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Chicago’s Paskal Rudnicke Casting Brings Home the Emmy

Awards season is here, and so are the wins for the Chicago television community. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards handed out trophies for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and heading home with the hardware were Chicago casting directors Jennifer Rudnicke, Mickie Paskal, and AJ Links of PR Casting for their wonderful work on FX’s The Bear, alongside fellow casting director Jeanie Bacharach.

AJ Links shared a few photos from the momentous win on her instagram earlier this week, here are some highlights from the posts…

Congratulations to PR Casting on this win!

You can also click here for Casting Director AJ Links’ recent round of Five Questions with SCREEN!

More to Come on Monday

On the heels of this Creative Emmy win, The Bear is poised to pick up a few more awards this Monday. Not only is the show up for Outstanding Comedy Series, but stars Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach all picked up acting nominations in the Outstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series categories, respectively.

Additionally, Jon Bernthal and Oliver Platt are both up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for their roles as Carmy’s family members. The series also picked up writing and directing nods for creator Christopher Storer.

The Bear is among the nomination leaders with 13 nods, while Succession leads the list of programs with the most Emmy nominations this year, 27. The White Lotus secured 23 nominations.

Click here for the complete list of Emmy nominations in Variety.

The 75th annual Emmys will air this Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m. CT on Fox and will stream on Hulu the next day.

What’s Next for PR Casting

The talented team at PR Casting has two more projects in the national spotlight this month as the Chicago-made indie feature Ghostlight is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Thursday, January 18th. Click right here to learn more about Ghostlight.

Paskal, Rudnicke and Links also cast the FX pilot Me/We, led by Always Sunny in Philadelphia writers Rob McElhenney and Keyonna Taylor. Me/We will make its World Premiere in January at Sundance. Click here for SCREEN’s coverage of Me/We.

And as for their work on The Bear

What’s Next for The Bear

The show has been renewed for Season Three, as expected, and will begin filming in early 2024. The critically acclaimed and prodigiously nominated Season Two in Chicago premiered this past June, after filming in the Spring.

If you’re just arriving at the dinner table, here’s the trailer for Season Two…

The Bear was created by Christopher Storer (Ramy) and follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef from the fine dining world, who comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop – The Original Beef of Chicagoland – after a heartbreaking death in his family. A world away from what he’s used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships.

And if you’re late to the feast, don’t sweat it. All episodes from the first two seasons of “The Bear” are now available on Hulu. Click here to enjoy the first and second seasons.

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