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Emmys: TV Academy Merges Variety Talk and Sketch Categories, Expands Limited Series to Include Anthologies, DQ – Hollywood Reporter

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that its board of governors, as part of its annual review of Emmys rules, has amended several eligibility requirements and overhauled or added a number of high-profile categories.

When campaigning for the 2021 Emmys commences not long from now, things are going to look considerably different than they did during the lead-up to the 2020 Emmys.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that its board of governors, as part of its annual review of Emmys rules, has amended several eligibility requirements and overhauled or added a number of high-profile categories.

The most notable move, in a year in which most films are being unveiled on TV due to the closure of movie theaters, is that any non-documentary film that is uploaded to the film Academy’s streaming site — in other words, any non-documentary film that is seeking Oscar recognition — will be disqualified from the Emmy competition. This means that something like Greyhound, from Apple TV+, will not be Emmy-eligible, but Hamilton, from Disney+, will be.

Here is the TV Academy’s specific wording about this: “To clarify the distinction between theatrical motion pictures and television movies during the ongoing pandemic, any non-documentary film placed on the AMPAS viewing platform for Oscar consideration will be deemed a theatrical motion picture and thus ineligible for the Emmy competition. Additionally, the previously announced rule will apply: Effective in 2021, any programs that have been nominated for an Oscar are no longer eligible to enter the Primetime Emmy Awards competition.”

In other major news, the categories of variety talk series (which includes all of the late-night shows) and variety sketch series are being merged into one, variety series. Those two categories came into existence after the variety series category was split in 2015, so this is actually a return to the way things were before.

Additionally, anthology series have finally found a home. Over the past few years, the resurgence of these sorts of shows — in the form of Black MirrorThe Twilight Zone and others — have apparently confounded the TV Academy. Networks have had the option to either enter shows in the drama series or comedy series races or, alternatively, to submit individual individual installments for the best TV movie Emmy (even though they are not TV movies).

Henceforth, however, anthology series will compete alongside limited series in a unified category called best limited or anthology series. And individual work done within these sorts of shows will compete against each other — for example, best actor in a limited or anthology series.

The two categories honoring short form programs — short form comedy/drama series and short form variety series — are being merged into one category, best short form comedy, drama or variety series.

A new category is being created to recognize stunt performers (as opposed to stunt coordinators, who have been recognized for years in stunt coordination categories): best stunt performance by an individual or team in a drama, comedy, limited series or movie. (Team entries will be capped at four entrants.)

“Our annual review of Emmy rules and procedures is more important than ever,” TV Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma said in a statement. “Our awards committee and board of governors undertake this annual evaluation with a very thoughtful and analytical approach to ensure that the Emmys remain relevant and in step with our industry’s ongoing evolution.”

In other news:

As previously confirmed on Nov. 2, the TV Academy and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have agreed to migrate all potential Children’s Programming entries previously submitted in the Primetime Emmys to the Daytime Emmys. In addition, Children’s Animated Programs, which target an audience aged 6-12, will also migrate to the Daytime Emmy competition.

As the majority of Children’s Programming categories have historically been awarded in the Daytime Emmys, the decision eliminates confusion and streamlines the submissions process.

Daytime Programming, Children’s Programming and Animation peer groups will continue to vote on excellence in children’s programming for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Daytime Emmys.

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