Deadline’s Contenders Television Gets Underway Today; 49 Shows, 21 Networks And Studios

For a second year in a row, Deadline’s Contenders Television is going virtual, and we are about to take off with an astonishing 128 creatives and stars appearing in the all-day event that will feature a total of 21 networks and 49 shows. This again is the must-see happening of the TV awards season and it promises to be our biggest yet as we pull out all the stops to give voters a kind of one-stop shopping opportunity to check out the top contenders for TV’s highest awards.

To watch the livestream of today’s event, click here.

The magnitude of what is on offer in all facets of television means this Contenders opportunity has grown to become the largest of all of them that we do. Two weeks ago we launched our first separate Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted event to great response, and now beginning at 8 a.m. PT we tackle the hopefuls in key primetime scripted categories across the gamut of outlets including broadcast networks, cablers and streamers.

Deadline's Contenders Television Livestream Event Set For May 15 With 49 Shows, 129 Stars And Creatives Participating

Studios participating today are ABC/Disney Television Studios, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, CBS Studios, Comedy Central, Disney+, Freeform, FX, HBO, HBO Max, Hulu, Lifetime, MTV Entertainment Studios, Nat Geo, NBC, Netflix, Paramount Network, Showtime, Starz, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros Television.

Programs include Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rebel, Small Axe, Solos, Sylvie’s Love, The Underground Railroad, The Boys, Them, Dickinson, Mythic Quest, The Mosquito Coast, Ted Lasso, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, A Teacher, Breeders, Fargo, Pose, Snowfall, Lovecraft Country, The Undoing, It’s a Sin, The Flight Attendant, Pen15, The Handmaid’s Tale, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, Younger, Genuis: Aretha, Kenan, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Bridgerton, Halston, Master of None, The Crown, The Kominsky Method, The Queen’s Gambit, Yellowstone, City on a Hill, The Chi, Power Book II: Ghost, The Girlfriend Experience, Cobra Kai, Woke, Prodigal Son and Queen Sugar.

A partial list of those stars making appearances includes Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Katey Sagal, Andy Garcia, Thuso Mbedu, Joel Edgerton, Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Juno Temple, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Mara, Nick Robinson, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez, Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Lydia West, Kaley Cuoco, Maya Erskine, Rosie Perez, Anna Konkle, Elisabeth Moss, Danielle Brooks, Sutton Foster, Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, Kenan Thompson, Jane Levy, Phoebe Dynevor, Ewan McGregor, Aziz Ansari, Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Cole Hauser, Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Mary J. Blige, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Michael Rainey Jr. , Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many, many more.

A small sampling of the creatives on hand include Krista Vernoff, Steve McQueen, Sam Taylor-Johnson, David Weil, Eugene Ashe, Nnamdi Asomugha, Barry Jenkins, Eric Kripke, Little Marvin, Alena Smith, Rob McElhenney, Neil Cross, Rupert Wyatt, Bill Lawrence, Malcolm Spellman, Josh Thomas, Hannah Fidell, Noah Hawley, Dave Andron, Misha Green, Susanne Bier, Russell T. Davies, Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Darren Star, Paul Feig , Austin Winsberg, Chris Van Dusen, Ryan Murphy, Christine Vachon, Daniel Minahan, Alan Yang, Lena Waithe, Chuck Lorre, William Horberg, Anja Marquardt, Keith Knight, Paul Garnes and more.

Moderators from Deadline are Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten, Amanda N’Duka, Peter White, Anthony D’Alessandro, Antonia Blyth, Dino-Ray Ramos, Joe Utichi, Jake Kanter, Matt Grobar, Mike Fleming, Dade Hayes and Nellie Andreeva.

Our official sponsor is Aero. Sweepstakes partners are Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Michter’s, Crop Organic Vodka, Seatopia, Eyepetizer and Optimist Botanicals.

Follow along with today’s full schedule of programs and panelists below, as well as online via Deadline’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. Look for the hashtag #DeadlineContenders. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this unique opportunity as we share these contenders with all of you.

