Why Women Kill

Outstanding Comedy Series

 

WHY WOMEN KILL, a darkly comedic drama created by Marc Cherry, details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series examines how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.

For Your Consideration

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Executive Producers: Marc Cherry, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Marc Webb
Co-Executive Producer: Austin Guzman
Producer: Anna Culp
Produced By: Mark Grossan

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Lucy Liu

Ginnifer Goodwin

Kirby Howell-Baptiste

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Marc Cherry & Curtis Kheel
Episode 110 – “Kill Me as if it Were the Last Time”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

David Warren
Episode 110 – “Kill Me as if it Were the Last Time”

OUTSTANDING PERIOD COSTUMES

Janie Bryant

Tiger Curran

Carolyn Dessert

Episode 107 – “I Found Out What the Secret…”

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING

Kathryn Burns

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Scott Genkinger, CSA

Deborah George, CSA

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN

Chris Billig

Douglas Rowell

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jack Davenport

Reid Scott

Sam Jaeger

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Leo Howard

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Sadie Calvano

Alexandra Daddario

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PERIOD OR FANTASY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)

Mark Worthington, Production Designer

Rachel Robb Kondrath, Art Director

Susan Benjamin, Set Decorator, SDSA

Episodes 101 – “Murder Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry”

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR)

Michael A. Price, ASC

OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Editor: Andrew Doerfer, ACE

Episode 110 – “Kill Me as if it Were the Last Time”

OUTSTANDING PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIRSTYLING

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Key Hairstylist

Suzanna Kontonickas,
Hairstylist

OUTSTANDING PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKEUP

Lana Horochowski, Department Head Makeup Artist

Maurine Burke, Key Makeup Artist

Lesa Neilson Duff, Makeup Artist

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)

Mateo Messina, Composer

Episode 110 – “Kill Me as if it Were the Last Time”

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION

Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)

Sound Supervisor: Robb Navrides.

Dialogue Editors: Naaman Haynes, Dave Hancock

Sound Effects Editors: Charley Stauber, Tim Cleveland

Music Editor: Jeff Kwong

Foley Artists: Jeff Gunn, Shane Bruce

OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)

Re-Recording Mixers: Frank Morrone, CAS

Colette Dahanne CAS

Sound Mixer: David Barr-Yaffe CAS

OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A COMEDY SERIES OR VARIETY PROGRAM

Charlie Croughwell, Stunt Coordinator

“…To die for.”

– TV Insider

“…suspenseful, moving, and thoroughly enjoyable.”

– The A.V. Club

“Bitingly funny.”

– The New York Post

Lucy Liu

as Simone Grove

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

“Liu makes an eight-course meal (with wine pairings) of her character’s unselfconscious superficiality.”

– IndieWire

Ginnifer Goodwin

as Beth Ann Stanton

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

“Ginnifer Goodwin proves how good she really is.”

– The New York Post

Kirby Howell-Baptiste

as Taylor Harding

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

“Howell-Baptiste shows her range and dynamism as a leading lady.”

– USA Today

Jack Davenport

as Karl Grove

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Sam Jaeger

as Rob Stanton

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Reid Scott

as Eli Cohen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alexandra Daddario

as Jade

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sadie Calvano

as April

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Leo Howard

as Tommy

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

/ Episodes

S1 E1 | "Murder Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"

Series premiere. One Pasadena, Calif. house serves as the focal point for three decades worth of marital strife. In 1963, Beth Ann’s life as a doting housewife is upended when she learns of her husband Rob’s infidelity. In 1984, socialite Simone is blindsided by her husband Karl’s devastating secret. In present day, high-powered lawyer Taylor has an open marriage with husband Eli.

Written by: Marc Cherry
Directed by: Marc Webb

S1 E2 | "I'd Like to Kill Ya, But I Just Washed My Hair"

A usually reserved Beth Ann attempts to spice up her marriage. Simone turns to Naomi’s son Tommy for solace after finding out Karl hasn’t been as good at covering his adulterous tracks as he let on. Eli checks an item off of his sexual bucket list, but his happiness is short lived when he realizes there’s more to Taylor and Jade’s relationship than he initially thought.

