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TV Storytellers Struggle to Adapt in Age of Trump

Whether portraying the noble geopolitics of “Madam Secretary” or the dirty deeds on “House of Cards,” the high-stakes fumbling on “Veep” or the scourge of terrorism that haunts “Homeland,” script writers have always faced the challenge of staying topical yet inventive without straying outside the bounds of plausibility.

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Emmys Recap: Donald Trump the Night’s Biggest Star

The hottest talent on television gathered in Los Angeles Sunday night for the 68th annual Emmy Awards, where perennial HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones and FX true-crime crowd-pleaser The People vs. O.J. Simpson won big — but the night’s biggest star arguably was Donald Trump, as presenters and winners seemingly couldn’t stop talking about the Republican presidential candidate.