Nat Geo’s “Mars,” produced by Hollywood legends Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, is eligible in the limited series races at the 2017 Emmys. The six-part program is unique in that it blends real-life interviews with the fictional story of the first colonizing mission from Earth to Mars in 2033. In addition to the impressive behind-the-scenes talent, “Mars” stars Ben Cotton, Alberto Ammann, Anamaria Marinca, Clementine Poidatz, Jihae and Sammi Rotibi. If you missed “Mars” back when it aired in November-December 2016, be sure to watch the trailer above.
Based on the 2015 book “How We’ll Live on Mars by” Stephen Petranek, Nat Geo’s “Mars” was filmed in Budapest and Morocco. TV critics praised the unique program during its initial airing, with Ben Travers (Indiewire) writing, “The series deserves considerable respect for deftly balancing the two seemingly contradictory storytelling devices.” And Verne Gay (Newsday) raved, “Mars is interesting, and much more: Quirky, funky, earnest, intelligent, engaging and occasionally melodramatic.”
In addition to the Best Limited Series category, the following below-the-line contenders for “Mars” are also being submitted on the Emmy ballot: VFX Supervisor Russell Dodgson, Supervising Sound Editors/Re-Recording Mixers Christopher Barnett and Roy Waldspurger, Sound Mixers Dennis Hamlin, Robert Kennedy and Paul Mendez, Director of Photography Damian Garcia and Production Designer Sophie Becher.
Howard and Grazer won the Oscar for Best Picture as producers of “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), for which Howard also took home Best Director. They reaped Emmys for producing both “From the Earth to the Moon” (Best Miniseries in 1998) and “Arrested Development” (Best Comedy Series in 2003). On his own, Grazer won Best Drama Series for “24” in 2006. Earlier this year the duo received a Grammy in the Best Music Film category for the documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,” putting them only a Tony away from becoming EGOT champs. Tour our Ron Howard photo gallery from the past four decades.
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