The Television Academy announced the structure of their, count ’em, three Emmy ceremonies. As previously announced, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 18 on ABC. That ceremony, however, only hosts a comparatively small number of categories. After all, there are a record 113 categories to deal with. Even the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies are too big for a single night, thus the Television Academy split that into two nights – September 10 and 11. An edited down version will air September 17 on FXX.
So, what categories will be unveiled over the three nights? The Television Academy provided a handy list of categories separated by the three Emmy ceremonies. Take a look and stay tuned to AwardsDaily TV for updates as awards are announced. (Emmy Schedule)
The Swingle Singers. A Taste of Honey. Jody Watley. What do these names mean to you? Maybe nothing, but each of these musical artists has won the Grammy for Best New Artist at some point. The long-running joke in pop culture has been that those who win Best New Artist are cursed and go on to be one-hit wonders, never able to do anything substantial passed their first musical effort (see: Hootie & the Blowfish and Men at Work). But is there a similar curse in the Emmys? Maybe… (Emmy Curse)
This week Jalal Hadad looks at three of the Limited Series/TV movie races – both supporting categories and directing. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story leads in nominations, but voters clearly loved Fargo and The Night Manager as well. With new Emmy rules for the final round of voting, this might lead to quite a few upsets.
Multiple nominees from the same show in a single category used to benefit those actors in the days of submitted episodes and juried tapes. It basically meant more material for those nominees, which is why Modern Family dominated the supporting performance races for so many years and why The Golden Girls all won Emmys. They never risked splitting the vote because voters ranked their ballots. Last year voting was opened up to any Emmy member in their specific branch, and this year new Emmy rules changed the final round of voting from ranking the nominees to simply marking off a favorite.
So being in the company of your costars or coworkers went from giving nominees an upper hand to potentially doing them a disservice in the final round of voting. 2016 is the first year with both of the new voting rules, and it will be interesting to see if it actually makes a difference. The Limited Series/TV movie segment will be the most telling with The People v. O.J. Simpson competing against itself in four major categories, and, if the biggest show of the year goes home with fewer than expected awards, these rule changes might be the reason why. (Emmy Rule Problem)
Publicity rollouts begin for FX’s American Horror Story Season 6 and Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival. (Sneak Peeks)