TVLine has learned exclusively that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will soon consider a proposal to separate movies and miniseries into separate categories.
“The recommendation has been made and it is on the agenda to be discussed at the February 4 Awards Committee meeting,” an Academy rep confirms.
A dearth of miniseries led the Academy to consolidate movies and minis into one category in 2011. (This came after the 2010 race featured just two miniseries contenders — HBO’s The Pacific and PBS’ Return to Cranford.)
Over the next three years, as the cable and broadcast nets saw the potency of short-order, limited/anthology series like Sundance’s Top of the Lake, History’s The Bible, FX’s American Horror Story and Fox’s upcoming 24: Live Another Day, the form staged a huge comeback. (One insider predicted that there could be more than four dozen minis in contention this year, with the number of original movies not far behind.)
If the Academy signs off on the rule change, as many expect it will, don’t expect the three-hour telecast to grow in length. According to sources, the proposed split would only be for the program categories; the performer categories would remained combined for now. [Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously said the movie/mini acting categories would be separated, too.]