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Emmy nominations reflect the moment we are in — political, divided and distrustful

Emmy nominations reflect the moment we are in — political, divided and distrustful

The Emmy nominations are always “political,” but they’re rarely political.

While many non-artistic factors may affect the anointing of a chosen handful with the word “best,” the nominations, at least as a group, rarely reflect the sociopolitical  concerns of the American citizenry.

Until this year.

In the midst of a presidential race bristling with divisive issues and distrust, the Television Academy singled out a large number of series that took on that distrust and those issues in ways dramatic, comedic and deeply human.

Political TV came in two distinct forms this year. The multi-nominated shows with a more...

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