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    With AHS and possibly True Detective pulling category fraud by being in the movie/mini field; let’s look at a miniseries that for some reason competed in the drama field, HBO’s Tanner ’88.

    I have a couple Emmy questions about this series. First off, why was this in the drama field? It was clearly presented as a miniseries. (Maybe HBO put it in there so it did not hurt their telefilm Murderer Among Us, which got 3 noms and 1 win). The other surprise is that it managed to only get a directing nod for Robert Altman. And even this nom was likely due to the star****ing that the Emmy’s have a tradition of doing.

    If it was rightly placed in the mini/movie categories, here are the noms it should have received. 

     

    Miniseries

    Lead Actor – Michael Murphy

    Lead Actress – Pamela Reed

    Supporting Actress – Ilana Levine

    Supporting Actor – Harry Anderson (could go guest in drama)

    Writing – Pilot or The Boiler Room

    Directing – The Boiler Room

     

    Even in the loaded drama field of the 80’s , it should have gotten more noms. What do you guys think?

     

    Note- This was only the second year for premium channels, that probably had something to do with it.

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    Icky
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    I would personally like to see any continuously running series that’s at least eight episodes a season submit drama/comedy series. But it’s not category fraud. The rules explicitly state that anthologies can be considered miniseries.

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    You’ve got to remember that the HBO of 1989 was not the Emmy powerhouse that it has now become.  I was a writer at HBO during that period, and, believe me, awards were the furthest thing from our minds.  Any Emmy nomination for an HBO series was a big deal back then.  And when it actually turned into a major-category win for Robert Altman as Best Director against all those network big boys, it was a genuine shock, not only to HBO but to the industry as well.  And it wasn’t star f******.  Altman couldn’t get arrested during this period.  The win was solely due to the quality of the work.

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    I would personally like to see any continuously running series that’s at least eight episodes a season submit drama/comedy series. But it’s not category fraud. The rules explicitly state that anthologies can be considered miniseries.

    Since they use six episodes as the line to disqualify series, I would like to see anything that has at least six episodes competing as a drama series and anything with fewer than six episodes competing in a combined limited-run category.

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