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The Academy Revises Emmy Categories

March 13, 2009

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has recently decided to revise several of the existing Emmy categories, including “Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”

The category was previous two separate awards, but was combined in 1997. Since this merge, however, not a single Late Night Talk Show host had won, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and even David Letterman.

In response to public demand, the Academy will once again split the category into two, one for the hosts of Comedy/Music/Variety, while the other for performance in specials. This split will avoid anymore awkward match ups, such as Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow competing against Stephen Colbert during the 2006 and 2007 Emmy awards.

Other changes and additions will include the following;

– Outstanding Voice-over

– Art Directors for Multi- / Single-camera series will now be two different categories.

– Outstanding children’s program has been separated into two categories, one for Informational/Nonfiction while the other for Entertainment Children’s Programming.

The official announcement of these changes will be made on Friday on the Academy website, just in time for the 2009 nomination submissions on April 24.

EDIT: Okay, it seems I’ve made a mistake here. Apparently, the Academy is ELIMINATING the category on Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Instead, hosts of late night talk shows will just be submitted along side producers and creators in the Comedy/Music/Variety series category.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

My Thoughts:

This raises Stephen Colbert’s chances of winning an Emmy for himself, which is great news to the Colbert Nation. I am personally quite happy about this revision, as it needed to be done a long time ago.

Actually, I am quite angry at this. They have now taken away Stephen Colbert’s chance at a Emmy to honor his outstanding performance each year. I don’t know why the Academy would do such a thing instead of actually splitting the category into two, but its their decision nevertheless.

(Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry for the full coverage of Jim Cramer’s appearance on the Daily Show, and his interview with host Jon Stewart.) 

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