February 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm #310837
I love that there will now be 6 nominees in the miniseries/tv movie acting fields. There are some crowded fields this year so now more recognition.
Also, the 2% rule for series is intersting. I think we will see 7 nominated dramas this year but not for comedy because that field is rather weak this year.February 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm #310839
And the most pressing issue, still, isn’t addressed. The necessity to end the discrimination of specifically Canadian TV series that air on US networks and that they should be eligible for Emmy consideration. Relegation to the international Emmys is IMO wrong. Continuum is the most aggrieved party here, considering it’s award pedigree up north (7 Leo Awards, 3 Canadian Sci-Fi Awards). If the goal of the Emmys is indeed a gathering of the best and brightest that aired on American television, it’s time they lived up to that goal.February 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm #310840
I guess they just want more and more people to come to the party. It’s so funny that just a year ago the miniseries acting categories were combined and now there will be 24 nominees instead of 20.February 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm #310842
Yes! They split the miniseries/movie category!February 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm #310843
^ They even bumped up the writing and directing categories to 6 nominees.February 20, 2014 at 11:37 pm #310844
It’s only a matter of time before the take the Oscar route and have 10 series nominees. $$$February 21, 2014 at 2:47 am #310845
And the most pressing issue, still, isn’t addressed. The necessity to end the discrimination of specifically Canadian TV series that air on US networks and that they should be eligible for Emmy consideration. Relegation to the international Emmys is IMO wrong. Continuum is the most aggrieved party here, considering it’s award pedigree up north (7 Leo Awards, 3 Canadian Sci-Fi Awards). If the goal of the Emmys is indeed a gathering of the best and brightest that aired on American television, it’s time they lived up to that goal.
As the drama fields are currently so overcrowded, is it really all that wise/neccessary to allow a whole new country’s body of work be included for Emmy consideration.
And even if ‘Continuum’ was eligible, does a Canadian science fiction series with a small cult following, and zero US critical acclaim or buzz really stand a chance at the Emmys. It didn’t even make the top 10 list of any critic in the hitfix critics poll last year (http://www.hitfix.com/news/tvcriticspoll), but 79 other shows did. If critics don’t like it (or don’t watch it), what hope does it have to get the highest honour in US television from foreign industry peers?February 21, 2014 at 4:10 am #310846
So the directing and writing for longform caregories will have 6 nominees while the directing and writing for drama series and comedy series will still have 5.
And ratings-score votes? So if some voters want Cicely Tyson to win badly, they can give her the highest score (whether it’s 5, 10 or whatever) and the rest of the nominees (Lange, HBC, etc.) scores of 0. This sounds fabulously messed up. At least with preferential voting, you can’t destroy other nominees’ chances completely like this.February 21, 2014 at 5:30 am #310847
Well this will bring back the yearly discussion of Harry Shearer. This would’ve also given chances to Ron Howard for Arrested Development like it did twice for Brenda Strong. I think Howard was never submitted but now that there’s a specific category for what he does he might have back then.
It also means that not always deserving American Horror Story gets nominated forever. It also means that every single producer of a tv movie just took a deep breath of relief now that True Detective is out of the way.February 21, 2014 at 6:15 am #310848
Well done on winning your first Emmy for The Simpsons, Harry Shearer – what we’re going to be saying soonFebruary 21, 2014 at 6:23 am #310849
I remain curious as to whether the quality, not just the quantity, justifies these moves.
I personally don’t see 5 quality movie AND 5 quality miniseries contenders airing this season. And I am really wondering how many networks now will continue the, what I consider disingenuous, process of entering canceled or even just shorter running series in these categories and labeling them “miniseries” contenders now.
I look forward to seeing the ballot to seeing which reality shows are labeled “structured” and which are labeled “unstructured” (Where do the Kardashians go? What about The Bachelor?).
I will admit to not paying close attention to voice over performances, and, without a ballot, suppose I’ll have to wait until the nomination list comes out before I am aware some of these performances even existed.
And moving to 6 nominees for writing, directing, and especially performances in longform programming really feels like too much. For example, I’ve been struggling to come up with 5 names in the lead actress category, let alone 6, at this point.February 21, 2014 at 6:30 am #310850
But why should only quality achievements get nominations? Should the Emmys not make room for mediocrity?February 21, 2014 at 7:11 am #310851
The miniseries/MTM categories never should have been split in the first place, so good that they’re being separated again. Great that all of those categories are getting six nominees now to model comedy and drama. How exacly will the “ratings score vote” work here? That could potentially cause a world of disaster once voters realize that they can strategically vote against one nominee to prop another nominee up. The reality program changes seem reasonable. All I could think about when I read about the splitting of voiceover performance and narrator is people like Keith David and Jeremy Irons can get out of the way for perennials voice actors like Harry Shearer to finally win an EMMY after all of these years of snubs. Hope he’s remembered there. The 2% rule is interesting. They should just go ahead and mimic the Oscars with a floating final roster of 5-10 slots. That’s what this is looking like it’s inching toward. I just hope it brings back the shows that deserve to be in the conversation again and not all of the (CBS) nonsense just to fill out a ballot, especially in comedy.February 21, 2014 at 7:18 am #310852
Seriously, too cool. I think the 2% rule will come into play in the drama series category more than the comedy one (though I am hoping it happens in both). This is why I think “The Good Wife” gets back in and OITNB is a lock.