HBO’s docudrama “All the Way” will go from Tony champ to Emmy winner according to the predictions of our experts. The story of President Lyndon Johnson (played by Bryan Cranston both on stage and screen) won Best Play for its Broadway run in 2014 and was adapted into an HBO telefilm by four-time undefeated Emmy champ Jay Roach (“Recount,” “Game Change”). Aptly titled, it’s poised to go all the way in the race for Best TV Movie.
Fourteen out of the 19 expert TV journalists we’ve polled place “All the Way” out front, giving it 2/11 odds: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Don Kaplan (NY Daily News), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).
Its closest competition is another HBO docudrama about recent political history: “Confirmation,” which details the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) and the sexual harassment allegations brought against him by Anita Hill (Kerry Washington). Four experts are predicting it will win, giving it 4/5 odds: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) is the only expert going out on a limb for Starz’s “The Dresser,” which is also based on a Tony-contending play. But 18 out of 19 experts expect it to be nominated, giving it strong 6/5 odds.
Expected to round out the category are a pair of British mysteries: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” (3/2 odds), the follow-up to “Sherlock: His Last Vow” which won a whopping seven Emmys in 2014, and “Luther” (11/5 odds) which stars Idris Elba as the rule-breaking detective.
Best TV Movie
1. “All the Way” – 2/11
2. “Confirmation” – 4/5
3. “The Dresser” – 6/5
4. “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” – 3/2
5. “Luther” – 11/5
6. “Coat of Many Colors” – 4/1
7. “A Very Murray Christmas” – 5/1
8. “Wallander: The Troubled Man” – 11/2
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