Golden Globes Get Out Ahead Of Category Controversy Plaguing Primetime Emmys

It looks as though HBO’s True Detective will not be able to compete as a drama series at the Golden Globe Awards, given new category definitions instituted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Among the rule changes made in advance of the next Globe competition, the “Mini-Series” category is now the “Limited Series” category — to reflect the broader range of formats for television, HFPA explained.  And the org has drawn a pretty clear distinction  between the “Limited Series” and “Drama Series.”

Limited Series is defined as a program with two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes, that tells “a complete, non-recurring story.” A Drama Series, on the other hand, is defined as a series with an “on-going theme, storyline or main characters,” with continuity of those features, as well as of title and production supervision “from year to year.”

True Detective Shakes Up Drama Emmy Contenders RaceUnder those definitions, True Detective quacks like a Limited Series because, as one person with knowledge of the situation explained, a franchise that carries on year-to-year with the same name, but features new characters, new actors, and new storyline each season, is a Limited Series.  The HFPA began considering category re-defining after its most recent Globe competition but the new category definitions were formalized last week.

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That puts the HFPA ahead of the TV Academy whose chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum last month told TV critics the organization probably should take another look at the categories for its Primetime Emmy Awards.  He made the comment after TV critics attending TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 began to flog him and the academy for not doing a better job “policing” which categories series and actors are competing. (more…)

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