In a sign that it’s not only embracing the changing and ever-widening television landscape, but that it’s also willing to constantly adapt, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is considering a change in categories for the Emmys (again).
As first reported by TVLine, in response to the surge of miniseries that have been created and ordered, the group will mull a proposal that would split up the category of "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie" into two separate categories.
“The recommendation has been made and it is on the agenda to be discussed at the Feb. 4 Awards Committee meeting,” an Academy rep told TVLine.
In 2011, due to a dearth of miniseries, those productions became lumped into a category with TV movies, but only a few years later, that looks to revert back.
This change comes nine months following another break up. In April, the Academy decided to split the respective acting categories, adding four new awards for lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress. That move came just a year after the Academy had chosen to group the acting accolades all together.
For now, the directing and writing categories have not been divided.
This (highly-expected) recent move and the one last year are sensible, as History, FX, Discovery, and NBC, among others, are jumping on board for scripted miniseries (although, ABC’s recent foray didn’t work out too great).
The Emmys will air this year in August, and not September so as to not compete with the NFL, and in continuing with their network rotation, the event will be aired on NBC. Even with the additional categories, you can be sure the Emmys telecast won’t dare cross the three-hour threshold, as some will be allocated beforehand. It’s a long show as it is, after all.