The Emmy Awards Add New Short-Form Series and Acting Categories for 2016

obama_galifianakisThe Television Academy has decided to make room for short-form series by adding some new Emmys categories for 2016. According to Deadline, awards will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys this year for the following short-form categories:

Three short form categories have been added to the competition. Potential entrants are defined as series with a minimum of six episodes running an average of 15 minutes or less per episode, exhibited over-the-air and/or via cable, satellite or Internet. At the next Emmy Awards, you’ll see statuettes handed out for these competitions:

  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama. This replaces the category known as Short Format Live Entertainment.
  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Variety. This is a new category.
  • Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction. This replaces the Short Format Nonfiction category.

Additionally, two new acting categories have been created: Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama.

The Emmys will also continue to hand out awards for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program. The Television Academy made some changes to award categories last year as well by finally separating the talk and sketch variety show categories, leading to wins for The Daily Show and Inside Amy Schumer.

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