May 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm #1201842288
I think it’s ridiculous to have different #’s of nominees in every category. Let’s have Top 10 in EVERY race. The TV Acad used to say that they can’t have this because they didn’t have room for all of the nominees at the ceremony, but now, hell, they’re at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA, which seats 7,000 warm butts. That’s enuf.
What say ye?May 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm #1201842298
YES YES YES!May 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm #1201842308
Long story short: Please God, NO.
The less there is of something, the more its worth, and vice versa.May 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm #1201842312
It should be a privilege to be nominated. With more available spots the TV Academy looks to be filling up space.May 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm #1201842314
YES!!! There needs to be more nominees. They snub to many great shows and performances every year. It’s time they do this!May 30, 2016 at 3:33 pm #1201842317
When a tv show is in the top 10 out of more than 400 shows or an actor is in the top top 10 out of thousands of actors that’s a priviledge.May 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm #1201842357
Considering they are hundreds of TV shows and actors, writers, directors etc I kinda agree but it would be too much I guess, what about a compromise and 8 nominees overall?May 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm #1201842367
No, 10 nominees is too many. Awards are, by nature, meant to be exclusive. Only the best of the best should make it in. Upping the number of nominees per category to 10 would reek of the “everyone gets a trophy” mode of thinking. The number of nominees should stay at 6.May 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm #1201842375
I’m usually against this, but I wouldn’t mind having 10 nominees for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series. It would be nice to see more adventurous nominees outside of the usual Modern Family, Veep, Silicon Valley, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, etc. with only one or two slots realistically open.May 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm #1201842394
People are too idealistic about this stuff. Just because you loved a performance and it was snubbed does not mean that it was seventh or tenth.
The last time that the Emmys did ten semifinalists per category was 2008. There were not four hundred shows then, but there were still plenty of excellent options. I remember the drama supporting actor lineup as particularly maddening.
2008 was the year that Lost aired “The Constant”, arguably the series’ most-acclaimed episode (and an episode that got referenced a lot after director Jack Bender’s work on Game of Thrones‘s “The Door” last week). Appearing in every scene, Henry Ian Cusick had a tape to win, but he did not even make the semifinalists. There was even a tie, so he was not even in the top eleven.
Cusick’s co-star Naveen Andrews made the list. Was it because he deserved to be nominated? No, it was because he was nominated back in 2005 and had enough inertia to keep him going three years later. And Lost was a show that the Emmys actually liked and nominated and awarded for Outstanding Drama Series and the academy still failed. If you think that the Emmys are better now, consider how Peter Dinklage and Uzo Aduba keep getting nominated and winning for weak seasons for their characters, while actual deserving people from their shows get snubbed.
Who else made the list alongside Andrews instead of Cusick? Jake Weber for fucking Medium.
If you want ten nominees, know that the beneficiary will not be UnREAL, Outlander, Jessica Jones or whatever obscure cable show you happen to fancy. It will be Jon Voight for Ray Donovan.May 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm #1201842395
Then it’s not a race. The reason why any race is so competitive is because there’s so many great performances and only a few select slots. If every single performance of the year got a nomination, then it’s simply not a race. Only the best survive, whether you like it or not.May 31, 2016 at 12:57 am #1201842422
I’d only expand to ten nominees for series categories.May 31, 2016 at 9:48 am #1201842553
I concur however about it being weird that categories fluctuate from five to seven nominees though or eight and nine with ties. That brings me to another issue, which probably belongs in the rule-change thread. Why do the Emmys allow ties? They are not even real ties. The eighth-place contender in a series race theoretically could be 350 votes away from the seventh-place contender and it would be close enough to open up an additional slot because it “tied” the seventh-place contender. What?May 31, 2016 at 10:00 am #1201842557
It goes from being a race to being not a big deal. Everyone gets nominated, so saying you’re an Emmy nominee isn’t anything as special then.
Plus, it would possibly be fine given the large amount of great leading actresses, but ten supporting or leading actors? I can’t always get to 6 who are fully deserving some years.May 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm #1201842645
Series categories could easily expand to 10 nominees – especially with the medium of TV changing so much (streaming, etc) – there are so many diverse programming options to choose from. A lot of shows that defy conventional categories could benefit from an expansion of nominees in order to add a deserving Emmy nomination to their pedigree
As for the performances, I think “less is more” – the exlusivity aspect applies here, and it should stay at 5. Yes, there will always be a certain sense of “X and X was snubbed!” but, oh well. I firmly stick by this point.