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    Information about the Daytime Emmy awards honoring the work aired in 2020 is finally beginning to trickle out as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has released a couple of documents pertaining to next year’s awards. The Daytime Emmy website now has a 2021 banner with links to important dates, a category listing, and a listing of what’s new from last year (though that link goes to the important dates listing, the document seems unavailable at the moment).

    What I can see so far is that there will once again be a combined younger performer category rather than separate make and female categories. The documents lists four tracks of programs: Drama, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Children. Those are apparently more clearly defined in the [currently unavailable] What’s New document, but it appears that the Fiction includes scripted programming that isn’t a traditional daytime drama. The term “Daytime Fiction Program” seems to have replaced “Digital Drama Series” in most awards categories, and there are Fiction categories for Outstanding Limited Drama Series, Short Form Daytime Fiction Programming, and Young Adult Series.

    In terms of schedule, the plan is for blue ribbon panel judging to occur from late April to mid May, nominations to be announced in June, and virtual ceremonies to be held in June/July. Looking forward to learning more about next year’s awards as more information is released!

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    I just received the link to the What’s New in Daytime document for this year’s Daytime Emmy awards, and it has some interesting adjustments in it, including explanations for the new category “tracks” that have been created to streamline the category genres and adjustments to category eligibility and judging rules. The full document is here, but here are some of the juicier nuggets:

    – There will be NO PRE-NOMINATION ROUND for performers in any of the Drama or Daytime Diction (which includes the genre formerly referred to as Digital Dramas) categories. Everyone just submits their one reel and judging proceeds accordingly. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects nominations.

    – Not only is the non-gendered Younger Performer in a Drama Series category sticking around, but the age restrictions will be changing. Next year, the age limit in the category will be lowered to 21 rather than 25, and for 2023, it will be further lowered to 18. In addition, there is now a Younger Performer in a Daytime Fiction Program category with an age limit of 18 years old.

    – All craft categories for Drama and Daytime Fiction Programs will be combined this year, with the Drama Series retaining their own categories for acting, writing and directing.

    – The episode limit for eligibility as a Limited Drama Series (formerly Digital Drama)is now 22 rather than 35.

    There are a host of other changes, major and minor, included in the document, many of them related to categories outside of the drama. I still have yet to see this year’s rule book, but the call for entries is scheduled to go out on Wednesday, so I’m hopeful it will be available soon.

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    That’s unfortunate. I doubt voters will have time to watch that many reels. We’ll probably just have a ton of name-check repeat noms like in the 80’s & 90’s when actors like Lucci, Slezak, Canary & Geary got nominated every time they submitted even if other less famous actors were more deserving.

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    I’m not exactly sure what the procedure is without prenoms, to be honest. Some categories have a preliminary round, though I’ve paid little attention to that because it wasn’t applicable to the acting categories and wasn’t needed for any of the other drama categories. I believe a certain number of entrants can trigger the preliminary round where entries are broken down into subsets and narrowed down to a smaller pool in advance of the blue ribbon panel. I don’t know specifically how this works, though, or whether it applies to the acting categories. Maybe the administration isn’t expecting all that many entries, which is easy to imagine for the lead and younger performer categories, less so for supporting and guest performers. Maybe they just wanted to simplify the process by eliminating the need to make a second submission, or maybe they think that given the pandemic judges will find more time to watch the reels.

    Now that I think about it, if an actor signs up to be a judge in a heavy category, let’s say supporting actress, and has to watch like 30 reels that are 10 minutes each (over the course of like a month), that’s a five hour commitment, but they were already committed a third of that even with prenoms narrowing the list to 10 plus in theory watching the four-minute prenom clips from every actor in every category in which they chose to vote, which could be all of them. This may actually be less time.

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    Disappointed there won’t be any pre-noms this year. I guess this was designed to make nominations day more suspenseful (not knowing who the ten finalists in each category are ahead of the announcement), in which case I’d understand if the decision had been made to simply not publicly release the list of pre-noms, but why then do away with the pre-nom round altogether? It would be interesting to know at least the mechanics behind this decision. Was it indeed too large a time investment for voters to have two phases of judging? Was there too much overlap in reel submissions between the two rounds? One thing is clear, there will be added pressure now on entrants making the most out of their submissions, because they only get one shot to make a lasting impression.

    Surprised also by the changes in age restriction made to the Younger Performer category for the coming years. 21 sounds reasonable, but 18 seems a bit young as an age limit? That would considerably (and perhaps unfairly) narrow down the pool of eligible candidates.

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    I agree, alokin, I’d like to know the mechanics behind the decision. I doubt there was concern about overlap between the two submissions, since the administration could easily mandate that prenom submissions and nomination submissions either overlap or not, depending on how they want it. And the way things shook out last year proves that they can hide the prenoms and maintain a heightened suspense until nominees are announced. I wonder if it was suggested by the shows in response to all the exploratory work that was being done.

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