‘Power’: A Guilty Pleasure That Could Be Much More If It Wasn’t So Conflicted

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A Nielsen ratings juggernaut for Starz since its 2014 premiere, “Power” has failed to inspire a similar kind of enthusiasm from the likes of the Television Academy (Emmys), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG Awards).

Now in its sixth and final season, the series has never been nominated in any category for any of the industry’s top awards — and the drama isn’t quite a critical darling either. What it does boast is a rabid, dedicated fanbase who have helped make the series one of Starz’s most watched shows ever.

To wit, “Power” began its final season on August 25 with 1.47 million live viewers, which was the biggest on-air debut for a premium cable series this summer, surpassing the 1.42 million for HBO’s “Big Little Lies” in June. Results like this that have made series creator Courtney Kemp and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent
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