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Jeffrey Tambor
Award Shows Try to Balance Art and Commerce

Award shows have always wrestled with balancing art and commerce -- weighing the noble ability to recognize deserving fare that might not be widely viewed against lauding projects with which more of the audience is familiar, which is generally beneficial ratings-wise. Yet as original TV series move into the "It's not even just on TV anymore" phase, those considerations have become even more complicated -- and, occasionally, unknowable. The broadcast networks that share TV rights to the Emmys have long chafed at the bounties harvested by premium cable, particularly HBO, which has at times turned the industry's annual bash into an extended commercial for pay TV. (The...

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