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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    There are now a minimum of seven nominees for Best Drama and seven nominees for Best Comedy. But each one of those eligible shows produces 8, 10, 12, 13, or 22 episodes apiece. So why are there still only FIVE nominees for writing and directing?

    I’m very conservative about expanding categories in most cases, but when it comes to writing and directing, I’d be happy with 10 nominees apiece in those categories for dramas and comedies, where there’s such an overwhelming number of possible contenders.

    Writing and directing are the categories that acknowledged underdog shows like “Buffy,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Wire,” “Treme,” “Community,” and now “The Americans.” I’d love to see those categories would look like if we also got the next five top vote-getters in the race.

    The only downside would be those years when voters really latch on to one show (especially for writing). Some years, we might end up with six nominated episodes of “30 Rock” or eight nominated episodes of “Mad Men.” So in that case, I wouldn’t mind if they capped a show at, say, five nominations — still too many for one show to get in most cases, but it would ensure that other shows get a chance.

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    Tonbone
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    I was furious when 30 ROCK got four nominations in writing especially when one of those episodes kinda sucked and The Office had a fantastic season that year but they got nothing for their writing? I’m glad they won directing that year but come on. Writing & Directing should be six nominees I agree it needs to change Daniel, but ten is absurd. 

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    Deniz Sisman
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    The fact that they have even one more extra spots for Mini-Movie Writing/Directing categories(6 for each) is just pure travesty that no one can explain.

    I say, stay in 5, but in the writing categories every show shall allow to submit the whole season as one(therefore there can’t be multiple nominees from the same show just like what WGA do on its TV side) not for awarding just a single writer who wrote only one episode. Writing is not like Directing or Acting. It’s a team work more than any other profession. These guys are meeting before each seasons premiere and decide everything what will happen in that particular season in advance.
    It doesn’t make sense to award the one writer who have coincidentally write an episode with meatiest material and therefore be the sole representative of his/her team. Vince Gilligan does not have a single Emmy for a show he has created, but Walley-Beckett has.

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    Riley
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    Yes, more of everything all the time.

    I disagree about counting episodes to justify more nominations, as you could apply that to just about any category.

    30 Rock submitted five episodes and got four nominated.  Flight of the Conchords submitted one episode and it was nominated.  The Office submitted twelve episodes.  They had it coming.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I feel that there should be Best Directing/Writing for Animated Shows.

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    Riley
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    I could see that happening soon.

    A few years ago, they let variety series submit in comedy editing and there is now a variety editing category.

    A few years ago, they let animated series submit in comedy writing.

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    Amanda Spears
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    I’m okay with it because of the sheer amount of television. My only stipulation would be that no show can compries all of the nominees.

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