese's crime film Goodfellas(1990), and his role as Rupert Pupkin in the black comedy film The King of Comedy (1983), earned him BAFTA Award nominations.
De Niro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in the musical drama New York, New York (1977), the action comedy Midnight Run (1988), the gangster comedy Analyze This (1999), and the comedy Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include roles in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Brazil (1985), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Heat (1995), and Casino (1995). He has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993) and the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006).
Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy and Emmit Stussy on Fargo (FX).
Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE is a Scottish actor.
McGregor's first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar. He is known for playing heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama films Trainspotting (1996) and T2 Trainspotting (2017), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogyand Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1999–2015), poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001), Camerlengo Father Patrick McKenna in Angels and Demons (2009), Dr. Alfred Jones in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), and Lumière in a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (2017).
McGregor received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for both Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. McGregor has also starred in theatre productions of Guys and Dolls (2005–07) and Othello (2007–08). He was ranked number 36 on Empiremagazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in 1997. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, McGregor was named the fourth most influential person in British culture. He has been involved in charity work and has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK since 2004. In 2016, he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.
Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein on Genius (Nat Geo).
Geoffrey Roy Rush AC is an Australian actor and film producer. Rush is the youngest amongst the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. He is also the first actor to win the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for a single performance in film for his performance in Shine (1996).
John Turturro as John Stone on The Night Of (HBO).
John Michael Turturro is an Italian-American actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and four entries in the Transformers film series, most recently The Last Knight (2017). He has appeared in over sixty films and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers, Adam Sandler and Spike Lee.
An Emmy Award winner, Turturro has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle on Fargo (FX).
Carrie Alexandra Coon is an American actress. On stage, Coon was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2012 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In film, she starred as Margo Dunne in the 2014 thriller film Gone Girl. From 2014 to 2017, she starred as Nora Durst in the HBO drama series The Leftovers, for which she received widespread critical acclaim, winning a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Coon also received a nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, for The Leftoversand for her lead role as Gloria Burgle in the third season of the FX anthology series Fargo, along with a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Fargo.
Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby on American Crime (ABC).
Felicity Kendall Huffman is an American film, stage, and television actress.
Huffman began her acting career in theatre and in the 1990s also had many supporting roles in film and television. She starred as executive producerDana Whitaker in the critically acclaimed ABC comedy-drama Sports Night from 1998 to 2000, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the long-running ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), for which she earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the debut season of the series, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations.
Huffman drew critical praise for her performance as a transgender woman in the independent film Transamerica (2005). The role earned her a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, National Board of Review, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Huffman has also starred in such films as Reversal of Fortune (1990), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), Magnolia (1999), Path to War (2002), Georgia Rule (2007), Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), Rudderless (2014) and Cake (2014). Since 2015, she has started in a third ABC series, the anthology crime drama American Crime, for which she has received critical acclaim including two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright on Big Little Lies (HBO).
Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress, singer, model and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm and television thriller miniseries Bangkok Hilton. Appearing in several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in the stock-car racing film Days of Thunder (1990), the romance-drama Far and Away (1992), and the superhero film Batman Forever (1995). Other successful films followed in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) earned her a second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Kidman's performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Dramaand the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Kidman's other notable films include the crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999), the horror-thriller The Others (2001), the epic war drama film Cold Mountain (2003), the drama Dogville (2003), the political thriller The Interpreter (2005), and the epic historical romantic drama Australia (2008). Her performances in the drama Birth (2004) and the thriller The Paperboy (2012) earned her Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Supporting Actress respectively. Her performance in the 2010 drama Rabbit Hole (2010), which she also produced, earned Kidman further accolades, including a third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012). Kidman's performance in Lion (2016) earned her a fourth Academy Award nomination, her first for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, Kidman returned to television, starring in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. Her performance was critically acclaimed and she received her second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has received worldwide acclaim for her work in film, theater, and television. The recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, three Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Dorian Awards; in 1998, Entertainment Weekly listed Lange among the 25 Greatest Actresses of the 1990s. In 2016, Lange became the twenty-second thespian in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.
Lange made her professional film debut in his 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic King Kong, for which she won her first Golden Globe Award. In 1982, she became the first performer in 40 years to receive two Oscar nominations within the same year; she won her second Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie, and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the troubled actress Frances Farmer, in Frances. Lange received three more nominations for Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Music Box (1989) before garnering a sixth Oscar nomination and winning, along with her third Golden Globe Award, the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a manic depressive housewife in Blue Sky (1994). In 1995, Lange became the second actress in Oscar history, after Meryl Streep, to win Best Actress after winning Best Supporting Actress; an achievement that was only repeated again after nearly 20 years by Cate Blanchett in 2014.
In 2010, she won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' famed aunt, Big Edie, in HBO's Grey Gardens(2009). Between 2011 and 2014, she won her first Screen Actors Guild Award, fifth Golden Globe Award, and second and third Emmy Awards for her performances in the first and third seasons of FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story (2011–2015). In 2016, Lange won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding Actress in a Play for her critically acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival of Long Day's Journey into Night.
Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
Sarandon began her career in the 1970 film Joe, before appearing in the soap opera A World Apart (1970–71). In 1975, she starred in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), and The Client (1994), before winning for Dead Man Walking (1995). She has also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Client, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for Dead Man Walking. Her other films include: Pretty Baby (1978), The Hunger (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Bull Durham (1988), White Palace (1990), Little Women (1994), Stepmom (1998), Enchanted(2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Tammy (2014), and The Meddler (2015).
She made her Broadway debut in An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972 and went on to receive Drama Desk Award nominations for the Off-Broadway plays, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (1979) and Extremities (1982). She returned to Broadway in the 2009 revival of Exit the King.
On television, she is a six-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle (2002), and the TV films Bernard and Doris (2007) and You Don't Know Jack (2010). In 2017, Sarandon portrayed Bette Davis in the first season of FX's anthology series Feud.
Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie on Big Little Lies (HBO)
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. Born in New Orleans and raised in Tennessee, she began her career as a child actress, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Following breakout roles in Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992) and Jack the Bear, she starred in the comedy-drama Pleasantville (1998), for which she won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance. Her leading role of Tracy Flick in Election (1999) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Witherspoon's breakthrough role was playing Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, for which she received her second Golden Globe nomination. The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success. In 2005, she portrayed June Carter in Walk the Line, which earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award for Best Actress. Other notable films of hers include Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Water for Elephants (2011), and Sing (2016). In 2014, Witherspoon produced the thriller Gone Girl and received critical acclaim for portraying Cheryl Strayed in Wild, for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a fourth Golden Globe nomination. In 2017, she produced and starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, for which she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, mother of Chip and Dale. on Baskets (FX).
Louie Perry Anderson is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Anderson created the cartoon series Life with Louie, has written three books, and was the initial host of the third revival of the game show Family Feud, from 1999 to 2002.
In September 2016, Anderson won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Christine Baskets on the FX television program Baskets.
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live (NBC).
Alec Baldwin is an American actor, writer, producer, and comedian. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush. He has since played both leading and supporting roles in films such as the horror comedy fantasy film Beetlejuice(1988), as Jack Ryan in the action thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990), the romantic comedy The Marrying Man (1991), the superhero film The Shadow (1994), and two films directed by Martin Scorsese: the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator (2004) and the neo-noir crime drama The Departed(2006). His performance in the 2003 romantic drama The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
From 2006 to 2013, Baldwin starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, winning two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards. Baldwin co-starred in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, released on July 31, 2015. He is also a columnist for The Huffington Post. Since 2016, he has been the host of Match Game. He has received worldwide attention and acclaim for his portrayal of PresidentDonald Trump on the long-running sketch series Saturday Night Live, both during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and following the inauguration.
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Kimmy's flamboyantly gay roommate and an aspiring actor and singer. Melodramatic and self-absorbed, Titus nevertheless cares deeply for, and is very protective of Kimmy. Despite his talent and ego, he is plagued by self-doubt after years of rejection in the business.
Tituss Burgess is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in four Broadway musicals and is known for his high tenor voice. He is a main cast member on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which he received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)
Ty Burrell is an American actor and comedian. He originally rose to prominence in several roles on Broadwayincluding Macbeth, and the off-Broadway plays Corners, The Blue Demon, Burn This, and Show People.
His first feature film role was in 2001's Evolution. He also appeared in Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead, Muppets Most Wanted and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk as Doc Samson. He has since voiced characters in a number of animated films Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Finding Dory as "Bailey" the Beluga Whale and Storks. Burrell had recurring on television series Out of Practice and Back to You.
Burrell is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and five Screen Actors Guild Awards: one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013 and four consecutive awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series shared with the cast from 2011 to 2014.
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh on Veep (HBO), Selina's personal aide and body man. A long-term associate and confidant of Selina, Gary is portrayed as incredibly loyal and devoted. Despite his menial job, Gary is actually a graduate of Cornell University, having majored in hotel management. In the fourth and fifth seasons, Gary is portrayed as having issues adapting to Selina's presidency, since he can no longer be as close to her as previously, due to lack of security clearance. When Selina fails to win reelection, he remains on as her personal aide.
Anthony "Tony" Hale is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as the neurotic Buster Bluth. Since 2012, he has played Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy Veep, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock on Veep (HBO), the Vice President's Director of Communications. Mike has served as her Communications Director since her tenure as Senator from Maryland. His career dedication is often questionable, to the extent where he pretends to have a pet dog so he can escape from work commitments. The other characters in the show often mock his lack of ambition, suggesting that he's reached the peak of his career. In the third season, he marries a reporter named Wendy Keegan. In Season 4, Mike becomes the White House Press Secretary. In Season 5, Mike and Wendy attempt to adopt a baby. They ultimately adopt a Chinese toddler, and also have twins via a surrogate.
Matthew Paul Walsh is an American actor, comedian, director, and writer best known as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational sketch comedy troupe and for playing Mike McLintock on the HBO series Veep, for which he has received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He also previously starred in short-lived comedy programs such as Dog Bites Man on Comedy Central and Players on Spike TV. He also starred in the 2014 disaster movie Into the Storm.
