Emmys: Movie and Miniseries Returned to Separate Categories

American Horror Story Coven The Seven Wonders Episodic - H 2014
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American Horror Story Coven The Seven Wonders Episodic - H 2014

The TV Academy voted to undo the change that was made three years ago, and also splits Outstanding Reality Program into two categories.

Movies and miniseries will be eligible in their own categories at the 2014 Emmys, after a vote on Thursday from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The TV Academy also announced Outstanding Reality Program will now be separated into two categories – Outstanding Structured Reality Program (for example, Antiques Roadshow) and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program (for example, Duck Dynasty). Outstanding Reality-Competition remains unaffected.

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The move to split movies and miniseries up again comes three years after they were lumped together, though all other categories in the movie-mini genre will remain merged. Actors, writers and directors will continue to vie against one another. (As a consolation prize, those categories will now be opened to six nominees, instead of five.)

The Academy's vote comes as competition has greatly increased in the movies/miniseries arena. The 2013 Emmys' most-nominated work, American Horror Story, first shook up the category in 2012 when the anthology series was submitted as a miniseries and not a drama. HBO, which has traditionally dominated among TV movies and miniseries, has also seen more competition from event series and pay cable minis like Hatfields & McCoys.

Other changes passed in the vote include Outstanding Voice-Over Performance is also being split into separate categories: Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

There could also be more comedies and dramas nominated for outstanding series this year. A new 2 percent rule opens the door for seven nominees in each category, should any show's first-round votes come within 2 percent of the sixth-place series.

All of these changes come as NBC moves the live 2014 Emmys telecast to Monday, Aug. 25 in an effort to avoid the football season.