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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    The Grammys have a Best New Artist category. And the WGA Awards have one for new TV shows. Other kinds of awards have something similar, like First Feature/Screenplay at the Spirit Awards, and of course the Gold Derby Awards have a Breakthrough Performer category. I think it would be great if the Emmys had a category for Best New Program. Like the Grammys it could cover all genres and formats (drama, comedy, variety, animation, etc.). And since just getting on the radar is often the hardest part of competing at the Emmys, it would be specifically designed to put new shows on the map.

    Do you think the category would be a good idea? What shows would have made the cut if there were a category like that this year? Definitely “Transparent,” probably “Better Call Saul.” Maybe “Last Week Tonight” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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    nkb325
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    #359687

    Maybe they could do something like the critics choice awards and their list of exciting new series. Instead of actually having an award and giving it to a winner, preventing yet another category to win an emmy, each year they could announce a list of the 5 most promising or best new series. That way they are still getting on the emmys radar but there isnt another award added to the 1000 the emmys already have

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    KyleBailey
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    The flawed thing about the “Most Promising Show” Emmy would be the fact that they could potential reward a show that bombs like The Michael J. Fox Show. I think it would be nice. This year’s nominees would probably have been Transparent, Empire, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Better Call Saul, and American Crime if they let anthologies in 

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    Someonelikeme
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    #359689

    Yes!

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    rstang00
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    #359691

    Hell. No.

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    Someonelikeme
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    #359692

    I wouldn’t be mad if they did. Maybe it will make them try watching new shows and having new acting nominees instead of a lot of the same bullshit they nominate

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    mikeboy898
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    #359694

    Yes they should! But not for series that haven’t aired yet. They should have a ‘Best New Series’ for seasons that have debuted their 1st seasons, or are currently airing them (Mr. Robot for example, which deserves all the awards!)

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    Riley
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    #359695

    It would not be the worse thing.  I would only worry that people would try to spread the wealth and might not vote a great first season for best series because they were already awarding it best new series.

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    GoMe91
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    I’d say no because I don’t believe it would make much of a difference. I could see a show get its sole nomination for Best New Series, and then it being dropped altogether the next year. I was recently thinking about New Girl (a show I haven’t watched in a while btw) and how it got some really promising nominations its first year (Directing, lead acttress, supp. actor) and then it was completely dropped for it’s second season (a second season that got much better reviews). I don’t think a “New Series” category would have changed that. 

    This year, a few new shows broke into the Series categories, while a few others got major nominations. Sometimes the Emmys can be slow, but if a new show is truly excellent, it’ll be rewarded (30 Rock, Modern Family, Homeland, Mad Men – all shows that won Comedy/Drama Series for its first season). I think a New Series category will discourage voters from voting for a new series in the Drama or Comedy category. 

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    WaltEagle
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    No, but it’s less of a bad idea than upping the number of nominees.

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    Gone_Guy
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    Absolutely! There are some great and high quality shows that would be deserving of this category, yet may not stand in a chance in the actual Comedy or Drama categories. Speaking of, this is one category where I would combine the genres.

    This past year, the contenders would have been…

    – “The Affair”  
    – “Better Call Saul” 
    – “Bloodline”
    – “Empire”
    – “Jane the Virgin”
    – “The Last Man on Earth”
    – “Transparent”
    – “Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt”

    This year alone, there’s already “Mr. Robot” and “UnREAL.” 

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    24Emmy
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    No. I wouldn’t be opposed to a montage of the best new shows during the telecast though.

    Okay this is off topic but can someone clarify what is the point of people quoting a comment but not replying and leaving a blank space?

    Substitute for the damaged liked feature? Good question.

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    CanadianFan
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    I don’t like the idea of comedies and dramas competing against one another.

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    Emmys2011
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    NO NO NO. I think it would take the prestige of winning a best drama or comedy series award, cause they would definitely spread the wealth. For example, if hypothetically this year was a tough race betwee, say Mad Men and Better Call Saul, then they would reward both. Yes yes, both would end with an important award, but the point of it all is the race and who comes out the big winner. The sole winner, that´s the point.

    Another example, a few years back, they probably wouldn´t have given Homeland best drama series. If they can keep rewarding Mad Men, the could without feeling they took it away from another great show that just happened to start that year.

    Inversely, they would´ve given it to OITNB  last year without having to take a win away from Modern Family, and everyone would´ve been happy because OITNB won big, but I think the actual value/excitement there would´ve been if it actually won best comedy series instead of a fifth by MF.

    Many more examples over the year, think of it. It would take so much of the excitement out of the race and competition aspect of the awards. 

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    Riley
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    I don’t like the idea of comedies and dramas competing against one another.

    But the blurred lines.

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