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  • Marcus James Dixon
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    Every year the TV academy makes a slew of Emmy rule changes, with some having drastic effects on the forthcoming nominations and winners. The recent rule change about a guest star’s eligibility resulted in Peter MacNicol’s Emmy nomination being rescinded, while last year’s rule change that got rid of the ranking system no doubt helped certain stars (Rami Malek, Tatiana Maslany) with passionate fan bases prevail on Emmy night. What Emmy rule changes should they make this year? Sound off!

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    There should be a rule in which your Emmy submission must meet a certain length of time or percentage. This would eliminate the dreadful wins that Margo Martingale won in 2015 and 2016.

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    They should enforce a system that requires voters to watch episodes before voting while maintaining the popular vote.

    imcrease Guest acting episodes to half+ 1 or less than or equal to 75%

    change the 30 minute is a comedy rule, force Transparent into Drama

    add more slots in mini series (7), perhaps due to a lack of competition in TV movie put them back in the same category but imcrease slots to 10

    Try the episode submission system for nominations from a while back but fix it to prevent kinks

    allow series like Top of the lake and The missing into mini series

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    AayaanUpadhyaya
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    I’m pretty happy with the popular-no ranking voting system because of the amazing winners we got last year. Although I’d love for there to be a way to enforce everyone voting to actually watch the submitted episodes. Either that or just get rid of the entire episode submission process since it’s completely meaningless.

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    dj
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    The main one is expanding the limited series category to 7 nominees, especially with the anthology boom that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Within a couple years I could see them expanding all the acting categories to 7 as well.

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    Riley
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    Outstanding Limited Series does seem competitive, but any calls for expanding the number of nominees for that category specifically should keep this in mind:

    151: Number of drama series submitted in 2016
    26: Number of limited series submitted in 2016

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    Outstanding Limited Series does seem competitive, but any calls for expanding the number of nominees for that category specifically should keep this in mind: 151: Number of drama series submitted in 2016 26: Number of limited series submitted in 2016

    it should be noted that there are many shows contributing to that 151 number such as: Scorpion, NCIS, and Bull. 

    In the miniseries category their are many more competitive shows. It is a situation of Quantity vs Quality. Right now the Limited series category is where the talent is. Let’s say that Feud, Fargo, The Night of, Black Mirror, and Guerilla are the front runners. We still have many competitive shows on the edge such as AHS, Big Little Lies, Top of th Lake, Taboo, Gilmore Girs and more.

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    They HAVE to go back to panels for the acting categories where they are not familiar with the nominees and have shown it by making horrible choices like Margo Martindale.

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    Expand directing and writing slots to match up with those made possible for the top prize (respective genre). This may be controversial—but, the Academy may as well up best-series to 10 slots. (Same goes for you, Oscar!)

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    The Guest Acting should definitely be amended to allow actors who appear in exactly 50% of episodes.

    I’d also like to see a change for Limited Series where any program with fewer than six episodes can compete. I never liked how Sherlock can only submit one episode and competes for TV Movie. It makes more sense that it compete as a Limited Series since there were three installments.

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    Riley
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    Sherlock submitting as a movie exists outside of the current rules.

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    Sherlock submitting as a movie exists outside of the current rules.

    what do you mean.

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    Riley
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    Like under the current rules, it should not be able to submit as a movie, so I do not think that changing the rules will force it into limited, as it is has been getting away with not playing by the rules anyway.

    I would like to see a slight rejiggering of the writing/editing submission rules.  Currently, nobody is allowed to submit multiple times for the same program because people should not be nominated multiple times for the same thing.  For example, Peter Dinklage could not separately submit his performance in different episodes.  Along the same lines, David Benioff cannot submit his writing for different episodes.  But if D.B. Weiss were to submit an episode that happens to be co-written by Benioff, that is allowed.  So we have this weird loophole where people can get nominated multiple times for the same job, in this case writing Game of Thrones, despite there being rules against that and not allowing Dinklage to get nominated multiple times for acting in Game of Thrones.  I think that nobody should be able to appear on the same ballot multiple times for the same achievement for the same program.  Given that actors can now submit together per Amy Poehler and Tina Fey last year, Amy Poehler could technically make their joint submission and Tina Fey could submit herself separately for work in another episode.  That is not right.

    I also think that the number of submissions per show should be limited to the maximum number of nomination slots in each category.

    Get rid of the “ties”.  They are not even real ties!  It is not that hard.  Do the Oscars ever have nominating ties?  Obviously not because that is stupid.

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    This is a small one, but I noticed something odd in the tech side. Production Design for hour-long shows is divided by Period and Contemporary/Fantasy. But the guild for this area (ADG) divides it as Period/Fantasy and Contemporary (which is also how Costumes is divided).

    The Emmys should definitely switch this. It makes far more sense to combine Fantasy with Period than it does to combine it with Contemporary.

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    The Emmys need to address how to deal with stunt casting on “SNL,” which bleeds into the larger question of how guest eligibility is determined. The “less than 50%” rule is atrocious, and it’s prevented genuine guest performances from competing where they should and excluding them from categories they have no legitimate chances in. Since they’re never going to reinstate Individual Performance in a Variety Program, this is what we’re stuck with, so make the distinctions as a whole better, please. The “30/60 minute” comedy/drama rule is terrible and contradictory as well.

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