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Humanitas Prizes: ‘Abbott Elementary,’ ‘Pachinko’ Among Nominees for 46th Annual Awards

Humanitas has revealed the nominees for this year’s Humanitas Prizes, which recognize “television and film writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced way.” The award is given out in nine categories, including comedy, drama and limited series.This year’s nominees include “Maid,” “This Is Us,” “Queen Sugar,” “Pachinko,” “Abbott Elementary,” “Somebody Somewhere” and “Black-ish.” Winners will be announced at an in-person awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 9, 2022.“The Humanitas Prizes were created to recognize writers whose work explores the beauty and complexity of the human experience and the 2022 nominees do just that,” said Michelle Franke, Humanitas Executive Director. “Ranging in scope, style, and perspective, these stories underscore our bonds, our history and responsibility to each other in the present as well as possibilities for the future. Especially during challenging times, writers dedicate themselves to the stories that connect and entertain us.”Here are the full list of nominees:

Children’s Teleplay

“El Deafo” (Written by Cece Bell and Will McRobb)“Karma’s World: ‘Hair Comes Trouble’ (Written by Kellie R. Griffin and Halcyon Person)“Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), with Love” (Written by Alex Galatis)“The Babysitters Club: ‘Claudia and the Sad Goodbye’” (Written by Sascha Rothchild)

Comedy Feature Film

“Don’t Look Up” (Written by Adam McKay)“Everything Everywhere All At Once” (Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert)“Queen Bees” (Written by Donald Martin)“Tick, Tick…Boom!” (Written by Steven Levenson)

Comedy Teleplay

“Abbott Elementary: ‘Pilot’” (Written by Quinta Brunson)“Black-ish: ‘If A Black Man Cries in the Woods…’” (Written by Robb Chavis)“Somebody Somewhere: ‘BFD’” (Written by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen)“The Conners: ‘Triggered’” (Written by Lecy Goranson)


“End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock” (Shannon Kring)“Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches” (Julia Marchesi)“In the Same Breath” (Nanfu Wang)“Through Our Eyes: ‘Shelter’” (Smriti Mundhra)

Drama Feature Film

“A Hero” (Written by Asghar Farhadi)“CODA” (Written by Siân Heder)“Nine Days” (Written by Edson Oda)“The Starling” (Written by Matt Harris)

Drama Teleplay

“Chicago P.D.: ‘Burnside’” (Written by Ike Smith)“Pachinko: ‘Chapter One’ (Written by Soo Hugh)“Queen Sugar: ‘May 27, 2020′” (Written by Anthony Sparks)“Swagger: ‘Radicals’” (Written by Reggie Rock Bythewood & George Dohrmann)“This is Us: ‘The Challenger’ (Written by Dan Fogelman)

Family Feature Film

“8-Bit Christmas” (Written by Kevin Jakubowski)“Cinderella” (Written by Kay Cannon)“Encanto” (Written by Charise Castro Smith & Jared Bush)“Spin” (Written by Carley Steiner and Josh A. Cagan)

Limited Series, TV Movie, or Special

“Love Life: ‘Mia Hines’” (Written by Rachelle Williams-BenAry & Sam Boyd)“Maid: ‘Snaps’ (Written by Molly Smith Metzler)“Three Months” (Written by Jared Frieder)“Women of the Movement: ‘Mother and Son’” (Written by Marissa Jo Cerar)

Short Film

“Far from the Tree” (Written by Natalie Nourigat)“Girls Are Strong Here” (Written by Scott Burkhardt)“Leap” (Written by Margaret Nagle)“Nona” (Written by Louis Gonzales)The Humanitas Prizes event raises funds to support program and events initiatives, including the New Voices Fellowship and College Screenwriting Awards, which support underrepresented film and television writers through the early stages of their careers. The emerging writers selected for the 2022 New Voices Fellowship, David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Award, and Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Award will also be celebrated at The Humanitas Prizes event.

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WATCH MY SHOW: ‘Murderville’ Exec Producer Krister Johnson Answers our Showrunner Survey

Netflix’s “Murderville” stars Will Arnett as the clumsy and hilarious detective Terry Seattle, who must solve a murder case in each episode with a rookie detective — a celebrity played by six different people across the six episodes. Those celebs are not given a script and must improvise their way through the episode.“Murderville” is based on BBC Three series “Murder in Successville.” We asked exec producer Krister Johnsin to fill out our Showrunner Seven.

