Deadline Hollywood - Deadline Contenders Television: The Nominees - 08/06/22

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AUGUST 6, 2022 | SPECIAL ISSUE




MOR N I N G PR E SE N TAT ION S

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Abbott Elementary

Quinta Brunson (Creator/EP/Writer/Actor) Sheryl Lee Ralph (Actor) Tyler James Williams (Actor) Janelle James (Actor)

ABC/SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Live in Front of a Studio Audience

Norman Lear (EP) Brent Miller (EP)

DISNEY+

The Beatles: Get Back

Peter Jackson (Producer/Director)

AMC

Better Call Saul

Peter Gould (Co-Creator/Showrunner) Bob Odenkirk (Producer/Actor) Rhea Seehorn (Actor/Director)

APPLE TV+

Schmigadoon!

Cinco Paul (Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer/Songwriter) Bo Welch (Production Designer) Christopher Willis (Composer) Christopher Gattelli (Choreographer)

Severance

Ben Stiller (EP/Director) Dan Erickson (EP/Writer/Creator) Theodore Shapiro (Composer) Jeremy Hindle (Production Designer)

Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham (Actor) Jane Becker (Writer/Co-EP) MJ Delaney (Director)

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Kerri Colby (Queen) Jasmine Kennedie (Queen) Mandy Salangsang (Showrunner/EP) Michele Mills (EP) Michelle Visage (Senior Producer/Judge)

VH1

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NETFLIX

Squid Game

Lee Jung-jae (Actor) Jung Ho-yeon (Actor) Haley Jung (Interpreter)

Stranger Things

Matt Duffer (Creator/Writer/Director/EP) Ross Duffer (Creator/Writer/Director/EP) Barrie Gower (Prosthetics Designer)

NBC

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers (Host)

SHOWTIME

Yellowjackets

Melanie Lynskey (Actor) Christina Ricci (Actor) Karyn Kusama (EP/Director) Jonathan Lisco (Showrunner/EP/Writer) Bart Nickerson (Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer)

We Need to Talk About Cosby

W. Kamau Bell (Director/EP) Katie A. King (Showrunner/EP) Jennifer Brooks (Editor)

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls

Lizzo (Host/EP)

Lucy and Desi

Robert A. Martinez (Editor) David Schwartz (Composer) Mark Monroe (Writer/Producer)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan (Actor) Tony Shalhoub (Actor) Alex Borstein (Actor) Amy Sherman-Palladino (Creator/EP/Writer/Director) Daniel Palladino (EP/Writer/Director)

PRIME VIDEO

LUNCH BREAK

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A F T E R N O ON PR E SE N TAT ION S

HULU

HBO MAX

Only Murders in the Building

John Hoffman (Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer) Jane Lynch (Actor) Nathan Lane (Actor) Siddhartha Khosla (Composer)

The Great

Elle Fanning (EP/Actor) Nicholas Hoult (EP/Actor) Sharon Long (Costume Designer) Francesca di Mottola (Production Designer)

Dopesick

Danny Strong (Creator/EP/Writer/Director) Kaitlyn Dever (Actor) Peter Sarsgaard (Actor)

The Dropout

Amanda Seyfried (Producer/Actor) Michael Showalter (EP/Director) Francesca Gregorini (Director)

Pam & Tommy

Lily James (Actor) Sebastian Stan (Actor) Robert Siegel (Creator/Co-Showrunner/EP/Writer) D.V. DeVincentis (Co-Showrunner/EP/Writer)

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Robin Thede (Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer/Actor) Tracey Ashley (Co-EP/Head Writer) Bridget Stokes (Director)

Station Eleven

Himesh Patel (Actor) Patrick Somerville (Creator/EP/Writer) Hiro Murai (EP/Director)

Hacks

Hannah Einbinder (Actor) Lucia Aniello (Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer/Director) Paul W. Downs (Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer/Director/Actor) Jen Statsky (Co-Creator/Showrunner/EP/Writer)

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HBO MAX

The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge (Actor) Murray Bartlett (Actor) Connie Britton (Actor) Natasha Rothwell (Actor) Alexandra Daddario (Actor) Steve Zahn (Actor) Jake Lacy (Actor)

COMEDY CENTRAL

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Desi Lydic (Correspondent) Ramin Hedayati (Supervising Producer/Segment Director) Christiana Mbakwe-Medina (Writer) Nikolai Johnson (Editor)

