The year's most talked about talent open up about creating critically acclaimed series and performances.

Season 1


Drama Actresses - Episode 1

Six of the year's most buzzed about TV drama actresses, Jessica Lange, Lizzy Caplan, Viola Davis, Ruth Wilson, Taraji P. Henson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, debate the perils of typecasting and why nude scenes never get easier.

Photo by Miller Mobley


Drama Actors - Episode 2

Six of TV's most acclaimed dramatic actors reveal professional turning points, from winning (and not winning) an Academy Award to redefining roles.

Photo by Austin Hargrave


Comedy Actresses - Episode 3

Watch some of the most influential comedic actresses on TV discuss the triumphs and tribulations of being a lead woman in the world of comedy.

Photo by Ramona Rosales


Comedy Actors - Episode 4

Six of television's kings of comedy divulge dream collaborators and where funny comes from.

Photo by Meredith Jenks


Drama Showrunners - Episode 5

Six of the executive producers behind the year's acclaimed TV dramas discuss issues with diversity on and off screen and challenges of collaboration.

Photo by Joe Pugliese


Comedy Showrunners - Episode 6

Six showrunners of TV's most impactful comedies discuss the balancing act between drama and funny and using real-life experience to plot a show.

Photo by Smallz + Raskind


Reality - Episode 7

Six reality masterminds discuss stories of out-of-control contestants, coping with national tragedies and reveal their dream docuseries personalities.

Photo by Eric Ogden


Producers - Episode 8

Six elite producers reveal the challenges they faced, the backstories that could give anyone high blood pressure, and why you need to have thick skin to get movies made. Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Ice Cube (Straight Outta Compton), Steve Golin (The Revenant, Spotlight), Simon Kinberg (The Martian), Stacey Sher (The Hateful Eight), and Christine Vachon (Carol) reveal the advice they would give their younger selves, what it's like to work with big name actors and directors, and the films they saw that put them on this path.


Writers - Episode 9

The writers of the year's most intriguing films discuss their influences and process. Emma Donoghue (Room), Nick Hornby (Brooklyn), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), and Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) let us know what they would rewrite if they could, what their biggest mistake was, and if they use Twitter.


Directors - Episode 10

Six of the most innovative directors discuss their favorite movie moments. David O. Russell (Joy), Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), and Ridley Scott (The Martian) discuss filming in inclement weather, working with talent, and their regrets.


Actresses - Episode 11

Some of the top actresses of the season have a frank – and sometimes funny – conversation about everything from sex scenes to the pay gap. Cate Blanchett (Carol, Truth), Jane Fonda (Youth), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Charlotte Rampling (45 years), and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) let us know why they act, if they watch themselves on screen, and who they want to work with.


Cinematographers - Episode 14

The Hollywood Reporter's executive editor of features Stephen Galloway and contributing editor Carolyn Giardina lead a roundtable discussion with some of the cinematographers responsible for the year's most visually striking films.


Documentary - Episode 13

Six outspoken top documentary filmmakers debate what truth is and their answers aren't what you might expect.


Actors - Episode 12

Six of the year's most acclaimed actors working in film have a conversation that ranges from funny to frivolous to fearsome. Michael Caine (Youth), Will Smith (Concussion), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) dish on racism versus prejudice, the pain of realizing you're too old to play the love interest, and who has taught them the most.