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The Emmy's: I'm confused

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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:35 PM

The first thing I had to contend with is that a thread was started on this year's Emmy nomination in the Netflix forum. IMHO Netflix is, at best, on its way to becoming a "network" and I wasn't looking for an Emmy thread in an HBO forum, the network that has dominated the Emmy's in the last decade, much less in the Netflix forum.


So I'll start a thread here in the TV Show Talk Forum about the Primetime Emmy® Awards assuming that I now know what "television" is The rules say:

Programs (and individual achievements within them) are eligible for nomination if they were originally aired or originally transmitted during the eligibility year in any primetime period (6:00 PM - 2:00 AM) (i) by broadcast to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television audience or, (ii) by pay/basic cable transmissions (including by way of example so-called basic cable, pay cable, pay television, pay-per-view, interactive cable and broadband) to markets representing at least 50% or more of households in the United States.

 A show that airs on Netflix has now been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a nomination. So I assume that any video made for entertainment to be electronically delivered to home and/or personal electronic devices is considered in the genre of "television" and is eligible if it was first uploaded and made available during primetime.


That will, of course, bring YouTube content into the class. I'm thinking about submitting to the Academy everything posted on YouTube during primetime in 2013-2014 for consideration. YouTube is offering independently produced original programming. :sure:


If that wasn't confusing enough, I stumbled across an article that noted this:


3. Kerry Washington: The recently wed Scandal actress earned her first Emmy nomination for playing crisis manager Olivia Pope, which aired only seven episodes during its debut last year on ABC.


Hmmm. I've watched 29 episodes of "Scandal", 22 of which were "originally presented 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM, June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013." I can see why all of this gets confusing.


Like every year, I'm disappointed in some of the nominations or "oversights."


For instance Tatiana Maslany, the actress who with distinction plays seven different characters on the BBC America series "Orphan Black" and who won a Critics Choice Award in June, was not nominated. It doesn't help that she's a Canadian in a show produced by Temple Street Productions of Canada carried by BBCA. Nowhere in the résumé of the show is there a huge multi-national for-profit media corporation involved. (No, I'm not a conspiracy theorist ... well ... maybe a little.)


Anyway, here's the complete list of nominees.


Oh, and by the way, that Netflix "indy" show "House of Cards" has Media Rights Capital as its first named production company which has historical ties to Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, HBO, etc.

Edited by phrelin, 18 July 2013 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:05 PM

About those Netflix series nods: Internet fare was welcomed for eligibility beginning in 2008.


No comment from me on Kerry Washington's lead-actress [drama] nod for ABC's Scandal.


Tatiana Maslany not getting nominated in the same category as Washington isn't necessary attributed to BBC America's Black Orphan being a Canadian import. PBS' British import Downton Abbey, two years ago the best miniseries winner (over HBO's Mildred Pierce), is generously recognized with key nominations. Maslany more than likely missed out because the nominating members of the Academy either didn't inform themselves of her unique performance; or they just had more an attraction to the seven other actresses who made the cut. (I frankly find it insulting that Julianna Margulies, the 2011 winner and one of the absolute best, was passed over after three nominations for CBS' The Good Wife. I would have nominated Margulies, along with Maslany, instead of Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, Nashville's Connie Britton and, likely, House of Cards' Robin Wright. But one cannot go back for a redo.)

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:12 PM

It doesn't help that she's a Canadian in a show produced by Temple Street Productions of Canada carried by BBCA. Nowhere in the résumé of the show is there a huge multi-national for-profit media corporation involved.

BBC America is owned and operated by the BBC's BBC Worldwide division, which is close enough to being a multinational for-profit media corporation. (It's run as if it is one, with its profits going back to its parent.)

And it's distributed by Discovery Communications, which is definitely a huge multi-national for-profit media corporation.

They did run a bunch of "for your consideration" ads to promote a Tatiana Maslany Emmy nomination, both in trade publications and in some mainstream sources (e.g., the Los Angeles Times). Didn't work, obviously.
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