'Awards Chatter' is a podcast that features in-depth interviews with the most interesting and accomplished people in show business.Created and hosted by: Scott Feinberg Produced by: Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham'Awards Chatter' is hosted by www.Simplecast.com
The most celebrated Spanish auteur since Buñuel reflects on the revolutionary period from which he and his colorful films emerged, why he has avoided Hollywood and what makes his 21st features his most personal yet.Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Harley Yanoff and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The revered vet of stage and screen reflects on the tragedy that struck his family when he was a young actor; finding himself at the center of the infamous 'Miss Saigon' controversy; why he turned down 'Game of Thrones' before signing on to play the High Sparrow; and what it's like playing Pope Francis in one of the year's most acclaimed films.Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Ryan Gabos and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
One of the outstanding actresses of her generation reflects on the roles that made her 'America's Sweetheart' and an Oscar-winning star, the personal turmoil that led her to step away from the biz for six years and her comeback as, Judy Garland, that many are calling the best work of her career.Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Eric Taylor and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The man, myth and legend of technology and philanthropy — the founder of Microsoft and the cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — reflects on his discovery of computers and trailblazing work with computer software, why he and his wife started the largest private philanthropic foundation in history and what made him decide to cooperate with a Netflix docuseries.
But first: Davis Guggenheim, the documentary filmmaker best known for the Oscar-winning 'An Inconvenient Truth,' joins Scott to discuss his career and his aforementioned Netflix docuseries about Bill Gates.
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Matthew Whitehurst and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The 24-year-old breakout star — an Emmy nominee for FX’s limited series and a scene-stealer in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film — reflects on growing up as Andie MacDowell’s daughter, abandoning dancing and modeling for acting and how HBO’s ‘The Leftovers,’ a Spike Jonze perfume ad and the indie ‘Novitiate’ all set the stage for her crazy 2019.
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Joshua Farnham and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda, who made his own name in the 1969 counter-culture classic 'Easy Rider' and later earned a best actor Oscar nomination for 1997's 'Ulee's Gold,' spoke with Scott about his life and career at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. He died today of lung cancer at the age of 79.
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Jessie Katz and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
One of the funniest actors and most talented directors in Hollywood reflects on growing up the son of a legendary comedy team, his inner-conflict about starring in broad comedies versus directing more serious work and what went in to making the seven-part Showtime limited series for which he is up for two Emmys.
The rising-star comedian and writer, who won three Emmys and two Peabodys for his contributions to 'Last Week Tonight' before moving over to Showtime's first late night show, reflects on venturing into standup, co-creating Modern Seinfeld and working with talents spanning the spectrum of humor, from John Oliver to Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.
But first: Gil Robertson, the co-founder and co-chief of the African-American Film Critics Association, joins Scott to discuss his career and organization, which will present its first TV Awards this weekend.
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Matthew Whitehurst and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The breakout filmmaker behind one of 2019's most acclaimed films — and the 2019 film with the highest per-theater-average gross — reflects on her family's immigrant experience, the hirings and firings she experienced en route to her breakthrough and what Hollywood should learn from the success of her very personal film.
But first: Meher Tatna, who just wrapped a two-year term as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, joins Scott to discuss her life and the origins, controversies and philanthropy of the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards.
One of the great character actors in showbiz reflects on early collaborations with Spike Lee, subsequent career struggles that left him on the brink of suicide and the career renaissance made possible by Vince Gilligan and the part of Gus Fring, first on 'Breaking Bad' and now on its prequel. (He is now one of very few performers who have received Emmy noms for playing the same part on multiple shows.)
Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Matthew Whitehurst and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
The rock and roll legend from The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, who is the subject of an acclaimed new documentary, begins reflecting on his rollercoaster life and career before having a meltdown and forcing Scott to terminate the interview, an ‘Awards Chatter’ first.
One of the most influential producers in the history of television — a man best known for creating and producing the landmark variety sketch series 'Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In' — reflects on that show's origins, impact and legacy, most recently on display in a tribute show on Netflix.
But first: THR's Matthew Belloni, Daniel Fienberg, Lesley Goldberg and Michael O'Connell join Scott to dissect Tuesday morning's announcement of the 71st Emmy nominations.
