Host Seth Meyers, Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum, executive producer Don Mischer, NBC alternative programming president Paul Telegdy and Emmy writer/producer Mike Shoemaker had plenty to say about Emmy snubs, the possibility of changing categories and details about the show itself.
Dealing with the snubs
The big news following the Emmy nominations may have been the snubs. Not surprisingly, the panel was rather defensive of what happened. “We have almost 19,000 members now,” Rosenblum points out. “I think the membership as a whole did a good job of choosing the best of television this year.”
Executive producer Mischer agrees with that and explains why some might see snubs anyway. “The Emmys are not a popular-choice award,” he says. “The Emmys are an industry award … The nominations came from people in the industry that make the product. How many people watch the product is not as important as the quality of the product.”
As for specific snubs — “Good Wife,” “The Americans,” Tatiana Maslany, etc. — the entire panel pretty much dodged those questions.
What’s up with the categories?
One of the explanations many have made for the snubs in the Emmy nominations is the seemingly flexible categories. Because of this flexibility, the tragic “Shameless” gets to be a comedy, while short, stand-alone seasons can jump between mini-series and drama series at a whim.
Even the TV Academy itself understands that this is an issue. “We do have a defined set of rules … There are some subtle rules that we may want to take a look at,” Rosenblum admits. While he does point out that confusing category choices are nothing new to the Emmys — “The Wonder Years” always submitted as a comedy more than two decades ago — he agrees that the problem is now even more pronounced. “The kinds of production are unique and varying and they don’t fit into neatly defined boxes,” he says. “It’s incumbent upon us to step back, look at the rules … and respond to the evolution of our business.
In the end, there are at least some rules that no one can break. “When we tried to submit ‘Late Night’ as a mini-series, we were shut down,” Meyers jokes.
The big show itself
What can the viewers expect from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards?
Meyers is obviously has been thinking a lot about his hosting duties. “I feel certainly the most ready I’ve ever felt,” he says. “Being able to do a monologue every night has helped.” He also points out that viewers can guess some of what will happen because Meyers is just a comedian and actor — no singing and dancing is likely. “We’re talking about the idea of having a film piece or two,” Meyers hints. “Our job is just to be entertaining for three hours.”
He doesn’t want to make people angry either. “Don’t tell a joke about somebody who you then might want to leave the cocktail party if they showed up,” Meyers says.
Another new choice for the Emmys in 2014 is the move to a Monday-night broadcast. NBC is fine with this. “Because we’re on the air in August, I think we may have an advantage on a Monday night,” Mischer says.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be given out Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.