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Sam Richardson, Marcia Gay Harden and Other Emmy-Nominated Guest Actors on Their Brief — But Attention-Grabbing — Screentime

Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso, Apple TV+) Billionaire Edwin Akufo, who arrives from Ghana to buy out the contract of Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh), revels in watching people unravel in front of him. “Edwin comes in as this benevolent, greater-good figure — a billionaire who says billionaires shouldn’t exist. But he’s really just a petulant child,” […]

How ‘Severance’ Office Is Designed to Play Tricks on Viewers

Reading the description for Severance, a show about a workplace where — thanks to a surgical procedure that severs the connection between work and personal life — its employees forget all about life outside the office for the duration of the workday, one could imagine an environment as mundane as Dunder Mifflin. But when production […]

Making of ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’: “It Was an Exhausting Time, and We Wanted to Just Have Fun”

While the episodes chosen from All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times for the first installments of ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which aired in 2019, were picked to reflect the timeliness of ’70s politics and social issues, it was a different topical phenomenon altogether that dictated the theme of […]

Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne and More Stars on Their Characters’ Toxic Secrets and Double Lies

The stars of 'Candy' and 'Physical', along with Elodie Yung ('The Cleaning Lady') and Ariana DeBose ('Schmigadoon!'), play characters who keep their traumas and shame close to their chests — which inevitably gets them into trouble.

‘CODA’ Producer Patrick Wachsberger on Hiring Deaf Actors for the Film: “There Was No Other Way To Do It in Today’s World”

As co-chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and, before that, president and co-chairman of Summit, French-born producer Patrick Wachsberger oversaw some of the most successful film franchises in recent history, from the Twilight saga to The Hunger Games. But when he left Lionsgate to form Picture Perfect Federation, the prolific producer knew exactly how […]

‘Scenes From a Marriage,’ ‘Dopesick,’ ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Showrunners on Adapting Source Material for TV

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE Original: 1973 Sveriges Television miniseries Current: 2021 HBO limited series When Ingmar Bergman’s six-episode series depicting the end of a marriage hit Swedish TV screens in 1973, it was considered so impactful that the country’s rising divorce rates were partially blamed on the portrait of a couple in crisis. (Its subsequent 167-minute theatrical […]

Bernadette Peters, Yvette Nicole Brown and More Emmy Nominees on How They Approached Their Guest Roles

Sophie Okonedo, Ratched (Netflix)  Few roles seem as colossal an undertaking as dissociative identity disorder patient Charlotte Wells in the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series, Ratched — but that’s the way Sophie Okonedo likes it. “Any job I do, I always want to feel like I’m slightly on edge,” says Okonedo. “If […]

How Late-Night Hosts Channeled Their Frustrations of 2020 Into Emmy-Nominated Shortform Series

FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE PRESENTS: PANDEMIC VIDEO DIARIES The digital team at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee was nearly ready to roll out a new behind-the-scenes segment documenting how the late night show gets made when the world shut down in March 2020. “We were about to shoot Sam for this beautiful, highly produced […]

From ‘Bridgerton’ to ‘The Flight Attendant,’ 5 Writers Detail Book-to-Screen Adaptation Journeys

Bridgerton (Netflix)  Book: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn (Avon Books, 2000, 384 pages)  Translating a beloved book series to the screen is not for the fainthearted. “The books have such a rabid following — with that expectation comes pressure,” says Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen. It wasn’t just the distinctive Bridgerton […]

Anthony Mackie, Mario Lopez and 3 More Actors Reflect on Finding New Ways to Play Their Famous Characters

Ralph Macchio, Nicco Annan and Paul Bettany also discuss revisiting their characters while staying true to their previous incarnations.

How ‘Saved by the Bell’ Fan Bowen Yang Made Josie Totah “So Happy”

As Lexi Haddad-DeFabrizio, Josie Totah rules the school. Lexi is the most popular girl at Bayside High, and her take-no-prisoners wit means she often delivers the kind of biting punchlines that make or break a comedy. Aside from being assertive, beautiful and hilarious, Lexi is also trans. Here Totah, who also serves as an executive […]

‘Saved by the Bell’ Cast and Team on Reinventing Series for New Generation

If you were a child of the ’80s, you more than likely spent your Saturday mornings obsessed with the intrigues of Bayside High. Saved by the Bell, which ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993, seemed to transcend screens, fostering a generation of fans who loyally trailed Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen), Slater (Mario […]