“After Forever” awarded 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Writing Team in a Digital Series

Sunday night at the streamed virtual Digital Series Emmy ceremony, season two of “After Forever” was the recipient of the Emmy for Outstanding Writing Team in a Digital Series. This is the second year in a row that co-creators Michael Slade and Kevin Spirtas and writer Michael Slade walked off with the award.

Season two of “After Forever,” which launched on Prime Video on December 31, 2019, was also nominated for Outstanding Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Drama Series (Cady Huffman), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama Series (Lenny Wolpe), Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Drama Series (Mary Beth Peil), and Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series.

Season one of “After Forever,” which introduced audiences to the love story of a middle-aged gay couple, Brian and Jason, and their family and friends, made history when it won five 2019 Emmys, making it the most Emmy-awarded LGBT-themed drama series in any platform.

Season two of “After Forever” picks up six months after the end of season 1. Brian (2019 Emmy Award winner Kevin Spirtas) is dating David (Mike McGowan) with whom he was set up at the end of season 1 by his late husband’s parents, Frannie and Carl (2019 Emmy Award nominee Anita Gillette and 2020 Emmy Award nominee Lenny Wolpe). Brian, with the help of family and friends is determined to move forward. However, moving on from the loss and memory of his husband, Jason (2019 Emmy Award nominee Mitchell Anderson), is extremely complicated.

Each season of “After Forever” has gathered rave reviews for telling the rarely seen story of vibrant, active, diverse, “grown-up” gay men, a group who, like women, tend to disappear from television and film once they are no longer twenty- or thirty-something, not returning until they are elderly and nonsexual. It also received kudos for its unflinching honesty in dealing with loss, while still maintaining a sense of humor and of hope for the future, and its ability to touch a wide audience.

“After Forever” has attracted an enormous and incredibly diverse audience base of all ages, sexes, sexual identities, and genders, who are extremely vocal on social media and in letters sent directly to the show about how much they love the characters and story, and in many cases, how the series has helped them move through their own grief or better understand the grief that a friend or loved one is going through.

Season two saw a return of most of the “After Forever” cast from season one: Kevin Spirtas, Mitchell Anderson, David Dean Bottrell, Erin Cherry (2019 Emmy winner), Finn Douglas, Anita Gillette, Cady Huffman (2019 and 2020 Emmy nominee), Peter Kim, Robert Emmet Lunney, Mike McGowan, Jim Newman, Erin Leigh Peck, Jonathan Rayson, Jamison Stern, and Lenny Wolpe (2020 Emmy nominee).

The returning cast is joined this season by 2020 Emmy nominee Mary Beth Peil (“Dawson’s Creek,” “The Good Wife”), Bill Brochtrup (“NYPD Blue”), Wyatt Fenner, Christopher J. Hanke, Michael McElroy, and Scott Redmond.

Season two of “After Forever” was again executive produced by its creators, Michael Slade and Kevin Spirtas, and produced by Allison Vanore. It was directed by Tina Cesa Ward, and reunited DP Colleen Kwok, editors Tracy Casper Lang and Robb Padgett, composer Rob Gokee, production designer, Scott Michael Salame (2020 Emmy nominee), costume designer Jennifer Kirschman, and make-up and hair stylist Angela Lynn Ware.

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