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The creator of Queen Sugar slows down the action in her OWN series, but not her career momentum. In the wake of her Oscar nomination, Ava DuVernay is working nonstop — and sharing that work with many who she believes should be valued and heard.

By Lisa Rosen

For Samantha Bee and the fierce writing staff of Full Frontal, facing the recent pace of politics is like capping an undersea oil spill. It’s dark down there — and they have to work fast. But they’re in it together and find humor in the depths.

By Lisa Rosen

NBC’s summer staple, America’s Got Talent, counts on its judges to keep the show running strong. The fun-loving foursome — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — thrives on good times and good chemistry.

By Susan King

Ryan Murphy’s affection for the brilliant Bette Davis lies at the heart of Feud, his FX anthology series that, in its debut season, dissects the actress’ long rivalry with Joan Crawford.

By Graham Flashner

When a Four Seasons bellman greeted him with, “Welcome, Mr. Johnson!” the former wrestler who’d once had only seven bucks to his name was blown away. Such courtesy was for important people, he thought.

By Craig Tomashoff

Paul Reiser, star of the ‘90s hit Mad About You, finds his star ever rising, with projects on Amazon and Seeso as well as a role in the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

By Graham Flashner