Barry Josephson

Emmy Awards: 'True Detective,' 'Turn,' 'Masters of Sex' set tone early

Emmy Awards: 'True Detective,' 'Turn,' 'Masters of Sex' set tone early

Who in attention-deficient Hollywood doesn't grasp the importance of the first impression, the pickup line, the elevator pitch? With television's new Golden Era well underway, opening titles — those clever or mesmerizing gambits that set the tone for seduction by an entire series — are being rendered with ever more creativity and edge. And, yes, there's an Emmy Award for main titles. Episodic series are typically eligible during their first season only; here's a brief look at current examples that illustrate the vibrancy of the form.

The photographs by Richard Misrach in the book "Petrochemical America" formed the visual touchstone for the haunting, Emmy-nominated title...