Prepare Yourself for the 2020 Emmy Awards

The Emmy Awards statuettesSource: Wikimedia

If you are a fan of the best of American television, you will undoubtedly know about the Emmys. The Emmy Awards celebrate the best of national TV series in the United States, and this year’s Emmys are set to be as exciting as a hand of online Blackjack that equals exactly 21! The awards will likely be taking place on 12-13 September for the Creative Arts Awards and Governors Ball Events, and on September 20 this year over the course of 3 action-packed days.

As well as suggesting this year’s possible dates, the Television Academy has also unveiled some new rule changes for the awards, presumably to start the new decade on a high note. The 2020 Emmy Awards will feature rule adjustments for ‘hanging episodes’, changes to kids’ voting, and additional assessments for self-published TV series.

A Complete Shake Up

The Emmy’s Board of Governors has approved over a dozen changes to the old rules, which means that the coming ceremony might offer something different than what you would usually expect. For example, hanging episodes (or episodes that lie outside of the current year’s eligibility) will now be considered eligible if they are posted or broadcast on member-accessible platforms, such as the network’s own streaming service or the Television Academy’s platform.

New Rules for Voting

All self-published programmes, including short forms, will also be screened to determine if the shows are appropriately competitive to be nominated in their categories. In kids’ categories, only genre experts and voting members of the Children’s Programming and Animation Peer Group will be permitted to vote.

A limit has also been implemented for actors playing the same character in more than one TV series. The Informational Series or Special category, which Anthony Bourdain won in 2019 for Parts Unknown, has been renamed the Hosted Nonfiction Series/Special category to put the focus on personality-driven travelogues and documentary shows.

Programmes that are first broadcast during prime-time hours and are an extension of a specially produced daytime series are furthermore now only eligible in the Daytime Emmy contest. Spectators will also notice revised category descriptions for Unstructured Reality Programs and Outstanding Structured Reality, improved Interactive Programming categories, new Hairstyling and Makeup categories, and Technical Direction and Sound Mixing categories. The fees have been restructured, too.

John Leverence to Retire in 2020

Last but not least, after almost 40 years at the Television Academy overseeing 39 Emmy Awards ceremonies, Senior VP of Awards John Leverence will be retiring at the end of 2020. He will continue to act as an awards consultant for this year’s ceremony, while the Awards department has fused with the Membership department under the supervision of pro Television Academy staffer Julie Shore.

As for this year’s standout nominations, we can predict that shows like Big Little Lies, The Crown and Better Call Saul will be competing in the Drama category, while The Politician and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel will battle it out in Comedy. Top Limited Series nominations so far include Years and Years, His Dark Materials, and The Loudest Voice. With that said, it will be interesting to see if any of the actors and shows involved can bag as many awards as 11-time Emmy winner and 24-time nominee Julia Louis Dreyfus!

Julia Louis Dreyfus collects another EmmySource: Flickr

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