Vanessa Bayer as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Vanessa Polster Bayer is an Emmy-nominated American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for supporting roles in films Trainwreck, Office Christmas Party and Carrie Pilby.
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on Veep (HBO), the Vice President's Chief of Staff. She credits herself as the Vice President's "trouble-shooter, problem-solver, issue-mediator, doubt-remover, conscience-examiner, thought-thinker and all-round everything-doer". Amy is constantly sacrificing her own reputation to save Selina's political credibility. She is known to be uptight and overly dedicated to her career, unwilling to settle down and have children, much to the dismay of her family. She has romantic history with Dan, and may still have feelings for him. Amy becomes Selina's campaign manager during her presidential run, but resigns as a result of the brief appointment of an equivocating, yet omnipresent, old friend of Selina's to the campaign team. She rejoins the Meyer team when a tie in the general election leads to a statewide recount in Nevada.
Anna M. Chlumsky is an American television, film and theater actress. She began her career as a child actor, playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991) and its sequel (1994). Between 1999 and 2005, she took a hiatus from acting to attend college before returning to acting with roles in several independent films, including Blood Car (2007) and In the Loop (2009).
Since 2012, Chlumsky has portrayed Amy Brookheimer in the HBO series Veep, for which she has received five consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Kathryn Hahn as Raquel Fein on Transparent (Amazon), Josh's ex-fiancé and rabbi at the Pfeffermans' synagogue.
Kathryn Hahn is an American actress and comedian. She began her career on television playing Lily Lebowski in the NBC crime drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–2007). Hahn went on to appear as supporting actress in a number of comedy films, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Step Brothers (2008), Our Idiot Brother (2011), We're the Millers (2013) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).
As lead actress, Hahn starred in the 2013 comedy-drama Afternoon Delight directed by Jill Soloway. In 2016, she starred in the comedy film Bad Moms (2016). She also has appeared in a number of dramatic films, including Revolutionary Road (2008), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Tomorrowland (2015), The Visit (2015), and Captain Fantastic (2016). In 2017, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her work in Transparent (2014-present).
Leslie Jones as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Annette Leslie Jones, better known as Leslie Jones, is an American comedian and actress who is a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2010, her one-hour comedy special, Problem Child, was broadcast on Showtime. Jones starred in Ghostbusters (2016) as Patty Tolan.
Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent (Amazon), Maura's ex-wife and the mother of Sarah, Josh, and Ali. She has been aware of Maura's desire to express her inner femininity for years.
Judith Ellen Light is an American actress and producer. She is a two-time Tony
Light made her professional stage debut in 1970, before making her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House. Her breakthrough role was in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1977 to 1983, where she played the role of Karen Wolek. For this role, she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She later starred as Angela Bower in the long-running ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?from 1984 to 1992, and later starred in many television films and short-lived series. She played the recurring role of Elizabeth Donnelly in the NBClegal crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2002–2010) and Claire Meade in the ABC comedy-drama Ugly Betty (2006–2010), for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2007.
She received her first nomination for a Tony Award in 2011, for her performance in the original Broadway play Lombardi. In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties. From 2013 to 2014, Light played the role of villainous Judith Brown Ryland in the TNT drama series, Dallas. In 2014, she began starring as Shelly Pfefferman in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed dark comedy-drama, Transparent for which she received Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Critics' Choice Television Award nominations.
Kathryn McKinnon Berthold, known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American comedian and actress. A cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show, she also appeared as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, and is also the voice of Squeeks in Nature Cat.
McKinnon is known for her character work and celebrity impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian television host Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Elizabeth Warren, Betsy DeVos, and Jeff Sessions.She has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys; one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and three for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2016.
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul (AMC), a former Philadelphia police officer working independently as a parking lot attendant, and later a private investigator and "cleaner".
Jonathan Ray Banks is an American actor. His first notable film roles were in the films Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in the television series Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul, as well as Frank McPike in Wiseguy. He has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
David Harbour as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things (Netflix), chief of Hawkins Police Department. Hopper divorced after his young daughter died of cancer, which caused him to lapse into alcoholism.
David Harbour is an American actor who has performed in film, television, and the theatre. He currently stars in the Netflix TV Series Stranger Things as main character Police Chief Jim Hopper.
Ron Cephas Jones as William H. Hill on This Is Us (Episode: "") (NBC), Randall's biological father. Also played by Jermel Nakia as a youth.
Ron Cephas Jones, sometimes credited as Ron C. Jones, is an American actor of film, stage and television.His film credits include He Got Game (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Half Nelson (2006), and Across The Universe (2007). Jones has also performed in several theatrical productions with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois; appeared as the title character of Shakespeare's Richard III with The Public Theater in New York City, New York, as well as other Off Broadway productions. Jones has served as an understudy or standby in several Broadway theatre productions.
In television he appeared as Reverend Lowdown in the episode "The Goat Rodeo" of the 2013 television series Low Winter Sun and he played Romero, a member of "fsociety" in the 2015 television series Mr Robot. He also appeared on season 3 of the show Banshee as Philadelphia kingpin, Mr. Frasier. He played Harlem chess master Bobby Fish in season 1 of Marvel's Luke Cage. He currently stars on the NBC dramedy series This Is Us as William Hill, the biological father of Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown). William could not parent Randall and left him at a fire house after his mother died. Randall was then adopted by Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) Pearson.
