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Awardsline ‘Hacks’ Creators On What Inspired The Show, What’s Next & Who Might Get A Spinoff

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky boast back-to-back Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy noms for their HBO Max show starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder. They shared a statuette for writing last year, and Aniello also won for directing. And this year, Season 2 racked up a remarkable 17 nominations. The trio discuss their creative collaboration, the decision to take Deborah’s show on the road and how a series that gives nuanced voice to women and the LGBTQ community is more important than ever right now.

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