The actress best known for playing Kim Wexler opposite Bob Odenkirk on AMC's 'Breaking Bad' prequel opens up about her roots as a character actress; what she learned from short-lived TV series earlier in her career; and what it's like to play her current show's only principal character whose fate is not already known.
The late night hosts with the youngest and most diverse audience reflect on how they were shaped by being first-generation Americans from the Bronx, how social media led to their podcast and TV shows and what makes their new current program different from competitors'.
The standup and late night comedy legend, who rarely grants interviews, opens up about why he pursued a public life despite immense shyness, why he adored Johnny Carson and has mixed feelings about Jay Leno, why he retired from 'Late Show' only to return two years later with a longform interview series on Netflix, what he thinks of today's late night hosts and how he feels now about his former frequent guest Donald Trump.
One of the greatest fashion designers and costume designers for the last 60 years reflects on his famous clients (including Judy Garland, Carol Burnett and Cher), his most iconic outfits (from the 'Gone with the Wind' parody dress for 'The Carol Burnett Show' to Cher’s various Oscar outfits) and finally being accepted by the fashion world establishment.
But first: David Rooney, THR's chief theater critic, joins Scott to preview Sunday night's 73rd Tony Awards.
The four-time Tony nominee opens up about being fired from 'The Light in the Piazza' just before it went to Broadway, how she rebounded in a series of musicals before breaking into plays and what it's like playing children on stage, most recently 8-year-old Scout Finch in Aaron Sorkin's blockbuster production.
The Tony favorite reflects on how his career was interrupted — and life jeopardized — by a 2010 head injury; how he fought his way back, only to walk away from 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' after just one season; and what he has learned from playing a woman in one of Broadway's biggest hits.
The 32-year-old vet of improv and sketch comedy reflects on seven seasons in Studio 8H, what frustrated her about the acting opportunities she was offered during hiatuses and why she ultimately signed on to co-create, co-write, co-produce and star on a Hulu series about a "fat" young woman in 21st century America.
The world's leading organizing consultant reflects on the roots of her interest in tidying, and how tidying for friends became a part-time job and then a booming business; how her KonMari Method evolved into what it is; and how her bestselling books about it led to a Netflix reality series.
The most influential producer in TV history — a man who, in the 1970s, revolutionized the sitcom format by using it to tackle matters of social import — reflects on the dark childhood that shaped his social conscience, the defining moments of his career, what keeps him working at 96 and whether Archie Bunker would have supported Donald Trump.
In his first-ever podcast interview, the A-lister reflects on parts played and lessons learned over 37 years in Hollywood, the pros and cons of mega-fame, why he no longer sees himself as a leading man and why he decided to return to TV to make a limited series with streamer Hulu.
The multi-hyphenate behind two of TV’s buzziest shows reflects on how a series of 10-minute plays that she wrote opened the doors to screen jobs, how much of herself is in her characters and how being a feminist does (and doesn’t) shape her work.
One of the greatest leading ladies in Broadway history reflects on her unlikely path from Oklahoma to the Great White Way, how she found her voice thanks to a special teacher and her 'voice' through the roles she played and why, even at the top, she finds it hard to make ends meet.
One of Hollywood’s funniest, smartest and most provocative figures reflects on the roots of his passion for animation, becoming TV’s youngest-ever EP 20 years ago with ‘Family Guy’ and following decades of comedy — from directing ‘Ted’ to hosting the Oscars — with a sci-fi dramedy that just wrapped its second season.
The legendary film exec — who ran three studios, was behind five best picture Oscar winners and brought James Bond, The Beatles and Steve Martin to the movies — died Saturday at 87 following a battle with colon cancer. Here, for the first time, Scott shares their 2016 sit-down.
Best known for starring in the ‘High School Musical’ trilogy opposite her then-boyfriend Zac Efron, the young actress reflects on her musical roots, surviving celebrity and reinventing herself as an adult in Hollywood.
The Scotsman, one of Hollywood's hottest young actors, reflects on his Golden Globe-winning performance, as well as playing Robb Stark on 'Game of Thrones,' "anxiety-inducing" paparazzi and those 007 rumors.
The screen legend best known for playing Luke Skywalker in six 'Star Wars' films over 42 years reflects on fame and typecasting, why he loves theater and voice acting, "'Star Wars' fatigue" and why he took on the role of a medieval SOB on History's drama series about the Knights Templar.
