It’s that special time of year again when studios and networks put forth their Emmy-hopeful series and talent.
With more than 500 scripted shows alone vying for Television Academy FYC event slots, some opt to build out their own spaces and present activations and stunts to capture additional voters’ attention. (Remember “‘Maisel’ Day”?) But for many, the traditional screening and panel setup is just as important. There, hundreds of voters can sample a show and engage with those who create it, all in a comfortable theater setting with food and drink to follow.
UPDATED: As of March 12, all Emmys FYC events have been halted due to precautions being taken to stop the spread of COVID-19. Below is a list of the past events that took place prior to this decision.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal – March 3 – Wolf Theatre at Saban Media Center
Cartoon Network Studios and Adult Swim invites Television Academy National Active members and their guests to a behind-the-scenes discussion of the animated series with panelists including creator and director Tartakovsky and art director Scott Wills. Brian A. Miller, senior vice president and general manager, Cartoon Network Studios will moderate the panel. This is an evening event that begins at 7:30 p.m.
Westworld – March 6 – Wolf Theatre at Saban Media Center
Just ahead of the third season of HBO’s futuristic epic, co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan, executive producer Denise The and cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Aaron Paul and Luke Hemsworth will present a screening and panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m.
Castle Rock and Prodigal Son – February 29 – The Whitby Hotel
Warner Bros. Television Group is hosting a “high tea” with “Castle Rock” Season 2 star Lizzy Caplan and “Prodigal Son” star Michael Sheen, marking this event an unofficial “Masters of Sex” reunion. Since it is high tea, it is an afternoon affair that begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be a panel before the reception.
The Plot Against America – March 6 – 92nd Street Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
HBO presents David Simon’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2004 novel that looks at an alternative America in which conservative Charles Lindbergh was elected president, leading to a rise of anti-Semitism in the States. Simon, along with cast members Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder and John Turturro are scheduled to be in attendance for the screening and panel discussion that begins at 8 p.m.