Emmys Shake-Up Includes New Reality-TV Races, Potentially More Best Series Contenders

Emmy Awards Changes 2014I’ll say this up front: This won’t necessarily make the Emmys telecast run longer.

But three months before this year’s eligibility period closes and nominations begin to crystallize, the Television Academy has announced a half-dozen changes for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be handed out in late August.

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As previously reported by TVLine, the Outstanding TV-Movie and Outstanding Miniseries categories have returned to being separate, after several years of merging the two. However, performance categories for TV-movies and minis will remain consolidated, though the number of nominees has expanded from five to six.

Among the other changes, the Outstanding Reality Program (for non-competition series) has been split into two: Outstanding Structured Reality Program (e.g. Mythbusters, Antiques Roadshow) and Unstructured (e.g. Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars).

Also, the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance category will now award separate prizes for Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

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The other changes in place for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards:

* The number of nominees for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama could expand to seven, if a program’s total first-round votes are within 2 percent of the sixth-place series.

* Nominations for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video for a Series will expand from five to six.

NBC will broadcast the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Aug 25, while the Creative Arts Awards portion of this year’s kudosfest will be held Saturday, Aug,. 16.

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