Best known for 'The Hangover' trilogy, the actor/standup comedian discusses what led to his life-changing decision to walk away from medicine to focus on performing, the personal and social significance of projects like 'Dr. Ken' and 'Crazy Rich Asians' and the family crisis that inspired his new Netflix standup special.
The actor/singer emotionally reflects on his dark childhood, his 14-year exile from Broadway and how he realized his dreams via the Tony-winning musical 'Kinky Boots’ and Ryan Murphy’s landmark FX drama.
Best known for playing Zack Morris on ‘Saved by the Bell,’ the veteran TV actor reflects on that iconic character, his subsequent collaboratIons with Steven Bochco and his acclaimed work as a federal agent on Fox’s rookie series.
The Golden Globe-nominated breakout star reflects on his transformation from reserved kid into public performer; the challenges of playing icons Jesse Owens and John Lewis and anchoring 'If Beale Street Could Talk'; and holding his own opposite Julia Roberts on Amazon Prime's acclaimed podcast adaptation.
Scott Feinberg, THR's awards columnist, is joined by THR's tech editor Carolyn Giardina, executive editor (features) Stephen Galloway, senior editor (film) Rebecca Keegan and film editor Gregg Kilday for a discussion about the show's controversies, contenders and consequences.
The trailblazing costume designer — the first black person ever nominated for the best costume design Oscar, she now has three such noms to her name (no black woman has more across all categories) — reflects on breaking into her profession when no other black women were getting work, her 14 collaborations with Spike Lee and what it was like costuming a 2018 movie unlike any before it.
But first: Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi join Scott to discuss the best documentary short Oscar nominee 'Period. End of Sentence,' a film they made about young women in India whose lives were changed by contemporaries in Los Angeles.
The veteran character actor, who was most famous for his debut film role in 1987's 'Withnail & I' prior to his Oscar-nominated turn in Marielle Heller's 2018 dramedy about a pair of Big Apple misfits, reflects on his bizarre childhood, the working-actor's grind and why he's savoring every second of his current moment in the spotlight.
One of the greatest songwriters of all time — a one-woman hit machine for 35 years who has worked with most major singers of that timespan and is synonymous with the 'power ballad' — reflects on how music helped her escape a troubled childhood, the origins of her biggest hits and the inspiration for the call-to-action songs that have led to the three most recent of her 10 Oscar noms.
The YouTube star turned internationally-popular standup comedian turned acclaimed filmmaker reflects on his unusual career path, his debilitating battles with anxiety and how technology is changing our lives.
One of the most respected actresses of her generation, a five-time Oscar bridesmaid, reflects on how years in dinner theater gave way to a career in screen acting, how her career has been divided into noticeable phases and how she navigates dark parts like the two she played in 2018 (one in a film, the other in a limited TV series).
The beloved character actor, who has been appearing on the big screen for 52 years, reflects on why the first film in which he was the star was also the last; how he feels about being typecast as the strong/silent type; and what sparked his late-career renaissance.
The Oscar winner, one of the key figures of New Mexican Cinema and one of the most accomplished and admired filmmakers in the world, opens up about being kicked out of film school, the evolution of 'The Three Amigos,' the widely-varying scales and genres of his films and why his latest — a black-and-white Spanish-language masterpiece on Netflix — is his most personal yet.
The 22-year-old 'Manchester by the Sea' Oscar nominee talks about growing up in an artistic family, battling self-doubt, coming to terms with his sexuality and starring in three films — and making his Broadway debut — in 2018.
The 18-year-old New Zealander reflects on her breakout year (after Debra Granik's latest premiered at Sundance, she shot four other films), frequent comparisons with J-Law (the star of Granik's last film, 'Winter's Bone') and her plans for the future.
The beloved star of 'The Office' talks about his prior struggles to break into the biz, his subsequent transition into film acting and directing and his remarkable 2018 playing a superhero on TV and writing, directing and starring in the year's most successful elevated horror flick.
20 years after first taking outlandish characters out into the world, a form of comedy that hadn’t been done before, the incomparable Brit, now up for a Golden Globe, reflects on pre-fame life, his characters’ origins and Donald Trump.
