Memo to TV academy: You owe Emmys to ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ ‘AHS: Asylum’ …

Now that the TV academy has gone all Oprah on us and deemed that “Everybody gets an Emmy!” let’s take a moment to reflect on one of their bigger changes — that of splitting the top longform race into Best TV Movie and Best Miniseries.

For the record, I believe that this is the right call. It never seemed right to me that a two-hour movie like “Behind the Candelabra” had to go up against a 13-hour miniseries like “American Horror Story: Asylum.” By reverting back to the pre-2011 method of splitting these two into their own categories, it’ll help even the playing field.

But hey, not so fast. What about those three years (2011, 2012, 2013) when there was only one winner? Shouldn’t the Emmys rectify that injustice now by revealing what were the top vote-getters each year from the losing category?

In other words, since “Behind the Candelabra” — a TV movie — won last year, the Emmys should now give a trophy to whatever miniseries came in first place.

My assumption is that “American Horror Story: Asylum” received the highest number of miniseries votes last year, but there were three other minis in the running (see below) that could have surprised us on Emmy night.

Similarly, since the telefilm “Game Change” prevailed in 2012, my thinking is that “Hatfields and McCoys” would have won Best Miniseries if the categories had been split.

We won’t ever know what would have won each of those three years had the categories remained separate unless the TV academy rights its wrongs. Hey, crazier things have happened (like naming categories Structured Reality and Unstructured Reality).

Here’s the three-year breakdown of the longform winners and my predictions as to what also-rans should receive retroactive Emmys. 

2011
Emmy went to Best Miniseries “Downton Abbey
Retroactive Emmy should go to Best TV Movie “Too Big to Fail
*Other TV Movie nominee was “Cinema Verite

2012
Emmy went to Best TV Movie “Game Change
Retroactive Emmy should go to Best Miniseries “Hatfields and McCoys
*Other Miniseries nominees were “American Horror Story” and “Luther

2013
Emmy went to Best TV Movie “Behind the Candelabra”
Retroactive Emmy should go to Best Miniseries “American Horror Story: Aslym”
*Other Miniseries nominees were “Top of the Lake,” “Political Animals,” “The Bible

Do you think the TV academy should announce three retroactve winners… or am I coming off like a crazy person? Sound off in the comments section below! 

We will be adding both Best Miniseries and Best TV Movie to our prediction center in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get started with your Emmy predictions now by forecasting what will win Best Drama Series by using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. And join in our fierce forum debate about the merits of this move here

6 thoughts on “Memo to TV academy: You owe Emmys to ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ ‘AHS: Asylum’ …

  1. You are totally right in everything you have posted. I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you, Marcus, for the post to bring this more to the forefront. Fingers crossed the right people will read this!

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