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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.
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.
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