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Major changes coming to the Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 3:40PM

Emmy logoIt looks like the Emmy Awards are turning into the SATs.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has made several changes to the way Emmy nominations are chosen. For one, series and acting category nominations will be chosen by a mix of a regular vote and voting by a blue-ribbon panel of voters. Second, there's a new "Ellen Burystyn" rule. An actor can only be nominated if he or she was in at least 5% of an episode (Burstyn won a Supporting award last time, even though she was only on screen for 14 seconds). Third, public performances on TV will no longer compete in the music/variety category. They're adding a new special category where more than one performance could win an award.

Oh, and there's one more change: actors and producers will have to submit an essay of 250 words or less as to what their character/show is about and why they think they should be nominated. This wiill come in handy when Jim Belushi has to explain the complexity of his According To Jim character.

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I agree with #1 - stop airing it on regular television! The show is really for the benefit of people in the industry anyway, not the general public.

March 18 2007 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another change should be to make the sow good and watchable and less that 16 hours long.

March 16 2007 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about a limit on how many times someone can win for the same character on the same show? Call that one the Doris Roberts/Tony Shalhoub rule.

March 16 2007 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

Will spelling and grammar count? Why don't they have an interview process (Whirled peas for everyone!)? Both ideas are silly but we are talking about the Emmys.

March 16 2007 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another change should be showing it on PPV so that it doesn't interrupt regular TV programming!

March 16 2007 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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