[WATCH] ‘All the Way’ screenwriter Robert Schenkkan on bringing his Tony-winning play to TV

“This is kind of special,” admits “All the Way” screenwriter and executive producer Robert Schenkkan as we chat via webcam (watch above) about the telefilm’s eight Emmy nominations, including Best TV Movie. He adapted his 2014 Tony-winning play about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Bryan Cranston) struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act during his first year in office. Cranston, who claimed the Best Actor prize at the Tony Awards, is nominated at the Emmys are as his co-star Melissa Leo and director Jay Roach. To see the interview click here.

Making The Case: HBO’s ‘All The Way’

Jazz Tangcay makes the case for HBO’s ‘All the Way’ to win the Outstanding TV Movie Emmy. Of course, she has a little help from writer Robert Schenkkan. To read more, click here.

American Playwrights Try to Reinvent the History Play

When Bill Rauch applied to become the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in 2007, he pitched an ambitious ten-year project: the festival would commission thirty-seven new plays about moments of change in American history, on the model of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven-play canon. “Shakespeare wrote the history of his people onto the stage,” Alison Carey, who directs what became American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, told me. “Why don’t we do that?” To read more, click here.

ALL THE WAY wins 8 Prime Time Emmy Nominations!

ALL THE WAY was nominated in the following categories: BEST DRAMA (EP's Schenkkan, Spielberg, Cranston, Roach), BEST DIRECTOR (Jay Roach), BEST ACTOR (Bryan Cranston), BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Melissa Leo), BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC, BEST HAIRSTYLING (Anne Morgan), BEST MAKEUP, NON-PROSTHETIC (Bill Corso) and BEST MAKEUP, PROSTHETIC (Bill Corso)!

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From June 13 to the 23rd, Robert Schenkkan will be in residence at The Orchard Project, now located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Other artists attending include: Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Molly Pope, Martha Graham Cracker, Grace McLean, Julian Fleisher, Amy Leon, The Dance Cartel, Pig Iron Theater Company, and Esperanza Spalding. On June 18th, Schenkkan will host a special screening of ALL THE WAY at the Saratoga Arts Center at 7:00 PM, followed by a Q&A afterwards.

HBO's 'All the Way' portrays LBJ in all his complex glory

Nearly 50 years after he left the White House, Lyndon B. Johnson continues to be a source of fascination, admiration and scorn. The Texas Democrat, who championed a liberal domestic agenda while escalating the war in Vietnam, left a seemingly contradictory legacy that has inspired dozens of major biographies, documentaries and pop-culture portrayals. “If you could separate Vietnam from his political record, he’d be on Mt. Rushmore,” said Robert Schenkkan, writer of "All the Way."To read more, click here.

‘All the Way’ Review: The Pressures of the Highest Office

"All the Way” opens with sights all too painfully familiar—a hospital in Dallas; outside and in, knots of brokenhearted Americans waiting to know whether the president will live or die. Inside, under protection of a heavily armed guard, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson ( Bryan Cranston) and his wife, Lady Bird ( Melissa Leo), are informed that President John F. Kennedy is dead. The next voice is that of Lady Bird. “Lyndon—wake up, honey. We’re about to land in Washington.” There’s no going back from here." To read more, click here.

Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Lyndon Johnson in ‘All the Way’

Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television on Saturday night in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play “All the Way,” and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Mr. Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. In his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it. To read more, click here.

Bryan Cranston takes his L.B.J. to TV in ‘All the Way’

There is no way to spoil the end of HBO’s “All the Way.” The final scene is the same as it was in the 2014 Broadway play on which it’s based and the same as what actually happened in November 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson wins, and it’s a landslide. A bungalow in the foothills an hour northwest of Hollywood stands in for the patio of Johnson’s Texas ranch. Here at dusk on a cool September evening, vans began dropping off the 120 extras from a base camp several miles away. The night’s scene was an intricate Steadicam shot that would travel 360 degrees around Bryan Cranston and Melissa Leo, who play President and Lady Bird Johnson. “This is the night of the election,” said the director, Jay Roach, standing on set a few hours before the overnight shoot was to begin. “L.B.J. gets the news here with this vocal party of Democratic operatives and Hubert Humphrey and Lady Bird.” To read more, click here.