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Television

65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Plenty of head-scratchers at Emmy Awards

The best word to describe last night’s Emmy Award telecast might just be “weird.”

It was weird to watch celebrated award-show host Neil Patrick Harris fight a losing battle to be fabulously charming. It was weird to keep dipping into sorrowful memorials in the middle of what is supposed to be a joyous night. It was weird to endure all of the back-patting and twerking jokes while knowing you were missing the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad,” the show that won the best drama award at the very end of the long night.

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