Road to the Emmys: Drama & longform
Children of DuneNetwork: Sci Fi Cast: Susan Sarandon, Alec Newman, Alice Krige Director: Greg Yaitanes Writer: John Harrison Critically speaking: “Sci Fi Channel’s long-awaited sequel to 2000’s ‘Dune’ turns everything up a notch: the special effects, the star power and the melodrama. It’s everything a miniseries should be — unless you’re a diehard Frank Herbert fan,” Laura Fries, Daily Variety The Forsyte Saga Network: PBS Cast: Damian Lewis, Gina McKee, Ioan Gruffudd, Rupert Graves Director:Christopher Menaul, David Moore Writers: Jan McVerry, Stephen Mallatratt Critically speaking: “The new adaptation of John Galsworthy’s grand saga remains faithful to the original book while adding just enough contemporary grace notes to enhance credibility for a modern television audience,” David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle Helen of Troy Network: USA Cast: Sienna Guillory, Matthew Marsden, Rufus Sewell, Stellan Skarsgard Director: John Kent Harrison Writer: Ronni Kern Critically speaking: “Standing out is Sienna Guillory as the title character and Rufus Sewell as Agamemnon. . . Guillory reps the overall highlight; she takes center stage among a group of more accomplished men,” Michael Speier, Daily Variety Hitler: The Rise of Evil Network: CBS Cast: Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, Julianna Margulies, Liev Schreiber Director: Christian Duguay Writers: John Pielmeier, G. Ross Parker Cast: Critically speaking: “But upon close and fair inspection, this mini has its compelling moments; despite a lead performance from Robert Carlyle that borders on cartoon overplay, there’s still enough that’s inherently watchable due to our fascination with the subject,” Michael Speier, Daily Variety Kingpin Network: NBC Cast: Yancy Arias, Bobby Cannavale, Sheryl Lee, Brian Benben Director: Allen Coulter Writer: David Mills Critically speaking: “When ‘Kingpin’s’ characters keep their emotions in check — and creator David Mills’ script asks that of them most of the time — a sense of danger and insecurity swells that sets ‘Kingpin’ apart from episodics about Hispanics or drug-running,” Phil Gallo, Daily Variety Napoleon Network: A&E Cast: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich Director: Yves Simoneau Writer: Didier Decoin Critically speaking: “The grandness of ‘Napoleon’ is appreciated even more since its confines are limited; having every right to shrink things in scope and cost in order to talk down to TV auds, producers instead have ramped up the elements,” Michael Speier, Daily Variety Taken Network: Sci Fi Cast: Dakota Fanning, Steve Burton, Julie Benz, Michael Moriarty Writer: Leslie Bohem Director: Tobe Hooper (episode 1), Breck Eisner (2), Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (3), Bryan Spicer (4), Felix Alcala (5), Tom Wright (6), Jeremy Kagan (7), Jeff Woolnough (8), John Fawcett (9), Michael Kattleman (10) Critically speaking: “‘Taken’ is mammoth, imaginative … certainly the most ambitious sci-fi epic ever produced for television,” Washington Post
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