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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 2: The Emmys Anti-Prom Continues

Here’s the thing about the Emmys: it doesn’t matter who wins so much as how we talk about it.
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  • September 18, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 1: The First Annual Dear Television Emmy Anti-Prom

This week, Dear Television—Jane Hu, Lili Loofbourow, Phillip Maciak, and new addition Anne Helen Petersen—will be hosting a very special Emmy Anti-Prom here at Press Play. This Emmy week, we will attempt the possibly foolish task of having a conversation about the Emmys without stepping into the who-will-win/who-deserves-to-win maelstrom.
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  • September 18, 2013 1:59 AM
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John Luther and the New Face of Evil

Those with only a passing interest in the BBC detective drama "Luther," or who've watched the program only half-heartedly, will wrongly say that this is a show about a dirty cop. In fact, what it is is a program about a man trying to be heroic in all the wrong ways.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • August 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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Tatiana Maslany in ORPHAN BLACK: An Acting Feat Wrapped in a Larger Accomplishment

The recent Emmy nomination snub of Tatiana Maslany, the star of BBC America’s Orphan Black, has been almost immediately regarded as the one of the most painful in recent memory.
  • By Jesse Damiani
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  • July 19, 2013 10:59 AM
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Are the Belchers of BOB'S BURGERS the New All-American Family?

At the level of metaphor, and with an eye towards an entire nation rather than just one nuclear family, the Belchers are as representative an American family as we've seen on TV in a very, very long time.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • July 5, 2013 8:35 AM
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STAR TREK Into Remission: Gene Roddenberry’s Most Famous Creation, Cancer and Me

To begin as Spock might begin: often, when a full-blown crisis happens in a person’s life, media may be used to cope with stress and adversity. And no matter how relevant or irrelevant that media is to the circumstances of the crisis, it may be a source of comfort, distraction and catharsis. This is a personal account of such coping.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • July 3, 2013 1:51 AM
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Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past and connects us to the present.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2013 8:35 AM
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You Are What You Play With: How SESAME STREET and Legos Generated a Generation

For a man or woman of a certain age, it's hard to imagine a single commercial or non-profit venture having had more of an impact on one's psychological maturation than Legos or "Sesame Street." Yet even today's youth might say the same thing.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 18, 2013 8:35 AM
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Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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KILLER KARAOKE: Reality Television and the Death of the American Middle Class

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last twenty years and my class has won.” —Warren Buffett "I'm about to get my ass kicked by crawfish."—Steve-O
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • March 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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