Emmys: Reality, Cable Take Center Stage The red carpet is out in Hollywood for tonight's Emmy Awards. Five reality-show hosts will emcee, while AMC's cable hit Mad Men is up for 16 awards. NPR's entertainment blogger, Linda Holmes of "Monkey See," explains this seismic shift.
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Emmys: Reality, Cable Take Center Stage

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Emmys: Reality, Cable Take Center Stage

Emmys: Reality, Cable Take Center Stage

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The red carpet is rolled out in Hollywood for the 60th annual Emmy Award ceremony.

This TV season was interrupted by a writers' strike, which meant more reality shows. Basic cable programs attracted more attention from both audiences and critics; Mad Men, on AMC, for example, has been nominated for 16 awards, including best drama.

Linda Holmes writes the "Monkey See" entertainment blog on NPR.org. She talks with Liane Hansen about these seismic shifts.

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