What the New Crop of Emmy Nominees Says About How TV Is Changing

A lot of promise in this crop, but unfortunately no show noms for “Empire,” “Black-ish”


Each time nominations for Hollywood awards are handed down—with all the self-importance and fanfare of a presidential campaign announcement (or 17)—the conversation quickly shifts to the snubs. This year, for example, The Americans and Jane the Virgin were conspicuously absent from the list of Primetime Emmy nominations. But beyond the one-off oversights and the well-deserved accolades, the holistic picture of nominees says something important about the state of television today. Things are getting better.

Minorities, transgender people, feminists and women of a certain age are getting more screen time, and more recognition for their work. To be clear, they are not where they should be: According to the 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report released by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, television network and studio heads during the 2012-2013 season were 96 percent white and…

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