Emmy Magazine Features

A Murky Five Days at Memorial

When Hurricane Katrina left a hospital without power, clean water and medical supplies for five long days, the staff wrestled with ethical challenges no one would choose to face. In the Apple TV+ series, Carlton Cuse and John Ridley retell the story and renew the debate, leaving viewers to wonder, What would I have done?

By Malcolm Venable
Story

Three years after the finale of Game of Thrones, a prequel unfolds in Westeros. How does HBO's House of the Dragon follow in the wake of its audacious, Emmy-amassing forebear? Proudly and boldly. "We're trying... if not to replicate it, then certainly to honor it in what we're doing," says cocreator Ryan Condal. "We want this to feel like a different time and place."

South Park

Trey Parker and Matt Stone — the creative forces behind Comedy Central's South Park — discuss the evolution of their series and their all-time favorite episodes.

The Shrink Next Door

The true story of a New York psychiatrist who co-opted his patient's life drew pals Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell, though neither knew each was circling the tale. With Rudd as the shrink and Ferrell as the mark, Apple TV+'s The Shrink Next Door unspools an I-kid-you-not tale that could send some viewers to the couch.

Before Zoe Saldaña and her siblings knew what a production company was, they knew they would have one — and make TV shows that reflected their lives. Now with series like From Scratch and Gordita Chronicles, they're doing just that. 

The official photographer of NBC's Saturday Night Live has just an hour or two to capture indelible images of the week's hosts. She counts on creative collaboration and mostly practical — not digital — effects.

Nature

Great heights and depths are familiar locations for the cinematographers of the PBS series, who bring home the wonders of the natural world.

Call the Midwife

Babies born in 2012, when Call the Midwife debuted on the BBC and PBS, are now edging into adolesence. As the period drama looks toward producing season twelve, its principals look back, in this book excerpt from author and actor Stephen McGann.

Law & Order

After years off the air, the NBC series returned to a changed world — where citizens demand reform of policing and sentencing, and cops on the street star in cellphone videos. Law & Order has met the moment, its principals say, with storylines still ripped from the headlines.

Dr. Death

The real-life surgeon portrayed in Peacock's limited series put ego over ethics, to shocking result. Star Joshua Jackson and showrunner Patrick Macmanus hope the show will spur changes that strengthen patient safety and reduce the risk of harm.

As We See It

Jason Katims developed As We See It, a scripted series about young adults on the spectrum, to show "what it's like for them to experience the world — and what it's like for the world to experience them." For the neurodiverse actors, it's been alternately comforting, cathartic and outright fun.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

As Stoopid Buddy Stoodios turns ten, the animation funhouse builds on the success of Robot Chicken with a broad creative slate.

Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker

As they bid farewell to This Is Us, the duo says hello to a super-sized season of How I Met Your Father and other new projects. The writing-producing partners — who first spotted each other's artful ways back at NYU — remain committed to shows that speak to viewers' hearts.

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