2017 Tribeca TV Festival: Stars of ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Ten Days in the Valley,’ ‘Designated Survivor’ and more gather for candid discussions

September 24, 2017

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The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival took place at Cinépolis Chelsea in New York City from September 22 to September 24, 2017. Here are highlights from September 24, 2017:

Trevor Noah & the writers of “The Daily Show”

Trevor Noah
Steve Bodow, Joseph Opio, Dulce Sloan, Trevor Noah and Zhubin Parang at the Tribeca TV Festival conversation with Trevor Noah and the writers of “The Daily Show” at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City on September 24, 2017 (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

Trevor Noah offered a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at “The Daily Show” and talked about being the new kid on the late night block. He compared their work environment to “working in trauma,” noting that the “time from shock to laugh is the shortest amount of time possible.”  He went on to call Trump “the most dishonest, authentic person you will ever come across in your life,” and noted Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings in the election, remarking that she couldn’t “get to the emotion that was needed.”

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“Ten Days in the Valley”

Tassie Cameron, Kyra Sedgwick, Marcy Ross and Jill Littman at the Tribeca TV Festival series premiere of “Ten Days in the Valley” at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City on September 24, 2017 (Photo by Carla Hay)

Kyra Sedgwick joined her all-female creative team from “Ten Days in The Valley” for an illuminating conversation about their smart take on the TV mystery-procedural. Kyra challenged the notion that a female character has to be likable, and noted the double standard, saying, “Did we ever ask if Walter White was a good father?….We really didn’t. I think [my character] is real. When I’m in people’s living rooms…I want to play a real character.”

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“Designated Survivor”

Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Italia Ricci and Paulo Costanzo at the Tribeca TV Festival season premiere of “Designated Survivor” at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City on September 24, 2017 (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

ABC’s “Designated Survivor” stars Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci and Paulo Costanzo discussed the striking similarities between their show’s storylines and what’s happening in Washington, noting that they had to adjust the ending of season one because it was “too close” to reality. The cast recollected about co-star Kiefer Sutherland’s intense chess skills and quipped about his dramatic delivery when he says “check.”

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“Red Oaks”

David Gordon Green, Alexandra Socha, Ennis Esmer, Alexandra Turshen, Freddie Roman, Paul Reiser, Joe Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs and Craig Roberts attend the Tribeca TV Festival season premiere of “Red Oaks” at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City on September 24, 2017 (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

The ensemble cast and crew of “Red Oaks” reflected on what new and returning audiences can look forward to in their final season, and reminisced about their love of working together.  The cast chatted about their favorite things about the 80s, and executive producer Steven Soderbergh quipped that he didn’t remember the ’80s because he was born in 1989.

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“Queen Sugar”

Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Rutina Wesley at the Tribeca TV Festival mid-season premiere of “Queen Sugar” at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City on September 24, 2017 (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

“Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe discussed their mutual love and how they enjoy working with such “fierce” female directors. They called out Executive Producer Ava Duverney and said they wanted to direct an episode together. Diving into the more serious topics tackled within the series, the co-stars discussed the importance of accurately depicting race and culture.

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