Editors’ Emmys slugfest: Dissecting all those crazy new rule changes (Video)

On the eve of the 87th Oscars, the Emmys threw us a massive curveball by announcing several new rule changes — some rather controversial. (See Paul Sheehan‘s report on the new Emmy rules here.) Emmy lovers that we all are, Gold Derby’s Editors decided to do an improptu video slugfest (watch or listen below) to help clarify what these changes mean going forward.

Joining me in our newest slugfest are Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan as we analyze the rule changes and make our early predictions for Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series.

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Among the topics we discuss:

Are freshman series like “Transparent,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Affair” likely to take advantage of those new seventh slots for Best Comedy and Best Drama? Or will the TV Academy instead go back to old faves like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Good Wife“?

Will “Orange is the New Black” and “Shameless” be allowed to stay in the comedy categories, or do their 60-minute running times mean they’re automatically considered dramas?

Is CW series “Jane the Virgin” out of luck as a drama, or will it petition to become a comedy?

Will the new Limited Series rules affect any projects other than “True Detective“?

Who will be hurt by the new rule that guest stars must appear in less than 50% of the episodes? Don’t forget, three of last year’s guest acting winners (Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba and Joe Morton) would have been ineligible under these new rules.

Emmys upheaval: Rule changes bounce ‘Orange is the New Black,’
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Last year, there was a three-way tie amongst Gold Derby’s Experts, Editors and Top 24 Users at predicting the Emmys, with each group reaping 58.62% accuracy. Can any of these groups do better at this year’s Emmys? (See all previous prediction accuracy charts here.)

Watch or listen to our slugfest below, and then use our easy drag-and-drop menu to predict Best Picture at the Oscars. Hurry! The top scorer gets $1,000, bragging rights and a starring role on our Top 24 team that will be showcased in the run-up to next year’s Oscars.

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