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Script to Scene: Crafting a Mother-Daughter Confrontation in ‘Maid’

In the final episode of Netflix’s limited series Maid, protagonist Alex (Emmy nominee Margaret Qualley) confronts her mother, Paula (Qualley’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell), who is homeless and in the throes of a mental health crisis. In this scene, Alex follows her mother to Walmart, where she discovers Paula is living out of her car. […]

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 […]

Script to Scene: ‘Barry’ Writer Explains the Show’s “Stoner Oracle”

In “710N,” the sixth episode of Barry’s third season, a hugely popular beignet shop opens in Los Angeles and becomes a destination for three of the show’s aimless characters. In this scene, Sarah Goldberg’s Sally opens up to the proprietor of Beignets by Mitch about her career frustrations after her TV show falls apart. Emmy-nominated […]

‘Black-ish’ Showrunner on Finding “The Emotional Finality” Ahead of Series Finale

The following scene, during the penultimate episode of the ABC family comedy Black-ish, originated last season, when recurring star Laurence Fishburne pitched an idea. “He was like, ‘Hey man, I want to do an episode about why it’s so hard for Black men of certain generations to say they love each other,’ ” recalls showrunner Courtney Lilly. […]

‘The Dropout’ Showrunner “Felt Like a Detective” While Finishing Final Scripts for Show About Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was still on trial for wire fraud when The Dropout showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether was finishing the final scripts for the Hulu limited series. “I had the idea of ending the series with Elizabeth at Burning Man with her new boyfriend,” Meriwether tells THR, but she notes that pulling off a shoot […]

‘Station Eleven’ Showrunner Patrick Somerville on Solidifying Jeevan and Kirsten’s Relationship

At the beginning of HBO Max’s Station Eleven, Jeevan Chaudhary (Himesh Patel) attends a performance of King Lear in which the lead actor suddenly drops dead during the show. In the chaos that ensues, he takes under his care child actor Kirsten Raymond (Matilda Lawler) with the intention of returning her home to her parents. However, […]

How Netflix’s Animated ‘Human Resources’ Normalizes the “Big Feelings” of Being Human

Netflix’s Big Mouth spinoff sees the animated universe’s emotional monsters in a workplace setting as they manage the human “clients” to which they’re assigned. While Big Mouth centers on the nightmares of puberty, Human Resources tackles the complete human life span from birth to death — and this scene delves into the latter, with Amir […]

‘Bridgerton’ Showrunner Chris Van Dusen on How the Show Launched Anthony and Kate’s “Enemies-to-Lovers” Arc

The second season of Netflix’s Regency-era drama follows the romance between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), which begins with this meet-cute in the first episode. “It establishes the main enemies-to-lovers storyline,” says showrunner Chris Van Dusen, who highlights the immediate chemistry and tension between Anthony and Kate upon their first meeting. […]

‘The Morning Show’ Showrunner on Crafting Jennifer Aniston’s Powerful and Emotional Season-Closing Monologue

“The whole season was very much about the disparity between how we present ourselves, in this age of social media, and who we really are,” says The Morning Show showrunner Kerry Ehrin. “Sometimes the presentation becomes more important than who we really are.” That theme comes to a head with the final moments of the Apple […]

Maggie Gyllenhaal Breaks Down Scene From Oscar-Nominated ‘The Lost Daughter’ Screenplay

↑ This scene sees Leda (Olivia Colman) and Will (Paul Mescal) at dinner. After a few glasses of wine, the pair begin a flirtatious conversation. “There’s a sexuality that’s palpable and real,” explains Gyllenhaal. “There’s the possibility of sex, but it’s also impossible.” It follows one of the few scenes of exposition, in which Will […]

Kenneth Branagh Breaks Down Scene From His Oscar-Nominated ‘Belfast’ Screenplay

↑ “The crux of this scene was to depict ‘cross-generational communication,’ ” according to Branagh. “Suddenly Buddy is having a deeper, more meaningful, more direct conversation about bigger things with someone a couple of generations away,” he says. Pop, unlike Buddy’s parents, is more willing to share a taboo story. “Pop essentially explains, in a […]

Script to Scene: ‘Mare of Easttown’ Creator Unpacks Emotional Scene of Kate Winslet’s Character Confronting Family Drama

Episode three finds Mare of Easttown‘s eponymous detective at an early stage of her investigation into the death of local teen Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny). When Mare receives a tip that her ex-husband, Frank Sheehan (David Denman), now engaged to Faye, may be the father of Erin’s baby, she immediately goes to confront him, upending […]