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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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From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categories. I promise I've been very good this year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 7, 2014 7:15 AM
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Showtime Gives Thumbs Up to Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's 'Roadies' Pilot

Showtime is producing an hour-long pilot for Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams's long-wished half-hour comedy "Roadies," which will focus on a group of characters that works behind-the-scenes on a traveling rock tour.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 19, 2014 2:18 PM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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Showtime Renews Mendes and Logan's Horror Lit Series 'Penny Dreadful' (TRAILER, REVIEW)

Midway through the show’s first eight-episode run, Showtime is renewing the horrific “Penny Dreadful” for a second season. Sam Mendes and John Logan's series featuring horror lit all-stars such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray has drawn solid ratings especially with the prized 18-34 demo on Showtime’s on-demand digital platforms. Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton star.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 12:38 PM
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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan Talk 'Masters of Sex,' Plus What's Coming Up in Season Two

He was doing “Hamlet” while she was doing “Hot Tub Time Machine,” but Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan proved they are equally endowed with wit and comic timing in a delightful panel appearance at Paley Fest Monday night to promote “Masters of Sex.” The pair plays pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s sharp freshman drama, which unfolds in the same era as “Mad Men.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • March 25, 2014 1:12 PM
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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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