If a single director directs two episodes of two different series, and these two episodes are THE best directed episodes of the season, can this man be nominated for both shows, or he must be nominated for just one?
He/she would have to pick one of the episodes. Emmy rules dictate that a potential nominee’s name can only be on the ballot once, unless they are eligible to be nominated as a pair/team.
Ooh, good question. The rule for all categories a few years ago was that each person could only make one submission per category. A few years ago, they changed the rule in the guest categories, so that a person could make multiple submissions there, but I am not sure if they only changed the rule for the guest categories or if that was the only category that it affected that people cared enough about to comment on. I have noticed that directors have not been making multiple submissions, like when Tim Van Patten submitted the premiere of Game of Thrones and did not submit for Boardwalk Empire, which he was serving as lead director on, but I am not sure if this has been a conscious effort or they are actually bound by the rulebook. The single-submission rule certainly does not apply to cinematography, where Steven V. Silver submits for both Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.
Where does Edwin Sherin fall into this? In 1999 he got double noms for the Law & Order/Homicide crossover episode.Technically there were only 4 nominees that year.
You can now make multiple submissions in the same category for different programs. This rule has some exceptions, mostly the directing categories.
“Producers may submit one or more program entries per program category or area. In most categories/areas an eligible individual or the identical team may enter multiple achievements per category or area if the achievements are for different programs (Categories excluded from this rule are directing in comedy and drama series, directing for movies/miniseries, directing for variety series and specials and technical direction for series and movies/miniseries or specials.). In the case where a producer makes an entry for an eligible individual or team, it is the producer’s responsibility to inform them that the entry has been made on their behalf.”