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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Producer and Songwriter on 30-Year-Long Journey to Screen

Despite breaking Netflix viewership records and raising star Anya Taylor-Joy to the A-list, The Queen’s Gambit‘s path to success was as unlikely and hard-won as that of its protagonist. Executive producer William Horberg does not exaggerate when he says, albeit jokingly, that it “took 30 years to get paid.” From novel to seven-part Netflix series, […]

Michaela Coel Hopes ‘I May Destroy You’ Encourages Viewers to Change Their Self-Narratives

I May Destroy You is both a case of art imitating life and life imitating art. Michaela Coel’s masterful HBO limited series — which centers on a British writer named Arabella (Coel) who is dealing with the fallout of sexual assault, along with myriad other subjects — is rooted in her own experiences to the point […]

‘The Crown’ Showrunner on Bringing the “Most Glorious and Most Sour Fairy Tale of the 20th Century” to Screen

Over the course of its first three seasons, The Crown has earned its reputation as one of television’s most ambitious productions. Beginning in the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the series takes on the formidable task of reconstructing a version of the historical record through the lens of the British monarchy. Building on […]

‘PEN15”s Anna Konkle on Drawing From “a Treasure Trove of Untold Stories” to Play a 13-Year-Old

Middle school — that “gray world of dealing with adult feelings before you have the capacity to deal with them” says PEN15 co-creator Anna Konkle — is a chapter of life that most people prefer to forget about and move on from. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and it’s in the traumatic […]

‘The Flight Attendant’ Showrunner Maps Out Vision for HBO Max Series

A flight attendant named Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) spends a booze-fueled Bangkok evening with handsome stranger Alex Sokolof — and awakens the next morning in his bed to find that he has been brutally murdered. Since Cassie has no memory of the night’s events, she must put together the pieces herself before the authorities beat […]

How ‘The Underground Railroad’ Composer Created a “Very Complex Soundscape” with Music

In 2016, Nicholas Britell burst onto audiences’ radar with his mesmerizing score for Moonlight, for which he earned his first Oscar nomination. In another important first, the film marked the beginning of his creative partnership with writer-director Barry Jenkins. Following 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk, the duo embarked on their third project together with […]

Cecily Strong’s Jeanine Pirro to Bowen Yang’s Titanic Iceberg: The Best Sketches of ‘SNL”s Emmy-Nominated Stars

In its 46th season, Saturday Night Live kept audiences laughing through a pandemic, a seemingly never-ending presidential election and an insurrection. It also boasted a huge cast — 15 repertory and five featured players — which has audiences wondering if the next season will launch without many returning favorites. Among the NBC sketch comedy series’ […]

Jurnee Smollett Reflects on Landing ‘Full House’ Role at Age 4 and Finding Her “Janet Jackson Moment”

Long before she battled monsters both human and otherworldly as Letitia Lewis on HBO’s Lovecraft Country — a turn that earned her an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama this year — Jurnee Smollett was getting laughs from a studio audience as little Denise Frazer on ABC’s Full House. Born into a family […]

Michaela Coel to Bo Burnham: 6 Auteurs Taking Peak TV by Storm

At the beginning of Peak TV, the industry’s visionaries were pushing the envelopes, challenging their audiences to follow along with complex characters and antiheroes whose choices were shocking and maddening — and made for great TV. If one thinks of an auteur as someone who writes, creates and sometimes directs a vision so compelling as […]

‘The Flight Attendant’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Rosie Perez on Finding Series’ Wacky Tone and What’s Next for Their Characters

Halfway between a black comedy and Hitchcockian psychodrama, HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant follows Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco), a fun-loving flight attendant whose life spirals out of control after she wakes up next to a dead man. It’s also a story about addiction, confronting the past and how friendships bend or break under pressure, as […]

‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ Secrets Revealed (Hint: They Actually Drive)

Five years into producing Carpool Karaoke: The Series, Eric Pankowski still gets butterflies before shooting each episode. “Because there’s no host, you just don’t know,” he explains. When Eric Pankowski and co-creator Ben Winston started developing a spinoff of the recurring Late Late Show With James Corden segment in 2016, they never planned on breaking […]

‘Framing Britney Spears’ Directors React to Singer’s Speaking Out Against Doc and Significance of Their Emmy Nom

To say that The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears caused a stir when it premiered Feb. 5 would be a grave understatement. The Hulu/FX documentary, which investigates the pop legend’s conservatorship and her fight to break free of it, sent shock waves rippling across the internet and beyond. Almost overnight, #FreeBritney became a […]