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    Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 4: Ghosts of Emmys Past

    Like Prom, which everyone tries to repress in their own way, substituting for The Awkward Thing Itself the Cheesy-But-Tolerable photo structured by pose and the theme and the big corsage, the Emmys telecast is both forever nostalgic and forever erasing last year’s failure to live up to its own myth ...

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    Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 3: In Praise of the Haven't-Seens

    You might not remember the Miniseries/Movie section from last year if you, like so many, stopped watching at that point. Most Emmy viewers have seen at least some scenes of "Modern Family" or "Two and a Half Men." But what percentage of them have watched, say, "Phil Spector" or "Behind The Candelabr...

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    Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 2: The Emmys Anti-Prom Continues

    Here’s the thing about the Emmys: it doesn’t matter who wins so much as how we talk about it.

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    Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 1: The First Annual Dear Television Emmy Anti-Prom

    This week, Dear Television—Jane Hu, Lili Loofbourow, Phillip Maciak, and new addition Anne Helen Petersen—will be hosting a very special Emmy Anti-Prom here at Press Play. This Emmy week, we will attempt the possibly foolish task of having a conversation about the Emmys without stepping into the who...

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