Emmy Watch: How ‘The Undoing’ Director Susanne Bier Delivered HBO’s Record-Setting Juggernaut

[Editor’s Note: The following piece contains spoilers for “The Undoing,” including the ending.]Susanne Bier is in demand.

HBO reached out to “The Night Manager” Emmy-winner to direct the limited series “The Undoing”; she didn’t have to pitch.

That’s not just because she’s a sought-after filmmaker — and because experienced women directors are a prize get these days — but the Danish Oscar-winning auteur (“A Better World”) has a sophisticated skill set that includes something hard to find: she knows how to reach a wide audience.In fact, showrunner David Kelley’s six-hour “The Undoing” not only drew a massive audience when it played on HBO and HBO Max last fall, but the numbers went up episode by episode until the climactic “whodunit” finale, which delivered 3 million viewers across all platforms.

It was the most-watched HBO night for an original series since Kelley’s “Big Little Lies” finale in 2019.This time Kelley adapted Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2014 novel “You Should Have Known,

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