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Peak TV means so much gets overlooked at awards time — The Envys are here to fix that

Peak TV is a boon for audiences. But Peak TV is a trial for those who hand out television awards each year: The dizzying array of choices means there's no way many worthwhile performances and series will even get talked about, much less a nomination or an Emmy Award. So we're here to help.

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Emmy predictions: Voters' toughest choice this year comes down to 'Feud' versus 'Big Little Lies'

Remember the title of that last episode of “Feud: Bette and Joan” — “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?” It served as rueful comment on how the two titular Hollywood legends — Bette Davis and Joan Crawford — shoulda-coulda-would have been simpatico if not for the studios, gossips and, yes, their own insecurities and egos.

“Feud” earned 18 Emmy nominations.

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'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Leftovers' star Ann Dowd feels a certain kinship with both Emmy-nominated roles

If the name Ann Dowd doesn't ring bells for you, just turn on the TV: She's a veteran character actress who happened to score her first two acting Emmy nominations this year, one for taskmistress Aunt Lydia in "The Handmaid's Tale" (supporting) and one for "The Leftovers" as Patti Levin (guest actress).

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Through 'Feud,' Jessica Lange tapped into a universal need — to stay valued

Before Jessica Lange played Joan Crawford in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan,” she knew as much about the MGM star as you did, and it all came from “Mommie Dearest,” the 1981 Crawford takedown by her daughter Christina.

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Setting the scene in 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Atlanta' and more: Writers explain the draw of nominated episodes

A season takes months to write, weeks to shoot, hours to watch – and once it has an Emmy nomination, often what separates it from winning and losing an award can boil down into just minutes. Such pressure! So how do writers determine what the "key" scene is in their Emmy-nominated episodes anyway?

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'Black Mirror's' rare glimpse of technology as a means to joy earns an Emmy nod

What do you do when the television series you’ve created becomes synonymous with the bleak, dystopian elements of technology? If you’re “Black Mirror” mastermind Charlie Brooker, you startle your audience with “San Junipero,” the first episode of the Netflix anthology series in which technology is put to purely joyful use.

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