In a decision that will surely have cable networks like HBO, Lifetime and History whooping for joy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors reversed its decision to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for actors and actresses in movies and miniseries. The decision to streamline the two categories came last year after the board voted to reduce the total number of categories (thereby eliminating two of the telefilm actor categories) in a bid to make the show shorter and, dare I say it, less boring.
Production of both movies and miniseries has seen a big leap since the decision was made by the board, (Downton Abbey, Hatfields & McCoys, The Bible and American Horror Story to name a few) and so they have decided to go ahead with more categories. This year at the Emmys, there will be four categories for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actresses. I feel that it was a strange decision to combine the categories in the first place as such a high number of the little golden statues have gone to premium and basic cable recipients each year.
The entry deadline for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, May 3rd, is fast approaching. This year’s nominations will be announced on July 18th for the telecast on CBS on September 22nd.