The TV Academy has decided that TV movies like "Behind the Candelabra" shouldn't have to compete with the likes of "American Horror Story" anymore.
Late Thursday, officials announced that for the 66th
But since then, miniseries have exploded on basic cable networks, with Emmy-nominated hits such as "The Bible" and "Hatfields & McCoys."
It's a piece of happy news for HBO and other cable networks that do extensive long-form programming, as it roughly doubles their chances of getting a nomination that will burnish the network's reputation.
Organizers made additional changes as well. Outstanding reality program will now be divided into "structured reality" and "unstructured reality" shows. The academy considers structured reality to be shows such as "Mythbusters," which revolves around humorously testing commonly held assumptions each week. An unstructured show would be something like "Duck Dynasty" or "Pawn Stars" - although anyone who has seen either series know they have plenty of structure.
The voice-over award will now be split between general narration and character voice-over, while the number of possible nominees in the outstanding drama and comedy categories will be expanded from six to seven.