Emmy Magazine Features

Love Lessons from The Best Man

As fans prepare for a good cry over The Best Man: The Final Chapters, its principals cheer the beloved franchise that proved love conquers even long-standing stereotypes. "I wanted to make a universal love story," says creator Malcolm D. Lee. "People want to fall in love, feel secure, have friendships — these things are not... specifically Black."

By Malcolm Venable
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Mallori Johnson in Kindred

In the new FX series Kindred, a Black woman is powerless against forces that send her hurtling through time — to the antebellum South — then back to the present day. "It's difficult subject matter," allows showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a descendant of slaves on both sides of his family. "But living with it, wrestling with it — that can be productive."

A new season, a new setting, an almost all-new team. For Fox Sports, covering this year's World Cup — and the U.S. squad — has meant rethinking every aspect of production. But along with the challenges comes a charming bonus: "the Ted Lasso effect."

After initially passing on a Chippendales project, Kumail Nanjiani was drawn back to the story — now a Hulu limited series — as star and executive producer. But the real-life tale that starts in a '70s L.A. strip club (dubbed Destiny II) — where men take it off for women — is darker than you'd expect.

Sarah Lancashire, starring as Julia Child in HBO Max's Julia, appears in her show-within-a-show with a chicken — purchased and prepped by the show's food stylist Christine Toobin.

Meet some of the stylists and producers behind TV's fabulous food, who are planning, shopping, prepping — and making multiples of every dish.

Decades ago, cable TV transformed pro and college sports into billion-dollar global businesses. Can streaming companies — some of which are valued at more than $1 trillion — now call all the plays?

 Mike Flanagan

In the wake of his latest Netflix hit, Midnight Mass, the writer-director-editor — a horrormeister known for, of all things, empathy — is scaring up his version of The Fall of the House of Usher. Consider yourself warned.

Hilary Swank

In the wake of a meaningful hiatus, the actress-producer finds herself in the pursuit of truth as a journalist in — where else? — Alaska.

Lizzo

At emmy's backstage photo studio with photographer Robert Ascroft, stars relaxed and reveled in their now-and-forever distinction: Emmy winner. Dropping in this year: Lizzo, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael Keaton and more.

Christine Baranski

As Paramount+'s The Good Fight nears its final verdict, Christine Baranski reflects on her long-running role as lawyer Diane Lockhart — and the show that creators Robert and Michelle King made must-stream TV with a take-no-prisoners approach to politics.

Trilith Studios

Creatives who work at Atlanta's Trilith Studios can have a home there, too — and a school and a park and a place to grab a beer....

Paula Newsome

The actress revels in her role as Max, lab chief on CBS's CSI:Vegas, and the name she almost received at birth.

Niecy Nash-Betts

Finding projects that make her happy — and offer something new — is essential to Niecy Nash-Betts. The strategy is clearly working, because the actress-producer is everywhere these days. "Anything is possible," says the star–executive producer of ABC's The Rookie: Feds. "It's never too late."

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