‘Dopesick’: Emmy Nominee Danny Strong On How Hulu Series Is A True Crime Story & Whether He’ll Stick With Genre

Here are all the nominations for Dopesick:
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DEADLINE: So what's next for you?
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I'm not trying to be coy. It's just if it doesn't get made, I don't wanna look like an idiot talking about a project that didn't get made, which has happened to me before! It's sort of tangential of the world of Dopesick. DANNY STRONG: I'm working on something internally for my friends at 20th.
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Here, the two-time Emmy-winning creator behind HBO's hit movies Game Change and Recount talks about the impact his limited series had on viewers, and what he hopes to next accomplish. The Hulu limited series Dopesick earned a whopping 14 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, including a first-ever directing nod for creator Danny Strong for helming the finale.
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Number two, which is usually right next to number one is, does this have something to say that's worth being told? I thought, wow, I need to share what I've learned with other people. DANNY STRONG: First and foremost, my, my primary goal in anything I do is that is whether it can work as a great piece of entertainment. I felt like the story had to be told so that people would know what Purdue pharma did to the country. I was as guilty as anyone of having the same prejudices about addiction. This story nailed number one and number two in such a huge way. Through the research, it made me see addiction in a completely different way that blew my mind. I also wanted people to hopefully come away from watching a show like this with a new understanding of addiction, the way that I came away with a new understanding of addiction when I started researching it.
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DEADLINE: True stories are obviously your sweet spot. Do you plan to stick with this genre?
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It was pretty incredible. proclaiming that, after watching this show, they've gotta go after the Sacklers. He used the show as a tool on the Congressional floor to raise awareness of opioid issues and the crimes of Purdue pharma, which was micromanaged by the Sackler family. DANNY STRONG: There's been so many incredible emails that I've gotten, particularly emails like, 'this show made me reach out to my son because I just thought he was a loser and I didn't understand what he was going through.' I've been hearing that over and over, how its connecting family members with people who have grown enraged or disillusioned with family members who have been lost in the cycle of addiction, not understanding what they're actually going through and why they are trapped. There was a huge moment for me when Congressman Tim Ryan gave a speech on the Congressional floor with a Dopesick poster.
DEADLINE: Do you recall any anecdotal moments of how the limited series truly reached people, or maybe influenced policy?
DEADLINE: The limited series ended up both entertaining people and educating them, right?
So I'm constantly looking at true stories. I mean the Sackler portion of it, the Purdue pharma portion is executed in many ways like a crime story. And in many ways, Dopesick is a true crime story. I'd be happy to do a true crime piece if I thought it was a really terrific story worth telling. So I'll be working in all sorts of different genres moving forward, like I have been. You've got investigators uncovering clues to show a crime happening. It has to be a really terrific piece, as well. It's one of my favorites to work in and one of my favorites as an audience member. DANNY STRONG: I do love it. But I have such a high bar for doing them, right. I won't just do a true story because it's compelling. It's tough to find ones that are worthy of two years of your life.
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