“That sense of learning from one another–between characters and among cast and crew–has been integral to Hacks’ success–and in maintaining that high level of performance from season 1 to 2. The bar was set high in season 1 with 14 Emmy nominations, including wins for Smart as leading actress in a comedy series, and Aniello for directing as well as writing (shared with Downs and Statsky). Season 2 has seen the Emmy nominations tally rise to 17, including repeat nods for Outstanding Comedy Series, lead actress (Smart), supporting actress (Einbinder), directing (Aniello), writing (Aniello, Downs, Statsky), cinematography (Adam Bricker), editing (Jessica Brunetto), casting (Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera), contemporary costumes (costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager, costume supervisor Karen Bellamy), production design (a different team in season two, now consisting of production designer Alec Contestabile, art director Rob Tokarz and set decorator Jennifer Lukehart), sound mixing (re-recording mixers John W. Cook II and Ben Wilkins, and production mixer Jim Lakin). Among those from season 2 new to the Hacks ensemble of Emmy nominees are guest actors (Christopher McDonald, Jane Adams, Harriet Sansom Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Kaitlin Olson) and Jennifer Bell, up for best contemporary hairstyling.”

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