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When the people of the future thumb their way to Wikipedia’s lists of Emmy Award nominees and winners for the 20-teens, will they see the best of the best reflecting back at them from their screenless screens? Will they get a true picture?
I’d say yes, for the most part, in terms of nominations. Sure, there have been a few outstanding shows and actors in recent years that, famously, have been under-nominated or completely ignored. “The Wire,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” “Oz,” and “Friday Night Lights” are all in the Emmy Shame Hall of Fame. Those shows have stayed alive in our culture, thanks to fan love and post-TV platforms including DVDs, and no thanks to Emmy immortality.
But going into this year’s ceremony, the list of nominated shows and actors is actually a pretty fair representation of our era.