The made-for-TV movie was a programming staple for the broadcast networks in the 1970s and 1980s. While it fell out of favor in the 1990s and was even dropped as an Emmy Awards category for three years beginning in 2011, it has been on an upswing as of late. This year, 21 telefilms are in contention for the five nominations that will be revealed on July 12.
All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 24 to cast their 2019 Emmy Awards nominations ballots for their favorite TV movies. In the past, voters were limited in the number of telefilms that they could put forth. In 2017 that cap (which was usually 10 per category) was lifted. And, as opposed to the Oscars, voters for the Emmys do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
Unlike comedy and drama series, which are simply listed on the ballot by name, the television movie submissions include the air date, plot description and cast list.
“Agatha Raisin And The Curious Curate” – January 28, 2019
The arrival of a handsome new curate causes a stir in the village, but when murder strikes, one of Agatha’s friends becomes the prime suspect. As she works to clear her friend’s name, Agatha’s love life gets in the way of her investigation.
Starring: Ashley Jensen, Jamie Glover, Mathew Horne, Matt McCooey, Lucy Liemann, Jason Merrells
“Amor Vincit Omnia” (Sense8) – June 08, 2018
Passions run high as the Sensates and their closest allies fight to save the cluster and stop their enemies for good.
Starring: Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Toby Onwumere, Freema Agyeman, Doona Bae, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Naveen Andrews
“The Bad Seed” – September 09, 2018
Executive producer, director and star Rob Lowe reimagines the iconic 1956 psychological horror film, The Bad Seed. Lowe stars as a single father who is forced to question the innocence of his daughter Emma when a terrible tragedy takes place.
Starring: Rob Lowe, McKenna Grace, Patty McCormack
“Bandersnatch” (Black Mirror) – December 28, 2018
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe
“Brexit” – January 19, 2019
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the director of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign for the Brexit referendum. A referendum which caused a political earthquake, laying waste to the normally stable British establishment, and laid the groundwork for tactics that proved vital to the year’s other political earthquake: the election of Donald Trump.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear
“Deadwood” – May 31, 2019
In the “Deadwood” film, the indelible characters of the series are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.
Starring: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, Robin Weigert, Kim Dickens, Anna Gunn, Gerald McRaney, John Hawkes
“End Of The Line” (The Romanoffs) – November 16, 2018
On a trip abroad to pursue their legacy, a couple faces destruction.
Starring: Jay R. Ferguson, Kathryn Hahn, Clea DuVall, Annet Mahendru
“Escaping The Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story” – January 19, 2019
On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside.
Starring: Christina Ricci, Judith Light, Josh Bowman
“House Of Special Purpose” (The Romanoffs) – October 19, 2018
A movie star and a director go head to head in a battle over what is real.
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, Jack Huston
“I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story” – April 20, 2019
The journey of a young African American girl who navigates the broken foster care system and the woman, Jeanne, who believes in her. After Jeanne’s unsuccessful attempt to adopt Regina due to a racially motivated ruling, their bond is forced apart, but 25 years later, they are reunited.
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Angela Fairley, Monique Coleman, Kim Hawthorne, Sherri Saum
“Icebox” – December 07, 2018
Fleeing gang violence, twelve-year-old Óscar leaves Honduras in search of his uncle in the United States. Óscar is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in a processing center for migrant children. Trapped inside the “icebox” and a rigid immigration system, Óscar struggles for a chance at childhood.
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Omar Leyva and Genesis Rodriguez
“Kim Possible” – February 15, 2019
In this live-action adaptation of the hit animated series, Kim Possible learns that her famous crime- fighting history won’t help her navigate the perils of high school. When her arch-enemies Shego and Drakken strike, Kim must overcome her insecurities and team up with her friends and family to save the day.
Starring: Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone, Ciara Riley Wilson, Taylor Ortega, Connie Ray, Issac Ryan Brown, Erika Tham, Maxwell Simkins
“King Lear” – September 28, 2018
80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. When his youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him, hurt and angry Lear banishes her. With that fateful decision, family and state collapse into chaos and warfare.
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Tobias Menzies, Jim Carter, John MacMillan, Andrew Scott, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Emma Thompson
“Love You To Death” – January 26, 2019
Love You to Death is the shocking tale of a mother and daughter whose tumultuous relationship ends in murder. Camile seems the perfect mother to the sickly, wheelchair-bound Esme until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished.
Starring: Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs, Tate Donovan
“My Dinner With Hervé” – October 20, 2018
Inspired by real events, My Dinner with Hervé explores an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and actor Hervé Villachaize (Peter Dinklage), the Fantasy Island star who took his own life only days after his interview.
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan, David Strathairn
“Native Son” – April 06, 2019
Bigger Thomas, a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent- businessman Will Dalton enters a seductive new world of money and power — including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary— facing unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that alter the course of his life forever.
Starring: Starring Ashton Sanders, Bill Camp, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, and Sanaa Lathan.
“New Year, New You” (Into the Dark) – December 28, 2018
In the era of “self-care” mania, a group of friends gather for a girls’ night reunion on New Year’s Eve. But as they rehash old memories and revisit an old party game of “Never, Have I Ever,” gripes and secrets they’ve been harboring manifest in nefarious and surprising ways.
Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Carly Chaikin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Melissa Bergland
“No One Would Tell” – September 16, 2018
An update of the 1996 movie, No One Would Tell explores physical and emotional abuse in teen relationships. Laura Collins, single mom to daughter Sarah, is thrilled when Sarah begins dating popular Rob Tennison. But later it becomes clear that Rob has a darker, threatening side.
Starring: Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Matreya Scarrwener, Callan Potter
“O.G.” – February 23, 2019
Filmed in a maximum-security prison, Louis is a retired leader of a prison gang, now in the final weeks of a 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher under his wing, and Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance.
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Theothus Carter, William Fichtner
“Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter” – February 09, 2019
Narrated by Victoria Gotti, the movie takes us deep into what it was like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of Victoria’s world.
Starring: Chelsea Frei, Maurice Benard
“The Violet Hour” (The Romanoffs) – October 12, 2018
Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inés Melab
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