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Television Academy Announces Rule Changes for Comedy & Drama Categorization at the Emmys 2022

Television Academy Announces Rule Changes for Comedy & Drama Categorization at the Emmys 2022

There are some changes being made to the 2022 Emmy Awards.

Variety reports that the Television Academy has altered the rules for the 74th awards show, switching up some of the ways comedy and drama series will be categorized.

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The announcement reads: “Categorization based on program length for a comedy or drama series has been eliminated. Episode length will no longer dictate submission categories. Instead, producers will now determine category submission with the stipulation that the Television Academy’s Industry Panel reserves the right to review the producer’s preference.

“Comedy and drama series are defined as programs with multiple episodes (minimum of six) in which the content is primarily comedic for comedy series entries or primarily dramatic for dramatic series entries. In addition, the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. The exception is programming under 20 minutes, which must be submitted in short-form categories.”

The Academy also clarified some of the rules around limited series, stipulating that the show’s “story arc must be completely resolved within its season, with no on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons,” and that “subsequent seasons of a limited series must cover completely new ground, requiring no knowledge of the events of the previous season.”

The Academy ruled in 2015 that all hour-long series would be submitted as drama, with half-hour shows being directed to comedy. Producers and networks were allowed to petition to switch categories.

Other changes include music supervisor being solely eligible to win the Emmy in their category, and a redefinition of what constitutes a theatrical motion picture. The Academy has ruled that ” any film placed on the viewing platform for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be deemed a theatrical motion picture and thus ineligible for the Emmy competition,” per Variety.

The stunts and voice-over categories have also been expanded to allow eligibility for those working in reality programming, animation and special visual effects.

See the complete winners list from last year’s show!

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