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post Feb 21 2015, 05:35 PM
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So after a few years of controversy surrounding mini-series, guest actors and of course the True Detective drama last year, the TV Academy have tightened up and changed some of the rules to make things a lot clearer.

Here are the changes in full:

Expansion of Final Round Voting: In an effort to increase member participation in the voting process, and to take advantage of the Academy’s extension of online voting to both rounds, all voters eligible to vote in a category’s nominating round are now eligible to vote in that category’s final round, so long as they meet two additional requirements: much like the former Blue Ribbon panel process, voters must watch the required submitted material online and attest to no specific conflicts of interest with the nominees.

Expansion of Nominees for “Comedy” and “Drama” Series Categories: Due to the dramatic increase in series production, the number of nominees for “Comedy” and “Drama” series has been increased from six to seven.

Definition of a “Comedy” and “Drama” Series: To clarify the difference between the “Comedy” and “Drama” series categories, series with episodes of 30 minutes or less are defined as a “Comedy”; those with episodes of more than 30 minutes are presumed to be a “Drama.”

Producers may formally petition a new Academy industry panel to consider their series’ eligibility in the alternative category. This nine-member panel will include five industry leaders appointed by the Television Academy Chairman and four appointees from the Board of Governors. A two-thirds vote of this Industry Panel is required for petition approval.

All programs entering the competition this year will be grouped according to these new definitions.

Definition of “Series” and “Limited Series”: “Mini-Series” will be changed to “Limited Series” and defined as programs of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tell a complete, non-recurring story, and do not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons. “Comedy” and “Drama” Series will continue to be defined as programs with a minimum of six episodes which have an ongoing storyline, theme and main characters presented under the same title and with continuity of production supervision.

Producers may formally petition for review by the aforementioned industry panel to change category eligibility.

Definition of “Guest Actor”: Only performers appearing in less than 50% of a program’s episodes are now eligible to submit in the “Guest Actor” category.

Split of Variety Series category: The Variety Series category is now split – Outstanding Variety Talk, to be awarded during the Primetime Emmy telecast, and Outstanding Variety Sketch, to be included in the Creative Arts Emmy program.
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I think all of these are very good ideas, even if means stuff like AHS might not pick up as many nods as before (even if the fourth season deserves NONE anyway)
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post Feb 22 2015, 01:08 PM
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The Guest Actor one means half of the cast of Orange Is the New Black won't be getting their annual nominations then? laugh.gif I don't follow the Emmy's but the new rule about the differentiation between "Comedy" and "Drama" seems odd, for example Glee would be classed as "Drama" because it's an hour long programme? Okay...
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post Feb 22 2015, 03:48 PM
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Yeh, I don't really understand why comedy HAS to be 30 minutes. The timing of a show does not change whether it is funny or not.
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post Feb 22 2015, 06:59 PM
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It's a simple way of getting stuff like OITNB out of the comedy category without some convoluted nonsense rules. Not that it's even banned, it can still get in if they argue their case well. I don't see the issue because 99% of comedies are 30 minutes and 99% of Dramas 60. If it fits that many shows then it's a good rule.
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