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Emmys, Do The Right Thing; include 'Continuum' in Drama! What Say U, Tom O'Neil?

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    No discussion of Best Drama should exclude Continuum in its final season. It has been nominated for 78 awards from various North American arts organizations over the 4 years it was on, and won 20 awards – so far.

    2013
    5 Canadian Screen Award nominations (1 win)
    14 Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia (Leo) nominations (7 wins)
    1 Writers Guild of Canada nomination
    5 Constellation Award nominations (4 wins)
    1 Saturn Award nomination

    2014
    3 Canadian Screen Award nominations
    21 Leo nominations (7 wins)
    3 Constellation Award nominations
    1 Banff Media World Festival Rockie nomination
    2 Directors Guild of Canada nominations
    1 Writers Guild of Canada nomination
    3 Saturn Award nominations

    2015
    1 Canadian Screen Award nomination
    5 Leo nominations
    1 Banff Media World Festival Rockie nomination
    4 Saturn nominations (1 win)

    2016
    5 Leo nominations (Drama Series, Rachel Nichols-Actress, Costume and Production Design, Stunt Coordination)
    3 Saturn nominations (Sci-Fi Series, Rachel Nichols-Actress, Erik Knudsen-Supporting Actor)

    But since it’s a Canadian production, it is deliriously excluded from Emmy consideration. Don’t even give me the International Emmys because they are a joke. Continuum belongs in the mix, ATAS, and it’s time to amend your eligibility rules with just one declarative sentence:

    “Any English-language program, regardless of country affiliation, if it appears on an American broadcast, basic cable or premium cable channel in the period of June 1-May 31 of any given year, is hereby declared eligible for Emmy consideration.”

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    I will be at the Leo Awards next Sunday. Maybe I can get a picture with Rachel Nichols.

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    Rachel is filming a movie in Europe as of a week ago, so she won’t be there next weekend.

    And this to Tom O’Neil; you’ve got massive stroke in Hollywood, why not exert your influence and right this wrong. Addressing it would be a great start. Thanks.

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    I LOVED the show’s first season. I even watched a few of the later-season eppys twice, but I couldn’t get into the second season for some reason. I should’ve stuck with it beyond the first eppy or two — my fault. Basically, I could see that the show’s great, you’re right. But it’s not an EMMY show. Too sci-fy, fantasy, hip, imaginative … Its only hope is in those crafts categories, I’m afraid.

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    Tom, yours is the most lucent, intelligent comment on Continuum I’ve heard anybody on the other side make. They would clean up in the techs; they won a Leo Award (Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia) this past weekend. They’re also up for stunts, Drama Series and Rachel Nichols as lead actress, which will be decided next weekend.

    My original point was the Emmys would not even nominate them for one award. They are banned because of this arcane, irresponsible passage in their bylaws:

    “Foreign television production is ineligible unless it is the result of a co-production (both financially and creatively) between U.S. and foreign partners, which precedes the start of production, and has a commitment to be shown on U.S. television prior to the start of production.” Continuum fails on the first part of that rule.

    Imagine how exclusionary that is, considering the joke that is the International Emmys. Continuum is a 100% Canadian production, yet has affiliations with WGAW (Writers Guild of America West). That’s why it’s patently unfair, Tom, and you can be an agent of change to remove the rule entirely. If Continuum’s legacy can be the removal of this clause to allow all English-language shows which are seen on American TV, it would open up the Emmys even moreso.

    I appeal to your better angels, Tom, to look into it and to see if Continuum will be allowed to compete at this year’s Emmys in their final season. Thanks.

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    Bumped.

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