The Emmys are finally fixing its most terrible rules

To award-watchers, two elements of the annual Emmy nominations have become downright ridiculous over the past few years: the tendency for acting categories to be dominated by two or three shows, and the pomp bland point of the variety sketch series race, which had only made two nominations late due to a lack of qualified candidates. But both of these issues, I’m happy to report, have been addressed in this cycle’s rule changes, announced Tuesday by the Television Academy.

this year White Lotus problem, as we’ll call it—the first season’s (great!) The Academy’s decision to end the “unlimited vote breakdown.” This Peak TV-inspired system allows voters to choose as many performers and dramas as they want in each category. While it’s designed to help cast members sift through the ever-expanding TV landscape, it has the opposite effect when it comes to actual nominations, as few shows reach larger sums. , sometimes with the entire cast being recognized. (This year limited supporting actress race consists entirely of stars from White Lotus and sleeping pills, Overall two favorites, although there’s a lot of rich work on many other series.)

Voters will now only be able to choose how many candidates will ultimately be nominated, depending on how many are submitted for consideration (typically five to eight actors per field). This means that performances worthy of covert shows will have more of a fighting chance. It also means that players from the same show will now face the only issue of unfair voting distribution, a relatively normal complaint during awards season.

For diversity change, the Television Academy is less to blame for struggling to respond to the rapidly shrinking nature of the field. (Lost James Corden and Trevor Noah This season, there is no news on whether they will be replaced anytime soon. Samantha bee and Desus & Mero gone.) But still, yes A Black Lady Sketch Show fail to Saturday Night Live every year, while worthy players like Horoscope even without nominations, has become tired.

The Academy will try to remedy this by dividing variety series into “scripted” and “talking” categories, rather than “sketch” and “talk.” The scenario catalog will bring people like John Oliver, who directed the variety series did not run the interview, into the old sketch tent. Meanwhile, the expanded chat category will continue to feature most late-night broadcasts and is also welcome in streaming metrics like Jon stewart and David Letterman, organizer of interview-centered programs.

It’s unlikely this will make a big difference in the number of scripted variety series that will be nominated—the Television Academy cannot address the overall shortage of entries—but that’s something. So instead of Oliver and Saturday Night Live win every year, we can watch them compete against each other. And, by default, a new queen or (sadly, most likely) king of the night could finally be crowned.

The Television Academy has all the rule changes for the 2023 Emmys listed on its website.


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