Sources say the show will return in May 2014 for 13 episodes. The rules state a show should air the majority of their season before the cut off point. They could only air 4/5 at most in May meaning 8/9 episodes will air in the next season. If this happens Lead Actor in a Comedy Series will lose another person.
That is correct; it is ineligible.
Is the premiere date official? It’s still a year or so away. They could always move it up if they wanted it to be eligible (assuming it complies with their production schedule).
Announcing an April premiere would have left it ambiguous so that they could decide later, but by announcing May as FX did, I think that they are pretty set on competing for the 2014 Emmys, which is unfortunate.
This is really upsetting.