Written by: Austin Guzman
Directed by: Marc Webb

S1 E3 | "I Killed Everyone He Did, But Backwards and In High Heels"

Beth Ann comes up with a scheme to keep Rob away from April (Sadie Calvano) but ends up growing closer to her husband’s mistress in the process. Simone and Karl try to keep up appearances at a gala but cooler heads do not prevail when Tommy gets jealous. Taylor and Eli run into Jade’s former lovers, forcing Taylor to confront the true nature of her feelings. Katie Finneran guest stars.

Written by: Randi Mayem Singer
Directed by: David Grossman

S1 E4 | "You Had Me at Homicide"

Beth Ann takes a walk on the wild side with April, leading to an interesting evening at a dinner party with Rob’s boss. Tommy wants to put a label on his relationship with Simone but a visit from Simone’s daughter Amy threatens to derail everything. Life in the throuple gets rocky for Taylor, Jade and Eli when they get mixed up with Jade’s crazy ex-boyfriend. Li Jun Li guest stars.

Written by: Greg Malins
Directed by: Valerie Weiss

S1 E5 | "There's No Crying in Murder"

Beth Ann’s budding friendship with April leaves her feeling conflicted, just as she is beginning to win back Rob’s attention. Simone and Tommy get stuck in a precarious situation, leaving Simone to call on an unexpected source – Karl – for help. With Taylor out of town, Eli and Jade’s relationship enters new territory when she helps him with his script.

Written by: Jeff Strauss & Brendan Stephan
Directed by: David Grossman

S1 E6 | "Practically Lethal in Every Way"

Beth Ann and Rob throw a housewarming party to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, but something seems to be amiss with neighbors Mary and Ralph. Hijinks ensue and secrets come to light when Simone and Karl have dinner with Amy’s conservative future in-laws. Tensions rise in the throuple after Taylor begins to question the living arrangement and reveals a dark truth about Eli.

Written by: Joe Keenan
Directed by: David Warren

S1 E7 | "I Found Out What The Secret To Murder Is: Friends. Best Friends."

Beth Ann is elated when Rob ends his affair, but that feeling is short-lived when Beth Ann learns that everything is not as she thinks. While Simone and Karl work to find common ground in their relationship, conflict ensues as Naomi grows suspicious of Tommy’s erratic behavior. Eli, Taylor and Jade try to work out their issues by heading to a polyamory retreat but Eli’s relapse with addiction may derail everything.

Written by: Hannah Schneider
Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

S1 E8 | "Marriages Don't Break Up On Account Of Murder - It's Just A Symptom That Something Else Is Wrong"

Beth Ann recruits Sheila to help pull off her faux diagnosis, taking her already far-fetched plan another step too far. As Simone and Tommy arrange their European rendezvous, a revelation may foil their plans. Taylor reaches out to Jade in hopes of helping Eli battle addiction, but his new found riches have Jade only seeing green.

Written by: Alexa Junge
Directed by: Lucy Liu

S1 E9 | "I Was Just Wondering What Makes Dames Like You So Deadly"

As Beth Ann plots to remove April from Rob’s life for good, a surprising confrontation reveals a secret that will shock Beth Ann to her core. Meanwhile, Naomi is reeling with anger and will do anything to protect her son, even if it means destroying Simone and Karl’s reputation along the way. With some help, Taylor uncovers the dark truth about Jade’s past and orchestrates a meeting with Eli in hopes to join forces before it’s too late.

Written by: Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
Directed by: Dawn Wilkinson

S1 E10 | "Kill Me as if It Were the Last Time"

Season finale. Kill or be killed, that is the question. After learning the shocking truth about her daughter’s death, Beth Ann devises a plan for revenge that could alter the course of many lives. As Karl’s health worsens, Simone’s commitment to their relationship is tested. With Jade out of the picture, Taylor and Eli are focusing on their love story, and are hopeful the past is far behind them.

Written by: Marc Cherry & Curtis Kheel
Directed by: David Warren

Janie Bryant | Costume Designer

OUTSTANDING PERIOD COSTUMES

Watch The Trailer

Behind the Scenes

This Sordid Sixties Affair Has An Unexpected Twist

Bizarre Love Triangle In The Decadent 1980s

Building a House of Drama

There’s Trouble in Paradise for Taylor, Eli and Jade