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Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past

If you watched tonight's Emmys and suddenly felt as though it were 1974 rather than 2014, you're not alone. Amid profound changes in how, where, and why we watch television -- to the point that "television" increasingly feels like a misnomer -- the medium's flagship organization seemed confused as to which 'Golden Age' to celebrate.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 26, 2014 12:21 AM
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Emmy Awards: Lena Dunham Wins the Red Carpet

Eventually every brunette actress in Hollywood will go blonde, and "Girls" writer-director-star Lena Dunham is no exception. The new blonde totally scored on the Emmy red carpet Monday in a girlish pink ruffled gown by designer Giambattista Valli.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 8:24 PM
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WATCH: Live Stream Emmys Red Carpet and Backstage

Starting 3pm PST, the 66th Primetime Emmys roll out the red carpet in Downtown LA. Live stream the arrivals, and backstage interviews during the show, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 25, 2014 3:16 PM
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Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back?

Will the force behind "Cosmos," Emmy-winning writer/producer Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, be able to bring back her reimagined television show? She needs to convince both Fox and host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 5:23 PM
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Showtime Renews Emmy-Nominated 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' for Third Seasons

My favorite summer TV series is "Masters of Sex," which has deepened its exploration of male-female relationship dynamics in its second season. So I'm delighted to report that Showtime has renewed the hourlong series about the work and life of the famous sex research couple Masters and Johnson for a third season, along with hardboiled drime series "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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Emmy Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul Star in Hilarious Academy Parody (VIDEO)

Anything that puts Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Aaron Paul in a room together is something to see!
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 19, 2014 3:30 PM
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Emmy Watch: Flying Under Awards Radar, 'Mad Men' Still Soars

As the final season of "Mad Men" begins, freelancer Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) speeds through a sleek, cinematic pitch for Accutron watches, selling the fantasy of time harnessed, exploited, made beautiful. He's selling, in a sense, "Mad Men" itself. "It's not a timepiece," his tagline goes. "It's a conversation piece."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 19, 2014 6:18 AM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Emmy Watch: 'Masters of Sex' Is One of the Best Shows on Television. Will Voters Notice?

The first season of Showtime's "Masters of Sex" received five Emmy nominations last month, including Lead Actress (Lizzy Caplan) and Guest Actress (Allison Janney). Can the series' excellent sophomore run, currently airing Sunday nights at 10, boost its chances of winning?
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 12, 2014 6:16 AM
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Emmy Watch: The Decline and Fall of 'Downton Abbey'

As hulking and lavish as the Titanic, "Downton Abbey" appears unsinkable -- especially when it comes to Emmy voters and fans. But the series, whose first episode began with news of that famous ship's North Atlantic disaster, is not immune to rough seas. Does the disappointing fourth season of "Downton" foretell a coming crash?
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 5, 2014 12:24 PM
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