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Emmy Awards: What is the best drama ... on network television? -- POLL

Fifteen years doesn’t seem that long ago, but for the television industry, 1998 may as well be the Dark Ages. One only needs to look at that year’s Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series to realize just how much the landscape has changed. The Practice took home the ceremony’s most prestigious trophy, edging ER, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The X-Files. Turns out, it was the last time — ever, most likely — that all the nominees for Outstanding Drama “aired” on television. That is to mean that they were broadcast by one of the major free-TV network stations.

The following year, The Sopranos joined the exclusive nominee club, and even though The Practice repeated as Outstanding Drama, television has never been the same. David Chase’s HBO “family” drama would break through in 2004, winning the first of its two Emmys for Outstanding Drama, and shows like Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Damages, Dexter, Mad Men, Big Love, True Blood, and Breaking Bad went on to prove that cable was simply the superior sandbox for creative, compelling television. Last year, none of the six nominees for Outstanding Drama were network shows, an occurrence repeated this morning that reinforces network’s fleeting chances, especially since House of Cards‘ nomination signals the next trend in television consumption.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some great dramas on network television. In fact, I almost think some network dramas would’ve received great critical attention if they simply had the cachet of a cable network behind them. Take Hannibal, for example. It’s a deliciously dark take on Thomas Harris’ famous characters, with two dynamic performances from Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson. Would the show have received more Emmy love if it was on Showtime? Ditto for Scandal if it was on FX? Have we now reached the point where we’re discounting shows simply for being on 20th-century television?

I don’t expect the Academy will ever resort to a tiered award system, separating network shows from cable shows — and I wouldn’t want them to. But after shutting out the networks for two straight years (yes, PBS has Downton Abbey, but even that period drama originated elsewhere), we need some way to honor the best programs on free TV.

Why don’t we simply vote right now? Click below and select the best — not necessarily your favorite — network drama. We can call it The Practice Memorial Award.
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Stars of 'Girls' and 'Parenthood' to headline Off Broadway production

Girls‘s Shoshanna and Parenthood‘s Ryan are coming to a stage near you, if you happen to be in Midtown New York City.

Zosia Mamet and Matt Lauria are set to headline MCC Theater’s Off Broadway production of Really Really, a play by Paul Downs Colaizzo that premiered last season in Washington, D. C. David Cromer (Off Broadway’s 2009 Our Town) will direct.

The play takes place the night after a wild college party, when questions begin to arise about ambitious student Leigh (Mamet) and rugby player Davis (Lauria). The truth of what happened between them, of course, is more complicated than it seems.

Previews for Really Really begin Jan. 31; opening night is set for Feb. 19.

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Last Call! Turn the Emmy-snubbed into EWwy winners by voting in all 10 categories here!

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Voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards — honoring the shows, actors, and actresses readers believe deserved an Emmy nomination but didn’t receive one — ends Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. (Winners will be announced Friday.) For a deep dive into the nominees, click through the Comedy categories and the Drama categories. Or, cast your ballot now by voting in the 10 polls below.

And the Drama nominees are…

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EWwy Awards reminder: Voting ends Thursday!

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With tonight’s return of Sons of Anarchy, recipient of four nominations in EW’s 5th annual EWwys — a celebration of the Emmy-snubbed — it’s a good time to remind you that voting for the 2012 EWwys ends this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on Friday. View the drama nominees and vote here (there’s a poll after each category). Click here for the comedy nominees.

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Emmys: Snubs in Drama? Vote to Make ‘em EWwy 2012 Winners!
EWwy Awards: ‘An election we all can agree on,’ says Rob Lowe
EWwy Awards 2012: Which Supporting Actor is the tougher race?

EW's 5th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed: Voting starts now!

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It’s September, which means it’s once again time for the EWwys, EW.com’s annual awards honoring the shows, actors, and actresses that should’ve been nominated for an Emmy but weren’t. This year’s nominees are a combination of those who made EW critic Ken Tucker’s Emmy wish list and those who readers felt were most grievously snubbed when the Emmy nominations were announced in July. Check out the nominees in the five EWwy Comedy categories and vote for your favorites hereClick through the nominees in the five EWwy Drama categories and cast your votes here. Polls will remain open through Sept. 13. Winners will be announced Sept. 14. There are trophies involved, to which two-time EWwy winner Courteney Cox can attest: READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' cast talks hopes for next season: 'I would like them to get Crosby on a motorcycle'

After years of heartbreak and torrid affairs with pretty cellists, it’s finally happened: Crosby and Jasmine are man and wife. But while last night’s emotionally gratifying finale definitively closed some long-open doors, there are still plenty of unanswered questions lingering over the Braverman family.

EW was on set earlier this month with the entire cast as they shot the on-again, off-again couple’s nuptials. Though NBC has yet to pick up the beloved family drama for a fourth season, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard and Co. have a variety of hopes and dreams for their characters, and the show in general. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD! READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' cast teases a very Braverman wedding (Hint: It involves Katy Perry and food fights)

The sprawling, intense, but ultimately loving Braverman family has been mercilessly tugging at viewers’ heartstrings for three years. We’ve seen devastating fights, numerous heartbreaks, and, most recently, a last-minute adoption letdown that would make even Crosby shed a tear or two. Thankfully, this infinitely relatable family will end the season with reason to celebrate: Crosby and Jasmine’s long-awaited, but ultimately last minute, backyard wedding.

EW was on set with Peter Krause, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant and Co., as they filmed the wedding spectacular earlier this month, giving us a front-row seat to the nuptial action. According to the groom, viewers can expect all the standard bells and whistles — but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. (Warning: Some SPOILERS follow.) READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' poll: Max made a friend! Who cried?

On last night’s Parenthood, we watched Max and classmate Micah bond while sitting out gym class. I cheered and got a little misty. When Max, who has Asperger’s, invited Micah over to his house to play videogames, and Micah’s mother told Adam and Kristina that Micah, who has spina bifida, has never had a friend before, I teared up. Truly, it filled me with the amount of joy I usually get watching a will-they-or-won’t-they TV couple finally get together after seasons of anticipation. I think I’m even happier for the parents than I am for the boys. I don’t have children, but on some level, having a late father who lost his ability to walk and communicate during a lengthy illness, I understand what it’s like to want so badly to bring joy into someone’s life and the power of the moment when you feel like it’s actually happening. Who else got misty? Poll below.  READ FULL STORY

NBC’s epic Super Bowl promo features literally everyone on NBC -- VIDEO

Whether or not you were happy with the outcome of the Super Bowl, you’ll find it hard not to smile while watching NBC’s ridiculously fun promo (which aired during the pre-show) featuring the casts of… well, just about everything on NBC.

The Peacock gathered its various stars together for a super-sized Super Bowl commercial featuring a rousing rendition of “Brotherhood of Man” from the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying).” READ FULL STORY

Worst of 2011: Worst hair in movies and TV?

Ugh, hair. Sometimes you have luscious, deep-conditioned, well-highlighted tresses like Sarah Braverman and the male and female stars of Twilight, and sometimes you look like Bradley Cooper at the beginning of Limitless. We all have our bad days, but sometimes actors must endure entire bad hair seasons. It’s hard out there for a star! Below, our scraggly shortlists for 2011’s Worst Movie and TV Hair. READ FULL STORY

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