After worthy but small amounts of miniseries and made-for-TV movies have been nominated in their respective categories at the primetime Emmy awards, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has decided to make things interesting this year. Deadline reports this time the two programming types will be pitted against each other in a combination category that will honor the best in TV miniseries and made-for-TV movies with 6 nominees being allowed for the category.
Not only will this make the category more competitive, but it just makes sense. For the past two years only two miniseries have been nominated in its respective category. Last year it was The Pacific and Return to Cranford while the previous year had Little Dorrit facing off against Generation Kill. The only downside I can see if the sheer volume of work that goes into several episodes of a miniseries as opposed to a two-hour film and that the two may not be on even footing against each other. I guess we’ll find out later this year.