August 20, 2014 at 1:41 am #328046
Why is “Sherlock” nominated for Best TV Movie award and not Best-Miniseries? Are the previous 2 episodes before “His Last Vow” ignored altogether (not to mention 2 previous mini-seasons)?August 20, 2014 at 4:20 am #328048
They always submit as tv movies, A Study in Pink for season 1 and A Scandal in Belgravia for season 2. Perhaps you never noticed because there hasn’t been a TV Movie category for the last two years the show has been nominated. But they’ve submitted and recieved nominations only for those two episodes including writing, directing and crafts.
I’ve never read a reason around here before, but my guess is that they are individual storylines (look at the titles) they all resolve themselves within the episode (or at least season 1, I never saw the other two) and the episodes have tv movie lenghts, so they play less as a miniseries and more as three tv movies a season.
Again, I don’t know if it’s they’re own decision or the Emmy rules.August 20, 2014 at 4:33 am #328049
Yes, I exactly didn’t notice because the categories were not separated. I understand the fact that the main storyline always gets resolved within the episode but still – the characters continue, like in a procedural or medical drama. It’s very odd to submit just 1/3 of the work, especially that 3 episodes makes a total of 6 hours whereas, for example, “Fargo” has 10 episodes and “AHS” 13. Less showcases for Cumberbatch and Freeman. This year it might matter less since the categories are separated again and TV Movie is arguably less competitive than Mini-Series but the previous 2 years show put itself in disadvantage by submitting just one episode. Very odd.
On the other note, I’m happy with its first wins at Creative Emmys after multiple snubs the previous 2 years. Cinematography over “Fargo” is debatable but it’s fascinating show nevertheless (still Freeman > Cumberbatch anyday).August 20, 2014 at 6:01 am #328050
mainly because of the runtime lenght.August 20, 2014 at 7:26 am #328051
They are following the Emmy rules, but it’s perhaps to their disadvantage. They are technically 3 TV movies, and they submit what they consider to be the best of the three and get a nomination. It’s to their disadvantage though, because they compete against ones with the correct amount of exposition, and character development, and voters unfamiliar with the show won’t be as attached to the characters as they would be in, say, the Normal Heart.
What would be interesting is if they decided to submit two and both got nominated. I don’t think that’s technically against the rules, but it would be strange seeing two episodes of Sherlock competing against each other as TV movies.August 20, 2014 at 10:44 am #328052
I’ve never understood this either, and I’m not sure whose decision it is.
There’s no reason for “Sherlock” for pick and choose one episode from its season, because “Luther” and “The Hour” have both competed as miniseries despite being continuing dramas with continuing storylines that are not always resolved within the piece. From the Emmys’ perspectve, if they don’t require those other shows to select standalone episodes for consideration, they couldn’t justify forcing “Sherlock” to do it, so my guess is that it’s a decision of the producers/network.August 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm #328053
short answer: no!
longe answer: eff’ing no!August 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm #328054
We recently talked about this in the “category fraud” thread:
I personally think “Sherlock” is competing in the appropriate category given that it doesn’t fulfill the requirements of the miniseries definition according to the Emmy rules.
It seems categories have lost all meaning. I loved “The Hour” and its writing win was a pleasant suprise, but those two seasons were not two miniseries.
It’s nice to see the people/ entities behind “Sherlock” (PBS, creative team, production companies) for submitting honestly.