Emmys: New Rules Address X-Files- Type Revivals, Add Writing Nominees

A slew of new rules for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards address the rise of reboots/revivals à la The X-Files, expand the number of nominees in four major categories and offer opportunity for short form series to make a grab for gold.

With regards to established-but-defunct series that are resurrected in some form, the Television Academy says, “Once a show is established as a series, if additional shortened seasons are added… it would still be considered a series, unless it was limited to one or two episodes (which would categorize it as a movie and a limited series respectively).” Thus, The X-Files (and if anyone cares to pretend, Fuller House) would compete in the regular series categories versus as limited series, a spokesperson confirms.

As for short form programming distributed by YouTube Red, AwesomenessTV and the like, the Television Academy has added five categories to capture “series with a minimum of six episodes running an average of 15 minutes or less per episode, exhibited over-the-air and/or via cable, satellite or Internet.” Specifically, the new categories will recognize Outstanding Comedy or Drama, Outstanding Variety and Outstanding Reality/Nonfiction series, plus one actor and one actress from among the whole batch.

The Television Academy also expanded the number of nominees from five to six in the following races: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

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  1. so expanded for writing and direction but not for performance, even with all these new formats… sad! Too many good shows and great performances out there to ignore.

    • johnhelvete says:

      Pretty sure the acting categories for at least comedy/drama have been at 6 for a few years.

      • bj says:

        I’d like to see a category for best comedic actor rather than best actor in a comedy series. Some of the best comic scenes I’ve watched this year performances have come from actors in a drama; i.e. James D’Arcy in Agent Carter.

    • Bryan says:

      there is the 2% rule. Last year, 8 people were in the supporting actress in a comedy race

  2. A fan of TV says:

    But Fuller House was already long enough to count as a series. Not that the angry, too-serious critics would have ever allowed it to be nominated anyway ;) Personally, I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to comprehend that people watching and enjoying FH can’t also enjoy things like Fargo, or Wolf Hall, or Homeland, Mad Men, Mr. Robot, etc. So much of the critical anger has been directed at lamenting the kinds of people who wanted the show to return, and as someone who respects quality TV but loved FH as a kid, and loved the revival for what it was, I’ve found the reviews especially ridiculous and kinda personally offensive. I don’t think it needs Emmy’s, but critics don’t know EVERYTHING, either.

    • Stacy says:

      Yeah, Full House was what I expected. Those who wanted the revival were never critics, so that’s beside the point. Personally I prefer Boy Meets World to Full House, but for 20 minutes it was a new trip down memory lane.

  3. Annie says:

    Good changes. Would still like to see a sharpening of the comedy rules or the creation of a ‘dramedy’ category.