7:00am PT by Scott Feinberg
Emmys: Amazon Takes Over Hollywood Athletic Club for Big FYC Events (Exclusive)
The Emmy race kicks off Monday night when Showtime hosts the first For Your Consideration event of the season for TV Academy members, sparking months of competition among dozens of networks to one-up each other and, in so doing, stand apart from the pack. Meanwhile, another major player in the TV world, Amazon, may not be first out of the gate this cycle, but it has lined up several FYC events of its own, for later in April, as part of an offering unlike any other before it.
The streaming service will be transforming eight rooms within the historic Hollywood Athletic Club — located at the corner of Sunset and Schrader, not far from ArcLight Hollywood — for an FYC event that will encompass eight nights spanning April 18-28. Each evening a different show on its slate will be in the spotlight — through means including sneak previews, live performances, immersive experiences and panels with executive producers and talent — while all eight rooms will be accessible throughout the run.
Sneak peeks are scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 (season 3 of Bosch, followed by a conversation with exec producers Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly and stars Titus Welliver, Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector); Wednesday, April 19 (season one of I Love Dick, followed by a conversation with exec producers Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins and stars Kathryn Hahn, Kevin Bacon, Griffin Dunne and Roberta Colindrez); and Thursday, April 20 (season 3 of Catastrophe, followed by a conversation with exec producers and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan).
Live performances will happen on Saturday, April 22 (a surprise performance following a screening of an episode from season 3 of Transparent, followed by a conversation with exec producer Jill Soloway and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Alexandra Billings and Trace Lysette); and Sunday, April 23 (music from Patriot performed by Michael Dorman alongside a screening of an episode of the show, followed by a conversation with exec producer Steve Conrad and stars Dorman, Terry O'Quinn, Kurtwood Smith and Michael Chermus).
And immersive experiences — recreations of a show's sets and props by the production and costume designers who originally made them — will be part of the program on Wednesday, April 26 (alongside a screening of an episode of Sneaky Pete, followed by a conversation with exec producers Graham Yost and Bryan Cranston and stars Giovanni Ribisi and Margo Martindale); Thursday, April 27 (alongside a screening of an episode of Z: The Beginning of Everything, followed by a conversation with exec producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin and stars Christina Ricci, David Hoflin and David Strahairn); and Friday, April 28 (alongside a screening of an episode of The Man in the High Castle, followed by a conversation with exec producers David Zucker and Isa Hackett, DP James Hawkinson, costume designer JR Hawbaker, production designer Drew Boughton and stars Rufus Sewell and Stephen Root).
Three other Amazon shows — the Golden Globe-winning Goliath and Mozart in the Jungle, as well as Amazon Studios' first original special An American Girl – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win — will be highlighted with rooms/environments, but none of the other sort of fanfare.