Sum up your show’s pitch in one sentence.“Murderville” is a procedural crime comedy starring Will Arnett where a different celebrity guest-stars each episode and must solve the case of the week… the problem being they are never given a copy of the script and have to improvise their way through the entire thing.What’s an alternate title for your show? “Celebrity Murder Squad”What do we need to know before tuning in? Will Arnett plays Senior Detective Terry Seattle, and every episode he’s assigned a new partner—a celebrity playing themselves. There is a script, but the guest has never seen it and never will. They do no rehearsal prior to shooting. They never even set foot on set until cameras are rolling. They have absolutely no idea what’s about to happen. And they have to actually follow the clues and try to solve the case.Give us an equation for your show. (Blank plus blank minus blank times blank, etc.)(Murder + Celebrities + Improv Comedy) x Will Arnett = GoldWhat’s the best thing someone said about your show?“I’ve never seen a comedy like this before. I didn’t know it was possible.”If you could work on any other series on TV, what would it be?“Barry” on HBO. It toggles effortlessly between comedy and drama, always takes its characters seriously, and never compromises the story or the integrity of the world they’ve built for a certain joke or bit. And it’s still the funniest thing on TV.Finish this sentence: “If you like _______, you’ll love our show.”If you like “Law & Order,” Will Arnett, and your favorite celebrities completely in over their heads, you will love our show.

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Watch: Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ FYC Event Features First Joint Performance by Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College

As part of Netflix’s official TV Academy FYC event for “Cheer,” the streamer brought out 23 cheer team members from rivals Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College to do a first-ever joint cheer performance and panel.The event was moderated by gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East, and showcased the two rival teams that were featured in Season 2 of “Cheer.” The series won the Emmy for unstructured reality program in 2020. Watch above or click here.

WATCH MY SHOW: ‘DMZ’ Exec Producer Roberto Patino Answers our Showrunner Survey

“DMZ,” from Ava DuVernay and “Westworld” writer Roberto Patino, is based on the DC comic series, set in the near future when America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, which has left Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world.It chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (Rosario Dawson), who sets out on a harrowing journey to find the son she lost in the evacuation of New York City at the onset of the conflict. Throwing gasoline on the flames of that conflict is Parco Delgado (Benjamin Bratt), the popular — and deadly — leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule this new world — and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome. We asked Patino to fill out our Showrunner Seven.

Sum up your show’s pitch in one sentence.A fearless, determined and irreverent medic ventures into a harrowing, abandoned Manhattan that’s been turned inside out by a second American Civil War to search for her son whom she lost eight years prior at the war’s onset.What’s an alternate title for your show? “Eyes Forward”What do we need to know before tuning in? This show is set amid a war, but it’s not about war. It focuses on the people in our abandoned Manhattan — not on how they’ve fallen or divided themselves, but on how they’re rising back up and coming together.Give us an equation for your show. (Blank plus blank minus blank times blank, etc.)(“Escape From New York” – 1980s kitsch) x (Sarah Connor’s maternal fury + Anita from “West Side Story”) = “DMZ”What’s the best thing someone said about your show?“A Trojan Horse for America in 2022.”If you could work on any other series on TV, what would it be?“The Wire”Finish this sentence: “If you like _______, you’ll love our show.”If you like watching Rosario Dawson kicking ass while still moving you to tears, you’ll love our show.

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WATCH MY SHOW: ‘Candy’ Exec Producer Robin Veith Answers our Showrunner Survey

In 1980, Texas homemaker Candy Montgomery was accused of murdering Betty Gore, the wife of the man she was involved with. It was a crime no one saw coming, and that was part of the reason Jessica Biel was drawn to play the role in Hulu’s limited series “Candy.”Starring opposite Melanie Lynskey and Pablo Schreiber, Biel completely transformed — wig, glasses and all — into the character. She also worked double duty as an executive producer on the gory project. We asked exec producer Robin Veith to fill out our Showrunner Seven.

Sum up your show’s pitch in one sentence.It’s a lady-on-lady ax murder from 1980 Texas.What’s an alternate title for your show? “I Can’t Let You Go”What do we need to know before tuning in? The less the better, in my opinion.Give us an equation for your show. (Blank plus blank minus blank times blank, etc.)“La Vérité” plus “The Shining” with a touch of “The Last Detail.”What’s the best thing someone said about your show?“It’s the strangest thing on our spring schedule.”If you could work on any other series on TV, what would it be?“Pachinko.”Finish this sentence: “If you like _______, you’ll love our show.”“If you like puzzles, you’ll love our show.”

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