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Awards Extra! Inside 2020’s Most Emmy-Worthy TV Shows

Explosive finales, memorably intimate moments, and, yes, wigs—Vanity Fair takes you behind the scenes of this year’s best TV. Just in time for Emmy nominations, directors, actors, showrunners, and composers from The Good Place, Schitt’s Creek, Normal People, and more share the secrets to getting each scene just right.

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    Normal People: The Secrets of Marianne and Connell’s First Sex Scene

    Normal People: The Secrets of Marianne and Connell’s First Sex Scene

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    Jerry Harris Is the Feel-Good Star We Need Right Now

    The breakout star of Netflix’s Cheer shares some motivating “mat talk” for enduring the pandemic and reveals what’s next for Navarro’s cheerleading squad. In the Netflix docuseries that follows the cheer squad of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, 20-year-old Harris became a breakout star for his …

    Ozark Emmy Winner Julia Garner Talks Pandemic and Pajamas

    Ozark Emmy Winner Julia Garner Talks Pandemic and Pajamas

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    How would her wildly driven character survive quarantine? “Ruth would read 48 Laws of Power and rewatch Scarface.” Forget the money-launderers and murderers. When Ozark debuted in July of 2017, the most memorable crime was Julia Garner blithely walking away with the show. Garner’s character, Ruth …

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    Miracle Workers: Behind the Scenes of Eight Emmy-Worthy TV Shows

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    Is TV Sabotaging Itself?

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    Vanity Fair - Maureen Ryan

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    Saying Goodbye: 13 TV Shows Make an Exit

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