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    Paul Sheehan
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    March 27 announcement from TV academy

    The Television Academy today announced changes to be implemented for the 72nd Emmy Awards® season in response to unprecedented challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    These updates include a revised Emmy voting calendar, modification of the hanging episode rule for series and limited series, and suspension of For Your Consideration industry events.

    Following discussions with key industry partners, the Television Academy Board of Governors voted to update the Emmy Awards calendar to better accommodate ongoing changes and disruptions in production and programming schedules across all network, cable and streaming services. Key dates in the competition have been pushed back, and voting windows have shortened:

    Revised Emmy Awards Calendar:
    June 5: Entry deadline
    July 2: Nominations-round voting begins
    July 13: Nominations-round voting ends
    July 28: Nominations announced
    August 21: Final-round voting begins
    August 31: Final-round voting ends

    NOTE: There are no current plans to cancel or delay the Sept. 20 Emmy telecast or the Sept. 12 and 13 Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies. As national and statewide directives and mandates on the COVID-19 pandemic remain fluid, the Television Academy and broadcast partner ABC will monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

    Modification of Hanging Episode Rule (Series and Limited Series)
    Due to production and programming delays, the Academy has extended the eligibility date for “hanging episodes” to June 30 (formerly May 31).

    Series eligibility: To qualify for eligibility in the current eligibility year, the series must have premiered by the end of the eligibility year (May 31, 2020). If the series has one or more episodes that fall into the subsequent eligibility year, those episodes must be broadcast or posted on an accessible platform by June 30 to gain eligibility for the current eligibility year. A minimum of six eligible episodes is still required to qualify for series eligibility.

    Limited Series eligibility: To qualify for eligibility in the current eligibility year, the limited series must have premiered by the end of the eligibility year (May 31, 2020). If the limited series has one or more episodes/parts that fall into the subsequent eligibility year, those episodes must be broadcast or posted on an accessible platform by June 30 to gain eligibility for the current eligibility year, provided the complete limited series is made available by the June 30 deadline. If those episodes/parts are not able to be broadcast/posted by June 30, then the complete limited series, along with the individual achievements, will be eligible in the subsequent eligibility year.

    For Your Consideration Events
    All Television Academy For Your Consideration events—whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform—have been suspended for this Emmy season.

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    montana82
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    Now if only they could make a rule change to the Guest acting categories to prevent the name check nothing wins ala Cherry Jones and Margo Martindale.

    Since the new system the winners in the acting categories on the main categories have been so great and deserving (well not you Alec Baldwin). But the winners in Guest so mixed. Voters just aren’t as informed with a single appearance arc.

    "Here's a wonderfully b*tchy post from Montana82...." - Tom O'Neill Emmy Prediction Slugfest August 1st, 2019

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    Could the rule allowing for hanging episodes in limited series make Genius a player again? I guess it all depends on when they’re able to start production again, but now they have an extra month to get those other episodes out.

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    I don’t mean to be a contrarian in this case, but why did this happen?

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    All this COVID-19 stuff has made it much more difficult for shows to finish up production. Shows like One Day at a Time and Genius will likely have to postpone part or all of their seasons just because there’s no way to film right now, and even shows that have finished may be having issues finishing post-production because people can’t leave their houses to work together on things.

    Shows will have to keep their before-June premiere dates, but now they have an extra month to get the rest of their hanging episodes out (or made available to Emmy voters). I wouldn’t be surprised if some weekly-airing shows (like say The Third Day or Defending Jacob) had hiatuses of a few weeks before they air the last few episodes of the season just due to these issues making the editing and post-production process longer.

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    Thanks; you did a better explanation of it than the academy, actually. ^^

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    Allan Veríssimo
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    So does that mean the Emmy Ballots will be released online on July 2?

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    I hope they release them earlier. I want to be able to cement my predictions for writing and directing without all the question marks of how much and who each show will submit.

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    If the Emmy Ballots 2020 are only released in July, can this also affect the Gold Derby TV Awards? I ask this because the Emmys Ballots confirm the categories and shows of actors and actress that do not appear in the Prediction Center and that we can request to be added to the voting (there’s also the case of Guest categories).

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    On the one hand, we can fret less about whether the academy will have a chance to watch hanging episodes because there is more time. But in another way, there is less time now because hanging episodes were previously supposed to be made available for academy streaming by the end of May and they no longer have to do that, so they will likely just force the academy to watch the hanging episodes weeks later as they actually air.

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    The FYC will be distributed this year?
    Because its always a good way to know who will be submit on each category.

    FYC Emmys 2020:
    Sienna Miller - The Loudest Voice
    Anne Hathaway - Modern Love
    Zoë Kravitz - High Fidelity

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    can they still release fyc posters or not

    FYC 2020 EMMYS

    COMEDY- SCHITTS CREEK in all categories, Maya Rudolph, Eddie Murphy

    DRAMA- Killing Eve in all categories, HBC, Cicely Tyson, The Crown in directing

    LIMITED- UNBELIEVABLE, Normal People in writing and directing, Toni Collette, Tituss Burgess

    FYC OSCARS- Amy Adams

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    There are no DVDs going forward and because of the virus, the dates were pushed back and there are no events just for this year. More or less everything else is the same.

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