Why it pays to be a young, complicated drama series

The Emmy for drama series is handed out as the final award of the night for a reason. With all due respect to comedy, it truly is the kingmaker of the television industry -- just ask the folks at AMC, whose network will never be the same thanks to its back-to-back wins for "Mad Men."

But the shows that get nominated reveal a different theme each year.

This time, it's clear: A show should be young and complicated if it wants a berth in the top six. The eldest in this year's drama series lineup, "Lost," is also the only show that won't be back next year, and it's hardly old at six seasons. Not one of the other nominated drama series ("Men," "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "True Blood" and "The Good Wife") has more than four seasons under its belt.

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