Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
I’ve just learned that the TV Academy has 6 names on its list of ineligible producers for Emmy-nominated programs. (Not 7: one producer was bumped from two shows.) See my previous, EMMYS: Waiting For That Producer List… and EMMYS: Producer Credits Still Controversial.
Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall was disqualified from participation for a 2nd consecutive year for his Showtime hourlong’s Outstanding Drama Series nomination, but naturally his nomination for lead actor in a drama is unaffected. By contrast, CSI star William Petersen was included as part of the CBS series production team in 2002, 2003, and 2004 when the mothership hourlong was nominated for top drama. But Hall hasn’t been able to pull a similar trick.
Only one other producer in a non-executive position was ruled ineligible: Michael Novick, who brought the original script for Fox’s Glee to the attention of showrunner Ryan Murphy. Novick’s contributions to the show’s ongoing production were viewed as insufficient to qualify him as part of the show’s production team.
The other four are: Ian Jones and Alison Rayson for the PBS Masterpiece Contemporary entry Endgame; Susan Werbe for the History Channel project Moonshot; and Rebecca Eaton, named for both Endgame and the Masterpiece Classic two-parter Return to Cranford.
Some 223 producers passed muster.
After the controversy that erupted in past years, not a single writer-producer is on the bumped list this time, which John Leverence, senior VP of awards at the Television Academy Of Arts & Sciences, ascribed to a new agreement embraced between showrunners and the awards committee. “There is now an understanding that what goes on in terms of the internal structure of a show is best reported to us by the showrunner as to confirming that there is a significant and substantive contribution on the part of individual producers in the vetting process,” he told me.