Categorization of Comedy and Drama Series by Elimination Time – Deadline
The Television Academy has announced rule changes for the 74th Emmy Awards.
The adjustment addresses the long-standing issue of the evolution of comedy and drama genres in television that has led to hour-long comedies, dramas as well as half-hour series that are more dramatic than comedy , with series like Shameless and Orange is the new black change categorization during their races. The length of a program has now been eliminated as a criteria for categorizing comedy and drama series
Additionally, the TV Academy extended the “no Oscar-Emmy double-dipping” rule it imposed for documentaries in June to original films. Any film placed on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ viewing platform will now be considered a motion picture and therefore ineligible for the Emmy competition. This would prevent streamers from considering some of their Emmy films if they didn’t land Oscar nominations.
The Academy’s Board of Governors confirmed the rules and procedures for the 2022 Emmy Awards, as recommended by the Awards Committee, which also include changes to the stunt and voiceover categories and expanded entry eligibility for various professionals working on reality programming, animation and special visual effects.
“This year, our Awards Committee worked with industry colleagues to further define the program’s eligibility for the Emmy competition,” said Frank Scherma, President and CEO of the Television Academy. “We have made great strides in differentiating what is eligible for our respective competitions, in concert with the ongoing changes in content development and distribution.”
Here are details on the new definitions of non-time dependent drama and comedy series:
The program length-based categorization for a comedy or drama series was eliminated. Episode length will no longer dictate submission categories. Instead, producers will now determine submission by category by stipulating that the Television Academy industry panel reserves the right to review producer preference. Comedy and drama series are defined as programs with multiple episodes (minimum of six) in which the content is primarily comedy for comedy series entries or primarily dramatic for drama series entries. In addition, the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and enjoy continuity of production supervision. The exception is programming under 20 minutes, which must be submitted in abbreviated categories.