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Emmys Mvp: 'Looking' for nominations for one of TV's best shows'

24 March 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Like many others, I felt an initial skepticism when "Looking" debuted on HBO in 2014: does this group of hip young urbanites truly represent me and the "gay experience"? I put that in quotes because it's a nebulous term, suggesting a single representative idea of gay life that doesn't really exist. -Break- Emmys Mvp: 'Rectify' should put SundanceTV and star Aden Young on the map I think such knee-jerk defensiveness is inevitable for any creative work targeted at an underserved audience. With so few opportunities to see yourself reflected in the media you consume, there's pressure on any given project to be equally representative of all, which of course is impossible. Even the most inclusive TV show can't be everything to everyone. Nothing good ever is. (It should be noted, though, that "Looking" has turned out to be one of TV's most inclusive shows in terms of race, »

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Emmys Mvp: 'Rectify' should put SundanceTV and star Aden Young on the map

9 March 2015 4:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Rectify" is an Emmys underdog in just about every way, but the TV academy should take notice, especially now that the drama categories have opened up with the expansion of Best Drama Series to at least seven nominees, not to mention the absences of "Breaking Bad" and "True Detective." This is one of the season's very best shows. -Break- Emmys Mvp: Chris Pratt leaves us laughing on 'Parks and Recreation' It's is the first original series from SundanceTV, which has had some awards success for its longform programming, most notably "Top of the Lake" in 2013, but the TV academy may not yet think of the cable network when considering the best continuing dramas. But ignoring it would be a mistake. The series follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who was sent to death row as a teenager for the murder of his girlfriend, only to be released 19 years later »

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