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'Heading into the Emmys, 'Game of Thrones' and 'This is Us' carry banner for popular TV

(CNN)If you think of award shows as high school, the big problem is that the popular kids and the smart, cool kids often wind up sitting at different tables.Like the Oscars, the Emmys are hoping shows like "Game of Thrones" and "This is Us" can reverse that trend, as well as the at least partially related one of declining ratings.The Oscars tried to remedy the art-commerce gap by flirting with introducing a "popular film" category, only to retreat from the proposal last week amid considerable criticism, much of it from the organization's members. The Television Academy, meanwhile, has wrestled with a similar dynamic -- and some additional complications -- as the group prepares for the 70th annual Emmy Awards, which will air Sept. 17 on NBC ...