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2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win
Like it or not, Oscar season kicks off next week, with the premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival. But we must first close off another awards season, and this coming Monday sees the curtains close on the 2013/2014 TV season, with statues handed out at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Discuss: What Do The Season 2 “Reboots” Of ‘Fargo’ & ‘True Detective’ Say About The Future Of TV?

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 11, 2014 2:23 PM
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TV Reboots/Future of TV
Hey, ever hear the one about how we’re living in a “Golden Age of Television”? Of course you have. It’s a cliché so often repeated by now that it has the ring of well-duh irrefutable truth. And even the staunchest holdouts, proud to not know their Walter Whites from their Red Reznikovs, can’t deny the seismic changes in the TV landscape that have occurred over the last few years. You don’t have to be involved in those watercooler conversations to know that traditional outlets like HBO, Showtime, FX and more recently online services like Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu have changed the way we consume television.

10 Controversial TV Episodes Pulled From Air

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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10 Controversial TV Eps
Late last week, details emerged online about the plotline to a never-shot season 2 episode of “Seinfeld” titled “The Bet.” It’s an interesting story in its own right, and an extreme case in that while it was scripted and cast, cameras never rolled on it, with both the director and the actors getting cold feet prior to recording and kiboshing the whole thing due to a gun subplot they all felt uncomfortable with. Of course what’s rare about that is not so much that it happened (we’re sure there have been many other occasions) but that with "Seinfeld” as the endlessly recycled, rerun and re-examined show that it is, any off-cuts, side-stories and what-if scenarios are particularly enticing and unusually well-documented.

The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2014 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2014 1:30 PM
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2014 Emmy Snubs Surprises
This morning brought the announcement of the 2014 Emmy nominations, and as usual, pretty much no one's happy. Well, the nominees are probably happy. But every TV watcher or fan will, as is always the case with these awards, have some bone to pick, from "Walking Dead" fans who don't understand why the biggest drama on TV is ignored by the Television Academy (spoiler: because it's super boring), to your grandparents, still holding out for recognition for "NCIS."

Predicting The 2014 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2014 2:29 PM
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2014 Emmy Predictions
In forty-eight hours or so, twelve months of programming and several more of campaigning come to a head, as Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly (for some reason) will announce the 2014 Emmy nominees from the Leonard H. Goldstone Theater at about 8:40 AM EST. The biggest back-slapping event in the TV calendar hasn't quite inspired the same kind of cottage industry as the Academy Awards, but at a point where television shows dominate the pop culture almost as much as movies (if not more so), the Emmys certainly become more and more important.

The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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The Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season
Bad news if you’re a member of the Television Academy: balloting for this year’s Emmys closed on June 20th, with the nominees to be announced a few weeks from now, on July 10th. That officially brings to an end the 2013/2014 TV season, and if anyone was worried that the run of quality TV was starting to come to an end as some of the most famous dramas and comedies of recent years wrapped up their runs, they were sorely mistaken: the medium is in as remarkably healthy a state as ever.

12 Performers Who Deserve 2014 Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 17, 2014 3:13 PM
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Actors Deserving Emmys, Summer 2014
We're having a sustained and much needed break from the Oscars, but that doesn't mean that awards are completely banished from the cultural landscape. For better or worse, Emmy season is sneaking up. The biggest and most prestigious TV awards in the calendar ended their qualifying season at the end of May, and ballots opened only a few days ago, with voting set to finish next week, ahead of the announcement of nominations on July 10th (with the awards themselves following on August 25th).

Summer TV Preview: 16 Upcoming Shows That May Fill The 'Game Of Thrones' Gap

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 16, 2014 2:34 PM
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Summer TV Preview: 2014
Did you know that in the 70 days since April 6th, the world’s population has increased by about 15,690,000 people, which is roughly equivalent to the current combined populations of Pennsylvania and Iowa? Of course not! That’s just one of the fascinating things that has been happening on our planet while we were all too busy anticipating, watching, critiquing and dissecting Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” to notice (find all our ‘Thrones’ coverage here). But with what is probably the show’s most controversial season coming to its end last night (finale recap), paradoxically—or maybe not, following the “no such thing as bad publicity” paradigm—on a probable viewership high, our Sunday evenings for the next few months are suddenly free: a gaping maw of endless exciting possibilities. Why not schedule an extra SoulCycle class, polish up that rusty Spanish or study world population expansion?

10 HBO Shows That Paved The Way For 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 10, 2014 1:56 PM
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10 Shows That Paved The Way For Game of Thrones
We've survived the fight between the Mountain and the Viper, and (for now) the battle for control of the Wall, and this Sunday brings the grand finale to the fourth season of "Game Of Thrones." In the four years since the show began, a curious thing happened—it became a phenomenon.

5 Reasons Season 2 Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Is Better Than The First

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2014 3:41 PM
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Orange Is The New Black
If you were at the movies this past weekend, you were likely weeping over "The Fault In Our Stars" or thrilling to Tom Cruise in "Edge Of Tomorrow," while small-screen viewers gathered around for the giant battle for The Wall in "Game Of Thrones." But plenty of us were getting our binge on, because Friday brought one of the most hotly-anticipated events of the summer: the arrival of the entire second season of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."

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