Nine months after Netflix debuted its Golden Globe nominated druglord drama “Narcos,” Emmy voters still wanted more as they packed an Emmy FYC event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The series stars Wagner Moura as real-life drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and Boyd Holbrook as DEA agent Steve Murphy.
The narcotics show takes place in Colombia and has already filmed its second season for a debut on the streaming service later this year. At the 2016 Golden Globes, it received nominations for Best TV Drama Series (losing to “Mr. Robot”) and Best TV Drama Actor (Moura lost to Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”).
In a feature article on its upcoming Emmy Awards chances, our writer Tom O’Brien states: “The Escobar storyline takes audiences into the world of the Medellín cartel — how it was created, how it thrived and how it was threatened. Most intriguingly, it became a character study of Escobar, who started off as a mere smuggler, but through his personal vision, began to build a cocaine empire and became the world’s most infamous drug kingpin. And what’s the next step for the world’s #1 criminal? Politics, of course, as Escobar used his personal charisma and Robin Hood image to run a Trump-like campaign and was elected a Colombian Congressman, all the while still pursuing his nefarious activities. It’s a wild, true story that “Narcos” brings off with great skill.”
Our senior editor Rob Licuria also wrote about its awards chances and says: “Watch out for “Narcos,” an acclaimed new drama based on the rise of the Medellin drug cartels, to join its Netflix stablemates “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Master of None” when nominations are announced.”
Click on any of the names below to watch our exclusive red carpet interviews before the event:
Boyd Holbrook, who plays Steve Murphy
Wagner Moura, who plays Pablo Escobar
Eric Newman, Executive Producer
Jose Padilha, Director and Producer