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  • rstang00
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    Tom got the scoop on some key voting changes – just wanted to make sure you all read it because it’s got some great, impactful info:

    http://www.goldderby.com/news/9424/emmy-vote-news-entertainment-13579086-story.html

    One huge take away is the change in the Comedy/Drama Series submissions: “Each nominated series will submit their choice of six episodes, all of which will be posted online.”

    So no more splitting six episodes into three pairs with those DVDs sent out to voters. Now you just watch six online however you want and 42 total! That’s just crazy stuff there.

     

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    DCurrie
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    One huge take away is the change in the Comedy/Drama Series submissions: “Each nominated series will submit their choice of six episodes, all of which will be posted online.”

    So no more splitting six episodes into three pairs with those DVDs sent out to voters. Now you just watch six online however you want and 42 total! That’s just crazy stuff there.

     

    That is indeed a HUGE/INTERESTING takeway…………

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    Icky
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    That definitely helps shows that aren’t built for the two episode tape system as it allows momentum throughout a season to come into play. It also is more unlikely that some voters will watch all six installments rather than just a couple, therefore, it puts more pressure on the first two or three episodes.

    Even though the results might be sporadic I actually like this change. Now if only they had all the non guest acting nominees submit at least two episodes. 

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    Chris Beachum
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    Not one voter will watch 42 episodes if voting for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series.

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    Icky
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    Not one voter will watch 42 episodes if voting for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series.

    This is true, but it’s probably the fairest way it’s been done yet.  

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    CanadianFan
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    Why can’t they use a portal system that will only allow each person to vote when each of the videos in a specific category has been played? Sure, some people would probably leave them on, and walk away, but it would prevent a ton of voters from neglecting the tapes (the best part of the Emmy system). Let’s not turn the most credible and prestigious awards show into the SAG awards.

    For the series awards, they can set a (somewhat) arbitrary threshold of videos voters have to watch, say, 33% (effectively two episodes from each show), or 50%. It would not be difficult to make this process even more legitimate. 

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    AviChristiaans
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    Not one voter will watch 42 episodes if voting for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series.

    Because the way i see it, they the voters (just like the rest of the television watching population) have already watched most of the nominated shows when it aired on television or streaming service. I won’t go and watch Mad Men, Downton Abbey and The Big Bang Theory’s episodes again, because i saw them when they aired.
    And that is the tricky part. Choosing the best episodes and putting them first should be the strategy for networks. I don’t see how a voter will sit there and watch ALL episodes of all the 7 nominees religiously. I’m assuming the ones who will log in and watch something, will watch at least ONE of each show, and the others will just go ahead and vote after watching a few random episodes of the 42 submitted..

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    Marcus Dixon
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    In our new slugfest, I suggest a controversial decision: only allow each nominated show to submit ONE episode. Then, voters only have to watch seven episodes as opposed to 42. Modern Family, what’s your BEST episode from the season? That’s your submission.

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    Hidden Pearl
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    Apart from this rule, does all voters have to watch ALL ACTING submissions? That means=34 episodes for drama category, 34 for comedy and 24 for Miniseries? THATS INSANE.
    I’m way too confused.

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    espnfan
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    [quote=”Chris Beachum”]Not one voter will watch 42 episodes if voting for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series.

    Because the way i see it, they the voters (just like the rest of the television watching population) have already watched most of the nominated shows when it aired on television or streaming service. I won’t go and watch Mad Men, Downton Abbey and The Big Bang Theory’s episodes again, because i saw them when they aired.
    And that is the tricky part. Choosing the best episodes and putting them first should be the strategy for networks. I don’t see how a voter will sit there and watch ALL episodes of all the 7 nominees religiously. I’m assuming the ones who will log in and watch something, will watch at least ONE of each show, and the others will just go ahead and vote after watching a few random episodes of the 42 submitted.. [/quote]

    I have to agree with the above.  It seems like some people here speak of the Emmy voters like they are some mysterious conclave of people or like they are the Wizard of Oz, when in all reality they are probably just regular people like those of us here.  And like regular people, they probably watch TV as well and have their favorites and shows/actors they love.  I’ve always had the feeling they are a little more aware than most members here give them credit for. 

    With that said, I do not know how voters can be expected to watch all the submissions for series and for whatever else they may be voting for as well.  It may not have been a perfect system, but for the most part I did not mind the old submission process for series.  With the new system, I have no idea how they can verify whether or not all the voters have watched all the submissions.  Heck with the new expanded voting, I would not be surprised to find out some people signed up to vote for series or other races just because they could and then do not even bother watching the submissions at all.  In summary, I am not a fan of this change in series voting or in the expanded voting at all.  Maybe this will or will not have a big impact on the winners, but it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

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    Atypical
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    In our new slugfest, I suggest a controversial decision: only allow each nominated show to submit ONE episode. Then, voters only have to watch seven episodes as opposed to 42. Modern Family, what’s your BEST episode from the season? That’s your submission.

    Part of me could really go for this idea. Submit your season-best work and let the chips fall where they may. No one’s going to watch 42 episodes of any one category, so this is what it might boil down to anyway. We’ve been told for years on here that voters are too busy to watch most of anything b/c they’re too busy making television and being part of the industry (and in that case, they shouldn’t be voting in the first place, but that’s for another discussion). The downside to this is that voting can become more flukey and popularity contest as a result. I’ve been skeptical for years of voters doing their due diligence with series even in the old system. At least with the acting categories, there have been enough winners that wouldn’t have won any other way but with tapes to offset the poor wins. I am very excited about the expanded voting in the acting categories. Those results could either be really great or really horrible.

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