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USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - SCREEN CHECK - This is the first year I re­mem­ber where I watched none of the Emmy Awards be­cause I was un­fa­mil­iar with the ac­tors or their shows. Have we reached the point where there’s sim­ply too much pro­gram­ming for one per­son to keep up with?

The an­swer is un­doubt­edly

and I say that re­luc­tantly as some­one who is paid to keep up. And with so many shows out there, the like­li­hood of a show you don’t watch be­ing re­warded in­creases. While that means the di­vide between qual­ity and pop­u­lar­ity is likely to grow, it also means the award wealth is more likely to be spread around. Look at this year: Rami Malek for a show on USA; Ta­tiana Maslany for a show on BBC Amer­ica; Louis An­der­son for a com­edy on FX. All well-de­served wins that never would have hap­pened in the old days — and for shows that, even­tu­ally, you may be able to find a way to see.

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