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper on House of Cards (Netflix), Underwood's unwaveringly loyal chief of staff and confidant. He is temporarily replaced by Remy Danton as Chief of Staff after his injury for most of season 3 but returns as his new chief of staff at the end of the season.
Michael Joseph Kelly is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Doug Stamper in House of Cards, as well as for roles in films such as Changeling, Dawn of the Dead, The Adjustment Bureau, Chronicle, Now You See Me, and Everest. He also appeared in the television miniseries Generation Kill, the Criminal Minds spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and in 2017 as Dr. Edgar Dumbarton in Taboo.
John Lithgow as Winston Churchill on The Crown (Netflix), the Queen's first Prime Minister.
John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, singer, comedian, voice actor, and author. He has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Lithgow is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter and Sir Winston Churchill in The Crown as well as for his roles in films Blow Out, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Shrek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar. His performances in The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment each earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
On the stage, he has appeared in many Broadway productions including the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2007, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett's production of Twelfth Night. He has also recorded music, such as the 1999 album of children's music, Singin' in the Bathtub, and has written poetry and short stories, such as Marsupial Sue, for children. His work for children has earned him Grammy Award nominations and two Parents' Choice Silver Honor Awards.
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson on Homeland (Showtime), Carrie's mentor and the CIA's Middle East Division Chief and Acting Director of the CIA during season 3.
Mandel Bruce "Mandy" Patinkin is an American actor, singer, and voice artist.
Patinkin is well known for his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride. His other film credits include Yentl (1983), Alien Nation(1988), Dick Tracy (1990), and Wish I Was Here (2014). He has appeared in major roles in television series such as Chicago Hope, Dead Like Me, and Criminal Minds, and currently plays Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland.
He is a noted interpreter of the musical works of Stephen Sondheim and is known for his work in musical theater, originating iconic roles such as Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George and Ché in the original Broadway production of Evita.
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe on Westworld (HBO), a host; Head of the Westworld Programming Division and programmer of artificial people's software.
Jeffrey Wright is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for such roles as Belize in the HBO miniseries Angels in America, Jean-Michel Basquiat in Basquiat, Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Valentin Narcisse in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and Beetee in The Hunger Games films. He currently stars as Bernard Lowe in the HBO series Westworld.
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Orange Is the New Black (Showtime).
Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba is an American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award recognition in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant.
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven / Jane Ives on Stranger Things (Netflix)
,a young girl with psychokinetic abilities and a limited vocabulary. She befriends Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. It is eventually revealed that she is actually Jane Ives, the biological daughter of Terry Ives. She escaped from Hawkins Laboratory where experiments were being performed on her.
Millie Bobby Brown is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence in her Primetime Emmy Award-nominated role as Jane "Eleven" Ives in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things.
Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu), a brutal instructor and guardian of the Handmaids. However, she seems to develop a fondness for Janine/Ofwarren.a brutal instructor and guardian of the Handmaids. However, she seems to develop a fondness for Janine/Ofwarren.
Ann Dowd is an American film, television, and theatre actress. She appeared as Sandra in the movie Compliance for which she received the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. Dowd has played supporting roles in several films, including Philadelphia, Green Card, Lorenzo's Oil, Garden State, The Informant!, Marley & Me, The Manchurian Candidate, Flags of Our Fathers, and Side Effects. Dowd was a series regular on Nothing Sacred and the HBO series The Leftovers.
Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson on This Is Us (NBC), Jack & Rebecca's daughter, and Kevin & Randall's sister.
Chrissy Metz is an American actress. She is best known for her role in This Is Us as Kate Pearson, My Name Is Earl as Chunk, and American Horror Story: Freak Show as Barbara/Ima Wiggles.
Her performance in This Is Us earned her Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Metz is also a singer in her band Chrissy and The Vapors.
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay on Westworld (HBO), a host; she is a madam. Like Dolores, she also discovers that her life is an elaborate lie.
Melanie Thandiwe "Thandie" Newton is an English actress. She has appeared in several British and American films, and is known for roles such as Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness, Nyah Nordoff-Hall in Mission: Impossible 2 and Christine in Crash, for which she received a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
As of 2016, she plays the sentient android, the madam Maeve Millay in the HBO science fiction-Western television series Westworld, which earned her a Critics' Choice Award, and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Award nominations. She also portrayed DCI Roz Huntley in Series 4 of the BBC One police procedural series Line of Duty.
Samira Wiley as Moira on The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu), June's best friend since college. With June's help, she is able to escape her life as a handmaid but ultimately goes to work at one of Gilead's many unofficial brothels/sex clubs as a "Jezebel" named Ruby. She appears to have given up the will to escape Gilead altogether until June gives her the strength to escape again.
Samira Wiley is an American actress and model best known for playing Poussey Washington in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and for playing Moira in the Hulu original series The Handmaid's Tale. She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the latter.
Bill Camp as Dennis Box on The Night Of (HBO), a detective working on Nasir's case.
