The Television Academy ruled that “American Horror Story,” “American Vandal” and “The Sinner” will not be competing as Limited Series at the Primetime Emmys. As reported by Variety, the shows hover just outside of the category prerequisites and will now be competing in regular competition.
From the article:
The Television Academy said the reclassifications were “due to continuing story threads, characters and actors reprising those same character roles from previous seasons.”
The ruling is final, after the shows’ respective network/studios had petitioned to compete in limited series categories.
But, the org added that “this re-categorization is effective for the 71st Emmy Awards competition only.” That means, should the next seasons of those shows feature completely different stories with brand-new characters, they might once again be able to compete as limited series.
The issues that limit these shows are hung on continuity. The “American Horror Story” series is known to make each season a standalone ingestion. As seen on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” it features returning characters to the otherwise anthological series. In the course of the show’s eight seasons, its gathered multiple Emmys wins and nominations. It won Golden Globe awards for Jessica Lange in 2012, and Lady Gaga in 2016.
Furthermore, the same issue exhausts “American Vandal“‘s chances for success. The show, which Netflix canceled back in October, features a returning character from its first season. With production ceasing, this doesn’t set up the show to get any recognition this year. The show gained a sole Emmy nomination last year for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series. USA Network’s “The Sinner” is struck with the same obstacle. Season two introduced a different mystery in the series. It also features the return of Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose.
As Variety details:
The TV Academy defines a “limited series” as “a program with two (2) or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.”
Should the three shows compete, they are ruled to contend in their respective genre categories. FX’s “American Horror Story” shifts over to drama series, Netflix’s “American Vandal” moves to comedy series, and USA’s “The Sinner” is pushed to drama series. The shows can still be considered for future limited series nomination if they abide category rules moving forward.
The Television Academy’s Emmy contention spans from June 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019. The 71st Primetime Emmys airs September 22.