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‘Reservation Dogs,’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ Among Sentinel Awards Honorees

Reservation Dogs, Abbott Elementary, Dopesick and Hacks are among the television series set to be honored at the 2022 Sentinel Awards. The gala event will celebrate 12 series from broadcast, cable and streaming that tackled powerful and timely topics including racism, mental health and abortion. Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program from the USC […]

Emmys: Jean Smart Wins Best Comedy Actress for Second Year in a Row

At the 2022 Emmys, Jean Smart won the award for best actress in a comedy series for her performance in HBO Max’s Hacks. “Thank you for a second time honoring this show,” said the five-time Emmy winner in her acceptance speech, calling out the Hacks writers who “not only matched season one, but surpassed it.” […]

Creative Arts Emmys: Laurie Metcalf and Nathan Lane Win for Guest Acting in a Comedy Series

Laurie Metcalf has won the 2022 Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her role in HBO Max’s Hacks, while Nathan Lane has won for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. Metcalf played Weed, the tour manager for Jean Smart’s stand-up comic Deborah Vance, […]

‘Hacks’ Star Kaitlin Olson on Portraying a “Comedic Character” That Has “Broken, Raw Emotion”

Kaitlin Olson is best known for playing Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds for 15 seasons on FX’s long-running comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, holding her own alongside her four male co-stars (Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito and her real-life husband, Rob McElhenney). In 2021, she earned her first Emmy nom for the shortform Quibi […]

‘Hacks’ Showrunners on How Show’s 17 Emmy Nominations Upped the Ante for Season 2

When Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky were working together on Broad City, awards were outside their grasp. “It was so not in our world,” says Downs, who would come to expect the same until their latest collaboration, HBO Max’s Hacks, scored 15 Emmy nominations (and three wins) for its first season. “It […]

Sam Richardson, Marcia Gay Harden and Other Emmy-Nominated Guest Actors on Their Brief — But Attention-Grabbing — Screentime

Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso, Apple TV+) Billionaire Edwin Akufo, who arrives from Ghana to buy out the contract of Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh), revels in watching people unravel in front of him. “Edwin comes in as this benevolent, greater-good figure — a billionaire who says billionaires shouldn’t exist. But he’s really just a petulant child,” […]

How ‘Hacks’ Brought Heartbreak and Humor in Final Moments of Season 2

In the final moments of Hacks’ second season, Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) has revitalized her career with a smash comedy special, on which she collaborated with her Gen Z joke writer, Ava (Hannah Einbinder). But rather than going out on a celebratory note, Deborah delivers a harsh truth to Ava: She’s firing her so that […]

How Costumes in ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Hacks,’ ‘Only Murders in the Building’ and ‘Pam & Tommy’ Helped Land the Jokes

Black-ish (ABC) Michelle Obama is coming to dinner! Obviously, the best-dressed family on television would bring their sartorial A-game, thanks to nine-time Emmy nominee Michelle Cole — earning her fifth nom for her work on the final season of the Kenya Barris-created sitcom. While hosting the 44th first lady (playing herself), the Johnsons invited the […]

‘Hacks’ and ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Lead Dorian TV Nominations

HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s Somebody Somewhere are among the nominees for the 14th Dorian TV Awards, unveiled Thursday by the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (GALECA). (Full disclosure: The Hollywood Reporter’s Tyler Coates is a member of the organization.) Both Hacks and Somebody Somewhere led the nominations with five honors each, including for best LGBTQ […]

How TV Is Embracing Late-in-Life Coming-of-Age Stories

For as fecund as Peak TV has been during the past decade, the glut hasn’t exactly yielded boundless perfection. In between all the flavorless revivals, franchise extenders, true-scandal dramas and star-studded gimmicks, this season I found myself grasping for simple shows that radiated unaffected warmth and vulnerability. I wanted sincerity. I wanted quietness. I wanted […]

‘Hacks’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO Max

HBO Max is going back to Vegas — and presumably, L.A. The Warner Bros. Discovery-backed streamer has renewed the Emmy-winning comedy series Hacks for a third season. The series starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder recently wrapped its critically praised sophomore run and is currently working the Emmy FYC campaign beat. “We congratulate Hacks’ extraordinarily […]

Why ‘Hacks’ Star Hannah Einbinder Prefers Suits and Tuxes on the Red Carpet

Actress and comedian Hannah Einbinder was the breakout star of HBO Max’s comedy series Hacks, earning an Emmy nomination for playing Ava Daniels, an aimless, bisexual young comedy writer who provides jokes for the no-nonsense and brash Las Vegas stand-up comic Deborah Vance (Jean Smart). With the success of the Emmy-winning comedy (it picked up […]