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TV icons Mary Tyler Moore, Michael J. Fox, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston — together winners of 16 Emmys — are featured on four separate covers of The Hollywood Reporter’s new Emmy issue. Each of the four THR cover stars was selected for his or her dominance of a decade of TV, with Moore representing the 1970s, Fox standing for the 80s, Louis-Dreyfus for the 90s and Cranston the ‘aughts.
Each cover star reveals intimate thoughts about his or her career, and how an Emmy win changed them. Fox, who has garnered five Emmys (and raised millions for his Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research), recalls winning in 1986 for his role as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties when his career was on a hot streak. “It was a year where you were waiting for someone to bang on the door and say, ‘Just kidding, give it all back,'” he admits. Falco — who thought she was “done” when Sopranos ended its run on HBO in 2007 — says she doesn’t believe she’s funny. “When I think of comedy I think of Lucille Ball, or Tina Fey — or Mary,” she says, referring to Moore, with whom she poses. For her part, Moore says, “For a long time, people thought women couldn’t get laughs, so every time I see a woman get one, I’m personally tickled.” Cranston (who seemingly won out of nowhere in 2008: Breaking Bad wasn’t nominated, AMC was barely on anyone’s radar, the actor was mostly known to TV audiences as the goofy father on Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle and smarmy dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld), says of his Emmy, “I knew it was going to change my life, and it has.” Case in point: he’s always wanted to work with Steven Soderbergh and “it turns out he was a fan of Breaking Bad,” the actor — who landed the role of military official Lyle Haggerty in the director’s Contagion — tells THR.
The edition, which hits stands on Sept. 15, also takes readers through a gorgeous 16-page photo portfolio spanning five decades of TV entertainment excellence featuring the likes of The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, Mad Men writer/creator Matthew Weiner, star and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, Laugh-In’s Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter, Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco, The Sopranos creator David Chase, CBS chief Les Moonves, Modern Family’s Steve Levitan and Eric Stonestreet, and FX Network head John Landgraf with The Shield winner Michael Chiklis.
The new issue also includes Emmys coverage, including interviews with host Jane Lynch and producer Mark Burnett about what the show, set to air on Sept. 18 on Fox, will include, plus an insider’s list of all the parties, Emmy beauty and style secrets, and how the female stars get those awards show arms.
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