Contenders Television 2021 Schedule
(all times PT)


Jimmy Kimmel (EP/Host/Writer)

Krista Vernoff (Creator/EP/Showrunner)
Katey Sagal (Actor)
Andy Garcia (Actor)
Tamala Jones (Actor)


Michael Rainey Jr. (Actor)
Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Actor)
Mary J. Blige (Actor)

Anja Marquardt (Creator/Co-EP/Director/Writer)
Julia Goldani Telles (Actor)


Misha Green (Showrunner/EP/Director/Writer)
Jurnee Smollett (Actor)
Jonathan Majors (Actor)

Susanne Bier (Director/EP)
Nicole Kidman (EP/Actor)
Hugh Grant (Actor)


Russell T. Davies (Creator/EP/Writer/Showrunner)
Lydia West (Actor)

Kaley Cuoco (EP/Actor)
Michelle Gomez (Actor)
Zosia Mamet (Actor)
Rosie Perez (Actor)


Danielle Brooks (Co-EP/Actor)


Kenan Thompson (EP/Actor)

Paul Feig (EP)
Jane Levy (Actor)
Austin Winsberg (Creator/EP)


Cynthia Erivo (Actor)
Courtney B. Vance (Actor)


Nicola Coughlan (Actor)
Phoebe Dynevor (Actor)
Chris Van Dusen (Creator/EP/Showrunner)

Ewan McGregor (EP/Actor)
Daniel Minahan (EP/Director)
Ryan Murphy (EP/Writer)
Krysta Rodriguez (Actor)
Christine Vachon (EP)

Emma Corrin (Actor)
Josh O’Conner (Actor)

Michael Douglas (EP/Actor)
Chuck Lorre (Showrunner)
Kathleen Turner (Actor)

Naomi Ackie (EP/Actor)
Aziz Ansari (Co-Creator/EP/Writer/Actor)
Lena Waithe (EP/Writer/Actor)
Alan Yang (Co-Creator/EP)

Bill Camp (Actor)
Marielle Heller (Actor)
William Horberg (EP)
Anya Taylor-Joy (Actor)


Jennifer Flanz (EP/Showrunner)
Zhubin Parang (Supervising Producer/Writer)
Roy Wood Jr. (Correspondent)


Maya Erskine (Creator/EP/Actor)
Anna Konkle (Creator/EP/Actor)

Warren Littlefield (EP)
Bruce Miller (Creator/EP)
Elisabeth Moss (EP/Director/Actor)


Kevin Bacon (Co-EP/Actor)
Aldis Hodge (Co-EP/Actor)

Justin Hillian (EP)
Lena Waithe (Creator/EP)


James Corden (Host/Producer)

Stephen Colbert (Host/EP)


Stephen Fleet (VFX Supervisor)
Eric Kripke (EP/Showrunner/Writer)
Laura Jean (LJ) Shannon (Supersuits Designer)
Rebecca Sonnenshine (EP/Writer)

Deborah Ayorinde (Actor)
Little Marvin (Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer)
Ashley Thomas (Actor)

Eugene Ashe (Writer-Director-Producer)
Tessa Thompson (EP/Actor)

Joel Edgerton (Actor)
Barry Jenkins (Showrunner/Director)
Thuso Mbedu (Actor)

Steve McQueen (EP/Co-Writer/Director/Co-Editor)

Zach Braff (Director)
Tiffany Johnson (Director)
Sam Taylor-Johnson (EP/Director)
David Weil (EP/Showrunner/Director)


Sutton Foster (Actor)
Darren Star (Creator/EP)


Bill Lawrence (EP/Showrunner)
Juno Temple (Actor)

Alena Smith (Creator/Showrunner/Writer)
Hailee Steinfeld (EP/Actor)

Megan Ganz (Co-Creator/EP)
Rob McElhenney (Co-Creator/EP/Actor)

Neil Cross (Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer)
Melissa George (Actor)
Justin Theroux (EP/Actor)
Rupert Wyatt (EP/Director)


Ralph Macchio (Co-EP/Actor)
William Zabka (Co_EP/Actor)

Keith Knight (Co-Creator/EP)
Lemorne Morris (Actor)


Chris Addison (Co-Creator/EP)
Simon Blackwell (Co-Creator/EP/Writer)
Martin Freeman (Co-Creator/EP/Actor)

Billy Porter (Actor)
Mj Rodriguez (Actor)

Noah Hawley (Creator/EP/Writer/Director)
Chris Rock (Actor)
Glynn Turman (Actor)

Dave Andron (Co-Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer)
Damson Idris (Actor)

Hannah Fidell (Creator/EP/Writer/Director)
Kate Mara (EP/Actor)
Nick Robinson (Actor)


Kayla Cromer (Actor)
Adam Faison (Actor)
Maeve Press (Actor)
Josh Thomas (Creator/EP/Actor)


Catherine Zeta-Jones (Actor)

Omar Dorsey (Actor)
Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Actor)
Paul Garnes (EP)
Rutina Wesley (Actor)


Gil Birmingham (Actor)
Cole Hauser (Actor)
Kelly Reilly (Actor)


Kathryn Hahn (Actor)
Elizabeth Olsen (Actor)
Teyonah Parris (Actor)

Anthony Mackie (Actor)
Carl Lumbly (Actor)
Malcolm Spellman (Creator/EP/Writer)

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