11:15am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
TV Academy Announces New Emmy Categories
As Emmy season approaches, the Television Academy is introducing a few tweaks this year’s competition.
The Board of Governors has decided to add two new categories. Outstanding Music Supervision will acknowledge the creative contributions made by the music supervisor to the music of any television program, while Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series category will recognize casting directors responsible for identifying and assembling ensemble casts for structured, unstructured or competition programs within the reality genre.
In addition, cinematography for a single-camera series now is split into cinematography for one-hour series and for half-hour series. This change signals the fact that TV has become a more artistic medium through the years and is good news for half-hours like Atlanta and Insecure, as similar comedies haven't been able to be a big part of the category in years past.
The Academy also has converted, retitled and redefined former juried awards into new interactive media category awards. Existing category Outstanding Interactive Program will remain, while the following new categories have been created: Outstanding Original Interactive Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program and Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming.
This year's Primetime Emmy Awards — airing on CBS — will take place Sunday, Sept. 17, and will be hosted by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert.