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After 25 years behind a desk, Conan O’Brien had to reckon with his status as late night’s elder statesman. So he ditched the desk — and the band. His new format and new projects are suiting him just fine, and so is the sporty wardrobe.

By Craig Tomashoff

“We didn’t know how to go on,” Jill Soloway says of the dilemma facing cast and crew on her ground- breaking Amazon series. But “the idea of music came to us,” and Transparent’s musical finale took shape. Says star Judith Light: “It made us feel alive.”

By Libby Slate

The newest Ken Burns opus, Country Music, explores the duality of a very American genre — from the rockin’ sounds of the roadhouse to the righteous tones of church and home.

By Will Friedwald

For her fellow Sharp Objects cast members, performing with the elegant, intelligent Patricia Clarkson can be a master class in dramatic risk.

By Graham Flashner

Who would dare try to produce Catherine the Great? Such a project was “too complicated… too grand to get financed,” scoffed Helen Mirren, who once tossed out the wild idea of playing the empress. Now she’s doing just that in an opulent miniseries (that she’s also executive- producing), shot in the palaces of Russia.

By Benji Wilson

Long before shows like Born This Way profiled persons with Down syndrome living productive lives, ABC’s Life Goes On cast an actor with Down syndrome in a regular role. The ‘90s family drama also broke ground with its HIV storyline, setting a new bar for the embrace of differences in primetime.

By Jane Wollman Rusoff

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