Four Hollywood Reporter Covers Celebrate Emmy Icons

Clockwise from top left: Joe Pugliese; Art Streiber; David Slijper; Austin Hargrave

The magazine’s second annual Icons package features Sarah Jessica Parker, Ted Danson and Glenn Close, J.J. Abrams and Norman Lear, as well as a 17-page portfolio celebrating another 19 recipients of TV’s biggest honor.

Norman Lear, Sarah Jessica Parker, J.J. Abrams, Glenn Close and Ted Danson grace four separate covers of The Hollywood Reporter’s second annual Emmy Icons portfolio. With 57 nominations and 12 trophies between them, this cover collection of TV elite was selected for his or her commitment to growing and challenging the medium in which they all thrived.

In this 11-page photo portfolio of Emmy greats and a six-page feature on barrier breaking TV legend Lear, the participants reflect on their career, their Emmy wins and the state of the industry. 

A Convertible, Nicki Minaj and Lunch in Beverly Hills: A Day With Norman Lear at 90
With a memoir in the works, the "All in the Family" creator reflects on his favorite series ("Maude"), his most difficult star (Carroll O'Connor) and why his continued fear of the Christian right overcame his disappointment in the President: "There's nothing I wouldn't do for Obama... Nothing." Read the story.

PHOTOS: Norman Lear: The Life and Career of a TV Legend
The mastermind behind such classic shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time served in the Air Force, was honored by President Clinton and counts South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker among his famous friends. View the gallery.

Glenn Close Was Told TV Would Kill Her Career
"People said I was doing TV because my film career was at a zero," the two-time Emmy winner and six-time Oscar nominee tells THR. Read the story.

Candice Bergen Might Revive 'Murphy Brown' if Sarah Palin Ever Runs for President
"We would try to bring the show back for a few episodes," creator Diane English tells THR. "It would just be too tempting." Read the story.

Sarah Jessica Parker Talks 'Girls' Comparisons
The Sex and the City star sounds off on the heir apparent to Carrie Bradshaw: "It's a very different show." Read the story.

J.J. Abrams Misses 'Felicity' More Than 'Lost'
The Fringe and Revolution EP admits the WB drama is still his favorite: "It was just sort of pure romantic, sweet characters who had crushes on one another and were dealing with which party to go." Read the story.

Why DVRs Make Aaron Sorkin Feel Like He's the Only One Watching 'The Newsroom'
While delayed viewership gives his HBO series an 80 percent bump in the ratings, the showrunner tells THR: "I don't get to experience the audience watching the show." Read the story. 

'Blue Bloods' Has Given Tom Selleck Cred With the NYPD
"Every so often I'll get a wave from a cop or a salute," the actor tells THR, "which means a lot to me." Read the story.

An Expensive Divorce and the Cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Producer Phil Rosenthal on the secret behind the show's two comedy wins: "Every [man] has what we had… A wife that doesn't like him." Read the story.

The 'Amazing Race' Creator Feared Cancellation Until Their First Win
"No matter how many miles anybody has traveled, Bert will say he's traveled more," host Phil Keoghan, who's circumnavigated the globe at least 21 times, says of boss and EP Bertram van Munster. Read the story.

Megan Mullally and Lisa Kudrow on the Wonder of Their First Emmy Wins
The actresses talk about the buzz and shock when their names were called. Read the story.

VIDEO: Intimate Conversations With 24 Emmy Winners
In behind-the-scenes video of THR's "Emmy Icons" photo shoots, J.J. Abrams reveals his biggest fear when giving his first acceptance speech, David E. Kelley explains why his first win was a "profound relief," and Glenn Close and Ted Danson engage in some arm wrestling (really!). Watch the video.

PHOTOS: Emmy Icons: THR Photographs TV's Most Celebrated Legends
In the lead-up to television's 64th annual awards, The Hollywood Reporter celebrates Hollywood's ruling class (with the hardware to prove it). Featuring portraits of Glenn Close, Ted Danson, Candice Bergen, J.J. Abrams and more. View the gallery.

Cover credits: Glenn Close & Ted Danson (photographed by Joe Pugliese on Aug. 15 at the Residences at W Hollywood), J.J. Abrams (photographed by Austin Hargrave on Sept. 6 at the Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica), Sarah Jessica Parker (photographed by David Slijper on Aug. 9 at Industria in Manhattan) and Norman Lear (photographed by Art Streiber in Lear's Los Angeles home).