William "Bill" Camp is an American actor. Camp has been largely active in theatre, but has taken on character roles in both film and television.
Among his works on Broadway are Heartbreak House (2006), Death of a Salesman (2012) and The Crucible (2016).
In 2002, he left acting and temporarily changed professions (as a cook and mechanic), only to return two years later in Homebody/Kabul, for which he won an Obie Award (Off-Broadway Theater Awards).
He appeared in the second season of the TV series Boardwalk Empire as the hunter Glenmore. He is best known for playing detective Dennis Box in the HBO limited television series The Night Of, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Alfred Molina as Robert Aldrich on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX), director/producer.
Alfredo "Alfred" Molina is a British actor, known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Enchanted April (1992), Maverick(1994), Boogie Nights (1997), Chocolat (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), An Education (2009), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), Rango (2011) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016).
He starred as DDA/Detective Ricardo Morales on the NBC police/courtroom drama Law & Order: LA and as Roger opposite Dawn French in the BBCtelevision sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In.
Alexander Skarsgård as Perry Wright on Big Little Lies (HBO), Celeste's Husband.
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander, Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill and as Perry Wright in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, for which he has received an Emmy nomination.
David Thewlis as V.M. Varga on Fargo (FX).
David Thewlis is an English actor, director, screenwriter, and author. His most commercially successful role to date has been that of Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series. Other notable performances include the films Naked (for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes Film Festival), Dragonheart, Kingdom of Heaven, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Theory of Everything, Black Beauty, Macbeth (as King Duncan) and Wonder Woman. He has also done voice work in the films James and the Giant Peach (1996), The Miracle Maker (2000), and Anomalisa (2015). Thewlis has combined major motion picture work with prominent television roles, including playing Cyrus Crabb in the television miniseries Dinotopia and antagonist V.M. Varga in the third season of Fargo.
Stanley Tucci as Jack L. Warner on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX), Warner Bros. studio head.
Stanley Tucci is an American character actor, writer, producer and film director.
Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009). He won two Emmy Awards for his performances in Winchell and Monk. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek!.
Michael K. Williams as Freddy Knight on The Night Of (HBO), an influential prisoner at Rikers Island.
Michael Kenneth Williams is an American actor, dancer, and reporter. He is best known for his portrayal of Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert "Chalky" White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He has acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, and 12 Years a Slave.
Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Judith "Judy" Davis is an Australian actress. With a career spanning over 40 years she is commended for her versatility and is regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation with Woody Allen describing her as "one of the most exciting actresses in the world". She is the recipient of eight AACTA Awards, three Emmy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award.
Davis is a 1977 graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she starred opposite Mel Gibson in Romeo and Juliet. Most of Davis's stage work has been in Australia, including Piaf (1980), Hedda Gabler (1986), Victory (2004) and The Seagull (2011), but she also starred in the 1982 London production of Insignificance, for which she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress, and the 1989 Los Angeles production of Hapgood. She returned to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2017 to direct the play Love and Money.
She went on to win the BAFTA Awards for both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer for the 1979 film My Brilliant Career, two AACTA Awardsfor the 1981 films Winter of Our Dreams and Hoodwink, and later went onto receive Academy Award nominations for A Passage to India (1984) and Husbands and Wives (1992). Her other films include High Rolling (1977), Heatwave (1983), High Tide (1987), Impromptu (1991), Barton Fink (1991), Dark Blood (1993), Absolute Power (1997), The Break-up (2006), Marie Antoinette (2006), The Eye of the Storm (2011), The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) and The Dressmaker (2015).
For her television work, Davis won Emmy Awards for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995), Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) and The Starter Wife (2007) and Golden Globes for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and One Against the Wind(1991). Other television roles include A Woman Called Golda (1982), A Cooler Climate (1999), The Reagans (2003), A Little Thing Called Murder(2006), Page Eight (2011) and Feud: Bette and Joan (2017).
Laura Dern as Renata Klein on Big Little Lies (HBO)
Laura Elizabeth Dern is an American actress. For her performance in the 1991 film Rambling Rose, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, while for her performance in the 2014 film Wild, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film roles include Mask (1985), Smooth Talk (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), Citizen Ruth (1996), October Sky (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Inland Empire (2006), The Master (2012), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Dern won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for the 1992 film Afterburn, and guest starred in the 1997 "Puppy Episode" of the sitcom Ellen. She went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the 2008 TV film Recount, and the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Seriesfor her role as Amy Jellicoe in HBO's Enlightened (2011–13). She is known for her collaborations with filmmaker David Lynch, having appeared in four of his films and the revival of Twin Peaks.
Jackie Hoffman as Mamacita on Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Jacqueline Laura Hoffman is an American actress, singer, and stand-up comedian known for her facially-contorting expressions, and one-woman shows of Jewish-themed original songs and monologues. She is a veteran of Chicago's famed The Second Citycomedy improv group.
Regina King as Kimara Walters on American Crime (Episode: "Season Three: Episode Three") (ABC), a social worker who wants to have a baby.