FX

What We Do in the Shadows

Stefani Robinson (EP/Writer) Sarah Naftalis (Supervising Producer/Writer) Kayvan Novak (Actor) Laura Montgomery (Costume Designer)

Impeachment: American Crime Story

Sarah Paulson (Actor/EP) Sarah Burgess (EP/Showrunner/Writer)

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum (EP/Host)

We Feed People

Ron Howard (Director/Producer) José Andrés (Subject)

Angelyne

Emmy Rossum (EP/Actor) Danny Glicker (Costume Designer) David Williams (Makeup Department Head) Vincent Van Dyke (Prosthetic Designer) Kate Biscoe (Makeup Department Head)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

PEACOCK

PA R T N E R S

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TELEVISION CONTENT HAS Deadline brings you the best of television in the latest edition of its celebrated Contenders: Nominees event


TELEVISION CONTENT IS BOOM-

comedy What We Do In The Shadows to

such as Showtime’s Yellowjackets and

ING. According to Nielsen’s most recent

Jean Smart-starrer Hacks.

Apple TV+’s Severance, with new

State of Play report, between Febru-

The Limited Series category is espe-

characters and mysteries to unfold in seasons to come.

ary 2021 and February 2022 more than

cially exciting. While the competition

three-quarters of a million TV shows can

only has the benefit of five awards in

now be watched on streaming and tra-

their category, as opposed to eight each

first Emmy nomination this year with

ditional television platforms. That makes

in Best Drama and Best Comedy, the

her competition reality series Lizzo’s

the feat of capturing an Emmy nomina-

quality is clear to see from the nomina-

Watch Out for the Big Grrrls. The global

tion all the more impressive, and each of

tions. Of that group, HBO’s The White

superstar, who serves as host and exec

these nominated programs participating

Lotus and Hulu’s Dopesick, The Dropout

producer on the Amazon series, is here

in Deadline’s Contenders Television: The

and Pam & Tommy join us on the stage.

to tell you all about the show which sees

Nominees award season event deserve their accolades. This year, we have 31 shows from

There are, of course, a host of returning series that continue to shine throughout the awards season with The

Global superstar Lizzo scored her

a group of plus-size dancers battling it out for spots as backup dancers. So sit back, relax and enjoy yet

16 networks and streamers joining us

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Stranger Things

another wonderful day of our Contend-

to discuss their creations and what

and Ted Lasso all making appearances at

ers Television: The Nominees event.

it took to bring them to the screen.

this year’s event, while in the Outstand-

We’ve worked hard to curate a stellar

Again, Emmy history is being made:

ing Variety Talk Series category, we’ve

line up of the best that this year’s

Netflix’s Squid Game marks the first

got you covered with nominees like Late

Emmy contenders have to offer. We’re

non-English-language series to secure

Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily

thankful that you’re choosing to spend

a Best Drama nomination. Will it follow

Show with Trevor Noah.

the day with us and happy to give

This season also marks the signoff

the networks, streamers and studios

of a number of series, with those earn-

the opportunity to showcase a vast

ing nominations in their final seasons

array of nominated talent to answer our

exemplify the breadth of small screen

including AMC’s Better Call Saul, also

questions. By the time the day wraps

entertainment that’s up for offer this

in this year’s Contenders lineup. It’s

up, we’re hopeful each of you will have

year from musical parody Schmigadoon!

always sad to see some of our favorite

a strong picture of who deserves your

to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne

TV shows say goodbye, but new series

Emmy vote out of this amazing collec-

Michaels, to Jemaine Clement’s vampire

have jumped into awards contention,

tion of nominees. ★

in Parasite’s footsteps from the 2020 Oscars and secure a win? We’ve got multiple panels that really


Meet the moderatoRS The Deadline staffers who’ll be guiding you through this year’s Contenders YOUR EMCEE JOE UTICHI

EXECUTIVE AWARDS EDITOR

Joe oversees Deadline’s awards coverage, including its dedicated print magazine for the Oscar and Emmy seasons, AwardsLine. He also edits Deadline’s special “Disruptors” edition for the Cannes Film Festival and serves as the emcee for its Contenders events. He has been aboard since 2012. Prior to joining, his work regularly appeared in his native UK—for outlets including The Sunday Times and The Guardian—and around the world. He has also worked extensively in film and television, producing EPK and production notes and working as a unit publicist. He is a member of BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the BAFTA Film Awards.