The biggest female movie star of the last 30 years, "America's Sweetheart" herself, reflects on pre-stardom life and loss, how she wound up in 'Pretty Woman' and becoming the queen of rom-coms and what it's like to now be playing a mom (she's getting some of the best notices of her career for her turn as a mother trying to help her drug-addicted son in Peter Hedges' latest film) and starring on series TV.
An actors’ actor who is just 33, but already has more than a decade of acclaimed stage and screen work under her belt, on breaking out of period pieces, overcoming fears and her latest role, in which she gives, in the view of the New York Times' film critic, "the best performance of any I’ve seen in film this year."
But first: Roger Ross Williams, the first black director ever to win an Oscar, and Kristi Jacobson join Scott to discuss their Oscar-eligible documentary short 'Take Back the Harbor,' which shows how high school students are using oysters to clean the polluted waters around New York.
One of the most multi-talented stars in showbiz history — an Australian man of Hollywood films and Broadway theater who is the living embodiment of "the triple threat" — reflects on his dark childhood, playing the same superhero in more films and over more years than anyone else in history and now portraying a real and still-living person for the first time.
The small, scrappy, tough-as-nails New York filmmaker behind classics such as 'She's Gotta Have It,' 'Do the Right Thing' and 'Malcolm X' reflects upon the challenges of making indie films over the last 32 years, the impact of and controversies surrounding his work and what he makes of Hollywood and America's fraught relationship with race in the past and present — the subject of his most recent project.
But first: Scott Feinberg, the host of 'Awards Chatter,' reflects on the podcast's origins and evolution — and his 10 favorite episodes.
One of the most prolific and admired directors in TV history — the go-to guy for sitcom pilots — reflects on how Mary Tyler Moore helped him break into the biz, the 15 years he split between 'Taxi' and 'Cheers' (he co-created the latter) and being at the center of NBC's 'Must See TV' era with 'Frasier,' 'Friends' and 'Will & Grace.'
But first: Natalie Jarvey, THR's digital media editor, joins Scott to discuss her recent profile of Vice Media and its new CEO Nancy Dubuc, who ran A&E Networks until Shane Smith hired her to right the ship of his $5.7 billion youth-centric media company.
The ‘12 Years a Slave’ director and producer (the first black producer ever to win a best picture Oscar) opens up about how his work in art led to his career in film, his close collaborations with Michael Fassbender and why he followed his big Oscar night with an elevated heist flick he has been mulling for 35 years.
But first: Matthew Heineman, a 35-year-old filmmaker best known for his Oscar-nominated doc ‘Cartel Land,’ explains how he came to make his narrative directing debut with ‘A Private War,’ a new film about war correspondent Marie Colvin.
One of the greatest basketball players of all time reflects on his career on the hardwood, transitioning into retirement and using his profile to call attention to socially-significant films.
But first: Gabe Polsky, the director of the new documentary ‘In Search of Greatness,’ joins Scott to discuss his quest to determine what separates the greatest athletes from the rest.
One of the most popular singer/songwriters of all-time — a woman who The Guardian described as “the biggest star country music has ever produced,” and who has crossed back and forth, for more than 40 years, between country and pop, while also starring in movies and on TV — discusses her Appalachian roots and road to Nashville, the backstories of her greatest hits ("Jolene," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You") and how she came to provide the soundtrack — and Oscar-contending single 'Girl in the Movies' — for a new Netflix movie.
But first: Alex Honnold, the professional rock climber who is the subject of the new National Geographic documentary 'Free Solo,' joins Scott to discuss his death-defying free solo — as in, climb without ropes — of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall, which has been called "the moon landing of free soloing" and "the most impressive athletic achievement of our lifetimes."
One of today's few true movie stars — people buy tickets to see a movie because she's in it — opens up about the source of her early self-esteem and confidence; the crazy way she wound up performing standup and then improv; why she was planning to quit showbiz just before she landed 'Gilmore Girls'; how the blockbuster success of 'Bridesmaids' and an Emmy win for 'Mike & Molly' within just a few months of each other changed her life; and why she's now expanded beyond comedy into drama, or at least dramedy, playing a real person for the first time in her career — not counting 'Spicey' — and garnering some of the best reviews of her career.
But first: Ivana Kirkbride, an expert and thought leader in the over-the-top video space, joins Scott to discuss her time at YouTube and Verizon's go90 and speculate about the future of 'premium mid-form content' and 'micro-windowing.'
