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Emmy Magazine

Emmy Magazine

Issue #5 2020

Special for the Emmy Awards! Watch the exclusive Back Stage Live show on your iPad free! Sponsored by Audi. Emmy covers not only television’s stars, but also the achievements of artists, crafts experts and businesspeople who work behind the camera. It also explores the future of television, reporting on the latest tools and technological advances.

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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2 min.
welcome

Television pros are notably hardworking, so from the moment production was suspended, we have all been eager to know: When can we go back to work? But perhaps the more compelling question is: How do we go back to work? One thing we know for sure is that every production — whether large or small, whether shot on location or on a soundstage — will be vastly different, with more stringent protocols than we have ever experienced. You have certainly heard the term “the new normal.” When television production resumes, a lot will be new and little will be normal. But that is as it should be. Health and safety must be our top priorities, because the last thing we want is another shutdown caused by a rise in illness. With that in…

2 min.
bio pick chief of staff

Throughout the first season of DC’s Stargirl, high-schooler Courtney Whitmore battles villains with the help of the formidable weapon known as the Cosmic Staff. For Brec Bassinger, the former gymnast and cheerleader who plays Courtney and her superpowered alter ego, athletic action sequences came naturally. Working with the massive staff, however, did not. “It’s six-foot-five — a lot bigger than me,” she says. “I’m coordinated, but when you put something that large in my hand, my coordination goes out the door.” Initially, just looking at it provoked anxiety. “During the first few episodes, when I held it, I was overwhelmed,” says Bassinger, who found one fight scene in the second episode particularly challenging. “I only had to perform six moves, but it was 3 a.m. and I was exhausted. Eventually, I had…

2 min.
bio pick her way to okay

Scrolling through a casting site one day, she saw a call for Matilda. When the site’s “Submit” button didn’t work, she called the casting office to get an email address for her application. An hour later, she was called in for an audition. “The breakdown was one sentence, describing Matilda as somewhat socially awkward but kind-hearted, which sounded like me,” Cromer says. How did she feel about getting the part? “It was hyperventilating great!” Cromer, who was diagnosed at age seven with ADD, dyslexia and dyscalculia (difficulty learning math), also has Asperger’s. She calls such conditions a hidden disability, noting that many in Hollywood dismiss people on the spectrum, questioning their capability. Studios may not want to hire those with disabilities, she adds, to avoid having to accommodate special needs “I’m bad at…

2 min.
bio pick happy to be here

“I’ve been in so many shows that got canceled there,” the Irish actress-writer-comedian explains. “I said to them, ‘I’m a bit like a woman on a ship. In general, things don’t move forward if I’m attached to them.’” When Aisling Bea was offered a leading role as the wife of a depressed ad exec (Paul Rudd) in Netflix’s dark clone comedy, Living with Yourself, she felt compelled to tell executive producer–directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris that in the U.K. she considers herself something of a curse. Looks like the curse has lifted. The eight-part series generated glowing praise, and The Chicago Sun-Times’s Richard Roeper called her “terrific and funny” in it. She says the role even made her a head-turner at her regular exercise class. “Suddenly, it was like [in a brassy,…

2 min.
savoring the soup

“Sometimes I can’t even believe it’s my job. I’m talking about The Bachelor, and I’m like, ‘How am I getting paid for this? This is insane,’” says Jade Catta-Preta, host of the latest incarnation of E!’s The Soup. Earlier this year, E! revived its reality TV clip show to great fanfare. When Talk Soup premiered back in 1991, Greg Kinnear was the host, later followed by John Henson, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler. It became The Soup when Joel McHale took over in 2004; he remained until December 2017, when the concept was temporarily retired. “I’m very different than all the past hosts in my ethnicity and my sexual preference,” says Catta-Preta, who was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and identifies as gay. Her family immigrated to Charlottesville, Virginia, when…

3 min.
setting precedent

Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has spent so many years studying and writing about a handful of consequential American leaders — Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Lyndon B. Johnson — that she refers to them as “my guys.” The one who’d eluded her as a subject, however, was George Washington, until History approached Goodwin about executive-producing a miniseries. Washington is a three-part hybrid of dramatized scenes (starring Nicholas Rowe as the Founding Father), interviews with historians and Jeff Daniels’s narration. “Here’s someone I’ve wanted to know my whole life,” says Goodwin, who’d often lectured on Washington but never fully explored his achievements. “So it seemed perfect to be able to go in a different direction and learn this process of how you make a miniseries.” The schedule also appealed to her; it can…