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Television: Emmy nomination are out, and the suspense begins

Emmy nominations have been announced in preparation for the Sept. 17 award ceremony.

Detail will wait for mid-September, mainly because some nominees need closer looks. (I see every series at least once or twice but have to move on to the new to keep up with the welter on TV these days. Around Emmys, I binge watch some nominees to make better choices in terms of both prediction and preference.)

First impressions are the business of today’s column.

For best drama series, my early choice would be AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” This is show that remains consistent while depicting an entertaining band of scoundrels. I would not have guessed Saul as the spinoff-worthy character from “Breaking Bad.” But Bob Odenkirk keeps Jimmy/Saul fascinating, and the writing is topnotch. NBC’s “This is Us,” Netlix’s “The Crown,” and HBO’s “Westworld,” a series that won me late but won me fully, provide heady competition, So do Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

I don’t know how or when I lost my interest in comedy series, probably when they become formulaic, bland, and child-driven. One frequent champ, HBO’s “Veep,” gets my vote for this year with Netflix’s “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” being a close second. I have never understood the love for ABC’s “Modern Family,” put ABC’s “Black-ish” in the formulaic class, and can go either way with FX’s “Atlanta.” I do enjoy Netflix’s “Master

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