One of Hollywood's most versatile actors opens up about his discovery of improv en route to 'The Daily Show,' how a small part in 'Anchorman' led to a star-making role in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' which, in turn, saved the fledgling 'The Office,' and why he ventured into darker material with 'Foxcatcher,' for which he received an Oscar nom, and his newest film.
But first: Sandra Lee, the Daytime Emmy-winning TV host, bestselling author and first lady of New York, joins Scott to discuss 'RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee,' an HBO documentary short about her battle with breast cancer.
A queen in the past in 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' in the future on 'The Crown' and in the present in Yorgos Lanthimos' latest dramedy reflects on her beginnings in comedy, how the British indie film 'Tyrannosaur' and TV series 'Broadchurch' exploded her profile and what it's like to now be the center of so much attention.
But first: Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old actress who starred in this summer's breakout indie 'Eighth Grade,' joins Scott to discuss her career, social media and her collaboration with Bo Burnham.
One of Hollywood's most colorful characters — he has morphed from bit player to leading man to matinee idol to Oscar winner over the last 25 years — shares the backstories of "Alright, alright, alright," his big break, his rom-com/shirtless era and one of Hollywood's most remarkable career-reboots, 'the McConnaisance.'
The living legend, one of only 21 EGOTs, opens up about falling in love with music, being black in Hollywood, talent cultivation (Michael Jackson, most famously) and discovery (from Oprah to Will Smith) and what he thinks of music and America today.
But first: Al Hicks and Rashida Jones, the co-directors of the acclaimed new Netflix doc 'Quincy,' discuss the making of the film and its enigmatic subject.
The twice Oscar-nominated British actress, who has been on Hollywood’s A-list for the last 15 years, opens up about how acting helped her to overcome dyslexia, how sudden celebrity caused her to have a breakdown and why she has always been drawn to — and done much of her best work in — period pieces.
The English Oxford alum turned Bond girl turned best actress Oscar nominee opens up about breaking out of early typecasting with 'An Education,' playing her first leading film role in 'Gone Girl' and, in perhaps her most challenging assignment yet, portraying war correspondent Marie Colvin in Matt Heineman's new film.
But first: Matt Belloni, THR's editorial director, joins Scott in Toronto to discuss the 43rd TIFF, Venice's award winners and the Academy's tabling of the popular Oscar.
The living legend of stage and screen — who is the most Oscar-nominated living performer without a win, at 0-for-6 — talks about growing up in a cult, her later-than-usual film debut and how she made up for lost time, aging in Hollywood (she went to TV and back to Broadway) and the performance that has made her, at 71, the best actress contender to beat.
The star of Marvel's first film to center on a black superhero shares why Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington are responsible for his shift from writer/director to actor, how he weighed the honor of playing black icons against the fear of being typecast and what he makes of Wakanda's cultural significance during the Trump era and the Academy's new popular Oscar.
But first: Stephen Galloway, THR's executive editor of features, joins Scott to preview the Venice and Telluride film festivals that will kick off the awards season later this week.
Emmy-nominated for both Ryan Murphy's 'Glee,' in 2015, and now for an FX limited series in which he played serial killer Andrew Cunanan, the Filipino-American discusses 'passing' as white, pre-'Glee' life (he made a living playing piano at Maggiano's) and the tricky terrain of being a straight actor who has made his name playing LGBTQ parts.
But first: Lacey Rose, THR's executive editor of TV coverage, joins Scott to discuss Jim Carrey's upcoming return to the spotlight in the Showtime series 'Kidding.'
The world's most recognizable living scientist, who is to behavioral sciences what Albert Einstein is to physics, reflects on 58 years of studying chimpanzees in Gombe, encountering sexual demands and objectification in the workplace, turning unexpected fame into a tool for activism and being the subject of dozens of documentaries, the best of which is now nominated for seven Emmys.
But first: Rebecca Ford, THR's awards editor, and Rebecca Sun, a senior reporter at THR, join Scott to discuss the upcoming all-Asian film 'Crazy Rich Asians.'
One of the most significant and beloved figures in TV history, best known for her groundbreaking variety sketch program 'The Carol Burnett Show' (1967-1978), reflects, at the age of 85, on the Cinderella story that led her to showbiz, doing things that other women hadn't done before and her and her show's impact more than a half-century after its debut.
