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  • Emmys 2014: Deaths, weddings: Additional categories for this year's awards
    Emmys 2014: Deaths, weddings: Additional categories for this year's awards

    Any group of awards bestowed by one group of humans on another will inevitably be considered arbitrary, political, meaningless, myopic or absurd (unless, of course, you win one, at which time they become shiny symbols of wisdom and insight).

  • TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business
    TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business

    The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It's a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by which...

  • 'Moon Animate Make-Up' remakes 'Sailor Moon': Out of many, one
    'Moon Animate Make-Up' remakes 'Sailor Moon': Out of many, one

    I am not a fan of "Sailor Moon," which I say not with any sort of pride or derision -- I have just been busy with other things. But I do like animation and collaborative enterprises and the way that every human hand makes an individual mark, and all of these things have come...

  • James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'
    James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'

    If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of "The Rockford Files." There was more to it, of course, before and after, on big screen and small. (You may remember...

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women
    'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women

    In this year's Emmy race, "Orange Is the New Black" embodies the most important change in television in recent years.

  • The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)
    The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)

    It is Emmy Nominations Day in America, and once again, I do not care. And in recognition of this event, and to explain my continuing lack of interest in it, I offer you this 2-year-old chestnut on the subject, revived here like a holiday classic. Had I composed this column this morning I...

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