Nearly a dozen years ago, NBC boss Robert Wright sent all his programming executives tapes (remember those?) of The Sopranos with a tart, searching memo attached: How come our network doesn’t have anything like this? What can we do about it?
Whatever answers he got back, none of them worked. This year, even the plodding dimwits who bestow the Emmys realized what Wright knew back then: Cable is where TV excellence is created and nurtured. Of the six nominees for best drama, not one aired on commercial broadcast television. That vast wasteland television’s enemies used to talk about clearly doesn’t extend into digital territory.
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