But first: Matt Belloni, THR's editorial director, joins Scott to discuss the hugely controversial changes to the format of the Oscars that the Academy announced this week.
The TV icon best known for 'Cheers' reflects on his unlikely casting on that NBC classic, the struggles that followed its 11-season run and how roles on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Damages' rebooted his career and prepared him to play the character for which he is nominated for an Emmy.
But first: Pamela McClintock, a senior film writer and box-office analyst at THR, joins Scott to discuss this summer's biggest blockbusters, the surge of hit docs and the crash of MoviePass.
The stage and screen veteran reflects on why she was so averse to doing a soap opera or a sitcom before making her name on 'One Life to Live' and 'Who’s the Boss?,' and what she's learned since returning to the theater (she's one of only six performers to win Tonys in back-to-back years) and TV (she's landed Emmy noms for 'Ugly Betty,' 'Transparent' and 'Versace').
Nominated for the best actor in a drama series Emmy for the second year in a row, the 41-year-old reflects on his journey to acting, almost quitting the biz after his stints on ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Heroes’ ended and how he wound up playing everyone’s favorite TV dad of the Peak TV era.
But first: Kevin Cassidy, THR’s international news editor, joins Scott to preview the fall film fests.
One of the most popular entertainers ever to emerge from Puerto Rico — a two-time Grammy-winning singer, a dancer and now an Emmy-nominated actor — reflects on growing up with Menudo, his 'Livin' La Vida Loca' era and the personal and professional rebirth he has experienced since coming out as gay in 2010.
But first: Rebecca Ford, THR's awards editor, joins Scott to dissect the Emmy nominations that were announced on Thursday.
One of the last male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age — the top one at Warner Bros. from 1955 through 1959 — died on Sunday at the age of 86. In this 2015 interview, he spoke about what it was like making movies — and being gay — in the fifties, what happened after his star faded and how he hoped to be remembered.
But first: Andy Lewis, THR's books editor, joins Scott to discuss the best Hollywood-related reads of 2018 so far.
One of the most significant figures in the history of the music industry looks back on his rise from studio sweeper to engineer (for John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen) to producer (for Tom Petty and U2) to label founder and chief (Interscope, which made hip hop and gangsta rap mainstream), and his unlikely friendship with Dr. Dre, with whom he founded Beats Electronics (which they sold to Apple for $3.2 billion in 2014), which is chronicled in an acclaimed new HBO docuseries.
But first: Gregg Kilday, THR's film editor, joins Scott to discuss the Academy's decision to invite an unprecedented 928 people to join its organization.
The comedy actor who became famous as Joey Tribbiani on NBC’s 'Friends' dishes on the strange series of events that led him from blue-collar work to acting; why, after the failure of 'Joey' and five years out of the biz, he returned to series TV on Showtime; and how he feels about the prospect of a 'Friends' reboot — and retirement.
But first: Aaron Couch, the senior editor of THR's 'Heat Vision' blog devoted to fanboy entertainment, joins Scott to preview the summer movie season.
The jovial host of late night's most iconic program reflects on his journey from doing childhood impersonations to appearing on 'SNL,' how Lorne Michaels recruited him to 'Late Night' (despite opposition from network suits) and then Johnny Carson's old job and, in an emotional exchange, how his infamous 2016 interview with Donald Trump has — and hasn't — changed him and his show.
The two-time Emmy winner reflects on child stardom (she burst onto the scene at 14 on 'My So-Called Life'), embarking on a film career (but passing on 'Schindler's List' and 'Titanic') and returning to the small screen and experiencing career rebirth through the TV movie 'Temple Grandin,' followed by seven seasons playing a bipolar CIA officer.
But first: Matthew Belloni, THR's editorial director, joins Scott to discuss a week of Hollywood wheelings and dealings: Disney and Comcast's fight over Fox, AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner and a new partnership between Oprah and Apple.
The legendary singer, songwriter, actress, writer, producer and director opens up about her odds-defying career ("I didn’t want to be a singer"), why she fights for creative control over her work ("I am not a diva") and what convinced her to embark on a rare concert tour that was later turned into a Netflix variety special — even though, as she puts it, "I just don’t enjoy singing live."
