The cast and crew of “13 Reasons Why appeared at Netflix’s Emmy FYSEE space in Beverly Hills Friday night to talk about the first season of their smash hit series. Following a screening, stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, and Kate Walsh joined creator and executive producer Brian Yorkey and director and executive producer Tom McCarthy in a lively panel discussion for fans and TV academy members.
Yorkey, a Pulitzer Prize winner for “Next to Normal” (2010), adapted Jay Asher‘s best selling young adult novel about Clay Jensen (Minnette), a teenager trying to uncover the story behind his classmate Hannah’s (Langford) suicide by listening to a series of tapes she left behind. Walsh plays Olivia, Hannah’s bereaved mother. McCarthy, fresh off his Oscar-winning Best Picture “Spotlight” (his victory was for Best Original Screenplay) helmed the first two episodes.
The show’s appeal has extended well beyond the YA crowd. TV critics swooned over “13 Reasons Why,” with a MetaCritic score of 76 and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86%. Maureen Ryan (Variety) calls it, “undoubtedly sincere, but it’s also, in many important ways, creatively successful.” Will Emmy voters take notice? Its immense popularity could propel it to nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Minnette), Best Drama Actress (Langford), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Walsh), Best Drama Directing (McCarthy), and Best Drama Writing (Yorkey).
The “13 Reasons Why” Q&A was part of Netflix’s month-long Emmy celebration to showcase its dozens of dramas, comedies and specials. Gold Derby has reported on many FYSEE events over the past few weeks including Netflix’s massive kickoff party, Kevin Spacey‘s evening to promote “House of Cards,” their panel for “One Day at a Time,” their “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” showcase, Sarah Silverman‘s “A Speck of Dust” discussion, and their “Master of None” chat.
Netflix’s colossal FYSEE experience has highlighted many of their major Emmy contenders for this awards cycle. Dozens of props, costumes and more are showcased throughout the 24,000-square-foot space, including a life-size “House of Cards,” a “Stranger Things” room with prop bicycles, an “Orange is the New Black” wall with real oranges, an “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” rotating wardrobe, and “The Crown’s” titular crown, costumes and dishware.
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