Emmy Awards 2014: The noms don't lie -- TV is awesome

The meth kingpin drama Breaking Bad has 16 bids for its final season, with nods including best drama and best actor for star Bryan Cranston. (Frank Ockenfels/AMC/Associated Press)


The nominees for TV's Emmy Awards, which air on Monday night, really do capture some of the best work on television today -- from transporting social dramas (Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones) to character-driven thrillers that rival the movies (Breaking Bad, True Detective). 

A quick scan of the contenders reveals that, for once, the self-congratulatory promos aren't exaggerating: it really does seem to have been a great year for TV lovers.

Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post explains how a medium with such an uncertain future is still capturing the imaginations of viewers, and makes predictions about who will take home their own atom-holding angel. 

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