ATAS tweaks Emmy rule on 'dangling'


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of governors has approved a rule change stating that "dangling" episodes -- those that fall outside Emmy eligibility dates -- are now eligible for awards consideration.

The academy's 2007 rule book mandates that if episodes associated with a series are fewer than the minimum number needed to qualify as a stand-alone series in any given awards year (six for drama and comedy, three for all other series), they are considered "dangling" episodes and are disqualified from eligibility in any awards year.

Under the old rule, for example, if six episodes of a seven-episode series had aired by May 31, 2007 (within the 59th Primetime Emmys qualifying period), and the seventh aired June 1, that last episode "dangled" over into the 60th Primetime Emmys, making it ineligible for either competition.

With the change, the "dangling" episodes (up to five for drama and comedy, two for other series categories) now qualify for Emmy consideration in the year the series qualifies. The "dangling" episodes also can be at the start of the series' run.

In addition, all "dangling" individual achievement work is eligible as well.