YOUR MODERATORS MIKE FLEMING

Playboy, Details, TV Guide and Esquire.

CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FILM

Emmy nominations for writing. Pete is only the second journalist to have

Mike joined Deadline in 2010 after

PETE HAMMOND

received the Publicists Guild of America’s

working at Variety for 20 years as a

AWARDS COLUMNIST/CHIEF FILM CRITIC

Press Award twice, in 1996 and 2013.

reporter, writer and columnist. He

Pete, widely considered to be one of

was not only nationally recognized

the pre-eminent awards analysts for

MATTHEW CAREY

as Variety’s premiere film reporter

both film and television, has for the

DOCUMENTARY EDITOR, AWARDS

but also for his “Dish” and “The Buzz”

past 11 years been Deadline’s Awards

Matthew Carey joined Deadline fulltime

columns. Mike is known for his industry

Columnist covering what is seemingly

in 2020, after a long association as a

relationships and his ability to break

now the year-round Oscar and Emmy

freelancer, to specialize in coverage of

news wherever it happens, including on

seasons. He is also Deadline’s Chief

the nonfiction film landscape. Matthew

the ground at festivals like Sundance,

Film Critic, having previously reviewed

is a writer and producer whose work has

Cannes and Toronto. He also is an author:

films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine,

appeared on CNN, CNN International

Doubleday published his book about

Backstage, Hollywood.com and Maxim,

and CNN en Español. He has written

The Three Stooges, From Amalgamated

as well as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide

extensively about documentary film

Morons to American Icons, which ABC

for which he was a contributing editor.

for CNN and CNN.com, Documentary

turned into a telepic executive produced

In addition to writing, Pete is also host

magazine, NBCNews.com and TheWrap.

by Mel Gibson. One of Mike’s early jobs in

of both the KCET Cinema Series and the

journalism was editor of the well-known

weekly KCET television series, Must See

ROSY CORDERO

Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). He

Movies. He previously held producing

SENIOR TV REPORTER

then joined New York Newsday as a

positions at Entertainment Tonight,

Rosy joined Deadline in July 2021 as

columnist, reviewer and entertainment

Extra, Access Hollywood, The Arsenio Hall

Senior TV Reporter, where she will cover

writer. During his career, he has written

Show, The Martin Short Show and AMC

the small-screen industry, continue to lift

for numerous magazines including

Networks and is the recipient of five

up talent from marginalized communities



and spearhead Deadline’s Diversity

and moved to Los Angeles, and remained

Reporter and Broadcasting & Cable.

& Inclusion coverage. She previously

in the newsroom covering numerous

The San Diego State graduate is also

worked at Entertainment Weekly, where

parts of the industry, including box office,

the author of the 2021 New York Times

she had been a digital news writer

for about a decade. Prior to arriving at

bestseller How to Save a Life: An Inside

the past two years. Before that in her

Deadline in the fall of 2011, where he

Story of Grey’s Anatomy.

freelance career she wrote for Deadline,

co-edited the site’s sister publication

Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Latina.

AwardsLine, Anthony covered the box

PETER WHITE

com and the New York Daily News. She is

office beat for Indiewire’s Thompson on

TELEVISION EDITOR

based in Los Angeles.

Hollywood. He also co-produced Matt

Peter, who joined Deadline in 2017,

Walsh’s film A Better You.

is a respected veteran TV journalist

ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO

who previously worked at UK-based

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/BOX OFFICE EDITOR

LYNETTE RICE

Broadcast, where after starting there in

Anthony covers box office, breaking

TV EDITOR, AWARDSLINE/

2013 rose to News Editor responsible for

film news, awards-season features

SENIOR WRITER, DEADLINE

putting together the weekly magazine

and festival news. His first job in the

Lynette Rice joined Deadline in February

as well as breaking daily news. Before

film industry was at Savoy Pictures’

and comes from Entertainment

that he was deputy editor of Television

headquarters in New York where he

Weekly, where she wrote for the

Business International magazine. He

worked in film distribution. In the

magazine and the website. Before

covers the television industry from

summer of 1999, he was hired by Variety

that, she worked for The Hollywood

Deadline’s Los Angeles bureau.



