September 28, 2015 at 5:33 am #362938
Okay, this is a middle of the night brainstorm, but I was thinking about the new Emmy voting system and how it clearly slanted towards specific winners this year, “Game of Thrones” and “VEEP”‘s near sweeps being the most obvious. Now, Tom O’Neill I believe was talking about how the old system had a selected group of voters and they watched all the submissions on a weekend or something, and how that led to certain upsets as well as-eh, certain landmark shows getting their first bit of recognition, I believe he said in a chat, “Did the next “Cheers” die tonight?”. Well, that got me wondering, is there any way the Emmys can do, both voting systems? I mean, the problem A is how it’s almost impossible to regulate the online voting from the honors system, but why can there be a selected panel or group for the categories that perhaps has a more weighted vote, + a popular voting system triggered by the online voting and the honors system? I’m sure there’s certain logistics involved, but it seems like a good idea to me, there’s other voting systems that do this or some form of this, so it’s possible. It also would curb, but not eliminate either possibility of the voting trends. The panel could nominate or help some shows win where other times they wouldn’t, but also, the popular online voting can also push for certain shows to win and overtake the panel, or a combination, or a panel could put something up and then the online voters do watch it and might vote, etc. I mean, I don’t know if it would change any results from this past Emmys, but I wonder if it’s the best of both worlds voting wise. So, what do you guys think? Is it possiblein the future, why or why not, could it work, etc. I know certain specifics would have to be ironed out, but could a system like that be put in place and could it work for the Primetime Emmys? A weighted panel + an online/popular vote? Let me know, if I’m making sense or I’m way off my rocker here, thank you.September 28, 2015 at 7:39 am #362940
Yes, why not? Sounds fair. We all know neither the tape system nor the popularity vote should be the only element to determine the winners. So combining the two of them might be the most logical choice ever. It would prevent people from winning over only one baity episode, while also take industries preferences into account.
My biggest issue with the tape system was that they only allow each nominee to submit one episode and that episode would be the ONLY thing that would be used to determine if they’re deserving or not.
Someone like Allison Janney appears in nearly every scene of every episode of Mom while Mayim Bialik or Anna Chlumsky on the other hand(true supporting actors) would have only 3 or 4 minutes to prove themselves to the judges they are the best in their category. And that would lead to a very unfair and repeating winners all around every year.She would have won 10 Emmys with this role if the system wouldn’t have changed.
If they ask all nominees to submit an hour/half hour(according to their shows genre) dvd with including scenes of themselves covering their full season of work I’d be more okay with it.
If every nominee would have the same amount of screentime like the other one in their category it would open up a more equal and just competition.
Apart from everything I’ve said it above, now considering they have switched to the complete online system (they even hooked up with Google Chromecast to help all voters to stream the submitted material) I seriously don’t think they would step back and go back to the old system. What can they say? ”All of you can vote for your favourites regardless of thinking they’re deserving or not; but we also need some volunteers to judge the submissions.” When people understand it’s all about popularity, they wouldn’t care about watching submissions just like how they didn’t care this year.
And the president of TV Academy said, he thinks they need a good 2 or 3 years to see the real results of this system. So they’ll wait and see where this is all going. And the industry favourites Jon Hamm, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Tambor, Peter Dinklage all were awarded thanks to this new system(they wouldn’t have ,under the old one) so I don’t think the majority of the voters were unhappy with the results.