‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ jumps from Best Comedy Series to Best Children’s Program on the Emmy ballot

A Series of Unfortunate Events” has made a big move across the Emmy ballot. The Netflix series premiered in 2017, when it competed in comedy series categories. But season two, which aired this spring, has been entered for consideration as a children’s program.

The Netflix comedy is based on the 13 children’s novels in the “Unfortunate Events” series by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler). The eight-episode first season covered the first four books. Season two was 10 episodes long and adapted the next five books. The series has been renewed for a third season of seven episodes that will be based on the last four books.

The show tells the darkly comic story of the Baudelaire children — Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny (Presley Smith) — who are left orphaned by a mysterious fire. They’re shuttled between guardians while the evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) schemes to steal their family fortune. But don’t worry, those actors can still compete in comedy acting categories even with the show shifted over to the Children’s contest.

So will the show win an Emmy in its new category? Instead of facing shows like “Atlanta,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” it’ll be up against other children’s programs like “Degrassi: Next Class,” “Fuller House,” “Star Wars Rebels” and the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards. “Unfortunate Events” earned just one Emmy nom last year: Best Musical Composition for James Newton Howard, who lost to “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal.

In recent years the award for Best Children’s Program has gone to a wide array of programs including Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2009-2010, 2012), HBO’s “Alan Alda and the Actor Within You: A YoungArts Masterclass” (2015) and most recently “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas” (2017).

Voting for the 2018 Emmy nominations opened on January 11, and these awards are unique in that the same ballots voters use to decide the contenders are also available to the public. So you can check out the competition and decide for yourself who has the best chance of winning.

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