- If you're a 30 minute show, you're now presumed to be a comedy, and if you're an hour-long, you're presumed to be a drama. There's an appeals process, but it seems like that's a pretty hard and fast rule. Big potential impacts for Orange Is The New Black (which ran as a comedy last year), Transparent, Shameless, and Jane The Virgin (which you have to assume will petition to be viewed as a comedy).
- A tweak to the "guest actor" rules--if you're in more than half a show's episodes, you're no longer eligible in the category. This is a potential big hit against Orange Is The New Black,where, because of billing, a lot of cast members were billed as "guest" despite appearing in most episodes, and would've knocked out several recent winners--Allison Janney was right on the edge of 50% for Masters of Sex last year.
- A new division in the "Variety Series" category, dividing the category between "sketch" and "talk," with "sketch" awarded in the Creative Arts Emmys, and "talk" awarded in the main telecast. This makes for interesting decisions for sketch shows like Key & Peele and Inside Amy Schumer. Do they take the longer shot at Best Comedy Series, or do they compete as sketch shows?
Friday, February 20, 2015
EMMY IS THE NEW BLACK: Some Emmy rule changes of interest:
Posted by Matt at 1:13 PM