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Mikey O'Connell

TV Features Editor

Mikey O'Connell is the TV Features Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where he's held several positions since joining the magazine in 2011. Though his primary focus is covering the television industry, he frequently explores culture and film — writing and reporting features, news, interviews and profiles, as well as overseeing many annual editorial packages such as the Hollywood's 50 Most Powerful Showrunners issue. Mikey also manages weekly Q&A franchise Creative Space and wonders how many days will pass before his parents notice this new bio. (He'll report back on that.)

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‘Yellowjackets’ Creators Get Real on Season 2 Pressure, Showtime Tumult and Spinoffs: “We Have a Couple of Ideas”

When Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson first moved to Los Angeles, working as a dog walker and P.F. Chang’s bartender, respectively, the native New Jersey couple liked to splurge on dinner and drinks at Tam O’Shanter — the 100-year-old Scottish house of prime rib in Atwater Village. These days, however, it’s where they go to […]

Tyler Perry Studios Alum Michelle Sneed Launches Her Own Studio, A Few Good Women Productions (Exclusive)

With over a decade at one of the most successful independent studios under her belt, Michelle Sneed is striking out on her own. The Tyler Perry Studios alum, who most recently served as president of the sprawling and prolific Atlanta operation since 2018, just launched a new studio. A Few Good Women Productions is targeting […]

‘John Wick’ Filmmaker Chad Stahelski Talks Sequels, Oscar Stunt Snubs and Why Guns Still Show Up on Sets

Few, if any, stunt doubles go on to direct their A-list counterparts in a string of blockbusters, but that’s been the curious trajectory of Chad Stahelski. The exceptionally fit filmmaker, who stood in for Keanu Reeves in the first Matrix movie before becoming the trilogy’s martial arts coordinator, has now collaborated with the star for […]

Is Hollywood Too Sensitive for the Razzies?

Hollywood’s bloated egos require some manner of annual deflation, especially during Oscar season. For more than 40 years, that has been the objective of the Golden Raspberry Awards. The Razzies, as they’re (un)affectionately known, have celebrated the best of the worst in film since 1980. The dubious honor has been accepted by such self-deprecating luminaries […]

Austin Butler Wins the “Daniel Day-Lewis Taking Method Too Far Prize” and More THR Awards Season Awards

They wept, they self-sabotaged and they emailed every influential person in their address book … so as the long road to the Oscars finally approaches its end, THR acknowledges the unsung success stories of the FYC season.

‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ Showrunner on Song Switches, Fake/Real Concerts and Shutting Down the Sunset Strip

Daisy Jones & the Six may be the most-read-about fake band in history. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel about a fictional seventies rock group of the same name has sold well over a million copies and has a bonkers 940,000 ratings on literary social media hub Goodreads — so the pressure to deliver a TV […]

HGTV Orders More of Two Young Shows, With an Eye on Diversifying Talent and Streaming Output

HGTV, like all legacy Discovery channels, can no longer program exclusively for cable. There’s also streamer Discovery+ to think of, and, in a few months, the parent company’s HBO Max replacement that will also include the sprawling lifestyle roster. So, naturally, orders aren’t slowing down. The latest re-ups are particularly interesting — not just because […]

‘Your Place or Mine’ Filmmaker Talks Rom-Com Must-Haves: Chemistry and Star Power

Soon after wrapping four seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the cult CW musical that saw her segue from screenwriter to showrunner, Aline Brosh McKenna decided to revisit her past before turning her attention to the future. She rented the garden apartment in the same Larchmont-adjacent duplex she and her now-husband shared during the mid-’90s, not too […]

Pair of HBO Max Alums Launch New Nonfiction Company, Velvet Hammer Media

Six months after HBO Max abandoned its nonfiction efforts in the wake of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, the department’s top two executives have set up shop together. Jennifer O’Connell and Rebecca Quinn have launched Velvet Hammer Media (VHM), a production company specializing in premium original nonfiction content. O’Connell (former HBO Max EVP of nonfiction […]

‘Dr. Phil’ Ending After 21 Seasons

Dr. Phil, the syndicated talk series hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw, is coming to a close following a successful run in the daytime space. After launching in September 2002, the program that was co-created by the 72-year-old host and Oprah Winfrey will air new episodes until the current season ends this spring, with McGraw eyeing […]

Anna Delvey, Under House Arrest, Plots Logical Career Segue Into Reality TV

Anna Delvey is making the most of house arrest. The convicted con artist, whose exploits were immortalized in a New York Magazine exposé and subsequent Netflix miniseries Inventing Anna, is prepping a TV series of her own set in her Manhattan apartment. The unscripted project finds Delvey (whose real name is Anna Sorokin) revisiting her socialite […]

Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns to Fighting Form: “I’ve Earned the Right to Stand Where I Am”

Two decades after her character’s retirement, the woman behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer still can’t help but come to the rescue. Sarah Michelle Gellar arrives early to Blue Ribbon Sushi — she is always early — wearing a camel trench, striped sweater and a welcoming smile. Merely on time, I join her with an iPhone […]