Emmy Magazine Features

The Wild World of Billy the Kid

Don't expect that familiar, dusty landscape in EPIX's Billy the Kid. For their new take on the famed outlaw, producers made a "pre-Western," a muddy world that's "raw and real and visceral and wild."

By Kathleen O'Steen
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Ava DuVernay

With her astonishing output of television, Ava DuVernay has set a new standard for breadth and quality in the medium. And while she's learning to delegate, don't expect her to ease up on that famed attention to detail.

Kung Fu

The cast members of The CW's Kung Fu applaud their show's representation of Asian-American culture. Says actor Tony Chung: "Our show is the exposure our community needs to bring a familiarity to the Asian-American profile."

He'd had the idea for years, Steve Martin says, before finally sharing it one day over lunch: three New Yorkers with an interest in true crime stumble upon a murder in their building. With his longtime buddy Martin Short and new pal, Selena Gomez, a hit Hulu series took form.

Michael Keaton

Over his long and rich acting career, Michael Keaton has remained superbly relatable, and that's especially true of his recent role in Hulu's Dopesick. "When you're acting opposite Michael, the idea that 'this is not real' melts away," says a costar. "He makes it look effortless."

For four seasons, Marty and Wendy Byrde (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney) have played whack-a-mole, swatting down one risk after another. When we meet Marty, he's "living a tragically subdued life," according to his business partner, Bruce. And then the games begin. Let's play!

Girls5eva

Women who value the here and now powered the first season of the Peacock comedy. The stars are back for an encore, with more brillantly funny songs and even more gratitude for being together.

The star and executive producer of The Equalizer said yes to her hit show on the very first pitch. She also regularly says yes to trusting herself, to being kind, to feeling fear — and even to occasional failure. "If my gut tells me I can do something," she says, "I'm going to go for it, whether I fail or not."

Samuel L. Jackson

In his long-sought adaptation of a Walter Mosley novel, Jackson confronts memory and destiny. And while Apple TV+'s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey requires a leap of faith, its very real racial issues remain undeniable.

Season-one directors of HBO's Music Box discuss how they approached their subjects.

Bill Simmons Music Box

The writer, producer and out-of-the-box thinker gives fans new insight into their favorite artists and musical eras through a series of HBO documentaries.

Better Call Saul

As the AMC series kicks off its final season, the backstory of Bob Odenkirk's beloved Saul Goodman is nearing its end. Odenkirk and his costars reflect on their roles in the less-than-ethical odyssey that foreshadows Breaking Bad.

Natasha Lyonne

In season two of Russian Doll, Natasha Lyonne takes new leaps in space and time to explore life, death and identity. And while her character hurtles through the decades, Lyonne herself balances acting, producing, writing, directing and showrunning.

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