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People One to Watch party: What TV’s new stars are most excited about right now

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The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday, and in honor of the upcoming awards, EW caught up with a few of TV’s breakout stars on People‘s Ones to Watch red carpet to chat about what they’re are most excited about in television right now.

New trends: AYA CASH (You’re the Worst)

“I think the breaking of genres is what’s happening in TV and I think that’s really exciting. I think you see that a lot in British TV, where sort of comedies are dramas and dramas are comedies and sci-fi series are serious and funny. I feel like we’re catching up to that trend where you don’t have to put things in a box and that’s really exciting.”

Taking a cue from the Brits: KATHLEEN PERKINS (Episodes)

“I like the True Detectives and things that are serial but only in one season. It’s something that I think we’re taking from the Brits. They’ve really done a great job. They used to do that with Prime Suspect and all the kind of thing where they make the lead character and shift her into a different group and a different scenario and everything and that’s what we’re doing now. They’re all big movies. One season is one big movie and I love that and I can’t wait to be a part of something like that. American Horror Story. […] All I do is watch British television. It’s amazing. Last Tango in Halifax, that’s something everybody needs to watch. It’s amazing, and Black Mirror, another great one. It’s so thought provoking. I’ve never watched a show where I’ve been thinking about it weeks on end after I saw an episode. How would that be if that was like our world?”

The more options, the better: RAMI MALEK (Mr. Robot)

“I have to say it’s biased but this show [Mr. Robot] is very interesting and the fact that people are finding content in every area they can, you get it from network television, you get it on cable, and you can find it over the internet. It’s just wherever you want it, wherever it’s good, there’s no specific place anymore. We’re all gravitating to what we want to watch and that’s what’s cool about USA.”

TV and film are on the same level: PORTIA DOUBLEDAY (Mr. Robot)

 “I just love that movies and TV now are so comparable. The experience, this is my first time being a part of a show and every episode I feel like I’m in a different movie. I feel so grateful to be a part of a project like that where you have so much creative freedom especially being at USA, just how much they let us do. I think that’s what’s so cool about TV. You see it everywhere, like with Breaking Bad and all the shows that were on before and even Game of Thrones. There was one episode where I just thought I cannot believe how much they must have spent on this episode, it’s action packed like watching a movie and having that experience every week so I’m really excited to see what happens, what happens in TV.”

Strong writing: LIL REL HOWERY (The Carmichael Show)

We’re getting some really good writing. It’s really because, I think, the cable networks put more pressure on the bigger networks to say, “You gotta get real content now.” AMC started making all these amazing shows, and everybody was like, “Okay, we gotta write now.” I’m excited [comedy] went back to comedians. The stand-up comic is creating and writing his own show, and I think that’s a form that’s been missing for a while. They’ve been doing stuff with comedic actors, but now the comic is writing and creating his own show.

Taking risks: CHARITY WAKEFIELD (The Player)

I think the field of television is changing and opening up. There are a lot more limited series that are becoming more in the mainstream, which explore very specific things. I feel like people aren’t afraid to go into areas that might be difficult anymore, whereas I think TV used to be very pleasing in a kind of mainstream way. I feel like we’re kind of moving toward something which is perhaps a bit more explorative, like Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black. There’s just a ton of really interesting stuff that’s paving the way.

Reporting by: C. Molly Smith

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