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The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 21B August 2020

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4 min.
loud and queer at the emmys

Schitt’s Creek bid adieu earlier this year in a series finale that pulled out all the romantic stops. Co-created by Daniel Levy, the CBC/PopTV show follows a riches-to-rags family forced to move to a small town they’d “bought” as a joke, which turns out to be an unglamorous but welcoming utopia free of homophobia. In its last few seasons, the show had become as much about David’s (Levy) relationship with Patrick (Noah Reid) as it was about his family, as one beau navigated his first serious relationship and the other struggled with being newly out of the closet. The finale, titled “Happy Ending,” showcased the series’ queer sensibility, with grooms David and Patrick briefly derailed (David mistakenly believes his fiance had gifted him not just a massage but the eponymous…

3 min.
familiar faces dominate the actress race

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE Dead to Me, Netflix The comedy vet has now been Emmy-nominated six times (winning once in 2003 for a guest spot on Friends) — more total acting noms than anyone else in this category. She’s this category’s only nominee who has received all four major precursors this year: TCA, SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice noms. She didn’t win last year against a similar field when, unlike this year, she wasn’t also competing against a co-star. CATHERINE O’HARA Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV A comedy legend who’s been Emmy-nominated eight times, more than anyone else in this field, it’s her second nom for this show. Its final season garnered 15 noms, more than it got for all previous seasons combined (and its 100 percent RT rating bests all her competitors’ shows). She also received TCA,…

7 min.
better call saul

Emmy nomination morning delivered mixed blessings for the team behind Better Call Saul, as the Breaking Bad prequel snagged its fifth nomination for outstanding drama series, along with multiple writing nominations and a nod for supporting actor Giancarlo Esposito. At the same time, star Bob Odenkirk was left out of the lead actor in a drama field and, once again, beloved co-star Rhea Seehorn failed to find traction in the supporting actress category. Series co-creator Peter Gould chatted with THR about that nomination roller coaster, the process of writing the upcoming final season via Zoom, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s return to the writers room. How strange did the entire Emmy buildup season feel this year? It was a strange one. One of the great joys of Emmy season for me…

6 min.
the crown

Peter Morgan was nearing the end of a lengthy shoot for the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown when the coronavirus took hold in the U.K., halting production. While he was ultimately able to wrap the season with what they had, he still lost a couple weeks of filming. “I can see where the gaps are, but I’m hoping that you won’t,” says the showrunner, who adds that he feels “lucky” that they were able to get as far as they did. In the wake of the show’s nine Emmy nominations, including one for best drama series, the London-based Morgan shares what caused him to change his mind about the number of seasons the show will run, the unofficial feedback he gets from Buckingham Palace and why present-day royal…

6 min.
the handmaid’s tale

Now in its third season, The Handmaid’s Tale is back in the Emmy race this year with 10 nominations, including for best drama series and nods for Bradley Whitford, Samira Wiley and Alexis Bledel. Season three sees Elisabeth Moss’ June continuing to build a rebellion in Gilead, seeking to save her daughter while starting an operation to transport the totalitarian society’s children to freedom in Canada. Showrunner Bruce Miller — who was forced to pause season four two weeks into filming amid the novel coronavirus shutdown, and who hopes to restart in Toronto soon — talks to THR about building a revolution, continuing to reference Margaret Atwood’s words and deciding to keep June in Gilead. What did you want to accomplish in the third season? The world is changing so much, there…

7 min.
killing eve

When Suzanne Heathcote was tapped to lead the writers room for the third season of BBC America’s hit Killing Eve (the show brings in a new head writer for every season), she says she didn’t sleep “for months. In the lead-up you’re going for all the meetings and you think, ‘God, I really want this job,’ and then you find out you’ve got it and suddenly you’re terrified because the reality of what the gig is hits you.” Indeed, the first two seasons of the show were critical hits and resulted in 11 Emmy nominations (and a win in 2019 for Jodie Comer for lead actress). But the third season, which saw Comer and Sandra Oh’s characters continuing their cat-and-mouse, enemies-but-maybe-lovers dance, earned eight noms, including actress nods for both…