Encore: ‘Hacks’ co-creators on working with Jean Smart: ‘She wanted to do all her own stunts’

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Hacks creators and showrunners Lucia Aniello (center), Paul W. Downs (right) and Jen Statsky (left) pose with their Emmy awards for the series in 2021. Photo credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Kim Masters returns with an encore of her 2021 interview with Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, two of the three showrunners behind the award-winning HBO Max series Hacks, which recently finished its third season. Downs and Statsky talk about how lead actress Jean Smart insisted the cameras keep rolling when her husband passed away with a week of shooting the first season left. 



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