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Critic’s Notebook: Michael K. Williams Was a Unique Scene-Stealer, Ensemble Anchor

From 'The Wire' to 'Boardwalk Empire' to 'Lovecraft Country' to 'Hap & Leonard' to 'When They See Us,' the late Michael Kenneth Williams was an actor you couldn't look away from, whether in an…

How ‘Generation’ Delivered the Gift of Being Seen (Guest Column)

I don’t have much of a coming out story. My mom (who, plot twist, turned out to be queer too!) raised my little Puerto Rican self with an unshakable sense that God made me in Their image and so…

Unpacking ‘Candyman’ and Its Darkest Revelation

[This story contains spoilers for Candyman.] He is the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, he is nothing. Director Nia DaCosta doesn’t merely write or…

Critic’s Notebook: Ed Asner Leaves a Powerful Legacy, On and Off the Screen

He starred in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'Lou Grant' and 'Up,' among hundreds of credits, and the late actor's political legacy as Screen Actors Guild president and beyond was every bit as great.

Critic’s Notebook: Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Is a Muddled Wallow in Navel-Gazing

Long awaited by fans, the album misses the mark as a tribute to the artist's late mother, instead indulging in dubious spirituality and uninspired acoustics.

‘Cobra Kai’ Co-Creator Reveals His Rules for Successfully Rebooting Classic IP (Guest Column)

Ever since Cobra Kai premiered in 2018, I have heard some version of the following: “I can’t believe how much I loved your show, because whenever Hollywood attempts to bring back a classic…

How the ‘Black Widow’ Battle Could Break the Mold on Hollywood Dealmaking

When Scarlett Johansson sued Disney on July 29 over her Black Widow pay, one community in Hollywood took the development especially personally: the ranks of transactional attorneys who…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Matters

The focus on the sudden stepping down of newly selected Jeopardy! host Mike Richards over insensitive and out-of-touch sexist comments misses the deeper reason the show’s search for a new…

‘Bridgerton’ Showrunner on Creating a Color-Conscious Series (Guest Column)

Earlier this year, Netflix announced that Bridgerton, a show I created and ran, was the streaming giant’s biggest series debut ever. I was astounded. How could this Regency period piece that…

Critic’s Notebook: A ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Search So Blundered It Almost Feels Intentional

Mike Richards stepping down as host of 'Jeopardy!' after only one day looks bad, but at least the responsibility of replacing Alex Trebek is now off the table.

Feinberg Forecast: Projected Standings as Final Voting Begins

PLEASE NOTE: This forecast, assembled by The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards columnist Scott Feinberg, reflects his best attempt to predict the behavior of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, not…

Critic’s Notebook: Is Summer TV’s Island Fever the Cure for What Ails Us?

Tapping into our collective need for a vacation, HBO's 'The White Lotus,' Hulu's 'Nine Perfect Strangers' and Fox's 'Fantasy Island' offer varying levels of pandemic-era comfort and escape