November 11, 2019 at 10:08 am #1203174636
I did some searching online and found this year’s Daytime Emmy guidelines. There were a few interesting things in there:
1. It doesn’t seem like NATAS intends to announce the pre-nominations. There is no date for it on the list of dates and deadlines, and each category guide says that a performer will be notified by NATAS if they are pre-nominated and need to submit a reel for the blue ribbon panel. Nominations are planned to be announced sometime the week of April 27, 2020, which is around when they’ve held the ceremony in recent years. Pre-nom judging will happen in February, with blue ribbon panel judging taking place from mid-March to mid-April.
2. In addition to combining the younger actor and actress categories, the Emmys have also eliminated the requirement that people competing as younger must submit material from before their 26th birthday. Anyone who was 25 or under during 2019 can submit material from anytime during the year, even if that material was filmed or aired after they turned 26.
3. Both younger performer and guest performer categories are now participating as pre-nom categories, and people initially entering those categories submit only a pre-nom (four minute) reel rather than going directly to a blue ribbon panel reel. All of the daytime acting categories state that a pre-nom round will be used if there are 14 or more entries in the category. It seems that with any less than 14, everyone goes directly to blue ribbon panel judging. I’m not sure if even the performers would know whether or not they had to participate in the pre-nom round, unless they were judging.
4. The rules for guest performer for this year define a guest performer as a performer who played a limited role with a defined story arc that had a beginning and an end. A person is eligible for this even if they have appeared in this role prior to 2019. The show, the performer, and the Emmy administration must all agree that the performer does indeed belong in the guest category. (This note is also present in the guidelines for lead and supporting actor and actress — all parties have to agree on category placement, and the Emmys reserve the right to reject a given place if they feel it’s wrong.) As mentioned, the guest category is now included in the categories that may have a pre-nom round, and the submission for the blue ribbon panel is now aligned with the other performer category submissions. Previously, a guest performer was asked to submit all their scenes from a single episode. Now, as is the case for the lead, supporting and younger performer categories, a guest performer may submit up to 15 minutes of scenes from as many episodes as they choose.
5. The rules for submissions for drama series, writing team and directing team are the same as last year: two episodes or, in the case of B&B, either two episodes or two pairs of back-to-back episodes, from sometime during the year.
6. This probably isn’t new, but I found it interesting: Performers not only pick their pre-nom reels and their blue panel reels, but they’re also responsible for submitting a 60-second clip of their work to be used during the awards ceremony. I always thought the Emmy people just took a bit of their reel that was entered, but is a totally separate thing.November 11, 2019 at 10:54 am #1203174696
NATSS is a walking contradiction. How do you fix your face to talk about transparency with the new leadership and go and do this nonsense with the pre-nominations?November 11, 2019 at 11:05 am #1203174716
I have become so discouraged by the daytime Emmys after last year’s debacle ): But I want the pre-noms announced! TRANSPARENCY! I want to know who are on each of the blue ribbon panels so I know who to blame!
Does the rules about guest performer rule out Brad Maule getting a nomination for his one day role last Friday? (the beginning and end part of it makes me wonder?)….November 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm #1203175050
I think the beginning and end language was to help weed out people who are basically just recurring characters or on a storyline that extends well into the following year. I saw that and thought that Kate Mansi and Martha Madison could have been in each other’s categories last year — Mansi spent another month and a half playing her former character, where Madison was mostly on screen specifically for the DNR story. I think Brad Maule would totally be eligible. I also don’t think the rule is meant to rule out participants who would appear in just one or two episode necessarily.
It was pretty stunning to see this after the talk about transparency, though it’s become very clear to me that transparency is not meant to apply to the general public. I suppose what they really want is to make the performers, executives, etc. who are entering the competition and doing the judging to feel like they know a lot more about what’s happening than the rest of us do. Even the rule book was harder to find than it usually is. The book also says that after the awards take place, a transparency report with statistics will be released, but the transparency report will be anonymized as much as possible. So there’s that.
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