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A race to the finish in the age of edge

A race to the finish in the age of edge

We live in the age of edge, an age in which edginess is the grail for almost everything: popular literature, visual arts, music, sports (think Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman), journalism and especially television. In fact, just about the only medium in which it isn't the standard is the movies, at least non-indie movies, where the risk of being too edgy, at $100 million a pop, apparently risks alienating a large and diverse audience. Everywhere else, that isn't a risk; it is an obligation. When Kevin Reilly, who had been a proponent of edge during his stint at FX, recently took the reins of TNT and TBS, he immediately announced, "We are going to get edgier." He...

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