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The 2019 Emmys Were a Ratings Disaster

But they didn’t have to be. Here are a few modest proposals on how to fix things.
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Game of Thrones Wasn’t the Year’s Best Drama. It Still Deserved Its Emmys Win.

It’s not a popularity contest. (Not exactly.)
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Who’s Gonna Win at the 2019 Emmys? And Who Should Really Win?

Our expert predictions.
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Awards Show Schedule

  • MTV Video and Music Awards

    August 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST on MTV

  • Primetime Emmys

    September 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS

  • The Golden Globes

    January 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC

  • Screen Actors Guild Awards

    January 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST on TNT and TBS

  • The Grammys

    January 28, 2018 on CBS

  • The Indie Spirit Awards

    March 3, 2018 on IFC

  • The Oscars

    March 4, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC