'Orphan Black,' Emmy snubs and questions of identity
'Orphan Black,' Emmy snubs and questions of identity

The chronology of recent Big Public Events in Television — the Emmy nominations announcements followed a few weeks later by Comic-Con — spotlights an almost identical philosophical issue: There's the Emmy nominations, and then there's Comic-Con. Reality goes metaphor. An estimated 130,000 Comic-Con attendees descended on the San Diego Convention Center over the last few days in large part to pledge their devotion to certain shows, but only a few of those shows ("Game of Thrones," "The Big Bang Theory," "American Horror Story") are part of the Emmy race this year. Popularity does not denote quality, of course, but many of the dramas that...