Emmy Awards: A look back at nominees we interviewed in 2021
On CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast, Connie Guglielmo and Patrick Holland look back at conversations they had with actors and others nominated for a 2021 Emmy Award.
Patrick HollandManaging Editor
Patrick Holland has been a phone reviewer for CNET since 2016. He is a former theater director who occasionally makes short films. Patrick has an eye for photography and a passion for everything mobile. He is a colorful raconteur who will guide you through the ever-changing, fast-paced world of phones, especially the iPhone and iOS. He used to co-host CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast and interviewed guests like Jeff Goldblum, Alfre Woodard, Stephen Merchant, Sam Jay, Edgar Wright and Roy Wood Jr.
Patrick's play The Cowboy is included in the Best American Short Plays 2011-12 anthology. He co-wrote and starred in the short film Baden Krunk that won the Best Wisconsin Short Film award at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.
So sit back, grab some popcorn and pregame for the Emmy Awards ISO-style with our episode below.
O-T Fagbenle - The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - 2021
For four seasons, O-T Fagbenle played Luke on the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale. Luke is the husband of June Osborne, played by Elizabeth Moss. The Handmaid's Tale has 21 nominations, including one for Fagbenle as outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. His nomination came days after the opening of the Marvel film Black Widow in which he plays Rick Mason opposite Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff.
Listen to my entire interview with Fagbenle below.
HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show is hilarious, smart and original. It co-stars and was created by actor, writer and comic Robin Thede, who chose Lauren Ashley Smith to be the head writer. Smith is the first Black woman to be the head writer on a sketch TV show and, in her words, to "kick the door down so there can be lots of others."
A Black Lady Sketch Show has five nominations including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
During the pandemic, one escape many of us found was the new Perry Mason series on HBO. Matthew Rhys, from the excellent show The Americans, stars as the titular defense lawyer along with actor Chris Chalk, who portrays beat cop Paul Drake. The onscreen chemistry between Rhys and Chalk is just one of the things that makes this Perry Mason reboot so compelling.
Perry Mason garnered four nominations including outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series (one hour) and acting nominations for Rhys and John Lithgow.
The Nevers on HBO Max is part X-Men, part League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and part sci-fi thriller. Driving the show are complex female characters, two of whom are portrayed by Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly. Donnelly plays Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Skelly is Penance, a brilliant young inventor. Both were "touched" during a mysterious event in Victorian England that left them, and others, with abilities.
The Nevers deals with both "Victorian things" and issues we experience in 2021. The show is nominated for outstanding special visual effects in a single episode.
Listen to my entire interview with Donnelly and Skelly below.