THE SHOWS ABC/SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Live in Front of a Studio Audience Marking the third iteration of Live in Front of a Studio Audience stars Jennifer Aniston, Gabrielle Union, Kathryn Hahn and Allison Tolman where they bring characters from Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes back to life. The quartet portray private school teens taken from the Facts of Life’s fictional Eastland School who at times crossed over to Diff’rent Strokes. AMC NETWORKS

Better Call Saul The prequel to modern classic Breaking Bad, this spin-off has matched that crime drama’s level of acclaim. Starring as Jimmy McGill, Bob Odenkirk masterfully charts the character’s path from con man to small-time lawyer, to criminalfor-hire Saul Goodman. APPLE TV+

Schmigadoon! A parody of iconic musicals, Schmigadoon! is a new musical

comedy series exec produced by Lorne Michaels and starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key as a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover a magical town in which everyone is living in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find ‘true love’. Severance Directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle, this sci-fi psychological thriller follows employees at Lumon Industries, a sinister biotech corporation. Mark (Adam Scott) is an employee that went through a controversial “severance” procedure that separates his work and non-work memories and starts to unravel conspiracies about Lumon. Ted Lasso The second season of this comedy drama sees Jason Sudeikis play Ted Lasso, a small-time American college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a Premier League team despite

having no experience coaching the English game. COMEDY CENTRAL

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Hosted by Trevor Noah since 2015, this show sees Noah bring insightful humor to the day’s top headlines, providing coverage of and catharsis to politics, pop culture, entertainment sports and more. DISNEY+

The Beatles: Get Back Directed by The Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson, this threepart documentary series takes audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. FX

Impeachment: American Crime Story This limited series examines the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in more than a century. Starring Beanie Feldstein, Clive Owen and


BETTER CALL SAUL

LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE

SCHMIGADOON!

TED LASSO

THE BEATLES: GET BACK

SEVERANCE

THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

SEVERANCE


WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW

HACKS

DOPESICK

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING

STATION ELEVEN

THE WHITE LOTUS

THE DROPOUT

THE GREAT

RUPAUL’S PAMDRAG & TOMMY RACE


Sarah Paulson and executive produced by Monica Lewinsky, the series explores the fallout from Bill Clinton’s affair with the former White House intern. What We Do in the Shadows This comedy, starring Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén and Mark Proksch, follows four vampires who have been roommates in Staten Island for hundreds and hundreds of years. The series is created by Jemaine Clement. HBO MAX

A Black Lady Sketch Show This comedy series is created, written by and stars Robin Thede and has broken new ground in sketch comedy television featuring a core cast of Black women living relatable experiences in a magical reality that subverts traditional expectations. Hacks Season 2 of HBO Max’s comedy series Hacks explores the evolving dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder). Christopher McDonald, Kaitlin Olson, Paul. W. Downs and Poppy Liu also star. Station Eleven Starring Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel, this 10-episode limited drama series, based on the international bestseller by Emily St. John Mandel, comes from creator Patrick Somerville and Paramount TV Studios. It’s a post-apocalyptic saga spanning

multiple timelines, telling the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.

billionaire after she founded Theranos, a medical technology company. However, it came to light that Theranos didn’t have the technology they claimed, and Holmes had defrauded investors.

The White Lotus Created, written and directed by Mike White, this satirical comedy-drama follows the staff and vacationers at the White Lotus resort in Hawaii over the course of a week-long stay. The ensemble cast includes Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, Steve Zahn and Molly Shannon.

The Great Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult reprise their roles as a combative royal couple in Season 2 of The Great and Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own. But, if she thought dethroning her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be liberated. She battles her court, her team and even her own mother in a bid to bring enlightenment to Russia.

