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Currently contending for four 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Short-Form Comedy series, the hilarious and touching Netflix show “Special” draws from series creator/writer/star Ryan O’Connell’s own reality as a gay man with cerebral palsy. O’Connell uses his frequently uncomfortable personal experiences to portray an aspiring writer and late-blooming, disabled gay man who discovers sex, career, and friendships in Los Angeles.
Below, watch a featurette exclusive to IndieWire with interviews from the cast and crew, including O’Connell and executive producer Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), as well as series standout Punam Patel, who co-stars as O’Connell’s new bestie. The clip also features remarks from Anna Dokoza, who executive produced and directed all eight episodes — which, at about 15 minutes a piece, are easily binged.
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O’Connell told IndieWire during a recent interview that the series’ Emmy nominations were a total surprise. “It’s surreal. This show was made for $2 and a prayer in Austin, Texas, in a hot summer,” he said. “It was a magical shoot. It was was sort of like a #blessed shoot. I say #blessed because when you’re doing something on a micro-budget, there are a million things that can go wrong, and they just didn’t ever go wrong.”
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