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Emmys Drop Some MAJOR Rule Changes!! Things May Have Just Gotten Harder For Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, And SNL!

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The Emmys have changed the rules!!

The Academy announced some big changes on Friday to address some issues that have been a little confusing — and even upsetting to some people!

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Two of the biggest changes: "comedies" must now be 30-minutes or LESS, and "guest stars" cannot appear in more than 50% of a show's episodes.

Whoa… Is this all because of Orange Is the New Black?? Uzo Aduba was nominated in the Guest Star category despite being in every episode.

And of course, the show has been nominated for Best Comedy despite being an hour long and totes dramatic.

Now, the show will have to formally petition the TV Academy if they want to continue to be recognized as a comedy!

Then there's the addition of a Variety Sketch category, and a new definition of "Miniseries"!

This is a lot to take in! Fortunately, The Emmys made a press release with ALL the big rules changes! Check it out (below)!

Expansion of Final Round Voting: In an effort to increase member participation in the voting process, and to take advantage of the Academy's extension of online voting to both rounds, all voters eligible to vote in a category's nominating round are now eligible to vote in that category's final round, so long as they meet two additional requirements: much like the former Blue Ribbon panel process, voters must watch the required submitted material online and attest to no specific conflicts of interest with the nominees.
Expansion of Nominees for "Comedy" and "Drama" Series Categories: Due to the dramatic increase in series production, the number of nominees for "Comedy" and "Drama" series has been increased from six to seven.

Definition of a "Comedy" and "Drama" Series: To clarify the difference between the "Comedy" and "Drama" series categories, series with episodes of 30 minutes or less are defined as a "Comedy"; those with episodes of more than 30 minutes are presumed to be a "Drama."

Producers may formally petition a new Academy industry panel to consider their series' eligibility in the alternative category. This nine-member panel will include five industry leaders appointed by the Television Academy Chairman and four appointees from the Board of Governors. A two-thirds vote of this Industry Panel is required for petition approval.

All programs entering the competition this year will be grouped according to these new definitions.

Definition of "Series" and "Limited Series": "Mini-Series" will be changed to "Limited Series" and defined as programs of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tell a complete, non-recurring story, and do not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons. "Comedy" and "Drama" Series will continue to be defined as programs with a minimum of six episodes which have an ongoing storyline, theme and main characters presented under the same title and with continuity of production supervision.

Producers may formally petition for review by the aforementioned industry panel to change category eligibility.

Definition of "Guest Actor": Only performers appearing in less than 50% of a program's episodes are now eligible to submit in the "Guest Actor" category.

Split of Variety Series category: The Variety Series category is now split – Outstanding Variety Talk, to be awarded during the Primetime Emmy telecast, and Outstanding Variety Sketch, to be included in the Creative Arts Emmy program.

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