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Jean Smart Is Finally Getting What She Deserves—and Hacks’ Co-Creators Are Thrilled

Plus more intel from Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, who discuss their HBO Max series’ emotional ending and hint at what’s coming in season two. Hacks has been the sleeper series of this spring, the jaded but heartfelt show we didn’t know we needed: a serrated buddy comedy about the generation gap between two female comedians. Along the way, the HBO Max dramedy poked at the underbelly of comedy culture—the misogyny that for decades shaped and limited women’s careers, the question of who gets to be the punch line, and how once-edgy humor hardens into shtick.
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All Hail Jean Smart, ‘Hacks’ Is Coming Back For A Second Season On HBO Max

All hail motherf*cking Jean Smart! The three-time Emmy winner, who should be the namesake of an award for actors who make everything they’re in better just by virtue of their name being in the credits, has yet another reason to celebrate as her new(ish) HBO Max series Hacks has been renewed for a second season. HBO announced the series’ renewal on Tuesday, just ahead of the final two episodes of season 1.
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Jean Smart comedy ‘Hacks’ renewed for Season 2

June 8 (UPI) — HBO Max announced Tuesday that it has renewed Hacks for a second season. The first season finale will air Thursday. Hacks stars Jean Smart as Las Vegas stand-up comedian Deborah Vance. Deborah hires fledgling TV writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) to write jokes to update her act.
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Jean Smart is looking to join Betty White as the only people to complete this Emmy trifecta

It’s good to be Jean Smart right now. Though the “Watchmen” star has been enjoying a bit of a career resurgence over the last several years, her starring role on the acclaimed HBO Max comedy “Hacks,” about the unexpected friendship between an aging comedian and a young writer, currently puts her in a position to potentially do what only the legendary Betty White has done before: win an Emmy in the comedy lead, supporting and guest categories — and all for different shows.

‘Hacks’ Renewed for Season 2 With Jean Smart at HBO Max

HBO Max’s breakout hit Hacks has received an early renewal ahead of its Season 1 finale. The show starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder will conclude its freshman run when the final two episodes of Season 1 drop Thursday, June 10. The critically-acclaimed comedy has continued to be a top...

Hacks star Hannah Einbinder recalls the moment 'sparks flew' with costar Jean Smart

Early in their careers, many actors will do work as background extras. Perhaps land a small nameless role if they're lucky. Maybe even get a five-word line here and there. Not Hannah Einbinder, a comedian who went directly to the big leagues for her acting debut. And not with just any project, but with a buzzy HBO Max dark comedy, starring opposite none other than Emmy winner Jean Smart. No big deal.
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“We Wanted It to Feel Like a Show That Has a Life”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder and ‘Hacks’ Creators

The talent behind the comedy show, including co-creators/writers/executive producers Paul Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, talk about feminism, mentorship and staying grounded during topical times. Share this article on Email. Show additional share options. In HBO Max’s Hacks, two comic generations collide in the form of an established Vegas...
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Jean Smart Is A Stand-Up Star In ‘Hacks’: “I’m Prejudiced Against People Who Don’t Have A Sense Of Humor”

“There isn’t light without dark, there isn’t comedy without tragedy,” Jean Smart says, sitting back in her pink paisley print chair. She’s talking about the vast variety of roles on her resume. Lately, in Hacks, she’s Deborah Vance – A Joan Rivers-esque Vegas stand-up comic with a hosting sideline on QVC, and in Mare of Easttown, another HBO show, she’s Helen Fahey, the feisty, big-hearted mom to Kate Winslet’s beleaguered blue collar cop.
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Why Jean Smart singles out her ‘Hacks’ role as the best of them all

“I was always a late bloomer, but this is ridiculous!” Jean Smart laughs. The 69-year-old actress is referring to the deluge of great roles that have come her way in the last five or six years, including those in “Fargo,” “Legion” and “Watchmen.” Her two latest projects, “Hacks” and “Mare of Easttown,” both on HBO, couldn’t be more different, but that’s the point for Smart, who says she seeks out characters who feel new to her.
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Back to One, Episode 156: Jean Smart

Back to One, HBO, HBO Max, Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown, Podcast. Jean Smart is the very definition of versatile. The three-time Emmy winner’s first act highlights include Designing Women, Frasier, 24, and now a new act in her career, filled even juicier roles, starting with Fargo, Legion, and Watchmen, has led to current HBO favorites Mare of Easttown, with Kate Winslet, and a starring role in Hacks. In this half-hour she talks about the importance of hearing the character’s voice, why not being an ingenue may have helped her career, frustrating ways the industry has changed for actors, her love for her current co-stars, why studio audiences throw her off her game and much more!