Cable and Netflix-produced shows dominated Thursday's announcement of this year's Emmy nominations over network shows, leading some to debate if a lack of FCC oversight is giving cable an award advantage.
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"Maybe they should rename the Emmys the HBOs," L.A. Times reporter Joe Flint quipped, noting that the network took in the most nominations for shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls" and "True Detective."
Back in 2013, Tech Dirt's Leigh Beadon argued that FCC regulation were keeping network shows from staying relevant as TV talent and creatives flocked to cable to push the envelope.
"Shows on the public airwaves are still forced to follow a weird pastiche of morality rules seemingly cobbled together from the standards of multiple different generations and interest groups. Not only are these rules extremely questionable in a country with free speech, they are plainly obsolete," Beadon wrote. "The networks have a whole lot of work to do if they want to regain real relevance, and they haven't always been good at it."