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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