We’ll have an almost complete repeat of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards this month, with the same 26 categories being presented on the same network, NBC, with the host of Late Night as emcee. 2010 was the last year the best TV and best miniseries were two separate categories before they were consolidated into one the following year. That brought the number of categories awarded on the main telecast to 25 in 2011. For the past two years, the number of categories returned to 26, with host for reality competition series added in 2012 and choreography on the roster last year. Both those categories are back in the Creative Emmys fold, with the return of the separate best movie and miniseries categories keeping the total at 26. (Like in 2010, writing and directing for a variety special are in the main telecast, while the corresponding variety series categories are presented at the Creative Emmys as part of a regular rotation.)
With several new categories added by the TV Academy this year, the grand total has climbed to an all-time high of 106. As the main telecast is not able to accommodate additional fields, most of the new categories are headed to the Creative Emmys, which will award a record 80 categories, up from 75 last year. Given the eye-popping total, keeping the proceedings within a reasonable length time-wise is a daunting task. Last year, Creative Arts Emmys producer Spike Jones Jr. angered many attendees with the imposed 45-second rule that gave winners 45 seconds to get from their seats to the microphone and do their acceptance speeches, leading to a number of winners making a dash for the the stage (some women ditching their heels to make it) for a 10-second out-of-breath speech before they were cut off. Adding five more categories can only make things worse.