February 20, 2015 at 10:17 am #341689
Emmys Change Rules: 7 Series Nominees, Comedy Defined as Half-Hours
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emmys-change-rules-7-series-775632February 20, 2015 at 10:22 am #341691
That will shake up some acting races as well.February 20, 2015 at 10:24 am #341692
I’m pretty thrilled about this, instinctually! I haven’t thought through all of the ramifications, but if it cuts down on category fraud and helps some underdog, under-appreciated series, actors and actresses, and writers and directors get some Emmy recognition that is so richly deserved, I have for believe this is a great change. I’m sure many will find classifying the genre of a series based on run-time to be problematic, though.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 20, 2015 at 10:25 am #341693
I think this makes perfect sense… It will however make the comedy category far less competitive and the drama far more competitive. I really like the new rule about limited series, this means that shows that were intended as regular series cannot suddenly decide they are a mini-series.February 20, 2015 at 10:26 am #341694
I am liking these changes. The only shows it would affect comedy wise would be OITNB and Shameless but those were allowed to switch to the comedy categories so I think they will stay. I would be surprised otherwise.
Also, I think we will now see Joan Cusack in Supporting Actress with the Guest Acting categories changed.February 20, 2015 at 10:26 am #341695
I never watch Veep, for instance, so I don’t know what its run times usually are, but if it produced an episode that ran 31 minutes, would that make it ineligible? Just that episode? [shrugs]
And I assume they mean just the run time of the show itself, not commercials on network. Because networks routinely produce blocks that run 31 minutes in total including commercials.February 20, 2015 at 10:27 am #341696
The only thing this really affects is Orange and Shameless, right? And William H. Macy was the only nomination from Shameless anyway.
And I guess Jane the Virgin is screwed as it’s too comedic for the drama category. But it’s a CW show that was never gonna get nominations anyway.
This doesn’t solve the “category fraud” problem entirely though. There are still 30 minute dramas like Nurse Jackie, etc. Running time doesn’t have anything to do with genre.February 20, 2015 at 10:29 am #341697
This is kind of great news for “Orange” tho and half hour comedies like “The Middle” “The Goldbergs” and “Fresh off the Boat” as they now have some slots cleared.
Crazy news, but pretty fun.February 20, 2015 at 10:29 am #341698
Wow, the Academy is cracking down on potential category fraud. Shows like Orange is the New Black and Shameless will have to go into Drama, and perhaps American Horror Story as well. The 50% rule for guest acting is a surprise, but it makes sense especially if there are no “Recurring” categories as well. As for the increase to 7 nominees in each series category, I think that is a bad decision. This “everyone gets a trophy” approach is bad for awards in general, and having fewer nominees means the actual nomination is worth something.February 20, 2015 at 10:30 am #341699
My first thought was this might actually benefit The Big Bang Theory the most. With all the hour-long shows in drama, it could mean TBBT could finally get its due? Especially if Modern Family fever has fizzled out…February 20, 2015 at 10:32 am #341700
So is Orange now back in as a Drama Series?February 20, 2015 at 10:32 am #341701
I guess this also solves the Lorraine Toussaint problem, and many of the other Orange ladies too. Many of them will be ineligible for Guest. Great news. Drama Supporting is completely open without Anna Gunn, so it’ll be interesting how things play out in that category.February 20, 2015 at 10:38 am #341702
LOVE the crackdown on Limited Series – TRUE DETECTIVE WAS NOT A DRAMA SERIES!!!
Not sure how I feel about Comedy/Drama Series. What happens in a weaker year where there are six great series, but a seventh has to get in because of this rule?
ALL voters must watch the contending episodes online before they can vote, and attest there are no conflicts of interest with any of the nominees. I have no clue who are and who aren’t Emmy voters, but could it be interesting for particularly Modern Family? Are loads of voters buddies with the cast/crew? I have no idea, but it could explain why they love it SO much.
Each series wanting to switch has to individually apply to a specific panel. Should prove very interesting.
Guest Acting going to guest actors – as it should be.
Expanding Variety/Talk Show is a good change too.February 20, 2015 at 10:39 am #341703
Well now my head hurts…
I think it’s ridiculous to say that anything over 30 minutes is automically a drama. It’s a smack in the face for Jane The Virgin for example. Orange Is The New Black actually did go more comedic in season 2 so this is just getting insane – how an earth does SAG or PGA then react?? The only real benefactors are Taylor Schilling and Louraine Toussaint. Meanwhile the losers:
– Drama Supporting actress (my poor TGW)
– Guest actors, who, without the techanicallity, wouldn’t stand a chance, so goodbye to the likes of Laverne Cox etc.
– Any comedy series over 30 minutes. Does this go back in time and revoke wins for Ally McBeal or Ugly Betty??
I’m livid over this one…
February 20, 2015 at 10:39 am #341704
I’m glad they’re taking a stand about all the category fraud all over the place, even though they say there’s still the ability to petition. And honestly, I think voters would be more comfortable giving Orange Is the New Black the Drama Series trophy compared to the Comedy Series one. There’s no real frontrunner anymore now that Breaking Bad is gone so they actually do have a good shot.
One thing I really do like is that they split up the Variety Series categories. Having Variety Sketch opens it up for Portlandia, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele and things like that. Though I suppose SNL would have this on lock every year from now on.
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