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Peabody Awards: ‘Summer of Soul’ and ‘The Underground Railroad’ Among Final Round of Winners

The Peabody Awards have today announced their fourth round of winners, which include Hulu’s Oscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul, Netflix’s Emmy-winning Bo Burnham: Inside and Amazon’s Emmy-nominated limited series The Underground Railroad. Other notable winners include Netflix’s animated series City of Ghosts, HBO Max’s documentary series Exterminate All the Brutes and PBS’ documentary Mayor. Winners […]

Angie Han: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021

Among The Hollywood Reporter TV critic’s faves are a small-screen opus from Barry Jenkins, a comedy about British Muslim female punk rockers and dramas about faith and sports.

Daniel Fienberg: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021

The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic’s favorites include two satires of the filthy rich, alt-histories about the space race and Russian royalty, and a pandemic-set drama that you've probably never heard of.

“I Wanted It to Be Honest and Real”: Acting Contenders Share Tales From the Sets of Their TV Series

ELLE FANNING (The Great) The first season of Hulu’s historical comedy was all about Catherine the Great’s rise to power, and the second begins with her grabbing the crown from her husband, Peter (Nicholas Hoult). “The second season is asking the question, ‘Once you have the power, what are you going to do with it?’ […]

Emmys: Limited Series Nominees Talk Fight Scenes, Lessons Learned and Getting Spoofed on ‘SNL’

The creative minds behind 'I May Destroy You,' 'Mare of Easttown,' 'The Queen's Gambit,' 'The Underground Railroad' and 'WandaVision' also open up about calls for a second season and what it's like to wear so many hats on a production.

Barry Jenkins on Why ‘The Underground Railroad’ Required “Different Storytelling Demands” From a Typical Show

After Barry Jenkins’ second feature, Moonlight, earned best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards — where he also scored a best adapted screenplay win, shared with Tarell Alvin McCraney — the director likely could have picked anything he wanted as his follow-up. He turned to American literature, first adapting James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale […]

DPs of ‘Mare of Easttown,’ ‘The Underground Railroad,’ ‘Fargo’ and ‘Small Axe’ Describe Their Visual Approaches

This year’s Emmy contenders in the competitive category of outstanding cinematography for a limited or anthology series or movie showcase a range of looks, from the period stories in Fargo, The Queen’s Gambit, Small Axe and The Underground Railroad to the contemporary setting of Mare of Easttown. HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, created by Brad Ingelsby, […]

How ‘The Underground Railroad’ Composer Created a “Very Complex Soundscape” with Music

In 2016, Nicholas Britell burst onto audiences’ radar with his mesmerizing score for Moonlight, for which he earned his first Oscar nomination. In another important first, the film marked the beginning of his creative partnership with writer-director Barry Jenkins. Following 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk, the duo embarked on their third project together with […]

Michaela Coel to Bo Burnham: 6 Auteurs Taking Peak TV by Storm

At the beginning of Peak TV, the industry’s visionaries were pushing the envelopes, challenging their audiences to follow along with complex characters and antiheroes whose choices were shocking and maddening — and made for great TV. If one thinks of an auteur as someone who writes, creates and sometimes directs a vision so compelling as […]

African American Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Lovecraft Country,’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Among Big Winners

On the heels of announcing several special achievement honors, the African American Film Critics Association has announced the main competition winners for its 3rd annual AAFCA TV Honors, which will be presented at a COVID-compliant ceremony on Aug. 21, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. The big winners — chosen by a jury of select AAFCA […]

How ‘Old’ Star Aaron Pierre Crafted Mid-Sized Sedan With M. Night Shyamalan

 [The following story contains spoilers for Old.] Aaron Pierre’s Old performance is one of few words, but his character, rapper Mid-Sized Sedan, is fueling a whole conversation around M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, thanks in part to his attention-grabbing name. That may be the point of the fictional rap star, whose given name isn’t revealed to […]

Emmys: Will Escapist Shows Dominate This Year’s Race?

If last year’s Emmys were the first proof that a pandemic-era awards show is possible, this year’s will highlight the entertainment we consumed during all that time spent at home — and based on the nominations, it seems many of us turned to television as a means of escape. Ted Lasso is the clear frontrunner […]