All these shows-nominated either for best dramatic series (the first six) or best comedy series (the latter five) in this year's Emmys-are perfectly worthy contenders. And the final season of The Wire, HBO's gritty drama set in a corrupt and decaying Baltimore, wasn't quite the climax that fans of the David Simon show had hoped for. But it's an injustice that such a brilliant piece of work, which turned the dismal failures of public policy into heartbreaking human tragedy, should have ended its run without a single nod.

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