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The Hollywood Reporter Emmy Special Issue 27A August 2019

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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where’s the variety in variety?

With more networks, personalities, formats and new shows coming and going in the late night TV space than ever before, it might come as a surprise that when the Emmy nominees were announced in July, the variety talk category looked exactly as it did last year. The 2018 winner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, is again joined by Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Late Late Show With James Corden and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. But that’s not for a lack of competition and fresh voices in the space. During the 2018-19 season, Conan O’Brien mixed up his show’s format on TBS, Desus & Mero found a larger platform on Showtime and Netflix’s Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj got…

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limitless talents

LEAD ACTOR Mahershala Ali TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) Emmy-nominated three years ago for House of Cards (he has since picked up two Oscars), this actor’s actor plays a detective — a part originally slated to be portrayed by a white performer — in the third installment of the franchise. The eight-parter was better reviewed than installment No. 2, though ratings were way down. (Still, 8.1 million cumulative viewers is far from bad.) Have TV Academy members, like many TV viewers, simply moved on from the franchise? Benicio Del Toro ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (Showtime) The Oscar winner returns to American TV for the first time in some 30 years playing Richard Matt, a man behind bars for life who teams up with a fellow inmate (Paul Dano) to plot their escape. His performance has already brought him a Critics’…

3 Min.
billy porter breaks the fashion binary

1. Gold Glory Dressed as a gilded Pharaoh by The Blonds, Porter was carried into the 2019 Met Gala on May 6 by six shirtless men. After all, “all the gods and specifically the kings and queens didn’t ever walk,” stylist Sam Ratelle said. His campy couture, inspired in part by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, included gold eye shadow from Pat McGrath Labs, a headpiece dripping with gold chains and beaded golden wings. 2. Sheer Brilliance Porter sported a sheer fuchsia gown from the Celestine Couture fall/winter 2019 collection at the Peabody Awards on May 18. “The Finale” dress ($12,000) features mounds of tulle, floral detailing and a beaded neckline. Pose and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hairstylist Sabana Majeed finished the look with a curly coiled wig, while makeup artist La Sonya Gunter…

22 Min.
‘i tie my bow tie and i am there’

Drama Comedy Limited Series or TV Movie ANTHONY ANDERSON Black-ish (ABC) When you’ve been playing the same character for a number of years, how do you still keep finding new notes to work with? Life and experience give us that. In everyday life, nothing is ever the same — even though you may have a routine, that routine changes every day. That’s how we’re able to find these nuances and these new beats as these characters. Every day is a different day. Do you have any rituals or music to help you get into the mind-set of your character? It’s music. That’s how I get motivated. I’ll start out leaving my house with something inspirational, and after I’ve had my inspirational moment, it becomes really ratchet. Then I’m hyped to get my day started, and I carry that…

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thirty years of detective work

Mahershala Ali gives not one, not two, but three riveting performances on season three of HBO’s True Detective as Arkansas pearance of two children. Audiences follow Hays for more than three decades (the ’80s, the ’90s and finally in 2015), witnessing a romance blossom but then a marriage crumble as a career with high hopes also deteriorates. Ali had been a fan of the HBO drama since season one, but never thought he’d star on it. “When this show came out, I was in a very different place in my career. I literally said, ‘Man, I would love to be on True Detective,’ ” he tells THR. “I’ve been working for 19 years now, so for this to be my first lead for a show, with a writer like Nic…

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a quick visit, a lasting impression

SNL’s Slew of Singing, Sketching Nominees Matt Damon He emceed the “Westminster Daddy Show” and ironically celebrated sad Christmas on the Dec. 15 show. Sandra Oh A Favourite inspired skit saw her shot in the arm, but more concerned with the feelings of men around her. Robert De Niro The March 30 cold open saw the actor playing Robert Mueller, with Alec Baldwin appearing as Trump. Adam Sandler When he hosted May 5, the former castmember offered a heartfelt musical tribute to his friend Chris Farley. John Mulaney The former SNL writer’s host gig included a bathroom bodega musical, “Legal Shark Tank” and a riff on Scream. Emma Thompson Her May 12 performance featured a Beauty and the Beast bit and an etiquette lesson with Leslie Jones. Reunions Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Apocalypse The anchor of the AHS franchise returned to her character from season…