October 31, 2016 at 9:32 am #1201942518
I honestly love the show to death and of course I love seeing all the great actors get nominations, but it’s starting to get to the point where it’s not really fair that they compete as a miniseries. Ryan Murphy seems to be making an effort to link seasons and bring characters back especially in hotel.
Today news is trending about Ryan Murphy saying there will be a Murder House-Coven cross over season sometime soon. Now, he is tweeting that Lana from Asylum will appear in this season.
Do you think the Globes and the Emmys will consider changing rules to force AHS out of the miniseries category?
Also, is there anyone who will argue that they should be allowed to stay in the mini-series category?
Edit: Why is AHS on the Drama side for SAG? Did they choose to be in Drama or were they assigned there by SAG. I’m unfamiliar with the process.October 31, 2016 at 9:44 am #1201942524
They did change the category from “miniseries” to “limited series” (miniseries + anthologies) for 2015, so the question is if the show is even an anthology any more or if it is just a drama. First of all, what American Horror Story is no worse than what Fargo did. But I would say that American Horror Story still qualifies under the new rules because the same actors have new roles every season.October 31, 2016 at 11:30 am #1201942558
Even with minor crossover characters here and there, it’s still an anthology in the end, so it’s fine and within the rules competing in limited series where it currently resides.October 31, 2016 at 11:39 am #1201942563
You bring up a good point, but I don’t think that overrides the overwhelming anthology-style of the series.October 31, 2016 at 11:45 am #1201942565
SAG doesn’t allow shows to move once the show is nominated for an award. This is why Orange Is the New Black remains in comedy, even though it’s a drama at the Emmys.
An exception: Maggie Smith competed in mini/movie for the first season of Downton but this is before the show became a regular series, even though many may disagree. But that’s the official take on it.
To answer your question: Jessica Lange was nominated and won the SAG Award for the show’s first season in 2012 and that’s why it can’t be nominated in mini/movie. By the way, back in 2012 the show was submitted (and considered) a drama for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards and then the producers opted to switch to mini/movie, which caused a minor uproar. The switch happened for one reason only: the show had absolutely no shot in drama and it would have gotten one nomination. Everybody knew that. It’s too bad that the Emmys let good shows go drama (True Detective) and stinkers go mini/movie.October 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm #1201942786
I am glad to see someone else finally bring this point up. I have been saying this for almost two years now, and I still cannot help but feel that they should lose their right to claim themselves as an “anthology” series with all the interconnecting they are doing now.
Or I started to feel that way ever since Pepper appeared in season 4 AHS:Freakshow after appearing in season 2 “Asylum”. I felt even more strongly about this point when Ryan Murphey announced a while back that all of the seasons would eventually be connected.
I never really cared for this whole Anthology classification in the first place but eventually got used to it and accepted it. But the more and more the seasons become intermingled and characters start recurring across seasons, I cannot help but feel the show is no longer an “anthology” and simply a regular drama series.November 1, 2016 at 1:44 am #1201942877
They have made the mistake of letting ’em all on in miniseries. Now there’s no returning back.
It also would have zero shot in Drama categories aside from Makeup/Costume nods, so no one’s gonna bring that up.
As for SAG, it’s actually not just because once they entered there and have to stay there till the end of time like Zooey said. Otherwise they wouldn’t have pushed Fargo in Drama last year(after previously allowing it in Miniseries) and forced to put American Crime in Drama. Guilds are more strict in their definition of ”miniseries” actually. See also DGA still not accepting anthologies to submit themselves in that category.