Bill Maher

Emmy nominations map the fractured American psyche

Emmy nominations map the fractured American psyche

We are a nation hurtling toward a dark dystopian future, in which robots fulfill an endless need to be entertained and women are enslaved as reproductive machines. Or we are going to be just fine despite racial tensions, fat shaming, alien invasion or government conspiracy because family, love and loyal friendship will always win the day.

The Emmy nominations mean many things to many people, but this year, with an unprecedented number of popular new shows occupying berths in the categories of outstanding drama and comedy, they offer a surprisingly sharp guide to the fractured American psyche.

Let’s face it. It’s been a rough year. The country’s divided along every line...

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