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VIDEO: Bryan Cranston & More Set for Ovation's 5-Part Series THE ENVELOPE, Starting Tonight

Pull up a chair as Ovation TV, America's only arts network, offers up off-the-cuff discussions with today's top Hollywood talent with the premiere of Los Angeles Times' THE ENVELOPE, a five-part series featuring the year's most-prolific film actors and directors, tonight, January 17 at 8:30pm ET.

Los Angeles Times' The Envelope is hosted by venerable Times film writers Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen who sit down with the year's critically acclaimed directors and actors for an in-depth discussion of their awards-worthy films and the filmmaking process. Los Angeles Times' The Envelope focuses on surprising and unfiltered conversations in a relaxed and cool environment, a refreshing alternative to traditional Academy Awards formal roundtables. The series is produced by the Los Angeles Times in association with Contend and broadcast exclusively on Ovation TV.

The following actors and directors will be featured over five Sundays:

Lead Actresses - Sunday, January 17 at 8:30pm ET

Cate Blanchett (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Brie Larson (Room), Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold)

Supporting Actresses - Sunday, January 24 at 8:30pm ET

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Jane Fonda (Youth), Isabella Rossellini (Joy) and Joan Allen (Room)

Lead Actors - Sunday, January 31 at 8:30pm ET

Michael Caine (Youth), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) and Steve Carell (The Big Short)

Supporting Actors - Sunday, February 7 at 8:30pm ET

Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs), Michael Keaton (Spotlight), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Directors - Sunday, February 14 at 8:30pm ET

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Todd Haynes (Carol), Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs)

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About Ovation TV: Ovation is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV, selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. We also offer viewers an exciting line up of Ovation original productions. Ovation TV is available to nearly 50M subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and many other smaller providers and is offered in both standard and high definition, as well as on VOD. In addition, Ovation champions artists through the Ovation Digital Arts network, a unique artist community dedicated to supporting and helping talented Youtube creators grow their brands and businesses. Through The Ovation Foundation, the company is committed to advocating for the arts, nationally and locally, and has provided more than $15M in contributions and in kind support to arts institutions and arts education. You can follow Ovation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and

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