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Character actors take center stage on TV in 2014
Character actors take center stage on TV in 2014

As we approach a new year, television is a tangle of trends: Networks began "unbundling" their streaming services from their television channels. New (and old) platforms broke ground with scripted series — "Transparent" put Amazon in the Emmy's race and "Outlander" gave Starz a big hit. Comedies like "You're the Worst," "Broad City" and "black-ish" took on experimental tones and tactics. The CW got surprisingly hot with "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin," while transgender characters became almost as common as the newly resurrected miniseries. Underlying it all, however, is the most...

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