HULU

Dopesick Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Beth Macy, this series focuses on the people and families affected by opioid addiction across the country. The focus shifts between the machinations in boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to the DEA as they build a legal case, and to the communities most affected by opioids like a small mining community in Virginia. Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Kaitlyn Dever star in this series created, written and directed by Danny Strong. The Dropout Based on the podcast of the same name, this miniseries was created by Elizabeth Meriwether and chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried). Holmes quickly became the world’s youngest self-made

Only Murders in the Building Created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman, this mystery-comedy revolves around a trio of strangers who decide to investigate a suspicious death in their apartment building and start a truecrime podcast. When the police rule the death a suicide, it falls on retired actor Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), struggling Broadway director Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and childhood friend of the victim Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) to discover what actually happened. Pam & Tommy Robert Siegel created this series based on the marriage between Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan), and their infamous sex tape. After being fired from renovating Lee’s mansion, Rand Gauthier (Seth Rogan) decides to steal their safe


to make up for the money he is owed. Upon finding that the contents include a sex tape, he realizes he found a way to make his money back. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

We Feed People Directed by Ron Howard, We Feed People spotlights renowned Spanish chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from being a scrappy collection of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. The World According to Jeff Goldblum Jeff Goldblum is back and he’s as curious as ever. In this season, he uncovers surprising secrets behind a whole new host of topics – including dogs, magic, fireworks, monsters, dance, puzzles, backyards, birthdays, tiny things and motorcycles. Passionate fans to experts and scientists share new insights to discover how these everyday marvels have shaped the world in which we live. NBC

Late Night with Seth Meyers Seth Meyers writes and hosts this late-night talk show alongside his sidekick and bandleader Fred Armisen. After more than a year without a live audience, Meyers returned to studio 8G in October 2021 for comedic monologues, recurring segments and interviews with guests such as Ben Stiller, Kenneth Branagh and Penelope Cruz.

WE FEED PEOPLE

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JEFF GOLDBLUM LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS



NETFLIX

Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk created, wrote, and directed this drama that quickly became Netflix’s most-watched series. Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a divorced father with a gambling addiction, joins 455 other contestants with crippling financial debt who are willing to risk their lives in a series of deadly children’s games to win a large cash prize. While losing the game means death, each contestant lost adds more money to the prize pool.

SQUID GAME

STRANGER THINGS

Stranger Things Created, written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, this sci-fi horror series mixes the pop culture of the ’80s with supernatural conspiracy theories surrounding the Cold War. Season 4 takes place six months after the events at the Starcourt Mall, which led to the disappearance of Hopper (David Harbour). The group is separated and navigating high school when a new supernatural threat approaches. PEACOCK

ANGELYNE

Angelyne This limited series starring Emmy Rossum puts the spotlight an original LA icon from the ’80s who infiltrated pop culture and rose to fame after a series of billboards began to appear around town featuring her signature curvier figure. Martin Freeman, Alex Karpovsky, Hamish Linklater, Charlie Rowe, Lukas Gage, Michael Angarano, Molly Ephraim and David Krumholtz also star. The series was directed by Matt Spicer and Lucy Tcherniak.



PRIME VIDEO

Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrls Global superstar Lizzo is on the hunt for confident, bad-ass women to join her world. Only the most talented dancers will have what it takes to twerk it out on world stages with her and join the ranks of the elite Big Grrrls. Lucy and Desi From director Amy Poehler, Lucy and Desi explores the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history—Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz—who risked everything to be together. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman, has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent — stand-up comedy, a revelation that changes her life forever. In Season 4, it’s 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, Midge finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft —and the places it takes her—creates a rift between her and the family and friends around her. SHOWTIME

We Need to Talk About Cosby This four-part documentary sees comedian-turned-TV host W. Kamau Bell measure the ground-

LIZZO’S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS

LUCY AND DESI

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY



breaking accomplishments of Bill Cosby against the volume of women who accused him of sexually assaulting them after drugging them.

YELLOWJACKETS

Yellowjackets Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson created this drama about four women involved in a 1996 plane crash when they were teenagers. The series switches between their lives during the crash and 25 years later, as they try to move past the things they did to survive. The ensemble cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis and Cristina Ricci as the adult versions of the girls. VH1

ABBOTT THE MASKED ELEMENTARY SINGER RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

RuPaul’s Drag Race The world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul, plays host, judge and mentor in this reality-competition show, crowning America’s next drag superstar. Now in its 14th season, contestants compete in a series of challenges to impress RuPaul in their bid to win a cash prize and the crown. WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP/ ABC/20TH TELEVISION

Abbott Elementary Quinta Brunson created, writes and stars in this mockumentary sitcom on ABC. Janine Teagues (Brunson) is a second-grade teacher at the underfunded Abbott Elementary school who is dedicated to helping her students succeed. The ensemble cast includes Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti and Sheryl Lee Ralph.



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