Regina Rene King is an American actress and television director. She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90) and a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, then for her roles in the television shows The Boondocks and Southland. Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. From 2015 to 2017, she starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she has received three Emmy Awards and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. From 2015 to 2017, she also played Erika Murphy on the critically acclaimed HBO drama, The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination.
She has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Ruth Madoff on The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer is an American actress, singer and producer. She began her acting career in 1978 and had her first starring film role in Grease 2 (1982), before receiving mainstream attention for her breakout performance in Scarface (1983). Her greatest commercial successes include Batman Returns (1992), Dangerous Minds (1995), What Lies Beneath (2000) and Hairspray (2007).
Pfeiffer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). She received a third Oscar nomination for Love Field (1992). Her other notable film roles include The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Frankie and Johnny (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Wolf (1994) and White Oleander (2002).
Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman on Big Little Lies (HBO)
Shailene Diann Woodley is an American actress and activist. She made her screen debut in the television film Replacing Dad (1999), followed by numerous guest roles on television, including as Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C. (2003–04), and several television films. Her leading roles as California Ford in A Place Called Home (2004) and Felicity Merriman in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005) both earned her Young Artist Award nominations and she gained recognition for her leading role as Amy Juergens on the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–13).
Woodley's breakthrough came through her performances in a number of recognized films such as The Descendants (2011), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and was awarded the Cannes Trophée Chopard, The Spectacular Now (2013), for which she won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting.
In 2014, Woodley earned both popular and critical praise by her role of Hazel Grace on The Fault in Our Stars (2014). Her portrayal of Beatrice "Tris" Prior in The Divergent Series (2014–16) brought her international recognition. In addition, she portrayed Edward Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills in Snowden (2016) and received critical acclaim for her performance as a single mother on the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies (2017), for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Silicon Valley (Episode: "Intellectual Property")
Jamie Merill Babbit is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the films But I'm a Cheerleader, The Quiet and Itty Bitty Titty Committee. She has also directed episodes of television programs including Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, United States of Tara, Looking, Nip/Tuck, and The L Word.
Silicon Valley (Episode: "Server Error") (HBO)
Michael Craig "Mike" Judge is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and musician. Judge is the creator of the television series Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–1997, 2011), co-creator of the television series King of the Hill (1997–2010), The Goode Family(2009), and Silicon Valley (2014–present). He also wrote and directed the films Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006) and Extract (2009).
Judge graduated from University of California, San Diego, where he studied physics. After becoming uninterested in his career in science, Judge began to experiment with animation and started to create his own short films. Finding success in his animated shorts, Judge began to develop one of his most popular shorts which would later become Beavis and Butt-Head. The show was critically acclaimed by both audiences and critics, and launched the spin-off series Daria and the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. In 1995, Judge and former Simpsons writer Greg Danielsdeveloped King of the Hill, which quickly became a hit with both critics and audiences. During the run of the show, Judge took some time off to write and direct Office Space, Idiocracy, and Extract. As King of the Hill was coming to an end, Judge created his third show titled The Goode Family, which received mixed reviews and was cancelled after 13 episodes. After a four-year hiatus, Judge created his fourth show Silicon Valley, which has received critical acclaim since its premiere.
Judge has won a Primetime Emmy Award and two Annie Awards for King of the Hill and two Critics' Choice Television Awards and Satellite Awards for Silicon Valley.
Veep (Episode: "Blurb")
Veep (Episode: "Groundbreaking") (HBO)
David H. Mandel is an executive producer and showrunner of Veep and formerly an executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and one of the producers of the teen-comedy Eurotrip. He was a writer for Seinfeld during its seventh, eighth, and ninth seasons. He is also one of the creators of Clerks: The Animated Series, and he was a writer for Saturday Night Live.
Mandel is also one of the authors of Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, a comprehensive collection of Star Wars artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, published in 2016 by Abrams Books
Veep (Episode: "Justice") (HBO)
Better Call Saul (Episode: "Witness") (AMC)
George Vincent Gilligan, Jr. is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and a director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The X-Files and was the co-creator of its spin-off The Lone Gunmen.
Both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have received widespread critical acclaim, with Gilligan winning two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Writers Guild of America Awards, two Critics' Choice Television Awards and Producers Guild of America Awards, one Directors Guild of America Award and a BAFTA. Outside of television, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2008 film Hancock.
The Crown (Episode: "Hyde Park Corner"), (Netflix)
Stephen David Daldry, CBE is an English director and producer of both film and theatre. He has won two Olivier Awards for his work in the West End and a Tony Award for his work on Broadway. He has directed several feature films that have been nominated for Best Directorand/or Best Picture at the Academy Awards. These films are Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011).
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Offred"), (Hulu)
Reed Morano is an American cinematographer and director. Morano was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers in 2013, making her the youngest member and one of only 14 women in an organization of approximately 345 active members. Reed is known for her cinematography on feature films such as Kill Your Darlings, The Skeleton Twins and Frozen River, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Morano made her directorial debut with her feature film Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi and John Leguizamo.She also directed the first three episodes of the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which was released on Hulu in April of 2017.
