Emmys eligibility period ends May 31: Unless you’re ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ …

Confused by the Emmys calendar? We can hardly blame you. While the current eligibility period officially runs from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015, the TV academy regularly grants exceptions to “hanging episodes” of eligible series — that is, one or more episodes airing outside the Emmy year — as long as they air prior to the final day of nomination voting, June 26.

Some of Emmy’s favorites are amongst the shows whose seasons will conclude after the soft deadline of Sunday, May 31, including “Game of Thrones” and “Veep.” But there are many more. Scroll down to see our list of shows with hanging episodes from the 2014-2015 Emmy year, as compiled by Gold Derby’s forum posters.

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Bones” (Fox)
#10.21 “The Life in the Light” – June 4
#10.22 “The End in the End” – June 11

The Comedians” (FX)
#1.09 “Damage Control” – June 4
#1.10 “Misdirection” – June 11
#1.11 “Red, White & Working Blue” – June 18
#1.12 “Overhear” – June 25
#1.13 “Partners” – June 25

Game of Thrones” (HBO)
#5.09 “The Dance of Dragons” – June 7
#5.10 “Mother’s Mercy” – June 14

Happyish” (Showtime)
#1.07 “Starring David Ogilvy, Anton Chekov and Lady Liberty” – June 7
#1.08 “Starring Rene Descartes, Victor Frankenstein and HRH The Princess of Arendelle” – June 14
#1.09 “Starring Bill Hicks, Joseph McCarthy and Alfred Bernhard Nobel” – June 21
#1.10 “Starring Christopher Hitchens, Philip Larkin and Josef Stalin” – June 28*
*As Emmy voting ends June 26, the season finale is not in contention this year.

Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land)
#6.23 “Vegas Baby” – June 3
#6.24 “I Hate Goodbyes” – June 3

Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
#3.07 “Fight Like a Girl” – June 2
#3.08 – June 9
#3.09 – June 16
#3.10 – June 23

Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
#7.09 “Serviam in Caritate” – June 7
#7.10 “Jackie and the Wolf” – June 14
#7.11 “Vigilante Jones” – June 21
#7.12 “I Say a Little Prayer” – June 28*
*As Emmy voting ends June 26, the series finale is not in contention this year.


#3.08 “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method” – June 6
#3.09 “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow” – June 13
#3.10 “History Yet to Be Written” – June 20

Silicon Valley” (HBO)
#2.09 “Binding Arbitration” – June 7
#2.10 “Two Days of the Condor” – June 14

Veep” (HBO)
#4.09 “Testimony” – June 7
#4.10 “Election Night” – June 14

Younger” (TV Land)
#1.11 “Hot Mitzvah” – June 2
#1.12 “The Old Ma’am and the C” – June 9

The hanging episode rule also works in reverse. Shows starting in May that will air the bulk of their episodes within the next Emmy period — like “Wayward Pines” (Fox) — won’t be eligible until 2016.

Notice any omissions on our list of hanging episodes? Be sure to join the discussion in our forum or sound off in the comments section below.

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