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  • Zooey the Dreamer
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    #351895

    Why don’t the Emmys give up on separate drama, comedy, mini/movie, variety categories and create an all-inclusive program of the year award. Yes, this category could have ten nominees (and it comes from somebody who considers the move to 7 in the drama/comedy categories way too much). 

    If such a category had existed since 2000, what would have won? What do you think? I believe we would have seen each genre represented.

    The West Wing would have dominated the early 2000’s. I can’t see what could have defeated it.
    2004 would have seen a miniseries win.
    Mad Men wouldn’t have been that dominant. And the thing is, we wouldn’t have that many repeat winners.
    So what would have won? What do you think?
     

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    AviChristiaans
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    Horrible idea. It has taken the Television Academy decades to make the Emmys interactive, to involve the 15 000 members/voters every year to participate and to honour/award Television as a whole, with its my genres and mediums. Animation, Variety programming, Documentary, cable and streaming services are now fully integrated into the Emmys, and viewers/consumers. There are discussions now relating to genres, dramas, dramedies, comedies etc. Whether it is a late night talk show, reality competition and or drama and comedies, there is involvement, discussions and evolutuon regarding television. Cutting down and removing key categories that are important to the complex and broad array television has to offer will set the Emmys back years/decades. The awards will lose its prestige, the great voter turnout and involvement of members that the Academy is so proud of yearly will diminish.

    And lets not be coy: Dramas will dominate those Program of the year categories. A variety show, Comedy and or limited series would rarely or never get honoured. Leaving Comedy, limited series/ movies and variety shows neglected. The reason the Emmys are huge and respected is because all these different avenues of television are represented with the different awards that are handed out, not only by or for the creators and actors/crew involved in these shows, but also the viewers/consumers at large.
    Removing those categories will remove/alienate those genres, avenues/viewers.

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    That Don Guy
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    What would win?  In my opinion, the show that won the Drama Series Emmy would win more often than not, with Miniseries getting the occasional look, and Made-For-TV Movie and Comedy Series getting the occasional bone.

    My unwritten rule: the show that wins the final Emmy of the night – and there have been years when it was Comedy Series instead of Drama Series, and I am under the impiression that they do this when they feel that the comedies were “better” that year – gets the “Outstanding Program” Emmy.

    Also remember that the Academy tried this from 1961 through 1964 (not including the “all awards are Areas this year” policy in 1965).

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    vinny
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    I oddly would like this catagory. Anyways just my guesses:

    2014 – Breaking Bad
    2013 – The Colbert Report
    2012 – Homeland
    2011 – Modern Family
    2010 – The Daily Show
    2009 – Mad Men
    2008 – Recount
    2007 – The Daily Show
    2006 – 24
    2005 – Lost
    2004 – The Sopranos
    2003 – The West Wing
    2002 – The West Wing
    2001 – The West Wing
    2000 – Will & Grace
    1999 – The Practice
    1998 – Late Show with David Letterman
    1997 – Miss Evers’ Boys
    1996 – ER
    1995 – ER
    1994 – Prime Suspect 3
    1993 – SNL
    1992 – The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
    1991 – Cheers
    1990 – Cheers
    1989 – Cheers
    1988 – Cheers
    1987 – LA Law
    1986 – Peter the Great
                                   

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    AMG
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    #351900

    I wonder if more popular shows would win this award, so things like Friends would be a multiple winner here, and Empire would be a fair bet this year. It goes to the programme that defined that particular year of television.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    If this was the case, Drama T.V. Series would only win and Comedy series would only very rarely win.

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    DS0816
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    The Emmys would pretend to have high-brow tastes in awarding Program of the Year with prestige selections. This was the case, during the 1990s, with the Governor’s Award. Remember that?

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