Top television stars gather in conversation. Here’s how to watch

The Envelope Emmy Roundtable -- Drama
Joining The Envelope Drama Roundtable, clockwise from top left: Hugh Jackman, Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Jeremy Strong, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Oh.
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Spectrum News 1’s broadcast of the 2020 Envelope Emmy Roundtables premieres tonight with a conversation among some of Hollywood’s biggest names in television this awards season.

The Drama Roundtable features an hour-long discussion with Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”), Cynthia Erivo (“The Outsider”), Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”), Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Regina King (“Watchmen”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Jeremy Strong (“Succession”) and Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”).

Cate Blanchett, Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Oh, Jeremy Strong and Kerry Washington instill humanity in their roles first.

The conversation, recorded in mid-May, veered from the pandemic to diversity in casting to portraying people looking to belong. But it particularly focused on telling the truth of every person’s humanity in their performances. “I do believe she’s on the spectrum,” Erivo said of her detective character in the adaptation of a Stephen King story. “I wanted to make sure that that did not mean she didn’t have the humanity that I believe everybody has.”

Oh noted that she tries to infuse her “Killing Eve” MI5 agent with elements from her own Korean background because “typically, white Hollywood does not write the depth of our culture.


And Cate Blanchett delves into the challenge of playing anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist Phyllis Schlafly, who she said, is “so far away from my set of values.”

Ted Danson, Jane Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Annie Murphy, William Jackson Harper and Nicholas Hoult discuss their fears and their funniest moments.

The Envelope Emmy Roundtables will launch tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific on Spectrum News 1 with the Drama panel. The gathering of comedy actors — including Annie Murphy of “Schitt’s Creek,” Ted Danson of “The Good Place” and Jane Lynch of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — will air Thursday at 7 p.m., and the Showrunners Roundtable follows Friday at 7 p.m. with guests including Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” and Steven Canals of “Pose.”

Each of the three specials will reair on Spectrum throughout July.