New Emmys library: See our exclusive info on episodes entered in past races

Ever wonder how Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) and James Spader (“Boston Legal”) pulled off upset Emmy victories in the past? They did so based upon the strength of the sample episodes they submitted to Emmy judges.

For the past 25 years, Tom O’Neil and Gold Derby have been the only media sources to gather info on what episodes were submitted. Now, we unveil a special section devoted to showcasing that historic info.

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When competing for Emmys, nominees must submit samples of their best work to juries of their peers who view the episodes at home. Voters must sign an affadavit attesting that they viewed all video and return it with their ballots when they choose winners.

Actors now submit one sample episode. That’s always been true for lead stars, but supporting stars submitted two episodes up until 2007 when they began to enter only one. Contenders win or lose based upon how smart or stupid they are when choosing episodes. Victorious submissions usually have three key elements: range, impact and empathy.

Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six episodes in three sets of pairs that are randomly distributed to voters.

You can easily access this section at any time by using the link in our drop-down “Emmys” menu, so get started now. (See image below or click here.)

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