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Mirth and musical chairs on TV

Mirth and musical chairs on TV

You may have heard or read or woke up suddenly thinking that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television. Some call it the platinum age, which sounds a little too Rodeo Drive to me. But let them have their fun.

Most of this new golden/platinum age talk centers on drama, and mostly cable drama, which connotes seriousness and ambition (and sex and death); we are still living in the age of "The Sopranos." When, on Dec. 10, the American Film Institute named its Top 10 shows of 2013, only one sitcom — HBO's political farce "Veep" — was among them. To be sure, some shows named to the list, including "Breaking Bad" and "Orange Is the New...