Jack Gleeson

Emmys 2014: Deaths, weddings: Additional categories for this year's awards

Any group of awards bestowed by one group of humans on another will inevitably be considered arbitrary, political, meaningless, myopic or absurd (unless, of course, you win one, at which time they become shiny symbols of wisdom and insight).

The Emmys are no different. For years, the decisions of the television academy evaded the sort of heated reactions sparked by the Oscars, Grammys or even Tonys mainly because no one cared that much.

That has begun to change. Although the Emmy telecast still does not draw the audience of the Oscars, the critical and public outcry over perceived Emmy snubs intensifies every year, as do the Emmy campaigns that now precede and follow the...