Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline’s TV coverage.
It was an emotional moment at the Emmys when the late Henry Bromell won a posthumous writing Emmy for Homeland’s intense and grueling ”Q&A” episode. Unfortunately his wife, Sarah Bromell, was only allowed a brief onstage moment. “I accept this award on behalf of Henry with deep appreciation for the Academy,” she said. “Thank you so much.” And as Homeland star Claire Danes accepted her second consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she said of Bromell, who died in March, “He was a brilliant person and so kind, and we think of him every day on a show that help define.”
While no stats were immediately available from the Academy, posthumous wins are extremely rare in any category. The last one is thought to be actress Diana Hyland in 1977 for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Last year, Kathryn Joosten netted a posthumous Emmy nom for supporting actress for Desperate Housewives.
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Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon this morning called the nomination of Henry Bromell for the intense “Q&A” episode of Showtime’s political drama the “sweetest moment” of the Emmy nominations. “It was a terrible loss,” he said of executive producer Bromell’s death in March of a heart attack at 66.
In an earlier interview, executive producer Alex Gansa called the “Q&A” episode “the heart of Season 2. It’s the episode where Clare has to turn Brody, to deprogram him. They’re in a windowless room together, hashing out the truth. The interrogation was originally written as three separae sequences, but Henry, the actors and director Lesli Linka Glatter decided to shoot it in one continuous scene. The first take lasted 26 minutes. It became this chamber piece, a play.” He added: “Henry was the humanist heart of our writing room. I don’t think anyone else could have found so much vulnerability is what was basically a procedural scene between a CIA officer and a terrorist. Henry could really drill down to the heart of a show — this relationship between two very damaged people in a post 9/11 world.” Read More »
Veteran TV writer-producer Henry Bromell, an executive producer on Showtime’s acclaimed series Homeland, has died of a heart attack. He was 66. Bromell went to the hospital yesterday afternoon after not feeling well, and suffered the heart attack there. He had been a member of Homeland‘s all-star writing-producing staff since the beginning of the Fox21-produced CIA drama, first as a consulting producer, and shared in its best series Emmy win last year. In his work on the suspense drama, Bromell drew on some personal experience — his father worked for the CIA. He wrote one of the most memorable episode from Season 2, the interrogation hour Q&A which showcased series stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis and drew record viewership in October. “Henry was a profoundly decent and generous man. A great writer and a great friend”, Homeland executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon said today in a statement. “No matter how crazy things got, when he was in the room, you knew everything was going to be OK. Everybody here at Homeland is grieving, and we will miss him beyond words.” Added 20th Century Fox TV/Fox 21 in a statement: “We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on Homeland. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children.” Read More »
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