If the eligibility period of the Emmys is June 2010 – May 2011, then that means only 7 episodes of “Game of Thrones” can represent the series.
So how is it possible that their newest episode “Baelor,” which just aired on June 12, can be submitted for Emmy consideration?
I know that there is a “hanging episode” rule which helped both “The Sopranos” series finale and the “Glee” pilot enter the race with the rest of their seasons’ episodes, but I had assumed that worked just for one episode. With “Game of Thrones,” there are three episodes that aired outside of the eligibilty period.
Can somebody with more knowledge than I give me some information on this? Thanks!
The rules don’t specify a particular cut-off for the number of episodes, but state that the episodes for a certain season can all qualify in the same eligibility period as long as they all air before the cut-off date for the return of first round ballots. From the Emmy rule book:
“13b. Hanging Episodes eligibility: If an ongoing series has enough episodes in the current
eligibility year to qualify as a series and has one or more episodes that are part of the series season that
fall into the subsequent eligibility year, the “hanging episodes” that are in a contiguous rollout on the
same distribution platform join in eligibility the already-qualified-as-eligible episodes of the series, as
long as the hanging episodes air prior to the return of the first round ballots. For example, a comedy
series that regularly airs on a weekly basis that has six episodes in the 2011 eligibility year and has two
more episodes of its series season airing subsequently and on the same platform in the 2012 eligibility
year would enter all eight episodes in 2011 eligibility. On the other hand, a comedy series that has
two episodes in the 2011 eligibility year and six more episodes airing subsequently on the same
platform in the 2012 eligibility year would enter the eight episodes only in 2012. They would not
be allowed to “sneak” the six episodes, e.g., post them on the internet or air them in an obscure time
spot, in order to qualify the series in 2011.”
Yeah, once a show aired six episodes within the eligibility period, that means all the other episode of the season (regardless if they were aired past the due date) can still be considered eligible.
Yeah to add onto that, “Treme” aired it’s 6th episode of the season on May 29, just before the cutoff date, making it’s second season eligible for the 2011 Emmys. But the last 2 episodes of the season don’t air until after the first round of ballots are due, making them ineligible.
“Treme” isn’t a major Emmy contender in many categories but nabbed 2 nominations last year (1 for direction) so it should at least be a part of the Emmy dialogue. It was renewed for season 3 so they can use them next year if they want and have other eligible episodes (not sure of season 3’s premiere date), but you’d think HBO (a network very familiar with winning Emmys/awards) would take the calendar into consideration when scheduling their original programming.