Emmys: New 2013 rule change has ‘American Horror Story’ implications

Changes are coming.

One of the bizarre recent traditions we have seen from cable TV series is that in an effort to try and get their show submitted for Emmys as a miniseries. There’s a certain criteria that has to be met in order for this to happen, but there are some instances where we see something that few consider to be a miniseries end up in the category. For a prime example, look at this year with both “American Horror Story” and “Sherlock” — two programs that want attention for their shows, and thus decided to sign up for a category that they qualify for with a little less competition. (“Downton Abbey” did something similar last year, and ended up winning the overall category.)

Judging from the new ruling by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, we’re not sure we will see too many series do this anymore. Why? Beginning with the 2013 show, Lead and Supporting categories will be combined in two one award. For example, Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie will be merged into Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and the same will go for the Actress field.

So is this move particular fair to the actors who work so hard in these projects? Not in the slightest, but it seems to serve two purposes:

1. Trying to keep submissions in this category to projects that are strictly miniseries or movies rather than just TV series with a certain criteria desperate for Emmy gold.

2. Making the Emmy broadcast faster, as the Miniseries & Movie section is always the most tedious for casual viewers t home.

What do you think about this rule change — even if it is unfair for the actors, do you think it is the right move for the Emmys to make? If you love Emmy coverage, check back next week — we’ll be kicking off our pre-show predictions feature that will run up to the nomination announcement this July.

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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