One of the few people who has played multiple iconic TV characters reflects on child stardom as a Mouseketeer, becoming "America's Sweetheart" at 21 on 'Felicity' and then, after almost quitting the biz, re-emerging as a Soviet spy for six seasons on one of the best shows of the Peak TV era.
One of the reigning kings of comedy — a standup, writer, producer and director who has been a driving force behind many of the funniest TV series and films of the last 30 years — reflects on the roots of his sense of humor, his decision to move from doing standup to writing to producing/directing and his epic documentary-tribute to one of his mentors and heroes.
But first: Lesley Goldberg, THR’s west coast TV editor, joins Scott to discuss ABC's historic cancelation of 'Roseanne,' attempts to equate Roseanne Barr's and Samantha Bee's inappropriate comments and the future of 'The Walking Dead.'
One of the most talented comedy performers in the business looks back on his childhood at Nickelodeon ('All That' and 'Kenan & Kel'), losing his identity thereafter and then finding a new home in Studio 8H (where he is in his 15th season, making him the longest-tenured performer in the variety show’s history).
The star of TV’s highest-rated new network drama, whose portrayal of an autistic surgeon has already brought him a Golden Globe nom, looks back on child stardom, re-emerging as an adult on the drama series 'Bates Motel' (he received Critics' Choice noms for three of its five seasons) and then heading right into another, very different show.
But first: Borys Kit, a senior staff writer at THR who oversees its 'Heat Vision' blog, joins Scott to discuss this weekend's release of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' this summer's roster of popcorn movies and the potential for fanboy and awards-voter overlap on 'Black Panther' and 'A Quiet Place.'
The actress-producer discusses how she wound up on '7th Heaven' at 14 (it became TV's longest-running family drama ever), growing up in the biz, making an eclectic mix of films and returning to TV in a limited series she also produced, which became 2017's most-watched new basic-cable show, and for which she received Golden Globe and Critics' Choice noms.
But first: Gregg Kilday, THR's film editor, and Chris Gardner, a senior staff writer at THR, join Scott to recap the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
One of the most likable — and reliably good — actors in the business reflects on his child stardom, how he then experienced a dark decade before re-emerging as the industry’s go-to straight man in comedies and why it means so much to him to now be able to juggle acting and directing.
But first: Booth Moore, THR’s Style & Fashion News Director, joins Scott to discuss the recent Met Gala, the ongoing Cannes Film Festival and the upcoming Royal Wedding, as well as Vogue's controversial new profile of Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, aka Mrs. Harvey Weinstein.
The British actress, best known for playing Daenerys on TV's most acclaimed show, opens up about striking gold with and learning to navigate her first professional role, why she's sick of talking about her nude scenes, what led her to turn down 'Fifty Shades of Grey' but do 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' plus more.
But first: Stephen Galloway, THR's executive editor (features), joins Scott to discuss his recent article about Hollywood publicists and the period of upheaval currently impacting their community.
The first woman ever to host a late-night satire show reflects on her 12 years at Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' (she was the longest-serving and first female correspondent), betting on herself by leaving that job for a show of her own at TBS (which won an Emmy in 2017) and what it's like making that show in the fast-changing and mind-blowing Trump era.
But first: Seth Abramovitch, a senior writer at THR, joins Scott to discuss his new THR profile of Jeffrey Tambor, the Emmy-winning star of Amazon's'Transparent' who was recently fired from that show after being accused of sexual misconduct.
This powerhouse writer (the first black woman ever to win a comedy writing Emmy), actress ('Master of None' and 'Ready Player One') and creator/producer (Showtime's new series about Chicago's South Side) — who recently appeared on Vanity Fair's cover and was named by Time as one of the world's 100 most influential people — reflects on her upbringing, the importance of mentorship and the kaleidoscopic way her career has come together.
But first: Natalie Jarvey, THR's digital media editor, joins Scott to discuss her cover story chronicling the rise of — and challenges facing — Hulu, the streaming service behind 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
The six-time Emmy nominee and two-time Critics' Choice Award winner reflects on why her agents fired her after she agreed to play Joan, how she feels about all the attention paid to her figure and why she decided to follow a period drama with a contemporary network dramedy.
The TV icon opens up about his debilitating dyslexia, overcoming it to land the part of 'The Fonz' on 'Happy Days' (and 'jumping the shark') and following 'Arrested Development' and 'Parks and Rec' with standout work on Bill Hader's new HBO dramedy.
