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Memo to the Television Academy

Try a little harder to be a bit more relevant this year

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With the Emmy Awards just a few weeks away—the show airs Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS—and final ballots due Monday, Aug. 28, here are my two cents for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members. On more than a few occasions, the Academy has approached irrelevancy in its choices of who and what it has bestowed trophies upon: Everybody Loves Raymond over Arrested Development? Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), John Ritter (Three's Company), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade)? Please. And it's mind-boggling to know The Wire, Roseanne, Oz and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were never even nominated for best series. For these reasons, I have a few suggestions listed below that might help the Academy members make the 2017 ceremony one to remember.

Drama Series: Better Call Saul (AMC). This show is just as entertaining as its two-time Emmy-winning predecessor Breaking Bad.

Comedy Series: Atlanta (FX). Either hand over an Emmy for the series or give an acting trophy to creator and star Donald Glover. Bonus points for both.

Drama Actor: Matthew Rhys, and Drama Actress: Keri Russell for The Americans (FX). These are both long overdue.

Comedy Actor: Anthony Anderson for Black-ish (ABC)

Comedy Actress: Anyone but Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She's amazing in Veep, but as a seven-time Emmy Award winner, she probably doesn't even have shelf room for another trophy.

—George Prentice

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.

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