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "The Bridge"), (Hulu)
Homeland (Episode: "America First") (Showtime)
Lesli Linka Glatter is an American film and television director. She began her career as a dancer and choreographer. Her first film, Tales of Meeting and Parting (1984), produced by Sharon Oreck, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film category. She has made several television films for cable networks, but the majority of her work is in television series. Glatter has received four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for the Mad Men episode "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (2009), and the Homeland episodes "Q&A" (2012), "From A to B and Back Again" (2014) and "The Tradition of Hospitality" (2015).
Stranger Things (Episode: "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers"), (Netflix)
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, are American twin brothers who write and direct science fiction films, horror films and television shows. They are best known for the 2016 Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things and the 2015 horror film Hidden. They have also written episodes for Wayward Pines.
Westworld (Episode: "The Bicameral Mind"), (HBO)
Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan is a British-American screenwriter, television producer, director and author. He is the creator of the science fiction television series Person of Interest (2011–2016) and co-creator of Westworld (2016–present).
He has collaborated on several films with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, who adapted Jonathan's short story "Memento Mori" (2001) into the film Memento (2000). Together, they co-wrote the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006), the superhero films The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the science fiction film Interstellar (2014).
Drunk History (Episode: "Hamilton"), (Comedy Central)
Jeremy Konner is an American director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. He co-created, directs, and executive produces the Emmy award winning Comedy Central series Drunk History. He also serves as Director and Executive Producer of Comedy Central's Another Period.
Derek Matthew Waters is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the co-creator and host of the Comedy Central series Drunk History.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Episode: "The (RED) Show"), (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Episode: "Multi-Level Marketing")(HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Episode: "Episode 0179"), (CBS)
Jim Hoskinson is a television director. He currently directs The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. He formerly directed The Colbert Report, which aired on Comedy Central. Host Stephen Colbert often calls for him on-screen as "Jim" or "Jimmy" for minor assistance during The Late Show, which he had also done on The Colbert Report.
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Jimmy Fallon"), (NBC)
Don Roy King is the director of Saturday Night Live, having assumed the role in 2006.This work has earned him six Primetime Emmys (in a row) and ten nominations. He has also been nominated for eleven DGA (Director's Guild of America) awards, which he won in 2014, 2016 and 2017. His other directing work includes Survivor (including the live Survivor finales on CBS), The Early Show, and The Mike Douglas Show. He has directed morning shows at CBS and ABC.
Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe's Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He also directed a big screen taping of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom in 2013.
Big Little Lies, Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (HBO)
Jean-Marc Vallée is a French-Canadian film director, screenwriter, and film editor from Québec. After studying film at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Vallée went on to make a number of acclaimed short films, including Stéréotypes (1991), Les Fleurs magiques(1995), and Les Mots magiques (1998).
His debut feature, Black List (1995), was nominated for nine Genie Awards, including nods for Vallée's direction and editing. His fourth feature film, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), received further critical acclaim and was a financial success. Vallée's followup, The Young Victoria (2009), garnered strong reviews and received three Academy Award nominations, while his sixth film, Café de Flore (2011), was the most nominated film at the 32nd Genie Awards. Vallée's next film, Dallas Buyers Club, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and earned him an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Film Editing. He next directed Wild (2014). Vallée's next film, Demolition (2015), starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and opened the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.
Fargo (Episode: "The Law of Vacant Places"), (FX)
Noah Hawley is an American television writer and producer, screenwriter, and bestselling author, best known for creating and writing the FX television series Fargo (2014–present) and Legion (2017–present). Hawley earlier worked on the television series Bones (2005–2008), The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010).
Feud: Bette and Joan (Episode: "And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963)"),(FX)
Ryan Patrick Murphy is an American screenwriter, director and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including Nip/Tuck (2003–10), Glee (2009–15), American Horror Story (2011–present), American Crime Story (2016–present), and Feud (2017–present). He is also known for directing the film adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love.
Genius (Episode: "Einstein: Chapter One"), (Nat Geo)
Ronald William Howard is an American actor and filmmaker. Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.
Howard first came to prominence playing young Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years and later playing teenager Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for seven years. He appeared in the musical film The Music Man (1962), the comedy film The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), the coming of age film American Graffiti (1973), the western film The Shootist (1976), and the comedy film Grand Theft Auto(1977), which he also directed.
In 1980, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing. His films include: the science-fiction/fantasy film Cocoon (1985), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001) (earning him the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture), the thriller The Da Vinci Code (2006), the historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008) (nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards) and the upcoming Untitled Han Solo film (2018).
In 2002, Howard narrated the Fox comedy series, Arrested Development, on which he would also serve as producer and play a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries.
The Night Of (Episode: "The Art of War"), (HBO)
James Marsh is a British film and documentary director best known for his work on Man on Wire, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and The Theory of Everything, the multi-award winning biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking released in 2014.
The Night Of (Episode: "The Beach"), Directed by Steve Zaillian (HBO)
Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian is an Armenian-American screenwriter, director, film editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and he has been nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011.
Atlanta (Episode: "Streets on Lock"), Written by Stephen Glover (FX)
Stephen Glover is an American rapper and writer. He is best known for being one of the writers and story editors for the FX comedy-drama Atlanta. He is the younger brother of actor, musician, and creator of Atlanta, Donald Glover, with whom he works closely Glover has recorded music under the alias Steve G. Lover III since the age of 17. Along with writing eight episodes of Atlanta, he has independently released projects through digital platforms such as Bandcamp and SoundCloud.
Master of None (Episode: "Thanksgiving"), (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (Episode: "Success Failure"), (HBO)
Alec Berg is an American comedy writer, best known as a writer for the sitcom Seinfeld. He also co-wrote the screenplays for the films The Cat in the Hat, EuroTrip and The Dictator. In addition, Berg is an executive producer of and has directed numerous episodes of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and also executive produces Silicon Valley.
In the Seinfeld episode "The Face Painter", Berg's name is given to an attorney friend of Jerry's who gives Jerry some New York Rangers playoff tickets. When Jerry fails to thank Berg's character for the tickets, Berg does not offer Jerry tickets for another game that week. In that episode, Jerry jokes that Berg has a great "John Houseman name", pronouncing it jokingly in Houseman's accent.
Berg is of Swedish descent. In the Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Divorce," Larry David fires his divorce attorney Andrew Berg (played by Paul F. Tompkins) after he finds out that Berg is not Jewish – as he had presumed from the name – but, like Alec Berg, is a Catholic of Swedish heritage.
Veep (Episode: "Georgia"), (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015. Produced by Spartina Productions and CBS Television Studios, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the second iteration of CBS's Late Showfranchise. Stay Human, led by bandleader Jon Batiste, serves as the program's house band, and the announcer is program writer Jen Spyra.
The program is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and airs live to tape in most U.S. markets at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, and 10:35 in the Central and is repeated several times a day.
Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show hosted by Seth Meyers on NBC. The show premiered on February 24, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television. It is the fourth incarnation of NBC's long-running Late Night franchise. The show also stars bandleader Fred Armisen and the 8-G Band, the show's house band. Late Night is produced by former Saturday Night Live producer Mike Shoemaker and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels. The show records from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
The program airs Monday through Thursday nights at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT. The show opens with Meyers' topical monologue, which he delivers from his desk. The program also contains comedy bits, sketches, interviews with a myriad of guests, and a musical or comedy performance. "A Closer Look" is a signature segment, where Meyers discusses, in-depth, contemporary current events, which has given the show a politically-driven edge to it.The show attracts an average of 1.5 million viewers nightly.
On January 13, 2016, NBC renewed Meyers' contract to remain as host through 2021.
Westworld (Episode: "The Bicameral Mind"), (HBO)
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Offred"), (Hulu)
The Crown (Episode: "Assassins"), Written by Peter Morgan (Netflix)
Peter Julian Robin Morgan CBE is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and Rush. He is the creator of Netflix's drama series The Crown.
In 2008, Morgan was ranked number 28 in The Telegraph's list of "The 100 most powerful people in British culture". In February 2017, he was awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship (BFI).
Better Call Saul (Episode: "Chicanery"), (AMC)
The Americans (Episode: "The Soviet Division"), (FX)
David Edward Kelley is an American television writer and producer, known as the creator of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Harry's Law, and Big Little Lies, as well as several films. Kelley is one of very few screenwriters to have created shows aired on all four top commercial U.S. television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC).
Black Mirror (Episode: "San Junipero"), (Netflix)
Charlton Brooker is an English satirist, broadcaster and writer. He is the creator of the anthology series Black Mirror.
In addition to writing for programmes such as Black Mirror, Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show and Nathan Barley, Brooker has presented a number of television shows, including Screenwipe, Gameswipe, Newswipe, Weekly Wipe, and 10 O'Clock Live. He also wrote a five-part horror drama, Dead Set, which was nominated for the 2009 Best Drama Serial BAFTA. He has written comment pieces for The Guardian and is one of four creative directors of the production company Zeppotron.
He won the 2009 Columnist of the Year award at the British Press Awards,the 2010 Best Entertainment Programme Award for Newswipe from the Royal Television Society, and has received three British Comedy Awards: Best Newcomer in 2009, Best Comedy Entertainment Show Award for Newswipe in 2011, Best Comedy Entertainment Personality in 2012 and at the BAFTA TV Awards 2017, Winner in the Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme category for "Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe"
Feud: Bette and Joan (Episode: "Pilot"), (FX)
The Night Of (Episode: "The Call of the Wild"), (HBO)
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred on The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Elisabeth Singleton Moss is an American film, stage, and television actor. She is known for her roles as Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006); Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter, on the AMC series Mad Men (2007–2015), which earned her six Emmy Awards nominations and a Golden Globe nomination; Det. Robin Griffin in the BBC miniseries Top of the Lake (2013, 2017), which won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film; and Offred on the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She also received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for producing The Handmaid's Tale.
Moss is also known for her work in the films Girl Interrupted, Virgin, Listen Up Philip, The One I Love, Truth, Queen of the Earth, and The Square. Her theatre work includes Broadway productions of David Mamet's Speed the Plow and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play; and West End production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. For her roles in The West Wing, Mad Men, Top of the Lake, and The Handmaid's Tale, Moss was named "The Queen of Peak TV" by Vulture.