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In Memory: Sid Caesar and YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS

“Your Show of Shows” was a 90-minute, comedy/variety program that ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954 and featured Isaac Sidney Caesar—Sid, to you and me—as its star. Caesar was an intimidating, strong-shouldered force who could also be a face-contorting wiseass.
  • By Craig D. Lindsey
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  • February 23, 2014 8:44 PM
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On THE BLACKLIST: Why James Spader Is the Perfect Star for the Increasingly Unreal Medium of Television

The television medium, and the act of watching television, have always been remarkably surreal, and they only grow more so by the day. It stands to reason that James Spader, a shocking presence on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal" in the past, and a rousing presence in NBC's "The Blacklist," would be its ideal actor.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2014 3:51 AM
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You Got the Miley You Paid For, America

If indeed Miley Cyrus has offended or done damage with her straight-from-the-playbook youth rebellion, I'm more insulted by those who are insulted than by the one purportedly doing the insulting.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • October 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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Turning 40 with the Help of THE ROCKFORD FILES

I had a particularly virulent strain of strep throat, or maybe mono. I could barely speak or swallow, and the pain was excruciating. The antibiotics weren’t helping and neither were fistfuls of ibuprofen. I was too dazed to read. I was forty years old. I had one comfort: my iPad, Netflix, and James Garner in "The Rockford Files."
  • By Joshua Corey
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  • September 25, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 4: Ghosts of Emmys Past

Like Prom, which everyone tries to repress in their own way, substituting for The Awkward Thing Itself the Cheesy-But-Tolerable photo structured by pose and the theme and the big corsage, the Emmys telecast is both forever nostalgic and forever erasing last year’s failure to live up to its own myth as entertainment.
  • By Lili Loofbourow
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  • September 20, 2013 9:12 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 3: In Praise of the Haven't-Seens

You might not remember the Miniseries/Movie section from last year if you, like so many, stopped watching at that point. Most Emmy viewers have seen at least some scenes of "Modern Family" or "Two and a Half Men." But what percentage of them have watched, say, "Phil Spector" or "Behind The Candelabra"?
  • By Jane Hu
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  • September 19, 2013 9:10 AM
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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.
  • By Dear Television
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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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