×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Bourdain faces PBS quartet

Road to the Emmys 2012: The Writer - Nonfiction

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations — Cuba” (Travel)
Highlight: Bourdain finds himself unprepared for Cuba’s old- school beauty — seemingly untouched by time or tourists. Despite the country’s political and social turmoil, Havana reveals itself to be the jewel of Latin America.
Sidelight: Though Fidel Castro made communism his religion, Cubans have chosen something else: baseball. Bourdain finds a street corner where people are literally licensed by the government to assemble and argue about the sport.

Christine Ferraro
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger” (PBS)
Highlight: Country star Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, report that nearly 25% of U.S. children don’t have enough to eat and discuss how to help hungry children and their families.
Sidelight: Sesame Street added a 7-year-old child muppet to discuss how hunger affects children and talk to kids about how they can get help if their families don’t have enough money for food.

Barak Goodman
“American Experience — Clinton” (PBS)
Highlight: Clinton’s time in office looks remarkably similar to that of Barack Obama, with deeply polarized Washington politics and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich complaining Clinton wanted to be liked and wasn’t willing to battle for issues like President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Sidelight: Clinton admits the Lewinsky affair, and his daughter, Chelsea, takes his hand and Hillary’s as they leave a news conference.

Peter Jones
“American Masters — Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” (PBS)
Highlight: Carson (pictured) — a man notoriously uncomfortable with personal conversation but who made his living talking to people on his latenight show — is revealed to be as enigmatic as Charles Foster (“Citizen”) Kane, though the special never manages to reveal his Rosebud.
Sidelight: The Nebraska native was so powerful he could shape U.S. political opinion with one well-timed zinger in his monologue.

Geoffrey C. Ward
“Prohibition — A Nation of Hypocrites” (PBS)
Highlight: The moment when American citizens face horrible economic pressures in the 1920s and organized crime becomes rich and violent bootlegging is the point when the popular tide turns against prohibition.
Sidelight: Al Capone’s rise and fall is documented in a way that can’t help but make you think of the bootleggers on shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire” and their (probably) inevitable violent ends.

Road to the Emmys 2012: The Writer
Where the gags write themselves?
And the nominees are:
Drama | Comedy | Miniseries & Movies | Variety | Nonfiction
>

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Andre Previn Dead

    Emmys' In Memoriam Shows Photo of Living Composer Instead of Andre Previn

    Any “In Memoriam” segment on an awards show results in immediate viewer furor over which recently deceased figures got left out. In the case of Sunday’s Emmy Awards, it was more about who got included: the very much still-with-us composer Leonard Slatkin — or at least his photographic representation, as he was misidentified as Andre [...]

  • Supernatural -- "The Rising Son" --

    'Walker, Texas Ranger' Reboot Starring Jared Padalecki in Development

    “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki could soon be starring in a reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Variety has confirmed. CBS Television Studios is currently developing a new version of the classic Chuck Norris-led series with Padalecki in the title role. No network is currently attached. The series would focus on Walker as he returns from years undercover. [...]

  • This is Us

    What to Watch on TV This Week: 'The Politician,' 'This Is Us' Season 4 Premiere

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” drops on Netflix, and “This Is Us” season 4 [...]

  • UMC-Marriage-Boot-Camp-Hip-Hop-Edition-WE-tv

    WE tv, UMC Reteam on Bonus Content for 'Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition' Season 2

    AMC Networks is touting the benefits of cross-pollinating content and promos across its TV and streaming properties. In the latest bit of synergy, the programmer’s WE tv announced the continuation of its partnership with sister company UMC (Urban Movie Channel) to produce a second season of “confessional” episodes for WE tv reality series “Marriage Boot [...]

  • BLUFF CITY LAW -- "Pilot" Episode

    TV Review: 'Bluff City Law'

    As a legal procedural emanating from outside the imaginings of Dick Wolf, “Bluff City Law” at least represents something novel for NBC. But its understanding of the workings of the legal profession is frustratingly limited in a familiar way — not merely because it falls so nearly into timeworn cliché but also because it seems [...]

  • Kit Harington, Sophie Turner. Kit Harington,

    Emmys 2019: What You Didn't See on TV

    Viewers who tuned into the Emmys on Sunday night saw the “Game of Thrones” cast reunite for the first time since the epic finale, and caught Adam DeVine’s head-scratching musical number. They also saw the stars of “Veep” rally once more, and witnessed the magic that is Billy Porter’s awards show fashion. But there’s a ton [...]

  • David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Carolyn

    Emmys 2019: 'Game of Thrones,' Jharrel Jerome Lead Social-Media Buzz

    HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Jharrel Jerome, star of Netflix’s “When They See Us,” were among the leaders of social conversation during Sunday’s 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Facebook and Twitter. “GOT” picked up 12 Emmys in total for its final season, including outstanding drama series, while series star Peter Dinklage picked up his fourth [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content