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It’s the time of year when early-summer shows start wrapping upand late-summer series being rolling out – which means there’s nobetter time to take advantage of great satellite TV promotions and get inon the action. Check out these five Emmy-nominated late-summerdramas that are worth watching again and again. They all haveupcoming seasons and they have over three dozen Emmy nominations,combined.

1. “Mad Men”: It’s hard to argue with the third season’swhopping 17 Emmynominations. Most of your favorite 1960s Madison Avenue adexecutives are starting their own agency, spearheaded by thetroubled and excruciatingly handsome Don Draper (Jon Hamm). ButDon’s personal life suffers more than usual as Betty (JanuaryJones) wants a divorce, even though his cheating seems to be in thepast.

2. “True Blood”: In the third season of the best drama seriesnominee, the sub-plots thicken but eventually intertwine. Viewersget a better glimpse into vampire politics as a Mississippi vampireking kidnaps Bill (Stephen Moyer) and works to acquire hisallegiance. The king also becomes a key character as he ordersaround and supplies vampire-blood addicted biker werewolves in analliance that defies supernatural species odds.

3. “The Good Wife”: Art imitates life as the first season showedAlicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) in the outstandingactress-nominated role of the wife of a scandal-ridden politician.Florrick picks up the pieces and tries to provide for her family bysqueezing back into a career as a defense attorney while herhusband sits in jail. The second season will answer whether she’llend her marriage or stand beside her disgraced husband (Chris Noth)as he makes a political comeback.

4. “Dexter”: The season four finale and the Trinity Killer – forwho’s portrayal earned John Lithgow an Emmy nomination – made for atough kill to follow. This season is rumored to show Dexter(Michael C. Hall) grieve a loss and increase his learning of normalhuman behavior his Dark Passenger has kept him from developing.(Check local satellite TV dealsfor Showtime and watch last season’s gut-wrenching finale beforestarting this one.)

5. “The Closer”: Outstanding actress in a drama nominee KyraSedgwick keeps Deputy Chief Johnson’s confession-obtainingunorthodox despite her team’s promotion to a higher-tech facility.Her husband is up for an FBI job that will keep him in Los Angelesand it seems that they might spend more time together. But herteam’s heavy case load and her die-hard work ethic seem to threatenthat prospect.

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