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'Empire,' Amy Schumer, 'The Americans' are big TCA Awards winners

Jon Hamm, 'Better Call Saul,' 'Last Week Tonight' & 'The Jinx' also won

Tonight, the Television Critics Association press tour takes a pause for the annual presentation of the TCA Awards, with the big winners including "Empire," "The Americans," "Inside Amy Schumer" and Jon Hamm.

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'Sense8' gets a birthday renewal from Netflix

Today is August 8, which is the birthday for the eight lead characters of Netflix's globe-spanning sci-fi drama "Sense8," and as a birthday present to them, and the show's fans, Netflix announced the order for a second season this way on Twitter:

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

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Can 'The Strain' please explain how bad things are supposed to be in New York?

One of the more confusing aspects of FX's vampire epidemic drama "The Strain" is what the exact state of things is in New York City, how much of the city is actually under siege by the strigoi, and how many ordinary citizens know the nature of the threat the city is under. In some scenes, the city has descended into complete post-apocalyptic dystopia, with strigoi freely roaming the streets, stores looted, and everyone cowering in their homes. In others, life seems to be going on exactly as before, with business being conducted as usual, and even a ribbon-cutting ceremony covered by a familiar crowd of reporters and onlookers. Some civilians are depicted as completely oblivious about this supernatural infestation, while others refer casually to the idea that there are vampires preying on them.

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Is 'Louie' about to wind up on the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' plan?

Get ready for another long break for "Louie."

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Credit: FX

FX sets 'Fargo,' 'Bastard Executioner' premieres, renews 'Strain,' moves 'Archer' to FXX

It's FX's day at press tour, and before John Landgraf addresses the press to talk about his own slate of shows — as well as the exciting/terrifying explosion in scripted programming on TV — the network made a bunch of announcements about its upcoming slate. In no particular order:

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<p>The Daily Show</p>

The Daily Show

Credit: Comedy Central

'The Daily Show' finale: Laughs, tears, cameos, and one final 'bullshit' warning

Jon Stewart turned his farewell show into a tribute to the many people who made his show great

All through the run-up to Jon Stewart's final "Daily Show" last night, fans were treated to clips of Stewart's greatest hits and best running gags, be it his disdain for Arby's or his impression of Mitch McConnell by way of Cecil Turtle from "Looney Tunes."

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<p>Prison Break</p>

Prison Break

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Why 'Prison Break,' 'X-Files' & every other canceled TV show will rise from death

Brand names and popularity on Netflix make for a safer bet, even if the people in charge ruined them in the first place

In the future, every canceled TV show will be revived for 15 minutes.

Coming your way this fall will be NBC's "Heroes Reborn," and over the next year, we'll be getting sequels to everything from "Coach" to "Twin Peaks" to "Full House." As I wrote a few months ago, this trend can be exciting if you're a fan of the original, maddening if you hated the original, and frustrating all around for what it says about the difficulty of launching wholly new series in the current TV ecosystem.

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<p>Bones and Sleepy Hollow</p>

Bones and Sleepy Hollow

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After crazy 'Sleep Hollow'/'Bones crossover, what other shows need to meet?

The upcoming "Sleepy Hollow"/"Bones" crossover (not to be confused with the hollow bones syndrome that afflicted Emily Mortimer's character on "30 Rock") is a throwback to an earlier age in TV, when crossover episodes were common, and not just between two shows with a common producer (which NBC still does with its Chicago fire/cop/hospital series), nor even between two shows that seemed particularly compatible. 

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<p>Portia Doubleday in Mr. Robot</p>

Portia Doubleday in Mr. Robot

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Review: 'Mr. Robot' focuses on the ensemble this week, but Elliot still shines

But good character work for Angela, Darlene and maybe even the title character

Some thoughts on tonight's "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I reject a revolution in favor of aroma profiles..

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<p>Kid Flash</p>

Kid Flash

Credit: CW

'The Flash' casts its Kid Flash

The CW's various superhero shows continue casting actors to play familiar comic book characters, with "The Flash" hiring Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale ("Insurgent") to play Iris's nephew Wally West, who in the comics eventually becomes Flash's sidekick Kid Flash — and, for a long stretch starting in the mid-'80s succeeded Barry Allen as the Flash himself. Lonsdale will become a series regular sometime in the winter.

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