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Primetime Emmy Awards

Primetime Emmy Award
65th Primetime Emmy Awards
Awarded for Excellence in primetime television
Country United States
Presented by ATAS
First awarded 1949
Official website
Television coverage
Network ABC (1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1993-1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012),
CBS (1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
Fox (1987–92, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
NBC (1955–65, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)

The Primetime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First awarded in 1949, they were originally referred to as just the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies were held in the 1970s, and the word "primetime" was added to distinguish between the two.

The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox). Because of NBC's coverage of Sunday Night NFL Football beginning in September, when NBC has had the rotation in 2006 and again in 2010, the Emmys move to late August for those years only.

Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music), and Tony Awards (for stage).[1][2]

Rules

Among the Primetime Emmy rules, a show must originally air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country.[3] A show that enters into the Primetime Emmys cannot also be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmys (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both.[3] For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmys if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former "access hour" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmys.[4]

Entries must be submitted by the end of April, even if a show is not scheduled to originally air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories also require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that originally aired during the eligibility period must be submitted (programs that were cancelled before airing their sixth episode are thus ineligible). For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted; if an episode is a two-parter, both parts may be included on the submitted DVD.[3]

Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories. The final voting to determine the winners is held in August, and is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; otherwise they are restricted to those categories within their own branch.[3]

Award categories

Primetime Emmys are currently awarded in the following categories:

Creative Arts Primetime Emmys

The Creative Arts Emmy Award are awarded in the following categories (some of which separately recognize work based on whether a single-camera and multi-camera setup was used):

  • Programs
    • Outstanding Reality Program
    • Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
    • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
    • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
    • Outstanding Informational Series or Special
    • Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
    • Outstanding Special Class Program
    • Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
    • Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Non-Fiction Program
  • Art Direction
    • Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series
    • Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
    • Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie
    • Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming
  • Children's
    • Outstanding Children's Program
    • Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Program
  • Commercial
  • Directing
    • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
    • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Hairstyling
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera Series
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Interactive Media
    • Outstanding Interactive Program
    • Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
  • Lighting Design/Lighting Direction
    • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
    • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
  • Makeup
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Prosthetic)
  • Sound Editing
    • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
    • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
    • Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Sound Mixing
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Stunt Coordination
    • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program
    • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie
  • Technical Direction
    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
  • Writing
    • Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

Retired awards

A number of awards have been retired throughout the years, including some that have been replaced by similar award categories in the Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, and other areas of recognition.


† Replaced by a similar category in the Sports Emmy Awards
‡ Replaced by a similar category in the Daytime Emmy Awards

Leading nominees

Most nominations for a television program
Most nominations for a comedy series in a single year
Most nominations for a drama series in a single year
Most nominations for an animated series in a single year
Most nominations for a miniseries
Most nominations for a made-for-television movie
Most nominations for a variety series in a single year
Most nominations for an individual without a win


Leading winners

Most wins by an individual
  • Sheila Nevins: 26
Most wins for a television program
Most wins for a comedy series
Most wins for a drama series
Most wins for a series in its first season
  • The West Wing: 9
Most wins for a series in a single season
  • The West Wing: 9
Most wins for "Outstanding Comedy Series"
  • Frasier: 5
Most wins for "Outstanding Drama Series"
Most wins for an animated series
Most wins for a variety series
Most wins for a miniseries
Most wins for a made-for-television movie
Most wins for a network in a single year
  • CBS (1974): 44
Most wins for acting
Most wins for the same character in the same series
Most wins for the same character in different series


Performers with the most Primetime Emmys

See also

Notes

External links

  • Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Emmy Gift Bags
  • emmys.com - Advanced Primetime Awards Search
  • Emmy Awards coverage on DigitalHit.com
  • Mystery solved: How Emmy voting works to choose winners at GoldDerby.

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