But first: David Rooney, THR's chief theatre critic, joins Scott to discuss the two-part shows that are the talk of Broadway, the return of Glenda Jackson and how the Tonys may acknowledge "The Boss."
The Golden Globe-nominated British beauty reflects on making her name in period pieces (and on 'Black Mirror'), playing one character in several projects over many years (Agent Peggy Carter of 'Captain America' fame) and the new project for which she's receiving the best reviews of her screen career (a four-part adaptation of E.M. Forster's most famous novel).
But first: Rebecca Ford, THR's awards editor, joins Scott to discuss early and creative Emmy campaigning, Jimmy Kimmel vs. Sean Hannity and tough Emmy decisions facing HBO.
The model-turned-actress reflects on her big break ('Breaking Bad'), first starring role ('Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23') and experience playing a complex Marvel superhero on a Peabody Award-winning TV show that began exploring sexual misconduct and its impact on victims long before the Harvey Weinstein exposés.
But first: Daniel Fienberg, THR's television critic and the president of the Television Critics Association, joins Scott to discuss what it's like to be a TV critic in the era of Peak TV, the shows you're not watching but really should be and the things about which critics and Emmy voters most and least agree.
The comic, podcast host and character actor reflects on the complex youth that led him to comedy; his rollercoaster career (he once contemplated suicide in the same garage to which a president later trekked to see him); and the Critics’ Choice and SAG award noms accorded his first major acting gig in which he's not playing a version of himself.
But first: Lesley Goldberg, THR’s west coast TV editor, joins Scott to discuss the best of broadcast, pilot season and the Dodgers.
The creator, showrunner, producer, writer, director and Golden Globe-nominated star of Showtime's acclaimed new comedy series, which was largely inspired by the drama of her own experience as a young single mom, reflects on her blue-collar upbringing, accidental pregnancy at 24, move to Hollywood 11 weeks into it and years of personal and professional struggle that followed — until she took matters into her own hands by making, in 2015, a short film about her experiences that won an award at Sundance and paved the way to where she is today.
But first: Michael O'Connell, THR’s senior writer on television, joins Scott to preview the 2018 Emmy season.
One of the most colorful characters in Hollywood history — he wrote, directed, produced and starred in what has been called "the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies," which inspired 'The Disaster Artist' — opens up as never before about his life and work.
But first: Matt Belloni, THR's editorial director, joins Scott to recap and dissect Sunday night's 90th Oscars.
The veteran character actor looks back on years of side-jobs and failed auditions, learning to make the most of parts of any size and landing the role of a lifetime — for which he is now favored to win the best supporting actor Oscar — in Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed dramedy.
But first: Carolyn Giardina, THR’s tech editor, joins Scott to dissect — and predict — the technical Oscar categories.
Best known for his work as a director (he was half of the Merchant-Ivory team famous for its high-production-value literary adaptations), but poised to win his first Oscar for a screenplay (at 89, he'd be the oldest winner ever), he reflects on his late partner Ismail Merchant, his love of Italy and his two movies — 30 years apart — about young gay lovers.
But first: Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter's awards editor, joins Scott to discuss BAFTA results, daunting stats for best picture Oscar nominees and the too-close-to-call best original song Oscar race.
One of the most recognizable and admired big screen character actors of the last 30 years reflects on decades of juggling experimental theater and films, his unconventional face and why he so often lands in edgy projects like the one for which he recently received his third Oscar nom.
But first: Adam Irving, a filmmaker who received a best first documentary feature Critics' Choice Documentary Award nom for his 2016 directorial debut 'Off the Rails,' joins Scott to discuss this year's Oscar snubs of 'Jane' and 'Kedi,' doc Oscar theories of Adam Benzine and Bryan Glick and the power of Netflix in the awards sphere.
The youngest best actor Oscar nominee in 78 years — who is just 22 — reflects on the importance of his public school arts education, his early work on TV ('Homeland') and in films ('Interstellar') and the making — and crazy aftermath — of three massively acclaimed films released in 2017.
But first: Roger Durling, the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, joins Scott to discuss Santa Barbara's recovery from recent fires and mudslides, the fest's evolution during his 15 years on the job and highlights of the nominee-packed 33rd edition.