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'Mr. Robot' hews close to current events, sometimes so close it's 'an out-of-body experience'

Now in production for its third season, “Mr. Robot” is never far from the pulse of current events. A couple of weeks ago, the dystopian computer hacker drama was in mid-shoot at an FBI field office when news broke that bureau Director James Comey had been fired. “One of the lines of dialogue is referencing Comey,” Sam Esmail, the show’s creator, recalled.

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Ian McShane relishes playing an ancient god as a charismatic scamp who has faith in humanity
'Homeland's' Rupert Friend found much to admire in Peter Quinn
How did 'The Godfather' and 'The Sopranos' inspire Netflix's royal family hit 'The Crown'?

Although she’s never met him, Queen Elizabeth II has been very good to Peter Morgan. First he wrote 2006’s “The Queen,” featuring Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance in the title role. Then the British dramatist penned the 2013 hit play "Audience," centered on her weekly meetings with a succession of prime ministers.

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'Sneaky Pete' didn’t get picked up by the network, and that’s when things got good for the creative team

Was it an unintentional bait-and-switch?

“Sneaky Pete,” the show Bryan Cranston co-created with “House” builder David Shore, was meant to be a procedural drama to fit right in with the CBS slate. The twist was the protagonist wouldn’t be some brilliant crime investigator but a brilliant criminal — Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who had taken another’s identity (the “Pete” of the title).

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With 'Game of Thrones' out, series Emmy race sports plenty of drama